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How to Weigh the Pros and Cons of Multiple Medical Coding Certifications

You may be wondering, since medical coding certification offers so many benefits, whether you can compound your advantages by having more than one certification. Very possibly. But before you begin signing up for every certification possible, consider the pros and cons of having multiple certifications:

  • Potentially higher salary: Theoretically, the more certification levels you achieve, the higher the salary you can expect. In reality, experience plus certification improves your marketability tenfold. In other words, don’t go certification crazy without earning some real-world experience to go along with all of those acronyms.

  • More access to networking opportunities: Multiple memberships mean increased network opportunity. If you attend local chapter meetings and become an involved member, when a job becomes available, someone with influence may suggest you or serve as a reference.

  • Increasing costs to achieve multiple certifications: One big disadvantage of multiple certifications is cost. The initial cost of taking the test(s) can be a drain on your personal finances. In addition, each certification requires a certain number of continuing education units (CEUs) within your chosen specialty.

  • Higher membership dues: The other disadvantage is the cost of membership. Some employers may reimburse your dues or other costs, but don’t count on it, especially in the beginning.

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