27 May 2014
Becoming a Medical Coder - My Journey!
Published 27 May 2014
I have been in and out of school for a few years, and after having my two children, I decided that I would stay at home and raise my children. Once they became old enough to go to school, I decided that I wanted to go back to school as well, but honestly had no idea what I wanted to do. I knew working in the medical field was where my heart and soul were and I decided to call up Allied Schools. A friend of mine had gone through a pharmacy tech program, and I figured I'd give them a call to see what my options were. When I called, I talked with an admissions rep and she helped me decide what was going to work for me. I had a bunch of questions, but she was super helpful in making sure I knew all I needed to make a wise choice.
One of the things I needed to do was decide what I wanted to do. I had to think about my family and working long hours and nights was not something I wanted to do. I wanted a normal schedule that would allow me to be home in the evenings and with my children, so working in an office setting or a solid 40 hours a week was what was going to be best for me.
From there, my admission rep helped me decide that maybe a career in medical coding would be the best choice for me. The fact that the program COULD be completed in less than 12 months made it sound more appealing because I didn't want to be in school for 4 years while trying to make ends meet. I wanted something that would get me in the workforce in a short amount of time. I love the fact that the field of medical coding is expected to grow by 21% by the year 2020 which means my job security is promising which was yet just another huge bonus for me!!
Going into this, I had a lot of questions about the school especially with it being online. You hear all the time about online scams now and schools not being accredited and I was pleased that my admissions rep had ALL the answers to my questions (and I asked A LOT, LOL). The field of medical coding is in high demand I found out after doing some research and now that I am working as a coder, I can see why. It takes a lot of time and patience and understanding of medical codes to do this job, but I am glad that I have the stability that my family needs.
Because of the population aging, my job is always secure because more and more people are going to need the services of a medical professional which means there are always going to be medical claims made that a coder will need to generate. According to the BLS, medical coders are used in every aspect of health care and it made my decision to sign up with Allied School even easier.
Some of the classes I took included:
- Medical terminology
- Anatomy and physiology
- Medical coding
- Certification exam prep
Allied Schools really helped me through this entire process and the tuition was something that I could afford even being a single mom. They helped me develop a resume that will help me land interviews and the best part is that if you already have experience in some of the classes, you can do the test out option which will allow you to take a test and if you pass you can finish the program even faster. I love the fact that the staff are all so helpful and whenever I had an issue or a concern, my team was always there for me from tuition concerns to getting signed up and enrolled. From dealing with admissions to dealing with tuition, everything went smoothly and before I knew it I was in classes.
Now that I am done, I am glad I chose Allied Schools for my medical coding classes. I am working in a doctor office and have the ideal schedule that I wanted from the get go. They really helped make my career possible and they are all so helpful. I would recommend this school to anyone looking for a quick way to get into the medical field especially if you want something that you can do online because of the convenience and flexibility that it adds to any busy lifestyle! The classes really helped me learn all I need to know to succeed in my career that I have chosen as a medical coder! :) Thanks again to everyone who encouraged me on this journey. If you're wondering if you can do it - YOU CAN!!! I promise. Just work hard and stick with it - you'll make it too!