M.J., a mother of three, was laid off in June 2010 from a propane company where she worked for 12 years. Her main source of income became unemployment compensation. While looking for work, a counselor at a CareerLink Center referred her to the Health Information Professions (HIP) Career Pathway Initiative program at Temple University's Center for Social Policy and Community Development. After attending a two-week Orientation process, M.J. began classes on February 28, 2011 for the HIP program.
She immediately became one of our top students in our first level of training, which ran for 18 weeks. She scored extremely well on examinations and obtained all offered certifications, which included the NAHP Nationally Registered Certified Coding Specialist (NR-CCS) and Nationally Registered Certified Administrative Health Assistant (NR-CAHA), Digital Patient Record Certification (DPRC), and International Computers Driving License (ICDL). After completion of the classes, she was placed into an 8 week internship at Pennsylvania Cardiologist Associate within the University of Pennsylvania Health System network. In this position, the practice manager, Maureen Boyle, RN said, “M.J. is a pleasure to work with. She caught on to everything so fast.” As a result, the internship site offered her full-time employment in September 2011.
M.J. is very excited about her new position as a Billing Clerk, which includes a full benefits package. M.J. credits her hard work ethic to her mother who raised her to be strong and respectful of others. Her strong belief in faith and her three children contributed to her continued dedication to complete the program. Once she becomes established in her new position, she looks forward to obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Tier 4 of the HIP Program at Temple University.