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SPOTLIGHT ON SUCCESS

Health Information Management Graduate Has the Code to Career Success

 Health Information Management Graduate Has the Code to Career Success

June 16, 2016 was a momentous day for Zachary Linder as he accepted his diploma during the ANU Indianapolis Campus commencement ceremony and accepted a job offer from St. Vincent Health.

Zachary is thrilled to have found a job so quickly after graduating from the health information management program at ANU. The growing demand for certified health information management (HIM) professionals was one reason he was drawn to the field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth outlook for medical records and health information technicians will be “much faster than average” between 2014-2024.

After deciding to pursue a degree in HIM, Zachary first enrolled at a local community college. But when he found himself on a waiting list, he transferred to ANU where he was able to get started in his HIM classes right away. ”I found out that they were accredited the same as Ivy Tech, so I talked to them, applied, and got in,” he recalled.

“I feel like with this degree the sky's the limit.”

At ANU, Zachary’s favorite part of his program was learning from his experienced instructors who shared their knowledge of the field and tricks of the trade. “They were almost like my mentors. They essentially helped me do what I needed to do to be successful,” he explained. “I followed all of their advice relentlessly. I would not have been here today without them.”

He also volunteered to work at Community Health Network and later completed his externship there--an experience he found to be invaluable. “It was incredible. I got to really network, talk to more people, and continue to build my resume,” he shared.

After passing the exam to become certified as a registered health information technician (RHIT) and being hired by St. Vincent, where he’ll be working in medical coding and reimbursement, Zachary is looking forward to a long and rewarding career. “I might change it up in the future--I might want to be a director or I might want to go implement electronic record systems,” he said. “I feel like with this degree the sky’s the limit.”

Photo A-Zachary Linder, a graduate of the ANU health information management program, was offered his job as St. Vincent Health on the same day that he participated in the Indianapolis Campus commencement ceremony.

Photo B-Zachary (left) is pictured accepting his diploma from Indianapolis Campus director Theodore Lukomski (right) at the campus’s commencement ceremony that was held in June.

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Medical Office Professional Program Graduates Earn Certification

Medical Office Professional Program Graduates Earn Certification

The ANU Richmond Campus is celebrating the success of its first two graduates of the medical office professional program, Rhonda Ponikowski and Jackie Williams, who recently passed their National Certified Medical Office Assistant (NCMOA) exam.

The medical office professional program, which was launched in 2015, is a diploma program which provides graduates with the skills necessary to manage the day-to-day operations of a medical office. Courses include medical office procedures, medical terminology, and health care law and ethics, as well as a clinical medical assisting course.

“It has been the best decision I have made in my life.”

 

Jackie is proud to have earned certification and feels that it will be a valuable credential as she prepares to enter her new career.  “I know that with my skills and knowledge obtained I will be able to find a great job,” she said.

“It has been the best decision I have made in my life,” Rhonda said of her time at ANU.  “Study hard and please ask for tutoring if you need any extra help,” she advised.

Photo-(left to right) Medical office professional program graduate Jacqueline Williams, medical office instructor Vickie Cook, graduate Rhonda Ponikowski, and director of health science education Paula Beth Ciolek are pictured at the ANU Richmond Campus.


DANVILLE, VIRGINIA
Solid Learning Platform Leads to Career Success

Solid Learning Platform Leads to Career Success

Michie Edens is working in the heart of the operating room at Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) after graduating from the ANU Danville, Virginia Campus and becoming a certified surgical technologist (CST).

She was working in retail when she enrolled at ANU to help her get started in a more rewarding career.  “This program means so much to me,” Michie stated as she prepared to participate in the Danville Campus’s commencement ceremony. “[Program director] Jennifer Allen is a superb instructor and knows so much about the [surgical technology] career.”

"I am very thankful for this program and recommend it to anyone looking into surgical technology as a career."

During her program, Michie gained hands-on experience in the simulated OR at ANU and during her clinicals in area hospitals.  “My main two clinics were a perfect fit for me. I am very thankful for the people I met and time I spent at DRMC and CRMH (Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital). They provide such a good and solid learning platform for students,” she shared.  “I am very thankful for this program and recommend it to anyone looking into surgical technology as a career. The structure of the program is set up in an advantageous way for the students. It's not easy, but the students walk out as well educated techs.”

Photo-Surgical technology graduate Michie Edens (right) is pictured with campus director Carlene Wilson (left) at the Danville,Virginia Campus commencement ceremony that was held in June.


HARRISONBURG
West African Student Follows Her Dream to ANU

West African Student Follows Her Dream to ANU

Pulcherie Gordon, a student from Benin, West Africa, is studying in the medical assisting program at the ANU Harrisonburg Campus and hopes to combine her passion for missionary work with her medical skills to one day serve others locally or internationally. 

“I spent 18 years as a stay at home mom, and after my youngest child started school, I decided that I wanted to pursue a career that I would be passionate about,” she explained. “I chose the medical assisting program because I truly love working with and helping other people.”

“The entire staff was knowledgeable, hospitable, friendly, and transparent.”

Pulcherie, who is a work-study student with about a year left in her program, first heard about ANU from a friend at church.  “My initial visit [to ANU] left an impression on me, because the entire staff was knowledgeable, hospitable, friendly, and transparent,” she recalled. “The academic program is challenging, but rewarding. It is comforting to know that my classmates share similar struggles and challenges such as raising children, and having to work while balancing the demands of going to school.”

In her program at ANU, Pulcherie feels that she’s gaining the relevant, in-demand clinical and administrative skills that she needs to launch her medical career.  “Going on field trips to observe cadavers, the hands on practice that I receive in some of my classes, the intimate, but supportive learning environment, and being recognized every term for my academic achievements confirm that I made the right decision in choosing ANU,” she said. “It is never too late to learn and follow your dreams and aspirations.” 

Photo A-Pulcherie Gordon enrolled in the medical assisting program at the ANU Harrisonburg Campus after being a stay at home mom for 18 years.

Photo B-Pulcherie (right) is shown practicing her skills in the ANU medical lab with instructor Betty Hassler (left).


ROANOKE VALLEY
International Student Thrives Thanks to ANU Community

International Student Thrives Thanks to ANU Community

A practical approach in the classroom is an aspect of ANU that is very important to international students such as Devanshi Vyas, a student from India who is studying in the MBA-IT program at the Roanoke Valley Campus.

Devanshi said that her classes in India were very different from the ones she takes here. She has been in the country since last September and ANU was recommended to her by her friends who also attend the university.

She likes the way classes involve real-world applications and appreciates the community that ANU has formed for her.

She likes the way classes involve real-world applications and appreciates the community that ANU has formed for her. One of her favorite aspects about Roanoke is the peaceful nature of the city and the scenery of the Roanoke Star—something she was able to see on one of the evening trips ANU offers international students to help them become orientated in the city.

Photo A-Davanshi Vyas, a student from India, is studying in the MBA-IT program at the Roanoke Valley Campus.


 
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