I am graduating from a Medical Coding & Billing program this August. I then plan to sit for the CPC exam. I will begin my Medical Assistant program this fall and will then sit for the CAAHEP exam. I am also considering taking part in the Electronic Health Records Specialist program. Afterwards I would take the NHA certification test.
I'm just trying to determine if these three credentials despite the fact that I will have NO "hands-on" experience beyond clinicals will make it MUCH MORE likely to find employment in a medical office environment & if I so is making more than an average starting salary ($13.28/hr for medical assistant according to bls.gov) a possibility. My last employment was as a Project Manager for a business services company for three and a half-years & I feel some of that experience could be applicable to a medical office environment ... but *sigh* I realize its not the same.
I've also been hearing from numerous individuals that I won't get into coding without at least two years experience and that medical assistant jobs are on the decline because the workforce is oversaturated. I am beginning to worry about being able to find a job and if my career choice can provide a comfortable life for my family. I am a single mother of three children, two with special needs.
This is what I really want to do and I feel it would suit me and my family well. A few years ago I was considering becoming an RN but then I had to acknowledge a few things. One being that the added "emotional" stress which often comes with the nursing profession would NOT be good for someone in my situation nor would I be able to work the crazy hours I hear so much about.
Just feeling a little apprehensive.