Those interested in a career in medical coding and billing have a difficult decision to make.
Do they immediately try and enter the workforce?
Do they get a certification first?
Or do they go all-in on a college degree?
The first scenario can be difficult, as employers usually like to see experience or knowledge before they hire someone. The last scenario can be expensive, and there’s no guarantee you’ll even have the specific knowledge you need to succeed at your job. Certifications, on the other hand, perfectly combine a fast entry into the industry with giving you the knowledge needed to become successful.
In fact, companies love hiring medical coders with certifications—and pay them well for it. Here are four reasons why companies love hiring new medical coders with certifications:
1. They’re knowledgeable.
To earn a medical coding certification, you really have to know your stuff. The exam to become a Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) is 150 questions and you have to get at least a 70 to pass it. That means you can miss up to 45 questions. The exam covers a wide variety of medical coding topics, so those that do pass will bring lots of knowledge to the company that hires them.
2. They’re eager to make a good impression.
These new medical coders with certifications will also be eager to hit the ground running and show off their knowledge. Armed with a passing grade and a new chance to prove themselves, NMCCs will have a healthy work ethic and desire to impress their superiors.
3. They’ve overcome challenges.
Many students who pass the certification exam come from difficult pasts. From single mothers to college dropouts, these people often have overcome several challenges in their life and put in the time and money required to get their certification. The right company will love to reward them for their hard work.
4. They bring a fresh perspective.
Finally, these new medical coders can bring a fresh, new perspective to the company. Perhaps they can think of a new, more efficient way to do things. Or, their updated knowledge will teach supervisors a thing or two. Either way, a fresh perspective is a huge bonus.
These are just a few of the countless reasons employers love hiring medical coders with certifications. Interested in getting a medical coding certification of our own? Sign up for our three-day class or online course today!