TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
I suggest you get in touch with the Medical Writers group...since
you've chosen to specialize in that, they should be a big
help...Association of Medical Writers and Editors, something like that.
Depending on the course material offered, your AS is probably more
relevant than most 4-yr degrees. The problem is that 4-yr degrees are a
winnowing tool, so much so that employers are uncomfortable in just a
vague, free-floating anxious way, when they're faced with someone without
Specifically, I'd work *very* hard on getting real-world
experience via internship. Consider companies who manufacture medical
equipment...contact them yourself, if you have to, to try to arrange an
internship. Take whatever you can get with an eye toward building your
Once you land that first job, try to pursue a four-year degree.
Here in NYS, we have something called "Empire State College" which enables
you to work with a mentor from the college and design your curriculum,
studying at your pace (few formal classes) and getting credit for work
Your school should have some info about anything similar. Good
Mary Durlak Erie Documentation Inc.
East Aurora, New York (near Buffalo)
durl -at- buffnet -dot- net