After graduating from the health information management (HIM) program at the Louisville Campus, Norman Bartley took a big step up in his medical career moving from a physically demanding job as a patient aid at a state hospital into a professional position working as a release of information technician at Baptist Health.
Instructors who are professionals in their field and advisory boards comprised of representatives from local employers are two of the hallmarks of the programs at American National University, and two of the big advantages of being an ANU student which helped Norman quickly land his job.
“I would recommend ANU. It’s got some of the best instructors that I’ve ever had. I actually work with a couple of them here,” he said of his instructors who bring their experience in the field to the classroom and act as valuable connections with the companies where they work.
Program director Linda Burcham’s commitment to her students was also crucial to Norman’s success as he prepared to take the exam to become a registered health information technician (RHIT), a credential that’s increasingly sought after by employers. “That was the hardest test I’ve ever taken,” Norman stated, adding that he prepared to take the test during his exam success class and study groups. “Ms. Burcham was a huge help. She held meetings after school to come in and [take practice tests]. It was a lot of work, but it paid off.”
His hard work and dedication to his new career were evident to the representatives from Baptist Health that he met while networking with employers during an HIM program advisory board meeting at ANU. “A couple of the [members] of the advisory board are my supervisors here. They told me to apply and I applied and [got the job],” Norman explained. “I consider myself detail oriented and you have to be pretty detail oriented to do this job. A couple of my instructors [from ANU] gave me a good reference, too.”
As a release of information technician, Norman works with government audits of Medicare records. “I love working for Baptist—great people, great company,” he stated. “[My job is] going to help me with my income and my benefits. It’s made a drastic change in my life. It’s going to make a difference for my kids, too.”
A- After earning his health information management degree at the Louisville Campus and becoming certified as a registered health information technician (RHIT), graduate Norman Bartley has been hired as a release of information technician at Baptist Health.
B- Norman Bartley (standing left) is shown being recognized as an ANU graduate during the health information management advisory board meeting at the Louisville Campus, where he networked with employers who helped him land his job at Baptist Health.
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