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Graduating from Berkeley College in 2013 with a B.B.A. in Business Administration was a surreal moment for Amirah Daniels, one she worked hard to attain.
Alumna Balances Family, Career, and Education to Attain Successful Finance Career in Healthcare
Graduating from Berkeley College in 2013 with a B.B.A. in Business Administration was a surreal moment for Amirah Daniels, one she worked hard to attain. As she was taking courses at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan, she was also working full-time in the medical billing and healthcare finance field and raising her son, Hygie, age 9. “I wish I had a cool story to tell about ‘how I did it,’ but I just pushed through and stayed focused on graduating,” she said. “The cap and gown was my focus, and that celebration at the graduation ceremony meant I did it.”
Ms. Daniels recalls one particularly grueling instance when her finals coincided with her job’s “month end” period, where employees make sure everything is properly reported for departmental statistics. “I stayed up three days in a row writing papers, studying, and putting final touches on a project, while making sure my son, who was five years old at the time, did his homework, ate dinner, was in bed, and ready for the next day,” she said. “There were many nights I had my laptop out while Hygie was tracing letters and adding numbers. There is a lot of dedication and sacrifice that goes into receiving a diploma.”
Prior to attending Berkeley College, Ms. Daniels earned a certificate in Medical Assisting at The Mandl School – College of Allied Health in 2004, and an A.A.S. degree in Business Administration from LaGuardia Community College in 2009. However, Ms. Daniels credits her professors at Berkeley College with providing her with the tools and skills needed to think outside the box. “Some workplaces like things done in a certain order at a certain time. People who fall in line end up closing their minds to other ways of completing tasks,” she said.
Since 2014, Ms. Daniels has worked her way up the ranks at Columbia University Medical Center, getting her start as the Revenue Cycle Operations Assistant Manager of the hospital’s Pediatrics and OB/GYN departments. Currently, she is the Practice Manager of the hospital’s Division of Endocrinology and Division of Infectious Diseases. In this role, she is responsible for the oversight of the practice operation, including clinical support, facility management, and the front-end revenue cycle processes.