Precisely. I did myself what I thought was a favor, and went to one of those vo-tech schools to learn medical coding. After $8000, which will be $11000 before the student loan is paid off, the only ICD-9 codes I see are the ones that come on the orders I look at when I REGISTER PATIENTS for MRI's, CT's, and US's. It was the only job available that I could take to MAYBE start earning a better living and eventually start paying back that loan, but it sure isn't $15/hr as a coder.<quoted text>
Although I agree with most of what you say, many young people don't bother with education to become engineers for example because even if they did, there would probably be no jobs for them anyway. They they would have to pay outrageous sums for that education from the meager wages they get at fast food service.
These Vo-Tech schools need to lose some of their accreditations because they're allowed to LIE about what they can help you accomplish in a short period of time. Where I went to school, the only thing necessary to qualify to GO to that school was a pulse and the ability to sign your name on a dotted line. If you can get student loans, forget it, they'll take you! Doesn't matter if you are able to sit still long enough to get through a class or keep your mouth shut for awhile so someone else can learn! They don't even require APTITUDE. Just come on in and you, too, will be able to earn $18/hr as a coder. Yea, right. The ironic thing is that I probably could, but by the time I get my CPC certification through the AAPC or AHIMA, I'll be an old woman. And even THEN, I'll be fighting the hundreds of other (younger)applicants to these kinds of jobs.