Career Step Partners with IOD Incorporated to Bridge Training to Employment Gap for New Coders

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Career Step, an online provider of career education and corporate training, is pleased to announce that it has partnered with IOD Incorporated, a leading provider of integrated health information management (HIM) solutions for hospitals, healthcare systems and clinics, to provide a solution that helps Career Step’s graduating medical coders more easily make the transition from training to employment. 

Based on past success with Career Step students, IOD Incorporated is specifically inviting Career Step Medical Coding and Billing graduates to apply for its Coder Development Program, a 13-week paid training program resulting in employment upon completion for those who reach specific performance thresholds. Coder Development Program graduates are placed into remote inpatient coding positions with comprehensive oversight and ongoing mentorship, which allows them to work from their homes—a perk usually requiring several years of experience within the coding industry.

“There is an interesting paradox in the coding industry of a massive shortage of coders and yet people are unwilling to take a chance on new graduates, particularly for inpatient coding, because they want them to have boots on the ground experience,” said Scot Nemchik, IOD Incorporated Vice President of Coding Compliance and Education. “Career Step lays an excellent foundation with their training, and then our Coder Development Program gives them experience and coaching on hundreds of inpatient charts with all of their nuances through the use of our Coding Gym™. We are very excited about this program and our partnership with Career Step because we are providing a bridge to employment where one historically has not existed.”

The Career Step Professional Medical Coding and Billing program lays the groundwork by teaching students everything from medical terminology, anatomy, healthcare processes and coding with the HCPCS, CPT, ICD-9 and ICD-10 code sets. Students graduate prepared to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) credential offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) or the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) credential offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). The comprehensive curriculum prepares students to enter the coding industry working with outpatient records, and the IOD Incorporated program builds on that foundation to provide the experience needed to transition to inpatient coding.

“We are very excited about our partnership with IOD Incorporated and what it means for our graduates,” said Jerolyn Robertson, Career Step Vice President of Academics. “Our focus is always on preparing students for jobs, and we believe the education that is the most worthwhile is that which enables students to change their lives for the better through gainful employment. This partnership with IOD Incorporated makes it more possible than ever for our students to start rewarding careers immediately upon graduation, and the opportunity for them to start working remotely immediately after graduation is just phenomenal.”

Once students have finished the Career Step training, they will be prepared to apply for IOD Incorporated’s Coder Development Program. Those accepted will begin a paid, 13-week training period that consists of hands-on experience as well as personalized feedback and instruction based on very specific performance data. Professionals who complete the program will be prepared to earn the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) credential offered by AHIMA, and program graduates currently have a 100 percent pass rate for this certification exam.

To learn more about Career Step’s Professional Medical Coding and Billing program and how it can prepare individuals for careers in medical coding, visit or call 1-800-411-7073. Career Step graduates interested in more information on applying with IOD Incorporated should contact their Career Step Graduate Advisors at

About Career Step
Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and corporate training, has trained over 85,000 students, has more than 150 partnerships with colleges and universities nationwide, and provides training for several of the most respected healthcare employers in the nation. Career Step is committed to helping students and corporate employees alike gain the skills they need to be successful in the workplace, improving lives and business results through education. Career Step’s training programs are currently focused in healthcare, technology and administration, and more information can be found at or 1-800-246-7836.

About IOD Incorporated
IOD, a leading health information management company with more than 30 years of industry experience, combines innovative technologies and services to streamline workflows, maximize productivity and reduce costs for hospitals, healthcare systems and clinics worldwide. As a result, 2,700 healthcare organizations rely on IOD’s PRISM® platform and supporting services to transform and deliver meaningful health information to the right people at the right time in the right format. To learn more about how IOD helps healthcare organizations achieve their operational and financial goals, visit

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  1. Tricia,

    Thanks for your question. IOD does require you have graduation status to go through the application process. Good luck with the rest of the course.

  2. Taiwo June 10, 2015

    Just as the person above me (Tricia) has said, I am looking forward to completing the program by October 2015, can I apply to IOD now or until I have completed the billing and coding program?

    Also, I will want to know if my current transcripts in Health Information Management at a AHIMA accredited university can facilitate or make me more marketable? I only have 2 semester to graduate in HIM.

  3. Hi Taiwo,

    You would need to finish the course first before you can apply for a position with IOD.

