Alumni Open Thread

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23 Responses to “Alumni Open Thread”

  1. Carolyn Lowery

    I have been studying for my CCA certification. I am very nervous about taking the exam. I have been looking for a job in the medical field but have not had any success. I am starting to become very depressed. I have very good clerical skills along with the classes I have taken I feel that I could a least get a job as medical front office clerk.

    • Keep your chin up. This is the worst employment environment since the Great Depression. There are going to be plenty of jobs in this field that you’ve studied. You would not be alone in choosing to take a job beneath your skill/education level as an interim measure until the economy rebounds. Many folks are in that same position. You can do this!

      • Willie Holyfield

        Hi Deanne,

        I am also attending Allen School for Medical Billing and Coding. I’m set to graduate this week, 9/25/09! I see that you, to, will be graduating in a couple of months. I hope it has been as great an experience for you, as it has for me. I love that you’re not only doing this for yourself, but for your children as well. Good luck on your certification exam and job search.


  2. Deanne Moore

    I currently attend Allen School and am set to graduate in November. I have come a long way from where I was not knowing anything about billing and coding. I was at a point where I wanted to quit because it was just too much. I am glad I had my teachers to give me the confidence and encouragement not to give up. I also thank my mom. I am just upset that I do not have as much time to spend with my children as I would like, but I know I am doing this to give them a better future. Good luck to all.

  3. Sharon Martin

    The Federal Trade Commission issued a public warning in April of 2009 about the advertisements in newspapers, late night television and supermarket ads for medical billing opportunities with an 800 number, most of these are scams so be very careful of them.
    We would all like that perfect job of running our own billing and coding business from home, but in reality it takes years of working as a biller and coder to actually be good enough at your profession to be able to build your own business. I am not saying that this is impossible to achieve but I am saying, be practicable and do your research before you jump into having your home based billing and coding business. Best of luck to you all.

  4. Dana Conley

    This is strictly a reflection on my experience with Allen School….
    Today’s the last day and I’m excited and pretrified of what’s to come. In this slumping economy you hear that this is a recession-proof trade, but is it? I think so. I’m confident that with my skills and the training I’ve received, I will ease into a new position within my new trade.
    I feel that I wouldn’t have been able to progress the way I have if this course hadn’t been available online. I am thankful that programs like these are available for adults with families and full time jobs. Though it wasn’t easy, I am thankful that Allen School offered me an education that fits my schedule, while providing me with applicable information and training.

    Thank you!

  5. Nancy Smitley

    Well this has been a long journey that has come to an end. I have learned so much, and now I am ready to put it to use. I have been looking for a job for the last 4 weeks. Most everybody wants 1-2 yrs exp. However, I still apply. All they can tell me is no. After what I have been through personaly one more no is just that. I hold my head up high and keep on going forward. I hope that everyone keeps in touch. I will miss all of my friends that I have made in school. I wish everybody the best of luck in whatever life brings your way.

    Nancy Smitley

  6. Hi Carolyn, try the international employment database which features medical careers as well as hospital and nursing jobs. Don’t get to down about things, what goes up must come down, and there are still jobs out there and the key to finding these vacancies is using jobs search engines that locate careers by searching all the worlds jobs sites and therefore can speed up the process of finding relevant work for you online.

  7. Lillian Valadez

    Hello fellow students,
    I graduated in Sept. of 09, I am STILL looking for a job. Let me share with you what I have learned during this stressfull time in my life. I have found no one will hire me without 1. experience and 2. certification and the experience outweighs the certification. I called some schools here in Texas and found out they were not surprised because I had not had any clinical, on the job training, which they offer. I debated between going to a sit down class room environment, but I liked the freedom online learning gave you. So I take responsibility for that choice. We should have been offered some internship choices. I took out a student loan which has now come due and I have no way to pay it, I have requested a forberance from them. I have clerical experience, I graduated with a high GPA, and still here I am!!! Good luck to all of you still looking, yes it is tough times, but I think the program should add some internships to the curriculum. Just my thoughts!!!

  8. I’m graduating from the Medical Billing and Coding Program in 7/2010. I’d like to know which certification you pursued after graduation. How has the certification helped you? If you could do it again, would you have pursued that certification? Why or why not? Has the certification proven valuable:
    How long did it take you to find a position?
    Did it result in a higher starting salary?
    Thank you

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