I left retail in 2007 and became a Coders assistant in the billing dept of a large hospital. I did the data entry for an inpt/outpt multispecialty coder. She had 20 yrs experience. I had none. I didn't even know the difference between Medicaid and Medicare at the time. I was 23! 6 months later she got the fabulous idea to start training me on the job to become a coder myself. 2 yrs after that I gained my CPC on the first try and was later promoted up to coder within the hospitals residency program. That was 7 yrs ago. I have since moved to a medium sized billing company as an Emergency Room Coder as well as doing Contract coding on the side remotely. I also carry CEDC specialty credentials.
So yes, it is possible to gain employment with NO experience. But sometimes you have to really be willing to work from the ground up!
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