Graduate Spotlight

July 12, 2019
REAL STORIES ABOUT REAL GRADUATES
Just think; this could be you!
Traci B.
Patient Information Management, B.B.A.
Class of 2017
File Administrator
New York Presbyterian
BEFORE PLAZA
Prior to attending Plaza, Traci was working full time in retail, but wanted something more. She had dreams of becoming a doctor or a nurse. She wanted to make a difference in someone’s day.
As she rode the train, she began noticing signs for Plaza. She decided to do further research online about the Medical Assisting program. While talking to a friend, Traci mentioned she may take a leap of faith and return to school. Surprisingly, her friend had been contemplating the very same thing!
The two decided to visit Plaza together to gather more information. Traci says, “The first day I walked into Plaza, I met with an admissions counselor and went through the registration process the same day. I was sure this was the right step for me. I was right!”
WHY SHE CHOSE THE MEDICAL FIELD
Traci relates to other people’s struggles, and in turn, has a strong desire to help them. She explains, “At some point in your life, you or someone you love will need to be in a hospital. You will want the best care for that loved one. I want to be sure the best care is available.”
During her phlebotomy course, Traci realized the clinical side of the medical field was not for her. Instead, she was more drawn to the administrative side. After graduating with her Associate Degree in Medical Assisting, Traci decided to continue her education. In 2017, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Patient Information Management at Plaza.
HOW SHE USES HER DEGREE EVERY DAY
Preparation from her courses and externship enabled Traci to jump right into her role as File Administrator at New York Presbyterian with ease. She recalls “During my externship at Kingsbrook, I learned, with detail, how to prep charts. When I started my job, I didn’t require any training on how to create and process charts – from start to finish.”
Traci’s educational background prepared her for daily interactions in the workplace.
“Medical Terminology. Billing and Coding. These classes gave me the foundation that my everyday duties are built on. Working in a hospital, even if you’re not drawing blood, you still have to know medical terms to understand the administrative side.”
Traci explains that she relies on skills she learned in school, “I am the liaison between the insurance providers and the coders. In order to perform my daily tasks, I have to be able to flag providers for different proficiencies. I learned this during my Reimbursement Course.”
WHY SHE ENCOURAGES OTHERS TO CHOOSE THE MEDICAL FIELD
Traci explains why she remains passionate about working in the medical field, “It is fulfilling to be in a selfless role. I wake up each day excited to bring a smile to someone’s face.”
The administrative side of the medical field requires a balance of skill and personality. Traci emphasizes that, “Anyone who has empathy and integrity is a perfect fit for this field. You have to care about the patients you are working with. At the same time, you are dealing with sensitive information, so you must have integrity.”
There are many career options within the medical field. Traci encourages others to find their path.
“Along the way you will find exactly what role you belong in. I did not end up where I originally thought, but I found my way to exactly where I wanted to be!”

Business Week!

July 10, 2019

The School of Business and Technology celebrated Business Team week (June 24 to 28) and hosted three events spanning day and evening programs to highlight the importance of developing the skills essential to becoming a contributing team member. Dean Marianne Zipf and Ms. Mandeep Kaur, Assistant to the Dean from the Department of Academics, Ms. Regina Pokidaylo, the Director of Career Services, and Ms. Vanessa Lopez, Director, Admissions Department –Bachelor programs presented valuable ideas on how students can transform their brand image and become top team performers. Students competed in several team games and winning teams won a free lunch from Sammy’s.


