I recently graduated with an associates degree in medical billing and coding from University of Phoenix. I am now trying to decide where to go and what to do now that I am completely done with school. I have probably read hundreds of comments/forums/discussions where people are saying how hard it is to find a job, and there is really nothing you can do without experience except start from the bottom.
I am just wondering if anyone has any suggestions on what I should do now. Should I go ahead and study for and take the cpc test to become certified, or should I wait and just try to find a job that is more along the lines of medical billing? I am just afraid that if I pay for the study materials and test, and I pass, that I will still be rejected for coding jobs because of my lack of professional experience. There is no possible way that I can volunteer, or do an "internship" because I have a daughter, and money is very tight.
I feel competent with my knowledge of the basics in both the billing and coding, but I am just feeling scared or worried about not being able to get hired even though I have a degree and will earn my cpc (or cpc-h) certification.
Any help or suggestions is appreciated. Oh and I live in TN. Thank you!