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.
- ICD-10 Trainings
- Comprehensive Courses
- CPC (Certified Professional Coder)
- COC (Certified Outpatient Coder)
- CIC (Certified Inpatient Coder) NEW!
- CRC (Certified Risk Adjustment Coder) NEW!
- CPB (Certified Professional Biller)
- CPMA (Certified Professional Medical Auditor)
- CDEO (Certified Documentation Expert – Outpatient) NEW!
- CPPM (Certified Physician Practice Manager)
- CPCO (Certified Professional Compliance Officer)
- VIEW ALL CERTIFICATIONS
Coding / Billing Solutions
- Audit / Compliance Solutions
Job Experience / Apprentice Removal
News / Discussion
- Other Resources
- Book Store
- Log In / Join