Graduate Spotlight

June 19, 2019
Just think; this could be you!
Patient Information Management, B.B.A.
Class of 2014
Associate Medical Records Specialist
Coney Island Hospital
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.
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!
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.
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!


Sigma Kappa Delta 2019 International Convention Student Recap

June 10, 2019

Students, Betty Grullon and Sahida Nasim, represented Plaza at the Sigma Tau Delta 2019 International Convention! Below you can read Betty’s takeaways and recaps of the event.


Written by Betty Grullon

Dental Hygiene- Graduation December ’19

The SKD 2019 conference was the first honor society conference I have ever attended. It was such a great experience! I enjoyed all of the panels I attended. Some were informative, others were very funny. My favorite panel was the fictional short story. The stories shared were actually very relatable. One of the stories spoke about the struggles of being a young adult, while another discussed the hardships of being a transgender individual in this society.

I also participated in the SKD Member Roundtable entitled, “Grit Happens: Strategies for Developing Your Potential.” I was extremely nervous to present.  The most difficult part of presenting for me was sharing my personal story with so many strangers. My essay highlighted most of my struggles as I continually tried to reach my most important goals. It detailed most of my high school years, how difficult it was for me to support myself financially at the age of fifteen and the struggles of actually trying to get into dental hygiene school. Through all of my struggles however, I’ve also been triumphant. Although I was very nervous about the content in my essay, it was well received. I also had an amazing team by my side that helped ease my nerves and were very supportive the entire time.

I loved meeting new people from all over the US, and teaming up to participate in the many activities that had been prepared by the SKD national office. I got the opportunity to hear other individual’s heartfelt stories. For example, one of the students in my panel shared her adoption story that was both heart wrenching but also very inspiring. By the end of the conference, I knew I wanted to participate in next year’s conference. I also knew I wanted to make sure I was as active as possible in my school’s chapter, so I went through a nomination and election process to become the chapter’s secretary! Overall I hope to introduce the students at Plaza College to this amazing honors society and encourage them to partake in the conference each year.

Meet Plaza’s Student of the Month!

June 4, 2019

Mr. Daniel Laboy is currently studying to receive his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. When he first entered Plaza College, he started out in the Associate’s program but felt the courses were authentic to the field which motivated him to pursue his bachelor’s degree.

After graduation, Mr. Laboy envisions himself in a role that manages people to become the best employees. Ideally, he would like to work at a financial institution organizing data.

His advice to students who are struggling is take a deep breath and take things step by step. Don’t overwhelm yourself if you feel you don’t understand the information and instead seek your professor’s support. Dean Zipf says, “Daniel is very committed to getting the most out of his education. As Daniel’s academic advisor, I know that Daniel has definitely stepped out of his “comfort zone” to consistently demonstrate outstanding performance even in very challenging courses.”

His time spent at Plaza College have been fantastic, citing that both the professors and his courses are very enjoyable. He prides himself making his assignments first priority because he enjoys the work. “Daniel is an excellent team leader, stays on top of his assignments and always meets deadlines. He is Always willing to help fellow students,” says Professor. Eckhardt. Mr. Laboy balances his home and academic life by planning ahead and making sure to put his school work first. His favorite junk food consists of chocolate chip cookies, chocolate, and Starbucks frappuccinos.


Graduation General Information

May 28, 2019

General Information and Instructions

Graduation is Right Around the Corner! Below You can find General details on the ceremony!

Time & Place:

  • Commencement will take place on Sunday, June 23, 2019, at the Colden Auditorium of the Kupferberg Center at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, New York The most direct entrance to the auditorium steps is via Reeves Avenue as the campus is large and extends for several blocks.
  • Parking is available on the street and in Field 15.
  • The website for the Kupferberg Center provides directions via bus and trains.
  • Graduates should arrive no earlier than 7:30 a.m. and no later than 8:00 a.m. Students must come to the Goldstein Theater next to the Colden Auditorium to assemble for marching into the Colden Auditorium.  Students should come in dressed their caps and gowns with their photo cards.
  • Late graduates and guests will not be allowed to block the procession, which begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. Once the procession begins, no one will be allowed into the auditorium until all graduates, faculty, and the president’s party are seated.  Latecomers may be required to wait outside until the procession ends with the Queens College Staff and security.


