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How do I get experience as a Coder when everyone wants at least 1 year experience?

  1. Default How do I get experience as a Coder when everyone wants at least 1 year experience?
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    I graduated as a Medical Coding Specialist in December, 2010. I graduated with a 4.0, and I passed my certification exam the first time. I have no medical/healthcare or office experience, so how do I get a position as a Coder? Employers want someone with at least 1 year experience in a medical setting, but the certification is not required. I have tried to participate in Project X-tern, but there are none in my area. Can anyone assist me in aquiring more experience or a job?

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    Misty - where are you located?

    Marybeth

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    Misty,
    I am in the same boat here in WA State. Everyone wants at least 2 years experience. People I talk to say to apply to anything just to get your foot in the door. This doesn't seem to help as I get nothing but rejections. I too passed the CPC on the first try and got a 3.9 GPA in my schooling. Very discouraging to say the least.
    Shari

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    I know what you mean...I too am experiencing the same thing. To those of you out there who are involved in the hiring process. Please give some of us a chance. We can't gain the experience if we are not given the chance.

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    I was faced with the same issue, and I had coding experience before i went to school for coding. I have been teaching 3 1/2 years Medical Coding and Billing, and their Medical Administrative programs for a large vocational school. Try applying in your local area. The school gave me all the tools you need to be successful as a coding instructor. Also, it keeps yo:ur skills up.
    Lydia Caldwell, CPC

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    http://www.aapc.com/memberarea/forum...ad.php?t=52435

    This is a good read for CPC-As wondering how to get experience. Hope it encourages!

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    I also am certified and seeing the two years experience thing. I just got a job working with medical codes as a Transaction Processor/Data Entry Research Clerk through Xerox. My employer is an outsourcing company....not a doctor's office. Does anyone know if this job will count as experience?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lcaldwellcpc View Post
    I was faced with the same issue, and I had coding experience before i went to school for coding. I have been teaching 3 1/2 years Medical Coding and Billing, and their Medical Administrative programs for a large vocational school. Try applying in your local area. The school gave me all the tools you need to be successful as a coding instructor. Also, it keeps yo:ur skills up.
    I concur, i dont have much coding experience but because I have been a Certifired Surgical Technologist and surgery scheduler for over 13 years, I was able to just land a part time job as a medical/billing coding, but it was mainly due to my Associatie's degree and luckily i passed my exam in June when they called me two weeks later for an interview. I will use this opporuntity to further my coding career by teaching and getting financing to further my education through the college where I will be working. Don't give up, im tired of paying for my classes and degrees but what can we do?

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