Hear from a former graduate on how online learning provided her the option to continue her education.
My name is Rebecca Teleszky, and I am graduating from the post-bachelor’s health information management program. I chose UIC because I went to undergrad at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, so I already knew that the Illinois system was a great school system. Then I knew that the health informatics programs were accredited and very well-known throughout the country, and that was very important to me, to be with a school that is so well-known and accredited. I wanted the best education I could possibly have.
The biggest benefit online learning provided me with was the ability to have a life and do school at the same time. Like I said, I was able to move across the country while in school, which you could never do if you were in the classroom setting. I was able to work. I was able to travel. I was able to do everything I wouldn’t be able to do if I had to be in class Monday through Friday. I still had to make time to get my work done, but I was able to do it at my own pace, so it was really great.
I had my practicum at the University of California in Los Angeles, and when I started, I was very afraid. Again, I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve never worked in a hospital setting, so I wasn’t sure if they were going to just give me all the busy work or if I was going to be able to even keep up with them. I realized very quickly that I was more than prepared for it. It was absolutely wonderful. I was able to work with the management team at UCLA with projects. The director of the health information management department at UCLA and I had shadow days, so I was able to go with her to meetings. I was able to help her on calls, projects, and just the experience that I was given at UCLA really shaped the whole thing for me. It gave me the school side and the real life side, and put them together. I can’t explain how prepared I feel now. I am ready to get out there.
The advice I would give to new students is to dive in and to not be afraid. I know online learning can be a little intimidating just because it’s not as well-known as the classroom setting right now in our world. For new students, I think you should just dive in and try it. I know they might be a little reserved, and they shouldn’t be, because it’s really great. It’s flexible and you learn the same you would as being in a classroom.
I would definitely recommend this program to others. Actually, while I was working at UCLA, one of the ladies there on the management team who had her RHIA already was considering getting her master’s, and she asked me about the University of Illinois program. I told her she should definitely check it out. I think anyone who is interested in the management side of health care should definitely look into this program because it is so well-known. The classes are great. They provide you with a great base. The faculty is wonderful. Like I said, with [my new 00:02:52] experience, I feel more than prepared to go out into the field now because of what UIC has given me.