I started working in health care in 2006 as a part-part time receptionist at an Urgent Care Center. A few months after I started I moved to full time, and at some point I started to do the billing for the practice.
During my time at the Urgent Care I was in school for numerous things… Nursing, Health Care Administration, Business Administration… I’m not much of a school person and I couldn’t decide WHAT I wanted to do w/ my life.
In 2007 I left the Urgent Care for a brief period and worked in an ER in downtown Orlando. It was during those 8 months I knew I did not want to be a nurse.
I returned back to the Urgent Care and continued doing the medical billing/helping to run the front office.
In 2009 (i think) I decided I wanted to go back to school (for the millionth time) for my medical coding certificate. I attempted to go to a local community college, but I was not impressed with the program, so I decided to research my online option. I eventually decided on Kaplan Universities continuing education medical coding program.
The program was designed to be 12 months, it took me 18… Doing school from home is challenging – requires lots of focus. Focus that I don’t really have.
By this time I was in my current job as an office manager for a surgical practice – I do it all here, including the medical billing/coding. I’ve been putting off getting my certification – mostly out of laziness, partly out of just being terrified that I would fail.
All this to say that I took my exam this morning, and by some miracle of God, I passed.
A perfect score would have been 400, I needed a 300 to pass. I received a 374. I’m super thankful that I was able to get my results right away; waiting several months would have been agonizing.
I’m shocked that I passed. I’ve been studying, not as much as I could have – but I did study. Every time I studied I felt like I had no idea what I was doing, despite having been in the field for many years.
I guess I know what I’m doing after all, which is a relief. so yay me!