The Ideal HIM Online Student – Karen Patena, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA

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Karen Patena, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA

Summary: Learn how to survive as an online student in the Health Information Management Program.


For some of our students, this is a new experience. On-line education is becoming the norm now, but for the some of the students, particularly those that are returning to school after a number of years, it is new.

So I would say the ideal on-line student would be somebody who is extremely organized. You’d have to be able to set a schedule for yourself, and although it is designed for people that have work and family obligations as well, it’s a good idea to be on a schedule. In other words, set yourself some time if not every day, then every couple of days, where you will do nothing but work on this program. In other words, it you typically … think of it as the time you would attend a class if you went face to face. If you went to a class, you would always go at 2 PM on Tuesday and Thursday. Do the same thing. Set aside, if it’s ten at night if it’s five in the morning, set aside some time for a few hours where you’re going to work on this. You’re family needs to understand that this is the only time that you will be working on this and they are to not disturb you. I’d say that’s probably a good way to be successful in the program.

You need to be diligent about it, you need to keep up with the assignments, and you need to be able to ask questions. The faculty is always ready to work with students, so if you are the type of person that works independently, that’s great, but if you do need some occasional help, speak up and our faculty are more than willing to work with the students.