Graduate Spotlight

July 5, 2019
REAL STORIES ABOUT REAL GRADUATES
Just think; this could be you!
Michelle J.
Patient Information Management, B.B.A.
Class of 2016
Patient Care Associate
Northwell Health
BEFORE PLAZA
Before Michelle enrolled at Plaza, it had been 15 years since she had attended school. Self-doubt and insecurities made her nervous about returning to school. “I was working as a home health-aid, but I knew in order to advance, I had to further my education.”
Michelle learned of Plaza’s Medical Assisting Program through a friend who happened to be in a similar situation to her. “When I heard her story I realized I was not alone. I realized there were other people in the same position as me who were not attending college directly out of high school. That gave me the confidence I needed to go in and pass my entrance exam!”
WHY SHE CHOSE THE MEDICAL FIELD
Working as a home health-aid had reinforced Michelle’s desire to work in the medical field. She had the opportunity to work with patients and devote herself to making their lives better. Her path was always clear; all she had to do was take the proper steps to achieve her goals.
“I knew I wanted to help people, I wanted to see their health improve because of the way I had helped them. That inspired me.”
HOW SHE USES HER DEGREE EVERY DAY
Michelle is currently working at Northwell Health as a Patient Care Associate. Proudly, she states, “My learning experience at Plaza was very hands on, it has helped me deal with the fast paced nature of my unit.”
Michelle emphasizes that her degree has served as a guideline throughout her career, “I utilize my degree every single day. I am completely prepared to work with the nurses and doctors, as well as meet the patient’s needs to better their comfort or answer their questions.”
She went on to explain that the Plaza Community was beneficial in other areas of preparation, even beyond academics. “The way we worked together, as students, through activities and exercises has come into play in the professional world. There are often times where it requires teamwork between me and my coworkers to come together and make sure the patient is as comfortable as possible.”
WHY SHE ENCOURAGES OTHERS TO CHOOSE THE MEDICAL FIELD
Michelle explains how a career in the medical field is the perfect fit for someone who wants to continually grow. “If someone stays stagnant in the medical field, that is their own choice, because there is always room for growth. There is always something more you can achieve.”
She encourages others to apply to the Medical Assisting program at Plaza because, “Plaza offers a sense of community and attentive teachers that you won’t find anywhere else. It can be hard to establish a one on one connection with professors in college, but you won’t have that problem at Plaza!”
Michelle believes those who care to help others, all the while pushing themselves to reach their full potential should begin their journey into the Medical Field. “Always believe that you can achieve it! You’re not alone in the journey.”

Paralegal Career Insight Day

July 3, 2019

Students celebrate paralegal career insight day. Professionals in the legal industry visited Plaza to share stories about their current day to day work, outlook on the field, tips on starting a career, as well as career advice!

Thank you to the professionals who volunteered their time to come in and make this a great event!

Tiffany Butters, Volunteer Coordinator The Legal Hand

William Strachan, NYCPA President

Mariana Fradman, NYCPA Vice President, Membership Committee Chair, Mentor Committee Chair and CLE Chair

 


Graduate Spotlight

July 1, 2019
REAL STORIES ABOUT REAL GRADUATES
Just think; this could be you!
Mirtie B.
Medical Assisting, A.A.S.
Class of 2018
Medical Assistant
Northwell Health
BEFORE PLAZA
As a young girl, Mirtie knew that she wanted to have a hand in helping people. She was drawn to the medical field, but obstacles in her personal life held her back from continuing her education.
She was working as the director of a furniture company when she noticed a sign for Plaza College’s Medical Assisting program while riding the train!
WHY SHE CHOSE THE MEDICAL FIELD
When Mirtie researched Plaza’s Medical Assisting program, she knew this was the right path for her. Without hesitation, she felt ready to begin her journey into a field of helping others.
Through her studies, the life she had imagined as a child was becoming her reality. Learning skills such as phlebotomy, billing and coding, and reading EKGs was stimulating. She exclaims, “I loved my time at Plaza!”
HOW SHE USES HER DEGREE EVERY DAY
After graduating with a degree in Medical Assisting in 2018, Mirtie began working at Northwell Health. She shares how her education has set her apart from the crowd.
“Having a degree in Medical Assisting gave me a major advantage against those who try to go into the field without a degree. I am much more prepared for the duties assigned to me on a daily basis. I already knew how to take vitals and prepare the patients before the doctor comes in the room. I work in the orthopedic department, so I often have to bring up MRIs and X-Rays.”
WHY SHE ENCOURAGES OTHERS TO CHOOSE THE MEDICAL FIELD
Mirtie explains how working in the medical field is an opportune choice for personal achievement.
“The benefits are great. It’s rewarding to help people. I get to be empathetic toward people and that makes me feel good. Also, the medical field is one of the leading fields for jobs right now.”
She very highly recommends the medical field to anyone who’s interested in helping people, enjoying a rewarding and stable career, and being an in-demand and appreciated member of a professional team.

