Becoming a medical coder in Durham, North Carolina may be easier now that a statewide initiative has taken root at Durham Technical Community College.
Its part of the JobsNOW program that provides a skills-based program that residents can take in less than half a year, helping them gain entry into high demand fields like medical coding, as well as nursing and bio-manufacturing technology, reported the Herald-Sun.
"The program is just getting started, so we don't yet know how popular it's going to be," Wanda Maggart, the school's senior vice president, told the newspaper. Students in the program will receive certification and career training in medical coding, as well as opportunities for continuing education.
It may be a better fit for people interested in helping people become healthy, but may feel queasy about the sight of blood or shy away from frequent interaction with sick people, according to Tribune Media Services.
Medical coders in North Carolina are responsible for examining patients' records and assigning symbols representing their medical conditions to make it easier for insurance companies to make payments and manage records, reported the news provider.
While DTCC is one option for those looking to begin a medical coding career in North Carolina, there are many schools that have begun offering training programs throughout the country to help supply the great demand in the field.
CareerStep is one company that offers online certification programs that could benefit residents who already have a full-time job in another industry and would prefer to work at their own pace or preferred times.
The organization has split its coding training into inpatient and outpatient coding courses, reflecting the fact that inpatient work at hospitals can lead to greater advancement and improved pay.
They hope it will "provide our students not only increased options as they start their healthcare career, but also a stronger skill set to further expand their career choices," according to Mike Hodgson, the firm's vice president of enrollment.