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The Medical Coding Certification that Will Further Your Career Aspirations

Although you can’t predict the future, you can put some thought into your long-term career needs when you’re thinking about the type of medical coding training program you want. The last thing you want is to get stuck in a program that prepares you for a certification exam that doesn’t match up with how you want to spend the rest of your career.

As you talk your way through this decision, consider these factors:

  • Where you plan to seek employment (hospital, physician’s office, and so on)

  • The kind of job you want to do (whether you prefer the quiet work of a coder, the data entry routine of the biller or charge poster, or the daily interaction required of account's receivable representative)

  • The type of certification potential prospective employers prefer

  • The availability, quality, and cost of the training programs in your area

Where you want to work and what kind of job you want to do will probably carry the most weight in your decision-making process. After all, you want to make yourself the most marketable candidate for the jobs you want most. Try these tips for tracking the ins and outs of potential employers and, by extension, the certifications they require:

  • Check with local employment recruiters and see what type of credentials their clients prefer.

  • Take note of the credentials displayed in local medical offices that you visit.

  • Look through the local job listings and see what kinds of certifications are mentioned in jobs that appeal to you.

  • If you have your heart set on working for a particular company, find out what kind of coders they prefer.

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