    IOD’s main requirement is being a graduate of Career Step as they are specifically looking for Career Step graduates. However, with that being said, any past experience or education may assist you with the IOD’s assessment test and application process.

    Best wishes!

  4. Mindy June 23, 2015

    Hi. I am just 1/4 of the way through the course. I am wondering what the requirements are for getting accepted into the training program and employment with IOD? When are the training classes for 2016? Thanks!

  5. Mindy,

    You can apply for a position with IOD once you have graduated with Career Step’s program. You would have an application process you would go through with them.

    We do not have the exact dates for 2016. When we do have the dates, we will let our graduates know.

  6. Marina June 30, 2015

    Good Afternoon,
      I have been working in the Hospitality Industry for almost 10 years and I am ready to change careers. I am very interested in Medical Coding Program offer by Career Step. My concern is that I have no experience or knowledge in the Medical field. Is there any specific requirement to apply for this course? Should I take Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Terminology classes before the beginning of program in order to succeed? Thank You!

  7. Cherie McCormick July 08, 2015

    I am about to start my Medical Coding & Billing class very soon and wanted to know how long does it take to be accepted into the IOD Development program?

  8. Marina,

    With your education with Career Step, you will receive the training you would need to find employment. You would not need to take any additional courses or classes.

  9. Cherie,

    You would be qualified to apply for a position with IOD once you receive graduate support status. The timing will come down to when they have their openings, and how many other people are applying.

  10. Aletha July 28, 2015

    I am 53 and living in Raleigh NC. I am going to start the Medical Coding and Billing program in August through Wake Tech community college. Is the job force outlook in this area a good choice for me to find a job?

  11. Graduate Support July 29, 2015


    Once you are done with the course, we will help you network in your local area and find employment. I did check this morning, and there are currently positions opened in your area. We also will help you find remote positions if needed.

  12. Judith July 30, 2015

    i have been an MRI technologist for over 25 years. I have researched several schools and your program looks really good to me. Is there a clinical portion to this program?  our local college has a program but there is a certain amount of clinical hours that must be done on day shift while a supervisor is present..I work full time so this is not an option for me. Is everything pertaining to this course done online?  Thank you

  13. Judith,
    Our program does not require a clinical externship in order to graduate, as this becomes hard for working adults. We do have a coding practicum, which gives you exposure to coding in all of the specialties as well as inpatient/outpatient hospital settings. This practicum really prepares you for when you start working out in the field. We look forward to having you as one of our students!

  14. Janet Colucci August 03, 2015

    I am looking for an entry level outpatient medical coder job.  I have my certification (COC). I am having such a difficult time finding a job.  They all ask for experience and how do you get that if no one is willing to hire you.  I have such a passion and love medical coding. I worked for a company as a bench coder and recently was laid off due to losing a client and lack of work.  I have so much training especially in ICD-10_CM and ICD-10-PCS through Precyse University. I am on the Dean’s list at Drexel and have great marks in all my trainng.  Can someone please help me??

  15. Graduate Support August 05, 2015


    The great thing about our relationship with IOD, they are looking for Career Step’s top students! If you have graduated with Career Step, they will waive the experience requirement. In fact, with the education, we are seeing companies like IOD, waive the experience requirement. If you are not a student of Career Step, you are welcome to call in to our enrollment department to get additional information on the training, and why Career Step is the leading educator in the coding industry.

  16. Name dan hershberger August 08, 2015

    I am have been a nursing assistant for over ten years. I have started the billing and coding.I have gone through a phlebotomy course clinical studies and externship. I also have been a psychiatric rehabilitation technician temp with an agency and have hands on experience with many different types of conditions. How much of an advantage would I have to get hired in the billing and coding field?

  17. Graduate Support August 10, 2015

    Education is key. Although experience is important, and will help out in your studies, IOD does prefer Career Step students. With your background, and studies you will have an advantage of someone who had gone to a different school.

  18. Bonny Glavin August 11, 2015

    I have been considering career step’s Medical Billing and Coding program. I have 20+ years medical billing experience in Outpatient, Inpatient and Er coding Hospital facility, but had no coding credentials, as the Patient Accounts director when i inquired about seeking my certification in coding, she told me why? You don’t need certification you’re already doing it. Would you know if my experience would be beneficial to me when I enroll with Career Step? I spoke to a advisor a two years or so who told ne that I may be ahead if i already know coding. Does career step offer coding in ICD-9 and ICD-10? Could I take both coding classes?