Caps & Gowns:

  • Please come dressed in your cap and gown. Do not bring the plastic bag.  Your cap and gown are yours to keep and must be taken with you after the ceremony.
  • Wear your cap with the tassel on the RIGHT (You’ll move it during the ceremony!).
  • Graduates must bring the completed yellow cards you received when you picked up your tickets. You need to hand this card to the Reader of Names when you come to the stage. This card is your photo card and is tied to your photos and your degree of study for the procession.



  • Each graduate can receive up to five (4) tickets for your guests. You will not need a ticket for yourself.  PLEASE DO NOT TAKE ANY TICKETS YOU WILL NOT USE.


  • Tickets are for general admission, and each guest must have a ticket. TICKETS ARE NOT TO BE SOLD AS THEY ARE INCLUDING IN PLAZA COLLEGE’S RENTAL OF THE AUDITORIUM.
  • If you desire extra tickets, please inform us on the RSVP card when you make your payment. If extra tickets become available, they will be offered on first-come, first-serve basis and on the size of the graduating class.


Conduct and Other Relevant Information

-Alcohol, noise makers, and inflatables are not permitted. Graduates must adhere to the Student Code of Conduct.

-No smoking is permitted. Violation of this policy may disqualify a graduate from participation in the commencement exercises.

-The use of cell phones during the ceremony is prohibited.The ceremony lasts approximately 2 hours, so please plan accordingly for guests and children who may be attending the ceremony.

-Restrooms are available for graduates and guests and are located outside of the auditorium in the waiting area/lobby of the Colden Auditorium.Queens College staff and security reserve the right to remove any person or persons who they deem are disturbing the ceremony or other guests.

Please Note:

Colden Auditorium has no facilities to check personal items.

Directions to Queens College

Queens College is located at the corner of the Long Island Expressway and Kissena Boulevard (Exit 24) in Flushing.


From Long Island and Points East: Take the LIE westbound; watch for QC signs. If you need to get to the main gate on Kissena, get off at Exit 24 (Kissena Boulevard). Make a left at the light and take overpass onto Kissena Boulevard. If you want on-campus parking, get off at Exit 23, turn left onto Main Street overpass. Watch for QC signs to Kupferberg parking.

From Manhattan and Points West: Take the LIE eastbound; watch for QC signs. Get off at Exit 24 (Kissena Boulevard). If you need the main gate, continue down the service road until the first traffic light (Kissena Boulevard). Make a right onto Kissena. If you want on-campus parking, watch for signs for Kupferberg parking as soon as you exit the LIE. Do not go to traffic light.



Via Flushing: Take the Long Island Railroad or the #7 subway to Main Street, Flushing. From Main Street, take the Q25, Q25-34, Q34 or Q17 bus.

Via Forest Hills: Take the E, F, G, or R subway to the 71st and Continental Avenue in Forest Hills. Take the exit marked “North side 70 Ave and 108 St.” At the corner, take the Q64 bus to Kissena Boulevard and Jewel Avenue. Stops one block south of campus.

Via Jamaica: Take the F subway to Parsons Boulevard or the LIRR to the Jamaica Station. From Jamaica Avenue and 160th Street or Hillside Avenue and Parsons Boulevard, take the Q25, Q25-34, or Q34 bus. From Hillside Avenue and either 169th or 179th Street, take the Q17 bus to the LIE and Kissena Boulevard.

Via Kew Gardens: Take the E or F subway to Union Turnpike. Take Q74 Vleigh Place shuttle to main gate.


Q25-34 Runs from Main Street, Flushing (#7 subway and LIRR stations), along Kissena (stops at the main gate) and Parsons Boulevards to Jamaica Avenue and 160th Street (BMT and IND).

Q44 Runs from West Farms Square, Bronx (IRT) to Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica (LIRR station). Stops at Main Street and Melbourne Avenue, two blocks west of campus.

Q74 Runs from Union Turnpike, Kew Gardens (IND), along Vleigh Place, Main Street and the LIE service road, and then turns onto Kissena Boulevard. Stops at the main gate.

Q64 Runs from Continental Avenue, Forest Hills (IND), along Jewel Avenue to 164th Street. Stops one block from campus.

