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.
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.