  19. Coding Support August 14, 2015

    Career Step does offer training in ICD-9 and in ICD-10! Yes, you may take both if desired.
    Credentialed coders are often paid more than non-credentialed.  They are more marketable and creditable due to their credential.
    If you already know the basics you will be a step ahead of everyone else. Taking an official coding program and certifying can cover the basis that your particular facility may not currently use or reference.

  20. Patti Lawson August 20, 2015

    I currently have an Associates Degree in Allied Health and have completed courses in Medical Terminology & Anatomy & Physiology I & II.
    Would I need to take those courses again through Career Step if I applied for this program?

  21. Patty,
    We would still need you to take the medical terminology and A&P modules, but you would be able to take all of the unit quizzes and module exams. So these modules you will probably move very quickly through. We look forward to having you as one of our students.

  22. payal August 31, 2015

    I am very interested in Medical Coding Program offer by Career Step. My concern is that I have no experience or knowledge in the Medical field. Is there any specific requirement to apply for this course? Should I take Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Terminology classes before the beginning of program in order to succeed? Also do you prepare the candidates for CCA or CCS ?i have read the CCA is not a marketable credential, for example, because it is just introductory, not a professional level credential. The CCA demonstrates a commitment to learning to code, while the CCS demonstrates mastery-level skills required of coding professionals. The CCS is valued by employers.Also do your course prepares for CPC too?  Thank You!

  23. Coding Support September 01, 2015

    The Career Step program prepares for the CCA and the CPC. The CCS is a more advanced credential that we do not prep for.
    The Career Step program includes training in Medical Terminology, Pathophysiology, Anatomy Physiology, and Pharmacology. It is not necessary to have a medical background to begin training with Career Step.

  24. Lisa Almonte September 03, 2015

    I am about half way through the course now with Career Step. I feel like I am learning a lot. When I finish my training program, am I guaranteed a position for training with IOD? Thank You.

  25. Graduate Support September 03, 2015

    Although we are the preferred training for IOD, they do not guarantee employment. If you are interested, you would go through their application process.

  26. Sheree September 15, 2015

    Does this company offer benefits-health insurance etc.


  27. Graduate Support September 16, 2015


    Yes IOD does offer benefits. If you are hired to work for them, you would be working full time and receive benefits.

  28. Jenna September 21, 2015

    Hello I just passed my first final exam of online medical coding and billing from career step last week. I would like to apply for IOD training. What is the next step for it?  IOD still have opening for training? Thank for wonderful education and supporting.

  29. Graduate Support September 22, 2015


    Congrats! We will go ahead, and send an email to you with your requested information.

  30. Cyndi Timar September 23, 2015

    Will there be another CDP starting soon? If so how do I apply? Thanks!

  31. Graduate Support September 24, 2015


    IOD will be hiring again in November. To qualify for the application instructions, you would need to be a graduate of Career Step’s Medical Coding program.

  32. Brenda Krajewski September 25, 2015

    I am currently interested in enrolling for the medical billing/icd 10 coding course,and am seeking the ability to apply for the IOD training position but if the hiring is in Nov. I will not be able to apply.Is there going to be another hiring time,so that when I complete my studies I can apply.This is my second time around studying the icd 9 and I’d like to have a plan in place to get my career started.Thank you for the information,as well as,the opportunity. Brenda

  33. Lauren September 28, 2015

    I will be finishing the coding course by the end of october, will IOD start the hiring in november for december?

  34. Graduate Support September 28, 2015


    They will be hiring again in November for their January training.

  35. Remy October 02, 2015

    Hi Kim,
    I’ve been in the Snf as BOM for 11 years and corp.position recently.
    I want to increase my knowledge about cpt particularly in acute hospital setting for billing.
    What short course can u recommend for me.


  36. Cherie McCormick October 10, 2015

    If I am accepted into the IOD training, is the pay direct deposited?

  37. Graduate Support October 12, 2015


    I would contact IOD directly, and check how they would pay you.

