AAPC's Xtern Program connects you with newly certified professionals who are well-versed in the latest coding standards and eager to work. This gives you the opportunity to ensure a good fit before hiring, while supporting the career development of talented individuals.
Your business will benefit from the assistance of skilled medical coders who are enthusiastic about advancing their careers, helping your organization operate more efficiently — without the cost or commitment of hiring.
AAPC does not charge for participation in the Xtern Program. Employers receive medical coding support, and Xterns gain experience and helpful evaluations in return.
Compensation may be arranged between host facilities and Xterns, if desired.
The requirements for completion of an AAPC Xternship is 160 hours. Xtern host facilities and students can coordinate the best approach to meeting that requirement, be it on-site or remote, condensed or spanning several months. While the length of the Xternship is flexible, longer periods typically strengthen an Xtern's resume.
Provide 160 hours of Xternship, either in person or virtual
Guarantee at least 60% of Xtern time is focused on work utilizing AAPC credential
Provide secure access for Xtern to review records
Provide timely feedback to Xtern on performance
Complete survey at conclusion of Xternship
Consideration of employment upon satisfactory completion of Xternship and follow-up training