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How to train for getting a job in the medical field for free

Posted at 4:42 AM, Mar 13, 2019
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On average, patient service technicians make around $41,000 a year. You could get the training to be successful in that position...for free!

The UB Educational Opportunity Center provides free or low-cost training to people who have limited educational and financial opportunities. If you don't hold any academic degrees or more than 33 college credits, you could be eligible for the program. You must be at least 17 years old, meet income guidelines, live in New York State, be a U.S. citizen or refugee and receive TABE placement test scores of 9.1 in reading and 8.0 in math.

You'll then enroll in a 15-week course to learn how to become a patient service technician, a certified nurse assistant program or recertification, central sterilization technician or recertification, a medical billing and coding specialist, a dental assistant or medical assistant. You'll learn skills in a classroom setting that mimics real-life doctors offices and clinics. You'll be taught by in-practice instructors with insight on real-life applications of your work.

In addition to training for careers in allied health, the Educational Opportunity Center provides ESL classes, high school equivalency (formerly GED) programs, college preparation and resume and interview assistance.

"We want to send them a message, coming in to talk to us can change your life," says Julius Adams, Executive Director of the UB EOC. "This is our version of a one-stop shop to get all the support you need," says Adams.

Post-graduation of a program doesn't mean the EOC is now off-limits. Counselors and advisers are all available to help with updating resumes, re-training in Microsort office and continuing the mock interview process to help you ensure you find a job that will last your entire career.

You can learn more here.