At Towson University Continuing & Professional Studies, our students’ success is our success. That’s why we work closely with them from registration through course completion to understand their career and continuing education needs and goals. Read on for Mckenzie Adams’s success story and and get inspired to create your own student success story.
Tell us a little about your background.
I was originally pursing a career in the medical clinical field but after having a child I decided that it was no longer my wish to be on the front lines. Unsure of what career I wanted to pursue, I decided to take a break from school. I got a “nine to five” job to give myself time to raise my daughter and to decide my path. In June 2018, I was hired as an account representative for University of Maryland’s Faculty Physicians Inc. The department along, with the lovely ladies that I’ve been honored to work with, have helped me fall in love with the healthcare field.
Why did you decide to take our Certified Medical Coding course?
Being In the same position for two years and observing the coders in our office, I decided that I wanted to elevate myself and pursue something more challenging and rewarding.
How did enrolling in our course change your career path? How did you benefit from taking the course?
TU’s Certified Medical Coding course has helped me pursue a new career path that has great potential for growth. With this course, I not only learned a tremendous amount medical coding, but how to enter the workforce, how important it is to create a network, and many tips on how to be successful after passing the exam.
Why did you choose Towson University? How did a member of our team or the instructor help you?
I was recommended to Towson University Continuing and Professional Studies certified medical coding course by a coworker who had already taken the course and passed the first time. Both the instructor and the program manager were very friendly and helpful in my endeavor. They were both prompt and answered any questions I had and helped in any way they could.
Did you take your certification exam yet? Did you pass?
I took my exam on July 18, 2020 and passed on my first try with a 92%. (Way to go!)
If you could say anything to someone who is on the fence about taking a continuing education course, what would you say?
I would recommend researching the course and the job outlook of the career you are pursuing. This helped me decide that I definitely wanted to take this course and pursue a career in medical coding.
Anything you would like to add?
I understand many students fail from being nervous and running out of time on the certification exam. I recommend researching the extent of the course and exam before pursuing this career path. I did this and prepared myself very early on. As the course went on and I got more comfortable so did my nerve. By the exam date, I was fully aware of what I was sitting for and ready to pass the exam. I also recommend trying to get a job in either a medical finance or medical billing office. My prior experience, along with this course (which counts as one year’s experience), allowed me to have the A removed from my credential prior to getting my certificate in the mail. Now, I’m proud to say I’m Mckenzie Adams, CPC!