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Filipina nurse who started a receptionist journey now a certified medical coder


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Another Filipino Institute student has successfully passed the medical coding exam through the help of extensive training in the educational institution. Marconi Franz T. Villanueva, a registered nurse in the Philippines and started a career as a receptionist and typist for a small typing centre in the UAE, happily delivered the news to her family and friends recently that after taking the exam for the first time, she aced it. 

Villanueva, who has been axed from work due to the pandemic, worked for different clinics in the last eight months just to survive abroad. After completing the medical coding on the first week of October last year, she was hired in Abu Dhabi as a coder and insurance clerk before taking the exam. “I had promised my company that I will take the AAPC exam and that’s why they hired me,” she said. 

The overseas Filipino worker has been working and living in the UAE for more than two years now. In the Philippines, she worked as a pharmacy assistant for three years and as an operating nurse for two years. 

Medical coding journey in the Filipino Institute 

Recalling her medical coding journey: “My medical coding career has started when a kabayan printed a reviewer, and I was curious at that time and I asked him out of curiosity. He said, ‘medical coding exam reviewer.’ I thought about it and I asked what was it about? He told me to check it on Google,” she said. 

“And I started to search for schools conducting medical coding course, and I saw a social media post from the Filipino Institute with affordable price, hence, I started to visit their office and enrol the course,” she added. 

Villanueva said she paid fully as she was eager to finish it. She said that there are rumors that once a class started, around 20 students attend, however, in module 4, the class will be cut to 10. 

She thanked Prof. Yuri Arboleda for pushing her to finish the course despite putting it on hold for five months due to the movement restrictions imposed by the UAE government. “Then we finished the course and we did the mock exam, unfortunately, I was not able to finish the exam as I forgot to wear my watch. Timing is very important in order to take the exam so I ask sir, ‘Can I take the exam already?’ and he told me to review more so as not to waste money if I wasn’t ready yet,” she added. 

After the mock exam, Villanueva did a self-review for the next two months as advised by Miss Jernie Brubio Arquizar, who is also a medical coding training in the same training institute.

“And I took the exam without informing them. And today, when I woke up, I was supposed to check the link of my church online on my email, but the CPC’s email was the first thing I saw, notifying me that the result was ready,” she said.

“Salamat po ama, dining niyo po ang aking samo’t dalangin,” she added. 

This story has been featured on the 11th issue of The Global Filipino Magazine. To get a copy, you may contact Mr Orli Gayeta at +971503196856. If you have an inspiring story or know someone with one, please send an email at

The Global Filipino Magazine is the only Filipino magazine in the UAE that prints on a monthly basis. Its goal is to champion the success of every global Filipino across the globe.

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