I have been CPC-A since July 2009, and have applied for hundreds of entry level jobs with no success (medical records, file clerk, etc.) Most want at least l yr experience in the a medical setting, and I have none, because this is a TOTAL career change for me. It's and oximoron, and quite frustrating. I would like any information on the "Virtual Experience" program. Is there ANYONE out there who has taken this route to remove the A from their certification, and if so, did it help in finding employment. I have recently inquired of some companies that hire remote and onsite coders, if they would consider this as experience necessary for hiring and am awaiting responses. Will update if any do respond. I figure, if you can code 800 notes with 90% accuracy, you must know what's necessary to be sucessfull at coding. Anyone agree?