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I want to take a beginer program offered at my local adult school. I have no background what so ever in this field however is a field that I would like to get into. The beginer program is once a week, 3 hrs a day for 6 months so doesnt sound too bad conisdering I also do have a full time job. I am realistic and I know that even after I finish this and the advanced program there after I am not going to be making big bucs right away, while I take the program I will look to volunteer at my local hospital or any urgent care or family clinic center. That will hopefully open up a few opportunities and get my foot in the door into this field. So I know i gotta pay my dues and cant expect big things right away. The problem is I am getting some discouriging feedback, some people are telling me they have taken this and did nothing with it. Others tell me I am going to have no clue taking this program and will be very difficult on me since I have no background experience at all in this field. The instructor tells me the majority of the people taking this course have no background either and tells me all this wonderful things about this new up and coming opportunities but of course she could just be saying that to get me to enroll. The program is $550 up front and there are no refunds, so my dilemma now is should I just listen to those who adviced me to first get my way into some type of front office position in this field and then try this out or should I just go for it and try it out even If I decide later I dont like it and I throw away $550 dls. ? It is alot of money but at the same time I am still single and live at home so maybe its a chance I should take ? if I dont do it either way I will still be working at the same dead end and unstable job where I am now for the next year or longer and going nowhere and the only advantage will be that I will have $550 + in my pocket or to spend somewhere else. Very confused and the worst part is that I must make my decision by this tuesday the 16th, that is when the program begins. Any advice from someone in the field or someone who has gone through my situation will be greatly appreciated!!!!

Asked By: FloRiCua! - 9/12/2008
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If you want to get into the field, you need to get your associate's degree, like the previous poster said. Most places require it now, and most also require that it be from an accredied program and that you have your RHIT certification (more info at www.ahima.org... More
Answered By: Drake's Mommy - 9/12/2008
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Story about my boyfriend and I. He is 3 years older than me and started with the same company 6 months before me.(in january of 2009 (in just a few months) i will have been with my company for 3 years. Neither of us have a true degree (he has his diploma (let me stress DIPLOMA- those classes do not give you your... More
Answered By: M - 9/12/2008
 
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