- Major: Health Information Technology
- High School: Red Creek, class of 2006
Once Kayla Sherman realized she was interested in a medical career but preferred to stay away from the front lines of medical care, she needed to figure out a career path. “I like anatomy and physiology and wanted to work in the medical profession.” When she was considering her college options a girlfriend who worked at the V-A Hospital told her, ‘they hire graduates from OCC all the time.’
In 2017 Sherman took her girlfriend’s advice and enrolled in OCC’s Health Information Technology major. Every time a patient receives treatment, a record is created. Each one is essential for quality patient care and the financial health of hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and doctor’s offices. Health Information Technology is one of the fastest growing careers in the country.
Throughout Sherman’s two years in the program she took most of her classes online. “It’s challenging. You have to be very disciplined. The program covers every position you can have in a health information management office. It’s not just medical coding.” Medical coding is the translation of healthcare diagnosis, procedures, medical services, and equipment into universal medical alphanumeric codes.
During this academic year Sherman passed her Registered Health Information Technician credentialing exam, clearing the way for her to take a part-time job at Hutchings Psychiatric Facility in Syracuse where she performed health information related tasks. While working at Hutchings she also completed a three week long “professional experience” at the V-A Hospital which further exposed her to her career choice.
When she’s not working or taking classes, Sherman and her husband are busy raising their two children, ages 10 and 7. She is also active in their children’s school, serving as the president of their parent teacher group. Sherman has juggled life, school and work masterfully. She is a member of the college’s chapter of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa, was recently named the top student in the Health Information technology major and will earn her degree later this month. “Everything has worked out very well. If anyone is interested in Health Information Technology, I would tell them to come to OCC. You get to be in a medical profession but in an office setting.”