  38. Laura October 18, 2015

    Hello, I am interested in starting career step for the medical coding/ billing course starting in January 2016. I would have a graduation date sometime in May. When would the next IOD training class start?

  39. Treva Radford October 19, 2015

    I will be completing my AAS Medical Support Specialist Degree, which includes 2 semesters of ICD 10 and a full semester of internship, in spring 2016. Do I meet qualifications to take advantage of this IOD program? Is it still needed after the training I already possess? If so please send me the necessary information to get started.
    Thank you.

  40. Ali October 20, 2015

    Hi, I will finish my Medical billing and coding with Careerstep at December 2015, how can I apply for IOD please

  41. Graduate Support October 21, 2015

    Al, Good luck as you finish your training! IOD will be opening up their application process again in mid-November. I would encourage you to see if you can finish the course before November. They have instructed us to email our graduates the application information. They prefer Career Step students. If you are not a graduate of Career Step, you would not receive the application instructions from us.

  42. Reselita Bennett October 27, 2015

    How can i get my transcript of records?

  43. Career Step October 28, 2015

    Hi Reselita,

    Our Operations Department should be able to help you. You can contact them at 1-888-657-5752, option 2 then option 1.

    Best Wishes!

  44. Chinyelu October 28, 2015

    Hi! I am scheduled to finish my Billing and Coding program by the end of December. I am interested in applying for IOD for the March start date. When will they start hiring for March? Jan or Feb? Also, after I complete my program this Dec., I will enroll into ICD 10 which I was told was free. I plan on completing that by the end of Jan or mid Feb the latest. Can I still apply for the March start date while finishing up the ICD 10 add on program?

  45. Graduate Support October 30, 2015


    Good luck as you finish up the course. If you are interested in applying for the March training program with IOD, you would need to be finished with the course by January. We would also encourage you to finish the ICD 10 training. IOD has mentioned to us the applicants who are doing the best with the application have the ICD-10 training. 

    Good luck again.

  46. Aletha C. Watson-White November 09, 2015

    How many times of the year does IOD except applications for training?

  47. Jeri Glenn November 09, 2015

    I have started the enrollment process to begin class for Medical Coding and Billing.  I am little nervous about this as I work two full-time jobs already, but I obtained both a Bachelors (Business Accounting) and Masters (Accounting) Degree online before while working two jobs, so I know I have it in me to do it again.

    I have a few questions.  Which is the preferred certification that employers look for, the CCA or the CPC?  Can you take the exams for both in the same time frame? Can you only get the CCS certification by completing the training through IOD?

    You may or may not be able to answer this question.  If you get hired with IOD in one state and you decide to move to another state do you get to keep your position, or do you have to resign it? Can you reapply if you do have to resign? 

    Thanks for your time, I look forward to getting started on my new career!!!!!! 


  48. Graduate Support November 10, 2015


    It really comes down to the employers and what they are looking for. As a student you will learn more about the examinations, and the differences of each.  We train you for both examinations.

    With IOD, the work is a remote position. From our understanding, you can move from one location to another and not worry about what state you are in. You would still be able to work for the same company. 

    If you thinking of enrolling, or have additional questions you are welcome to contact 800-246-7837, and they can go over additional questions for you.

  49. Charmaine Gary November 18, 2015

    I am just about to begin the Medical Coding and Billing with Career Step.  I have looked into IOD.  I was wondering if the 13 week training is online, or is there a physical site I would go to if hired.  I am concerned about leaving my current job while going through the training because the training pay is a little low for it to be my only source of income.

  50. TB December 02, 2015


    I plan on starting your Medical Billing and Coding program in a couple of weeks.  I think it’s wonderful that IOD is willing to offer Career Step graduates training; however, it appears that they are only looking for those willing to work full-time.  Are there any remote opportunities graduates who are looking for part-time only?

  51. Graduate Support December 02, 2015


    At this time a majority of remote coding positions are looking for full time work. There is an increase of remote coding positions, and in the near future there may be more of demand for coders to work part time at home.

  52. Inna December 11, 2015

    Hi there, I’m currently finished 1st quarter of my Medical Coding and was hoping to meet someone who is actually working as a Medical Coding from home, just to get an idea how will my future job will look like.  I never worked in medical industry before, so for me it will be new chapter in life which I really excited about smile What would you suggest???  Thanks for your time and Happy Holidays!!!

