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Medical Coding Kept This Student's Career Relevant

Posted by CLIMB Center on July 27, 2016

Updated Feb. 25, 2022

Terri Miller enrolled in PCC Institute for Health Professionals April 2015 for medical coding. She writes about her experience with PCC and where it has gotten her today.

Meet Terri Miller. She enrolled in the PCC Institute for Health Professionals to learn about medical coding. Having spent 20 years as a medical transcriptionist, she found her job becoming obsolete due to advances in medical technology. In her own words, she described her experience with PCC, the courses she took as part of our medical coding program, and how training in medical coding helped her stay in the healthcare field while keeping her career relevant.


Terri Miller, a Medical Coder who trained at PCC

Tell us a little bit more about yourself. What’s your background?

I am a graduate of the University of Portland with a double major in Business Marketing and Management. 

Why did you decide to take the medical coding training course with PCC?

I worked in a medical office out of college and eventually became a medical transcriptionist successfully for 20 years and found in the last 3-4 years it was becoming obsolete due to voice recognition and various other factors, so made the decision to change careers.  I knew a few people who had gone into Coding and after researching decided it was just the chance to offer change, challenge, infinite possibilities for growth, all still utilizing my past medical field experience. 

After checking out my options online, I saw PCC offered a program that was both affordable, timely, and flexible with home study.

What did you like most about the medical coding course?

The fact I could continue to work from home while studying to complete the course from home.  I also appreciated greatly that the instructor took the time to meet with us at the end of each course to do a very thorough review and help us prepare for the certification examination.

Did you take a national exam after the course? Did you pass? Did you feel prepared to take the exam?

I did take the certification examination and passed the first time! I was very prepared for it after taking the course and practice tests.

Where are you working in the medical field? How long did it take you to find a job? Are you liking it?

I applied for a position at OHSU and was hired almost immediately.  I could not have made a better choice for my career change!

What would you say to other individuals who are thinking about taking this course at PCC Institute for Health Professionals?

Research it, talk to the instructor, ask all the questions you can think of, and if you choose to go with PCC Institute for Health Professionals, you will be well prepared for a future in Medical Coding.



From entry-level training to continuing education units (CEUs) for working  professionals, CLIMB's Institute for Health Professionals offers a range  of educational opportunities for health care professionals. You can always  count on the Institute for Health Professionals at PCC CLIMB to provide  the health training that you need to succeed in a health care career. 

Topics: Healthcare, Entry Level Healthcare Careers, Student Profiles, Medical Coding

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