Acceler8 apprentice Melissa Abog with Career First Institute’s medical coding specialists Genesis Dela Torre and RJ Reyes

Professionals who are keen to learn a new craft with medical coding officially started classes on July 29th under the Acceler8 program of Career First Institute.

Career First Coding Education Business Manager Charmaine Fernandez said in a briefing that the organization has been ready to accommodate distance learners as online education is proving to be a remarkable innovation in learning.

“An engaging learning experience is not completely dependent on the instructor. In fact, the role of instructor is optional, but the role of learner is always crucial. We created the Acceler8 program on the premise that the most effective, successful professionals are constantly learning; they continually work to improve themselves,” she said.

Take the case of Melissa Abog for example. She is currently enrolled in the Acceler8 program, juggling between training to be a medical coder and being a homemaker to her husband and five children. Melissa is a registered pharmacist, but now that she’s in her 50’s she has decided to stay home and care for her family.

Just the same, she wants to keep busy and takes the principle of lifelong learning very seriously. So when she came across the Acceler8 program, she wasted no time to sign up right away. “As far as I’m concerned, education is for everyone, not just for young people,” Melissa remarked.

She added that Acceler8’s hybrid course – combining self-paced online and classroom-type learning – suits her to a tee because she gets to train for a new skill and take care of her home and family at the same time.

“I love how I can study at my own pace and not mess up my time with the children. I’m not saying online education is easy, but there is a thrilling sense of self-satisfaction when you’re able to labor over essays, lectures, exams and deadlines,” she said.

Embarking on late-life learning is beneficial for many reasons. Perhaps, the most important reason is that you get to improve skills needed in the modern workplace. Additionally, learning keeps your brain active. Discussing ideas and interacting with instructor and fellow students is an important part of the learning experience.

Acceler8 is a medical coding certification virtual blended course that runs for 60 days where a trainee undergoes a 300-hour intensive training on the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) certification course, eighty hours of which will be allotted for student-instructor encounters. These scheduled encounters – also called coaching sessions – are carried out to supervise training progress and discuss modules, and can be done either face-to-face or facecam.

The rest of the time (220 hours) is spent on self-studying educational modules that can be accessed online. The multimedia content is accessible via mobile technology allowing for 24/7 anytime, anywhere learning.

If you want to learn more about Acceler8 and its curriculum, visit You may get in touch with Genesis Dela Torre of our NCR branch through numbers +632 6617112, 0917-6206425; or Mimi Fernandez of our Cebu office at +63 32 2602797 should you wish a briefing on the different training packages.

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