  53. Shannon Toye December 12, 2015


    I am interested in Career Step but I have two concerns. One is the rate of pay once I have experience. I am seeing 10 an hour with the new program and then can go up to 20. I have a need to make up to 70k a year. Is this a realistic goal after getting experience? I don’t want a job where all I make is 40 to 45k a year. Second, I know of two people who went through training else where and were never able to find a job. This scares me terribly. I don’t want to go through this training to come out and never be able to find a job. What can be said to ease my concerns? Thank You.

  54. Graduate Support December 15, 2015


    I would suggest checking out Career Step’s forums online.  By being a part of a growing network of students and graduates by participating in the Career Step Forums and Chat Rooms.

    We provide more information about these two tools at the beginning of the program, but the forums are a great place to ask questions, create study groups, or simply find support and encouragement from your peers and our staff.

    We have found that students who network in the forums consistently do better in their training.

    You can access the chats and forums via links on your homepage, but because they are private for Career Step students and graduates, you will need to register for the forums and chat rooms to participate.

    You can register for and access the forum at

  55. Stephen Dong January 02, 2016

    Just graduated Career Step Medical Coding & Billing Course with Honors and passed the CPC Certification Exam in December; will be taking the AAPC ICD-10 Certification Exam in January; interested in IOD remote training program.

  56. Cherie McCormick January 02, 2016

    Hi ... does anyone have any idea why everytime I go to check out the IOD website it is always “undergoing routine maintenance”? I am yet to see the website.

  57. Trang January 15, 2016

    Hi. I am close to completing Career Step coding program and wanted to know when the next hiring for IOD coding development program will begin. This will give me some kind of timeline for when I need to complete the program by to be eligible to apply. Thank you in advance for your time.

  58. Graduate Support January 19, 2016

    IOD will be contacting Career Step when they will be hiring again. They will also provide the instructions, and application information. Career Step will email our graduates once we have the information.

    We do not have the exact date on when they will be hiring.

  59. Joy January 27, 2016

    Someone asked if the IOD 13-week training was done remotely or at a physical site. I don’t recall seeing an answer and I would like to know as well.

    I have been considering enrolling in this program. It sounds good so far. What do other students think about this program?

    I was wondering also about the CCS certification from AHIMA. On their website it states that you are eligible to take that exam if you have attended an approved program that includes anatomy & physiology, medical terminology, etc. So does this program qualify? Otherwise to be eligible for the CCA you only need a high school diploma which means you could study on your own without the benefit of any program if you are smart enough to do that.

  60. Graduate Support February 01, 2016


    IOD’s training is done remotely.

    Career Step is approved through AHIMA, and you can take the CCA once you are done with the course.

    Here are the requirements to take the examination:

      -6 months coding experience directly applying codes;

      Completion of an AHIMA approved coding program;

      Completion of other coding training program to include anatomy & physiology, medical terminology, Basic ICD diagnostic/procedural and Basic CPT coding.

    You would also need a high school diploma. In additional to the high school diploma, you would need to fit one of the above requirements.

    Career Step is an approved program. One of the only online certificate programs approved by AHIMA, this approval assures you that Career Step’s program has been evaluated by the largest professional association in the industry and they determined that program graduates are well prepared to earn their credentials and start working at entry-level medical coders.

    Some of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation are using Career Step’s curriculum to train their employees.

    Career Step courses are specifically designed to help you gain the foundation and skills you need to earn the appropriate credentials, and help you find employment.

    If you would like additional information on the training, you are welcome to call 1-800-411-7073.

  61. Jackie Rhodes February 02, 2016

    I already completed a program through Ultimate Medical Academy as well as received my CPC. I haven’t had any luck finding a job and this opportunity sounds perfect other than having to pay again for the same course I already graduated from. Is my only option to go through all that again as well as pay tuition?

  62. Career Step February 03, 2016

    Hi Jackie,

    Our employer-trusted training enables us to form these partnerships and help our students find work, so we can only speak for Career Step graduates.

    Best wishes!

  63. Christina February 04, 2016

    I have a question about the 13 week paid intern/job opportunity. I understand that it is only offered after completion of the program, however I was wondering if it was strictly at a business or if it was at home as well? In the second paragraph of this page, it states - Coder Development Program graduates are placed into remote inpatient coding positions with comprehensive oversight and ongoing mentorship, which allows them to work from their homes, a perk usually requiring several years of experience within the coding industry.

