I have just completed the Medical Coding and Billing program at my local college and I'm currently looking for Internships to gain some experience. I would like to get some guidance/experience under my belt before taking the certification exam. I have noticed that a majority of the open positions require at least 2 years of experience. I have yet to find any listings for internships in my area nor have I been able to connect with anyone (by word of mouth) who claim to need interns. I have talked to a couple of temp agencies about possible openings but to no avail. My next step is to approach the Urgent Care centers. My question is how can I market myself as a Medical Coder and Biller, with no experience, so that someone will give me the opportunity to work for them?
Rita, don't wait and let the time pass by before taking the exam. Take it now while the information is fresh in your mind. It also helps if you know someone in the medical field that can refer you as a very energetic, reliable, hard worker, team player, and works without supervision....that would be a truly asset to their company.
Unfortunately, the school that I attended for this program did not properly teach us about the main focus in Medical Coding. I would hate to take the exam right now and fail it. Confidence level is kind of low right now. I had a phone interview today for a possible internship and this person had some very interesting things to say about the way students are being taught Medical Coding today. It seems to be outdated and it's totally different than what is actually utilized in the workforce. I also do not have any reliable contacts in the medical field. I've tried reaching out to them but they have not been of any help to me. Thanks so much for your input :-)
Apply for the jobs requiring experience, you never know when they may take a chance on you and how desperate they may be to fill their positions. As a coding coordinator, I would be more willing to take on an inexperienced employee to train than an intern that I am going to train and send them to someone else to be hired. Just my point of view.
I finished my course about 3 yrs ago; the best thing I found was to go back to my college and utilize their job placement center. You could also stop in clinics, private and public, also send out resumes even if they state, blah blah on the resume - Its a start - who knows what you'll find out there.
Also, research the companies or healthcare facilities that you are interested in, try to get the name of the hiring manager and send a letter of interest along with your resume and transcript, they don't need to be hiring at the time. There is a lot of turn over, so when the time comes, they will have your info. The other suggestion about getting your foot in the door with a different position will give you a leg up when a coding position opens at the place you are already working.
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The school that offer that programs should look and establish structured internship from area businesses within your locality. It would be a much better ideas for all graduating students from the program in the future. looking for an internship site on individual basis can be tasking and frustrating. Anyway, good luck
Generally the school where you completed your studies has a placement services department or at the very least has a placement director. Perhaps there is assistance there. Another possibility may be the opportunity to shadow someone at one of the larger institutions.
Unfortunately, this school took away the Internships that were originally a part of the program. Their advice is to become a member of AAPC (which cost) and network through them. I've also been given information for a Medical Coding 3-day class to help pass the Certification Exam (again which cost). So there are some tools to help me but when you're not working, it's kind of hard to pay for these tools. Thanks for your input :-)
Congrats on finishing a difficult course. I am graduating from a Health Information Mgmt program w/ a diploma in Coding/Billing and I understand. You are correct everyone wants you to have at least 2 years experience. My suggestion is: Check and see if United Health Care has ffices near you; If so look and see if they are hiring. They have entry level positions that can lead to Billing and Coding. Now for the coding, that is going to be a little more difficult, but if you take a position that is Patient Registration or something similar, it gets your foot in the door and you can move from there. If you want more information about coding: there are two professional organizations you need to connect with:
AAPC.org- this is the professional organization for Coding and Billing and CCO.us- is a training company run by coders: but they offer free webinars and other great resources- talk to someone at both organizations and let them assist you. Also, what is your college doing for you? Why aren't they providing you with an internship? If you need more assistance reach out to me at email@example.com, be glad to help.
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I agree, go ahead & take test now, also be willing to start as receptionist in office, but if they're not willing to train you to move up and get experience go and look for another job. If I had it to do over again I would've not taken this class or gotten a job while I was still in school. Also check with your coder assoc for
As an administrator, we would not hire anyone without the certificate. Having said that, we never filled the position because it was difficult to find someone qualified and with the credentials to do the job.
I suggest that you do the cover letter as mentioned denoting your skills and abilities. Suggest a voluntary internship where you are not being paid but learning the job (and demonstrating) while you work on obtaining your certificate.
Maybe apply for a lower grade job with pay as you work on your certificate is another option. Once you're with the company and perform tasks beyond the expectations of the position, the possibility of doors opening for you to secure that upgraded position increases. Put your resume out there and don't give up. Good luck.
Hey Rita I think hands on experience is the best way to get where you want to be you just finish your course so why not just go right go to the hospital or talk to a doctors office and go for what you know you are already in there and don't know it you already did your internship so take control and do what it is you know how to do cause what ever job you get hired on they are going to train you anyway on how they do things. Good luck to you God Bless