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February 24, 2012

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Focused on Her Career

Focused on Her Career

Recent Columbus Campus graduate Joanna Reyes (pictured) is focused on her career in health information technology.  Even though she is just starting out, she knows just where she will be in a few years.

“I will be a manager,” she says with quiet determination.  “Health information management.”

The native of the Dominican Republic is already well on her way, thanks to her hard work and the education she received at American National University.  One of the first students to enroll at the Columbus Campus, she had worked for several year as a laboratory technician for a major food manufacturer, testing products for bacteria and other health hazards.  She wanted something with a patient focus, and found National’s associate degree in health information technology just what she wanted.

Joanna liked the individual attention she got in her small classes, and especially the personal experiences shared by her instructors.  “The teachers…they have a lot of experience, they have a lot of knowledge because they have been in the [field] for a long time.”  As she continued, she singled out one instructor, Patty Stevenson.  “She has been working in the health care field for 18-plus years,” explained Joanna.  “She has real-life scenarios, it was not based on the books only.  The books helped, but her experience, as a teacher, made us understand better.”

Joanna also took advantage of the career preparation provided by the campus, covering everything from résumé creation to interview preparation.  It all helped her land a job in her field several months before she completed her degree, performing patient processing for a hospital.

“The process, it was not easy,” she admitted.  “I went through three interviews, but the questions that they asked me, I already knew [the answers] because I learned it [here at National].”

Having recently completed her program, Joanna is very happy with her overall experience and excited for her future career.  ”It’s a really exciting job,” she said of her current position.  “It’s within my field, so right now I’m working on gaining more experience and trying to gain my [coding certification] so I can keep moving on in my job.”

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