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For Health Information Management Major, LIU Post's Online Senior Year A Winner

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Rita Langdon,Associate Provost for Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post
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Samantha GershonBrookville, N.Y. - When Samantha Gershon accepts her bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management at LIU Post this Friday, May 10, 2013, she will do so as part of the first class in the program to take all their senior year courses online.

According to Gershon, a Hauppauge resident, the online experience was fantastic.

“I loved doing senior year online,” she said. “The teachers were very helpful, and they offered plenty of extra assistance and flexible office hours. I was able to participate in video chats and conference calls to complete my coursework.”

The 129-credit Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education, offers a course of study that prepares students to monitor and manage the medical data systems critical to institutional operations and patient care. The program is structured to provide a professional education with a comprehensive curriculum and is guided by the principle of quality health care through quality information.

As of this year, the final 30 credits of the program are delivered in a completely online format. It is expected that students will be logging into the learning management system on a daily basis to review the material posted and complete all assigned work.

“At first that was challenging,” says Gershon. “I was emailing all the time! But I overcame that, and learned how to do a lot of things on my own. And you know what -- it builds character to take personal responsibility for six classes online.”

Participating in an internship at Huntington Hospital as part of her senior experience didn't hurt either, she added. “I was doing my classes from my kitchen table, but having that ‘hands-on’ experience helped.”

For Samantha Gershon, who gives tours on campus as and admissions ambassador, there was another benefit to all that online experience. “While giving one tour a woman came up to me and when she found out what I am studying, handed me a card," she noted. "She’s in electronic medical records, and was very interested in the fact that I’m not just a paper-based person, but have this online experience. That was a big reason, I think, that she asked me to sit down with her and talk to her about a job.”

Gershon will join 2,227 students this Friday at LIU Post’s 55th annual commencement exercises on the Great Hall. For information about the B.S. in Health Information Management, visit www.liu.edu/post/him.

Posted 05/17/2013

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