Q17 Runs from Main Street, Flushing (#7 subway and LIRR stations), to 165th Street terminal in Jamaica (passing the IND 179th Street station). Travels along Kissena Boulevard, LIE service road, 188th Street, and Hillside Avenue. Stops at Kissena and the LIE, two blocks from the main gate.

Q88 Runs from Springfield Boulevard and Union Turnpike along Springfield to 73rd Avenue; along (or west on) 73rd Avenue to 188th Street; along 188th Street to the LIE; along LIE service road to Queens Boulevard and Woodhaven Boulevard. Stops at Kissena Boulevard and the LIE, two blocks from the main gate.



Plaza College Partners with Northwell Health for Clinical Student Externships!

May 22, 2019



Plaza College is pleased to announce that Northwell Health is our newest partner for clinical student externships!     

As New York State’s largest healthcare provider, Northwell Health displays characteristics that prove it to be a strong partner for Plaza’s School of Allied Health. With over 69,000 employees across 23 hospitals and 750 outpatient facilities, Northwell has an abundance of resources to help provide students with the experience of a lifetime during their externship. This experience will help them grow in the medical field as well as present opportunities post graduation!

We greatly look forward to continuing this strong partnership for years to come!

For more information on Northwell Health, use this link!

Student Life Kickoff!

May 20, 2019
Department of Student Life Kickoff: Tuesday, May 21 @ 11:35am & 5:30pm 
Join us in the Plaza Commons to learn about all the events and activities the Department of Student Life has planned for this semester! We will talk about how to get involved in Student Clubs and Honor SocietiesPopcorn and candy will be served!  

The English Department is offering Grammar Workshops where students can also earn extra credit in their English classes! Please see the topics being offered and register in the link here, when you have a moment! All workshops take place in the BBA Lounge (Plaza Commons).

Workshop 1: APA Workshop

  • Monday, May 20th, 5pm-5:55pm
  • Tuesday, May 21st, 11:35am-12:35pm

Workshop 2: Subject/Verb Agreement/Finding Subjects and Verbs

  • Wednesday, May 29th, 5pm-5:55pm
  • Thursday, May 30th, 11:35am-12:35pm

Workshop 3: Pronoun Agreement

  • Monday, June 10th, 5pm-5:55pm
  • Tuesday, June 11th, 11:35am-12:35pm

Workshop 4: Coordination

  • Monday, June 17th, 5pm-5:55pm
  • Thursday, June 20th, 11:35am-12:35pm

Workshop 5: Subordination

  • Monday, July 15th, 5pm-5:55pm
  • Tuesday, July 16th , 11:35am-12:35pm

The Math Department is offering Math Workshops where students can also earn extra credit in their Math classes! Please see the topics being offered and register in the link here, when you have a moment! All workshops take place in Room 303.

Workshop 1: Review for Progress Quiz #1

  • Monday, May 13th, 5:00-5:35 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 14th, 11:40-12:25 p.m.

Workshop 2: Polynomials

  • Monday, June 3rd, 5:00-5:35 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 4th, 11:40-12:25 p.m.

Workshop 3: Graphing Simultaneous Equations/Review for Final

  • Monday, July 22nd, 5:00-5:35 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 23rd, 11:40-12:25 p.m.

The Department of Student Life and the Performing Arts Society has access to discounted tickets to see a phenomenal Broadway musical, the award-winning COME FROM AWAY! Tickets are on sale now!

When is the show?

Thursday, July 18

7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Where is the show? 

Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

236 West 45th St.

Subway: A, C, E, N, R, Q, 1, 2, 3, or 7 to 42nd St.

For more information on this event, please contact Student Life!

Check out these national scholarships by using the links below!

BrightStar Systems Future Technologies Scholarship
Community Hero Scholarship

-The Department of Student Life

Meet an Outstanding HIT Graduate!

May 15, 2019

Bibi Seunarine

Major: Health Information Technology 

Graduation: Class of 2015

Interview conducted by Marie Dolla, MS, Dean of Academic Affairs


What led you to choose Plaza College as the college to attend?

I chose to attend Plaza College because they offered the Career Pathways program, where you can earn your HSE, as well as your associates degree. At first, my intentions were to obtain my HSE from Plaza then transfer to a CUNY college. But after my first semester, my decision changed. Plaza College changed my life forever. I didn’t just get an education at Plaza, I met some of the most inspiring people I know there. I received a  tremendous amount of support and help from my instructors when I needed it. Plaza helped to build the woman I am today.