    I am currently a stay at home mother and have been for about 2 1/2 years now. I have previously received a medical billing and coding certificate from Westwood college several years ago and obtained employment/on the job paid training similar to what IOD is offering and was hired on as a billing rep. I very much appreciated the process and opportunity and also very familiar with the process. I am now wanting to take the medical billing and coding course as a refresher with career step and to obtain certification as a coder, as I did not several years back. I am very much wanting to enter back into the workforce; at home would be my preference, as I now have 4 kids (2 in school and 2 at home). My husband is also in the air force and will be deployed for 6 months, starting next month! So if I could avoid day care costs that would be a plus. Any feedback would be much appreciated. Thank you!

  64. Graduate Support February 05, 2016


    Thanks for your message. To answer your question, IOD has various positions and opportunities throughout the year. One of the opportunities is the 13 week training development program. The development program is at home.

  65. Lisa February 07, 2016

    Hello, I will be finishing the icd 10 program in May and I am interested in learning more about the iod internship. How often do they offer it and when are the application deadlines?

  66. Career Step February 09, 2016

    Hi Lisa,

    We don’t know the exact dates IOD hires, it depends on their needs. But they will contact Career Step when they’re ready and we will email our graduates with more information on the application process.

    Good luck with the rest of your program!

  67. Euladia Collinge February 10, 2016

    I really want to be a career step student.
    Can you help with the following?
    1. 1982 I attended and graduated from Heald College in Fresno Ca. I now know that I have a defaulted loan with them. I emailed. Them so I can start pay $50 a month.
    2. I have no computer.
    3. I don’t have an income right now so I ne’er help with a government loan?, Federal loan, pell grant?

  68. Career Step February 11, 2016

    Hi Euladia,

    Right now you can get a laptop free when you enroll! You can learn more about that here:

    Our partnership with IOD hires our graduates for remote coding opportunities, so you would complete your training from home. We have a page outlining the different forms of tuition assistance that are available to you:

    For more information, you can call an Academic Advisor at 1-800-411-7073.

    Best wishes!

  69. Tiffany s. February 26, 2016

    Is the iod training available for any other times than 9-5?
    I am currently a dental hygienist looking to transition to more of a home based schedule and looking for night or evening hours.

  70. Career Step February 26, 2016

    Hi Brandie,

    If you are studying through Career Step, then after finishing your studies you can call our graduate support and we’ll be happy to help you.

    Best wishes!

  71. Monica March 01, 2016

    If someone has a D.U.I felony, and it has been five years since it happened, would there be a problem getting hired remotely?

    Hi Monica,

    Thanks for your question. We checked with IOD, and they said they run background checks of individuals who are applying for positions with them. If you have any additional questions about a specific felony or background checks, email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  72. Charity March 02, 2016

    Is IOD’s paid training program remote or onsite?

    Hi Charity,

    IOD’s paid training is conducted remotely. You’ll be training at home to work at home. =)

    Best wishes!

  73. Shelby March 03, 2016

    I am on track to graduate the program in April 2016 and I am just making sure you’re still partnered with IOD. During my research for this program that was a major selling point for me so I am hoping you are.
    Will my advisor be able to tell me when they are going to do another hiring spree/when the best time to apply?
    Also, do they have different locations for training or is it at the Green Bay office?
    Do I need to be taking the certification (CCS) exams before applying or does that come after?
    I am assuming I need to do it before but I like confirmation. Haha
    Thank you

    Hi Shelby,
    Yes, we are still partnered with IOD. =) They have hired more than 100 of our graduates over the past year and are very happy with the positive results they’re seeing from our continued partnership.

    Once you’ve graduated, you’ll work closely with our Graduate Advisors who will provide info on when and how to apply for IOD’s open positions. All of the training and work for IOD is performed remotely—so you’ll train from home to work from home. Upon completion of the Career Step training program you will be prepared to sit for the CCA and CPC exams. We recommend taking one of both of those exams shortly after graduation when the information is at its freshest. Upon completion of IOD’s Coder Development Program they report that graduates are prepared for the CCS and you could choose to sit for that certification at that point.

