Academic Program: Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology
Hometown: Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
Currently Resides: West Plains, Missouri
“I learned education is key to opening potential opportunities, which cannot be taken away by any means.”
Why did you choose to attend Missouri State-West Plains?
After obtaining the United States Certification of Naturalization and becoming a father to my first child, I needed to do something else than dead-end jobs for the rest of my life. The driving force for my motivation going back to school after 15-year hiatus is my son. So, I chose to attend Missouri State University-West Plains because it was close to home, affordable and offered small classes.
How would you describe your experience here?
I love it and would not exchange it for anything in the world. The professors on campus have helped me become a better version of myself through challenging the status-quo. I am very grateful for this opportunity.
What has been your favorite thing about Missouri State-West Plains?
Forging lasting friendships with students and professors while helping the community is progress in my book.
What has been your favorite course?
English 100 & 110 (Introduction to Composition and Writing I) with Mr. Eric Tumminia. Writing is an artistic way to free the mind and soul.
How have faculty and staff helped you during your time at Missouri State-West Plains?
I really enjoyed the faculty here, especially the professors in Health Information Technology. They have been a tremendous help working with me to try to figure out how I should get to the end goal that I truly desire.
How did you choose your major?
I love technology, plus I yearn to help veterans in an ever-growing healthcare industry. Veterans have some of the most amazing stories you will ever hear.
What have you learned from the Health Information Technology program that will help you succeed in your education, career or life?
I learned education is key to opening potential opportunities, which cannot be taken away by any means. Obtaining a Health Information Technology degree is not the end, but the beginning to a grander stage in life.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I will start gaining possible experience in medical coding, while obtaining my Certified Professional Coder (CPC) medical coding certificate.