You were one of Plaza’s first graduates to take and pass the RHIT exam. Congratulations! How did Plaza help you prepare for the exam? Were there review sessions and resources available to you through the courses and through the practicum course? Please explain the process as you remember it.

Many Thanks to my Plaza family for my success! Yes, there were resources available to help me prepare for the RHIT exam. I remembered there was an online course which I took, as well as a review session. I really liked both resources because they were very informative, however, I was more grateful for the review session. There were several instructors who went over different course content with us.We got the opportunity to ask questions. I must say, those resources really helped refresh my memory and helped me to pass my exam.

Did you work with Director Erman to help you find a practicum and did you feel prepared for the practicum? Did the practicum experience help with your first job?

Director Erman is one of the most inspiring women I have ever met. In fact, she is my role model. Yes, she placed me at North Shore LIJ –Forest Hills hospital. I was a little nervous but I felt very prepared; I had the knowledge and skills required for the job. During my practicum, I took every opportunity that I was given to learn as much as I could. I gained experience in many areas such release of information and analyzing and filing charts. I even had an opportunity to sit with a coder. The experience I gained at my practicum gave me a better understanding of what the Health Information Management field is all about, so when I got my first job, I already knew what to expect.

Did Career Services help you find your first job? Please discuss your preparation and job search.

No, career services didn’t help me find a job. I found a job on my own with the help of one of my instructors, right after graduation. I am sure career services would’ve found me something great if they had had the opportunity.

What is your role at your current job? How did the courses in your associate’s degree assist you make the transition from student to employee at your facility? Do you feel that your major-HIT directly impacted your job duties?

I am a Clinical Data Technician in my current position. I am part of the release of information team. My job is to process all Subpoenas and compiled records for litigation against our facility. The courses I took have had a direct impact on my job duties. Before releasing information, I need to know the rules and laws surrounding it. The Microsoft courses helped me to be able to prepare spreadsheets for different projects that I do. My English courses have enhanced my writing skills when sending or responding to correspondence. It also helped to be able to communicate in a more professional manner. My strategic planning skills came in handy when my boss asked me how I think our work process can be more effective. Every course that I took at Plaza has come in handy
at some point in time.

Are you still at your original employer since graduation? If not, where are you employed now?

No, I am not at my original employer since graduation. I left after a year and went to New York Presbyterian Queens, where I am still employed.

How did having the RHIT credential improve your employment opportunities?

After receiving my RHIT credential, I was nominated by my director and became one of the Respect Ambassadors for the facility.

What stood out to you the most at Plaza? Where can Plaza improve to provide the best experience/education for current and future students?

What stood out to me the most at Plaza was the support and numerous resources to help students apart from the classroom. There is always someone in the learning center (ARC) ready to assist students with their work and provide guidance when needed. Based on my experience, Plaza is doing a great job in preparing students for their professional life. I can’t think of a single thing that they need to improve. Classes are small; instructors are great. I spent two years at Plaza and never had any issue with any of the instructors I had. If you are willing to learn, they
work with you.

Did/do you plan on continuing your education? If you already have, where, what major, and were you able to transfer credits from your associate’s degree? Is the Patient Information Management program at Plaza of interest to you to attain your bachelor’s degree?

Yes, I am continuing. I did return to Plaza for my bachelor’s degree; but with a family and full-time job, it became difficult. I am currently enrolled at CUNY School for Professional Studies. I am enrolled in the Health Information Management program, and I am anticipating graduating in December of 2019. I graduated from Plaza with a total of 65 credits and CUNY SPS took 63 of them.

Do you plan on remaining in the field of health information management? Do you need the services of the Career Services Department to help you find your next job opportunity?

As of now, I plan on staying in the Health Information Management field; but in the future, I plan on going to law school. After working in the Health Information Management and being exposed to patients’ medical records, I have decided that I want to become a malpractice attorney. No, as of now I do not need Career Services to help me find my next job opportunity.

The Bookstore is Open!

May 14, 2019
Welcome to the Spring Semester!
The bookstore hours (located in the Commons) are as follows:
  • Monday – Thursday, 10:00am – 8:00pm  
  • Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm 
  • Saturday, 9:00am – 1:00pm  

(All hours are subject to change)

Thank you and good luck this semester!

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