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  1. #101


    AAPC: Back to School
    Quote Originally Posted by danachock View Post
    I received my first job as a coder with no experience.
    I quit my job (not related to the medical field) and went back to school to get my coding diploma. I studied my butt off from morning until the late hours of the night and most hours of every weekend for both inpatient and outpatient coding. I took my coding final and also that same weekend sat for the CPC test. I found out I passed the CPC before I found out I graduated with honors. Still with no job, I took the CCA and passed in August. I finally had "THE" interview in August and passed the coding test with 100% beating out both a RHIT and RHIA for my present coding job.
    After 7 months coding pathology and laboratory charges I started entering and coding the professional charges for anesthesia at our facility.
    1 year after becoming a coder I sat for the second time to take the CANPC and passed. 1 year and 2 months after becoming a coder I sat and passed the CHONC.
    Currently at 1 year 6 months to date and am studying for my next specialty - which is coming up very soon.
    My advice is to keep learning and study ALL the time while you are interviewing and no matter what - DON'T GIVE UP!
    Take the time to have a new set of eyes look - I MEAN really look at your resume. There is always room for improvement. Are you involved with your local AAPC chapter? Are you networking?

    I am curious. How valuable is the CCA? Do employers frown on it over the RHIT?

  2. #102
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Palo Alto California Chapter

    Default Hired with no experience

    I am 43 years old and decided to make a career change 3 years ago. When I decided to become a coder, that's when I got a job in a clinic. Not as a coder but as an HIM specialist. I learned a lot about how a medical office runs, policies, charting, etc. So even though I didn't get coding experience, I got experience working in a healthcare environment. So, if you're still in school or just starting out, get a job NOW in a hospital or medical office doing anything they'll hire you for.

    I finished school in September 2013 (it took me a while, I'm a single mother working full time while going to school) and passed the CPC in February. Two of the staff members where I currently work left and the company they went to needed a biller/coder. They put in a good word for me, I met with the Medical Director, I sold myself and I got the job. I start next week! I agree with others, timing has a lot to do with it as well as some help from above. DON'T GIVE UP! Visualizing can help, too! I pictured myself working as a medical coder in a great office with great people where everyone wears scrubs. Well, everyone in this office wears scrubs! And the two staff members who put in a good word for me say that everyone is so nice and they love working there.

    Networking is invaluable. The sooner you can get into a healthcare environment the better.
    Molly Franco, CPC-A

  3. #103


    Hello All,

    My name is Phylise Graves and I received my CPC certification in November. I got my first job as a coder March with no previous experience. I felt discouraged at first but after I quit stressing myself out over it I was called for an interview. I didnt have any experience so I sold my personality and did great on the test. I knew if I just had the opportunity to sit for an interview and show my drive ....I would get it!! I wanted it so bad and it showed! The position was for Evaluation and Management and other than the test...ive never dont it before.....The supervisor actually told me I coded better on that test than coders that have been coding for years!... God is truly good..Be patient and dont give up!!! Blessing to you all!! You can do It!!!!

  4. #104


    Quote Originally Posted by DDean View Post
    I am a recent CPC-A. I clearly did not do enough research before getting into this. I can't even get called for the entry level positions that everyone is suggesting. No experience = no job. It is hard to not give up and it is very discouraging. Most days I wish I had the money back but I will keep trying. I think it is a must that you know other people in the field that can refer you and help you find a job.
    Referrals do help that's true.

    What also helps is the willingness to get into an organization and do any job. If you don't have coding experience and you're willing to work in medical records, or even registration, check in out at the outpatient clinic it will put you on the radar for when a coding position opens up at some point. You've helped to prove both worth and experience that way.

    Good luck!

  5. #105


    Quote Originally Posted by DDean View Post
    I am a recent CPC-A. I clearly did not do enough research before getting into this. I can't even get called for the entry level positions that everyone is suggesting. No experience = no job. It is hard to not give up and it is very discouraging. Most days I wish I had the money back but I will keep trying. I think it is a must that you know other people in the field that can refer you and help you find a job.
    Try med3000. They a very large billing company who hire a lot entry level people and do on the job training. Good luck.

  6. #106


    I caught a break as my sister was a Inpatient coder and got me hired with just 4 months into college. My best friend is still searching for employment and no luck.

