Making healthcare information accessible to physicians, facilities and all providers involved in patient care is a necessity that gave rise to the health information technology (HIT) industry. HIT, in turn, has created the need for a way to effectively manage an organization’s information systems. That is the responsibility of health information management (HIM). Northwestern College has recognized the growing need for HIM professionals, which is why we launched a four-year Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program.
It may be a challenge determining what skills, experience, and even fonts you should choose when crafting your medical assistant resume. But with the average recruiter spending less than 7 seconds reviewing an individual resume, you need to make sure the job opportunities you are applying for aren’t ending as a fast track to the round file. The best way to grab your prospective employer’s attention is to focus on the first thing they’ll read: your objective.
Specialized education that results in a successful career is good education, something J. F. Fish believed when he founded Northwestern College in 1902. He also foresaw that Chicago would need competent, well-trained workers to support its rapidly growing business community. His vision still holds true today.
Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Northwestern College offers focused degree and certificate programs geared to industries that are expected to grow and produce new jobs well into the future. Unnecessary coursework has been eliminated in Northwestern College’s programs in business administration, healthcare and technology to concentrate on the skills directly related to your chosen career. Many programs can have you ready for your career in as few as two years.
A Northwestern College education delivers a results-based education that is important to a fulfilling career. The following are benefits of choosing to study at Northwestern College.
The Journey to Destiny – The Story of Teena Richardson
“Giving up was not an option,” – A simple, yet inspiring message from nursing student graduate Teena Richardson, a wife and mother of six, who has finally embarked on her road to destiny. Teena has wanted to become a nurse for as long as she can remember.
In the 20-plus years Gladys Nieves has worked as a dental assistant, she has witnessed the evolution of the dental industry. She has seen it go from the “dinosaur” era of paper records and unsterilized equipment to the digital record keeping and stiff regulations of today’s world. Nieves, an assistant professor and dental assistant instructor at Northwestern College, has done it all – which is a real bonus for her students.
Although physicians are not required to swear the original Hippocratic Oath, written in 500 BCE and detailing a moral code of contact, they do vow similar sentiments. The modern version essentially states to “do no harm” and also consider patients’ social and financial well-being when treating them. Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous physicians out there who abuse their position for personal financial gains. In Illinois, the lax medical regulations have made it possible for even disgraced doctors to line their pockets at the expense of their patients.
When a person has periodontitis, advanced periodontal (gum) disease, the mouth is like a battlefield. Millions of bacteria are fighting their way in, taking shelter in the soft tissues of the gums. Then, they fire their nasty, infectious strains through the blood stream. Initial losses include teeth, which may fall out. Unexpected victims, however, may be the arteries and, ultimately, the heart.
Although there has been no definitive proof that gum disease causes heart disease, the links between the two are becoming stronger. If you have periodontal disease, it could be an early warning sign of cardiovascular disease, the #1 killer of Americans. In fact, one out of four people in the U.S. dies of heart disease every year – a staggering 610,000 people. Isn’t that reason enough to heed all possible warnings?
The rise of health information technology (HIT) has transformed the healthcare industry, benefiting both providers and patients. Not only does it improve patient care, but it also aids communication, reduces costs and increases efficiency, and improves patient outcomes and involvement with their own care.
Most people who have gone to college and received their degrees say “goodbye” to the hallowed halls forever. Griselda Calderon, senior admissions coordinator in nursing at Northwestern College, is an exception.
Calderon was an adult student who didn’t return to college until she was 30. She graduated from Northwestern College with a degree in paralegal studies. “I wasn’t successful at the community colleges because it’s just like you’re in an empty hole. Here, it’s a little more one-on-one,” she says. She went on to complete her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Roosevelt University. After accepting a temporary paralegal job, she soon realized it wasn’t what she wanted in a career. “I had to sit back and evaluate what I really wanted.” She turned to her alma mater, where she always felt that she mattered. “I looked online,” she says. “I saw they (Northwestern College) were hiring in admissions, and I’ve been here ever since.”
Raj Patel, 2012 graduate of Northwestern College’s Radiologic Technology Program, spent nearly four years working at a major Chicago hospital. He was well into a successful career when the director of the radiography program called and asked if he would like to teach. “I’d never thought about teaching,” Patel says. “I’d thought about doing something instructional like maybe a C.I., an instructor on-site at the hospital.”