    Hope this helps and best wishes!

  74. Sandra March 12, 2016

    Hi, I was going to enroll into the medical billing & coding program this Tuesday but decided to check the reviews one more time until i stumbled on this seems like IOD is being promoted as a job opportunity for recent graduates but it looks like no one really gets hire or the school has no idea on when they would be hiring… I am currently employed for at a company for 10 years & opportunity for advancement are starting to open up…im really starting to second guess myself into enrolling since there are no direct answers on the IOD program and job placement for recent grads…

    Hi Sandra,

    No need to worry! We’ve had over 100 graduates hired by IOD over the past year, and they’re consistently hiring more every month or two. We do not publically post when they’re hiring because IOD has asked that we only provide that information to graduates to limit the number of applications they receive. When they’re ready for the next round of hiring, they notify our Graduate team who then sends out an email to all Medical Coding and Billing graduates. The email includes all instructions on when, where, and how to apply.

    Hopefully that helps and best wishes!

  75. Tanya March 22, 2016

    Is IOD the only company Career Step is partnered with on Medical Coding and Billing behalf?

  76. Dana April 17, 2016

    When will IOD do its next wave of hiring?  I have already graduated from Career Step with honors.  I was told by graduate services that they would email me when the next hiring wave happens, but I have heard nothing so far.  Thanks for your help.

    Hi Dana,
    They are currently in between hiring sessions. As soon as they are ready to hire the next wave for their Coder Development Program, we will notify all graduates. We have heard the next wave is expected to be in the summer.

    Best wishes!

  77. Evelyn April 17, 2016

    I’m interested in the medical billing and coding, however I do NOT have a high school diploma or ged, 45 years old now and looking for career change. Is this program possible without diploma or ged?

    Hi Evelyn,
    Thank you for your questions.  In order to be admitted to take a Career Step course a high school diploma or a GED is required. However, there are no specific skills or experience that are considered prerequisites for entry into the Career Step training program.

    Best of luck!

  78. Keonda April 30, 2016

    I am going to be starting the Medical Billing and Coding classes soon and I am interested in applying for IOD once I am in graduate status. Do you get paid through the 13 week training like a regular full time job?

    Hi Keonda,

    Thanks for questions! The IOD training is paid just like a regular full-time job.

    Good luck!

  79. Lang April 30, 2016

    I recently made an inquiry to IOD with a few questions about the program. I received an automated response saying the program is on an indefinite hold until further notice. Would you know what the reasons for this is? and if/when they will be starting the program up again?

    Hi Lang,

    They are currently in between hiring sessions. As soon as they are ready to hire the next wave for their Coder Development Program, we will notify all graduates. We have heard this next wave is expected to be in the summer.

    Best wishes!

  80. Tahisha May 05, 2016

    Once you are accepted in the IOD training program or working permanently is there an opportunity to work overtime after 40 hours?

    Hi Tahisha,

    That’s a great question, unfortunately we aren’t able to provide answer. This is something that you’ll need to ask IOD as you’re working through the interview process with them.

    Best wishes!

  81. Cherie McCormick June 15, 2016

    Hi ... do you have any idea why every time I go to check out the IOD website it is always “undergoing routine maintenance”? I am yet to see this website.

  82. Career Step June 16, 2016

    Hi Cherie,
    That’s so weird that you’re having that problem! We just tried their career page and were about to get through with no issues. If that link still isn’t working for you, you may want to try a different browser. Hope this helps!

    Best Wishes!

  83. Olinda June 21, 2016

    I am a CNA and am looking for a career change. I have been looking into the Career Step coding and billing program to be a remote worker. What grade point average do you need to qualify for the OID Coder Development Program 13 week paid training.

  84. Career Step June 22, 2016

    Hi Olinda,
    Thank you for your interest in our Medical Coding and Billing course! In order to apply for the IOD Development Program; you just need to graduate from the course, and during the application process you will be given an assessment examination to check your skills and knowledge.Our Medical Coding and Billing program will prepare you for everything you need to know. Hope this helps!

    Best wishes!

  85. Kaitlin July 07, 2016

    I just graduated from CareerStep in Medical Coding and Billing, and I am interested in the 13 week program. I can’t access any information other than this page unfortunately since the website is down for maintenance. Any advice?