    I also have since went back from my RHIT and still searching for that job now!! I was under the impression by completing school and taking one of the hardest tests ever...I would get recognition...6 1/2 years coding experience on inpatient side...and nope nothing!! Soo......what I have to say is keep your chin up as a professional coder u might catch a break like I did, or get screwed over in the end like I did in the RHIT position!!

    Keep on applying you might get something somewhere!!

    Quote Originally Posted by AdamShoop View Post
    As I have been reading over these forums, I have noticed alot of discouragement coming in from those not being able to find work having no experience. Though I do feel for them, I wanted to also start a thread that might give hope to those people who have no experience and are looking for a job.

    I'm wondering, how many people actually found work as a "Medical Coder, Medical Biller" without having ANY experience in said field? If you have, please share, and I believe it will encourage everyone currently looking.

    Personally, I have not graduated with a CPC or anything yet. I did however call a hospital around my area (mid missouri) and she said she was willing to hire CPC-A's with no problem. She said of course, she would test the applicant, and that was that.

    Thank you.

  7. #107
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Ft. Walton Beach, FL Chapter


    I attended a state college and graduated with an applied technology diploma. I took my CPC exam right after I graduated and passed the first time. I kept in touch with a teacher I had during school who also did my CPC exam boot camp that kept an eye out for jobs for her former students. She called me when she heard of a billing position that was open and I got hired there but really didn't enjoy billing. I ran into a local chapter member at an event at the college I went to who worked at a small hospital and had just gotten a new job. She introduced me to the supervisor over there and I was hired the next week as their full-time inpatient coder.. I had no experience, and had only been out of school and certified a few months, but I know how unusual that is. Reading posts on here have made me realize just how lucky I was to find this job, and I plan on keeping it until I have enough experience to get hired for a remote position. My best advice is to try to go to local chapter meetings and keep in touch with people who can help you find something and network. Keep your head up and keep trying! It can happen and all it takes is one employer to take a chance and hire someone without experience
    Last edited by semillhouse; 05-27-2014 at 02:01 PM.

  8. #108
    Join Date
    Apr 2007

    Smile Blessed with a job...

    My journey to coding began 12 years ago. I was able to transfer to an insurance billing and follow up position in the hospital I worked for with no experience. I began taking local classes in med terminology and coding but did not take the CPC. I had two children and put coding on the back burner. about 2 1/2 years ago I began an online coding course thru AAPC. I applied for several jobs in our hospital clinics and had four interviews before I got a call for my current job. I am a billing/coding specialist and I got this job before I finished my coding classes. I have been in my current position for two years. I took my CPC but did not pass the first time. I will be retaking the CPC in July and I am praying that I will pass. I am studying all the time and I am determined to pass on my next try. Through a lot of pray I was blessed with my job. I know that not everyone has been so lucky to find a job but like everyone else has said, just keep trying. I started out as an ECG tech and then I was a heart monitor tech. I got married and wanted a 9-5, weekends off job and was able to move into insurance in our business office. Look for jobs in all hospital, dr's offices or clinics. Google jobs online to see what clerical jobs are available in your area. Networking in you local AAPC chapter meetings is always good but are not a dependable way to find work. Do the research and the leg work and keep at it. In the interviews I had two were for coding positions that I did not get. I just kept going and refused to give up. You can do this!

  9. #109


    I was offered an externship while I was still in school. The clinic where I work at now called the externship coordinator and wanted an extern who was already a certified coder. At the time of that phone call, I was literally the only student in the building who had a CCA and who wasn't already onsite somewhere (btw, students, sit for your CCA or CPC when YOU feel ready to take it, not when school is over. I got my job specifically because I did not wait for anyone else to tell me when to sit for exams)

    I then got my CPC-A on externship and was then offered the job to code at the clinic when school was over. I am now the sole coder in the facility and am the first certified coder they have ever had

    Yes, I got very lucky, but luck wouldn't have helped me at all if I had stuck to someone else's timeline. Chance favors the prepared, etc, etc, etc

  10. #110


    I started out as a CNA in 1986. Changed to Payroll in 1996 then changed to Billing in 1998.
    I was fortunate that I had an employer that gave me a chance and an employee that was willing to train me so she could retire.
    I love billing, and strive to be the best.

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