Free CPR Certification Training at Plaza

June 26, 2019

Thank you to the Plaza doctors, faculty, staff, and MA students who volunteered their time to provide free CPR certification classes to the public!

The ability to perform CPR can triple a person’s chances of survival. All participants received an official certification through the American Heart Association.


Graduation 2019!

June 25, 2019

 

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!! 🏆⭐️ 🎉 ⁣

This was Plaza College’s one hundred and second graduation ceremony, including graduates from the School of Allied Health, School of Dental Studies, School of Business & Technology, and School of Legal Studies.


Graduate Spotlight

June 19, 2019
REAL STORIES ABOUT REAL GRADUATES
Just think; this could be you!
ANDREA O.
Patient Information Management, B.B.A.
Class of 2014
Associate Medical Records Specialist
Coney Island Hospital
 BEFORE PLAZA
As a working mother, Andrea was looking to begin a stable career that would help her in not only supporting her family but in making a difference in her community. She knew the healthcare field was a good option, but she wasn’t sure where to start.
She turned to Plaza, a familiar neighborhood institution, to learn more about the Health Information Technology field. After speaking to her admissions counselor and learning more about the program and Plaza’s student services, she “knew then that Plaza College was the right college” for her.
 WHY SHE CHOSE THE MEDICAL FIELD
Healthcare had always piqued Andrea’s interests, but the thought of blood and clinical practice didn’t appeal to her at all. She liked the sense of community that healthcare teams have and that all members of the team rally to provide the best care and service possible to their patients.
Luckily, Plaza was able to help her explore the other integral parts of a medical team and get her started on her career in Health Information Technology!
 HOW SHE USES HER DEGREE EVERY DAY
As an Associate Medical Records Specialist, it is Andrea’s job to code medical records so that the hospital she works for can submit claims and receive accurate reimbursement for the services they provide to their patients.
“The courses I took while earning my degree taught me all about medical records and why it is important to have a complete and accurate medical record in order to efficiently code visits,” she explains. “I learned how to code both ICD 9- CM and ICD-10-CM during my program, which fully prepared me for the nationwide coding system transitioned to ICD-10-CM.”
Because Plaza’s HIT program is accredited by CAHIIM, graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician exam (RHIT). Andrea was one of the first of Plaza’s graduates to take the exam – and pass!
“All of the courses I took in the Health Information Technology program prepared me for each domain that was on the exam, and my practicum gave me the hands-on experience to be able to see how the concepts are applied in the workforce.”
Now that she has the RHIT credential, Andrea is eligible for promotion to a supervisory position in the Health Information Management Department.
 WHY SHE ENCOURAGES OTHERS TO CHOOSE THE MEDICAL FIELD
Andrea describes her position on the healthcare team as meaningful and fulfilling.  She has been with the same organization (NYC Health and Hospitals at Coney Island Hospital) since graduating from Plaza and has experienced growth and promotion opportunities.
Access to healthcare is vital to our community, and the many members of the healthcare team – from the clinical practitioners to the records specialists, like Andrea – all make it possible to treat our friends, family members, and neighbors.

Dental Hygiene Pinning Ceremony

June 14, 2019

Congratulations to the 2019 graduates of Plaza’s Dental Hygiene program! These students were celebrated at the College’s first Dental Hygiene Pinning Ceremony, signifying the end of their clinical training and their entrance into clinical practice.

 


Court Reporting Symposium

June 13, 2019

Thank you to everyone that attended our 3rd Annual Court Reporting Symposium last Wednesday, and to Queens Daily Eagle and The Chief-Leader for helping us spread the word about this amazing profession and the shortage of qualified individuals to fill the thousands of job opportunities! You can read an article by The Chief-Leader of the event here!

 


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