  86. Graduates July 11, 2016

    Hi Kaitlin,
    Congratulations on graduating from the Medical Coding and Billing program—we are so happy for you!

    IOD, and other companies we work with, hire throughout the year. Once a company is hiring they will reach out to us, and let us know. We will then email our graduates and let them know.

    IOD is currently not hiring or have any application instructions available.We are not entirely sure when they will be hiring again; however, they may start up again in late Summer or early Fall.
    As soon as we are aware they are hiring again, we will contact you via email so you can start the application process.

    Hope this helps! We wish you the very best of luck as you start on your new career path!

  87. manjula July 20, 2016

    I am planning to enroll for the medical coding and billing program for this august date, is the employment partnership still on with career step from IOD?

  88. Joann July 29, 2016

    Hello, First,  Thank you all for these questions and responses they have been very helpful. I am considering transition from Sleep Technology into Medical Billing and Coding. I noticed you all partner with GRU (Georgia Regents University, now Augusta University) for Military. I am actually employed there so I was very pleased to see this. Question: Do you all partner for job placement there as well? Do you partner with other companies/hospitals beside IOD to look for employment? Understandable, there is no guarantee of course.

  89. Career Step August 11, 2016

    Hi Joann,
    We do have other companies who will reach out to us and let us know when they are hiring. IOD, and other companies we work with, do hire throughout the year. Once a company is hiring they will reach out to us, and let us know. We will turn around and email our graduates and let them know.

    When we are aware of a company is hiring we let our graduates know.

    As far as your question regarding GRU, contact Paula Owens at GRU and she will be able to help you!

    Hope this helps and best wishes!

  90. Career Step August 11, 2016

    Hi Manjula,
    IOD is currently in between hiring sessions. As soon as they are ready to hire the next wave for their Coder Development Program, we will notify all graduates.

    Best wishes!

  91. Imen September 02, 2016

    Hello Career step

    Thank you everyone for the very detailed answers. I’m interested in enrolling in the medical coding program. However I will be relocating to Japan for a year. Is it possible to take the whole program and iod training from overseas?
    Thank you

  92. Roma Tabassum October 11, 2016

    Hi, this is Roma Tabassum. I want to know if I can get an opportunity to get internship in inpatient coding (with or without pay)?.

  93. Graduates October 13, 2016


    Career Step trains you to be able to work both inpatient and outpatient coding. You would be job ready once you are done with the course, and can look for employment right away. In addition, you would not need to worry about an internship and not getting paid.

    Hope this helps!

  94. Lauren Graham December 01, 2016

    Hi, Im wanting to become a certified coder, I live in Sarasota Fl. I am wanting to know if I can get a job in my location after completing this program. I feel like so many people have a hard time finding coding jobs here.

  95. Career Step December 05, 2016

    Hi Lauren,
    Thank you for your comment. I would suggest doing a little research about the industry in your area. Talk to local hospitals and to local coders. In addition find out about local professional organizations, and check employment websites. We keep a close eye on national trends, but you know your local area best.

    Hope this helps!

  96. Prerana February 16, 2017

    Has IOD started hiring Career Step graduates now?

  97. Shelia February 17, 2017

    I am hearing-impaired and although I have done my share of transcription back in the day, I can no longer transcribe from audio.  Would any audio be involved in medical coding/billing?  What does the market for this career look like around the Chattnooga, TN area?  I would want to work from home.

  98. Career Step February 24, 2017

    Hi Prerana,
    Thanks for your comment! IOD no longer exists as a separate company. They are now part of CIOX Health.

    Best wishes!

  99. Career Step February 24, 2017

    Hi Sheila,
    Thank you for reaching out to us! You will need to have communication with clinicians as a medical coder and biller, but there is not a daily need for the use of audio.

    I would suggest doing a little research about the industry in your area. Talk to local hospitals and to local coders. In addition find out about local professional organizations, and check employment websites. We keep a close eye on national trends, but you know your local area best.

    Hope this helps!

  100. Catherine Carroll March 09, 2017

    I am close to finishing my course in coding and was wondering if IOD now CIOX is still partnered with Career Step and hiring some of their graduates? This was a big selling point for me last year when I started this course but I no longer see any information about this company/partnership on your site.



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