My name is Diane and I have been in the IT field for over 30 years. I have done just about everything from DBA, programmer, web designer, network support, pc support, and IT Asset Management just to name a few. So my background is heavy in systems. I am fascinated with the medical field, but do not wish to become someone that works with patients at bedside, plus I do not have a 4 year college degree. Everything I learned, was mostly through my work experience. I do have quite an extensive knowledge of medical exposure due to my 7 surgeries and my late husbands 7 surgeries as well, which included a liver transplant.
So, I am at a juncture where I was just layed off from an employer I was with for 20 years. I have not signed up yet, but seriously thinking of signing up for the online certificate program at UCDavis. My questions are as follows - hoping you can share and help. Thanks in advance, and I look forward to getting to know you all.
- Have you taken the onlline certificate program at UCDavis? And if so, were you happy and did you land a job in Health informatics? Can I ask you more questions about your experience. In particular, I am thinking of taking the intro class and one other class the first semester. I figured it might not be bad since I am out of work right now. And I will be recovering from some foot surgery - that starts the same week of school. eeeks. Doable?
- If you obtained a certificate program and you do not have a college degree, where did you get your training? Were you happy?
- If you primarily had a systems background, and decided to move into HCI - was it difficult to find a job in HCI?
- If you currently work in a HCI field, what type of role do you work in? Hospital setting, doctors office, or where? What are the hours like, are you happy with the salary.
I realize it's a lot of questions, but I really would appreciate your advice or input. Thanks.