After a friend recommended the Health Information Technology program at St. Johns River State College, Vida met with the program director and discovered that the course would be a great fit for her. “It was a perfect fit for my busy lifestyle,” she explained. “I am a busy, full-time working mom, so I don’t have a lot of spare time. Since most of the classes were hybrid, I was able to plan ahead and arrange my schedule for the times when I needed to be in class or onsite for hospital visits. The program director was easily accessible and always willing to work with you if emergencies happened,” Vida continued. “The classes were interesting and also challenging, which is what I was looking for. I wanted to be prepared for the new work environment.”
Prior to enrolling in the HIT program, Vida was employed as a physician recruiter for a private company. After receiving her Registered Health Information Technician certification, Vida was offered a job as an outpatient coder for Baptist Health Care. During her interview, the employer was excited to hear that Vida had completed her HIT program at SJR State. “I was told that students from SJR State are very well prepared, transition to their new positions easily, and require much less training than others,” she stated.
At Baptist, Vida’s responsibilities quickly expanded to include outpatient radiology and laboratory coding. She credits the College’s HIT program for helping her easily adapt to an always-evolving environment. “Being able to code using 3M software is a huge plus when entering the coding environment,” she said. “Courses in ICD 9 and ICD 10 gave me an edge when entering the workforce.”