Techskills Informative - TechSkills: Lacks Teachers
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA -- I just finished the Medical Coding course with TechSkills in San Jose California. I would have to say they did not do a very good job in helping me understand the subject. They assigned a mentor to me who seemed to have little or no knowledge on Medical coding. Each time I asked her a question she would be elusive saying “it depends” or that it seems right to her. I handed in a lot of homework and she never even bothered checking it. She would put a 100% at the top and returned it to me.
They did provide me with the textbooks and material needed to understand coding, but it was pretty much up to me to figure out how to do it. And they really forced me to keep to their schedule. This normally should be an acceptable practice, except they did not include any breaks for any holidays. Not for Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving, Labor Day, you name it and they ignored it. On the other hand, they were nice enough to close their offices on these holidays. So the 9 months they scheduled me to finish the course was literally 9 calendar months.
Finally, they are always pushing their NHA certificate. This certificate is obtained by a test TechSkills gives, typically onsite. There are several institutions that provide training and certification for medical coding. The largest one is AHIMA. While most employers are more interested in hiring someone one with experience, a handful are aware of the AHIMA certification and it does help to have it on your resume. Unfortunately, TechSkills tries very hard to hide this fact from their students.
You can learn how to do medical coding if you go through TechSkills. But you should be aware that you will be on your own and it would be about the same as if you took an online course that may cost thousands of dollars less.