Best Path to a Job in a Medical Office?
November 28, 2011 5:30 PM Subscribe
Managers in health care offices: given my girlfriend's background and education, what's her best bet for landing a decent office/administrative
(i.e., not clinical/nursing) job in a hospital?
posted by Rykey to work & money (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My girlfriend (early 40s, American Midwest) is looking to get back into the above-crap-wages job market she left to raise kids years ago. She has a bachelor's degree in business, is proficient with computers, and is pretty sharp and personable all-around. She worked in purchasing at a hospital in California right out of college, and more recently she's temped in hospital accounting and dietetics departments, and likes the environment and culture of the non-clinical side of health care.
But now that she's ready for something permanent, we're not sure how she can put her best foot forward. She doesn't need anything spectacular--the $12-14 an hour range would work fine for us right now. The competition is stiff, though, so we want to find something that will set her apart from other applicants on paper.
We've looked at certificate programs in administrative medical assisting, but we don't want to go (deeper) into student loan debt if we can help it. More than one admissions counselor at nearby schools has asked her, "Won't your BS and experience be good enough?" which makes sense... but is there something else, reasonably cheap (less than $1000), that we can do?
We were thinking along the lines of certification in the Microsoft Office suite, an online course in bookkeeping, etc. Even a medical billing class, if the price is right and it leads to a position in the pay range I mentioned. Any ideas?