OBC Alumni Spotlight: Dawn Ulle
Posted on September 7, 2016
Written by Elizabeth Truxell
The healthcare industry is seeing tremendous growth, and it doesn’t show signs of slowing down any time soon. For Dawn Ulle, a graduate of OBC’s medical administrative assistant program, becoming a medical administrative assistant was her way of entering this in-demand field to make a powerful, lasting impact.
Read about Dawn’s time at OBC, and discover where she plans to take her career:
- Why did you decide to continue your education at Ohio Business College?
I decided to go to OBC because of my wonderful introduction to the school by the Director of Admissions, Rosemerry Nickels. She helped me select the school and my program. OBC was close to home, offered an excellent schedule, and was relatively affordable.
- Why did you enroll in the Medical Administrative Assisting Program?
I did some research of up and coming industries and, of course, healthcare was right at the top. I had been an executive assistant for 20+ years and figured with my office experience and healthcare background I was sure to find a good job at a large hospital.
- What was your favorite thing about the Medical Administrative Assisting Program?
My favorite thing about OBC’s MAA program was the teachers. [They were] awesome and the course offerings were good as well. The program exposed me to various things in the medical field, and I was able to choose a path from there.
- What was the most difficult or challenging thing about the Medical Administrative Assisting Program?
Getting through the coding classes, which is funny now because I went ahead and took the coding exam and passed it after all. Now I am a Certified Professional Coder (CPC).
- How did Ohio Business College help you succeed in your studies and accomplish your goals?
Ohio Business College helped me by having great teachers, such as Sue for difficult classes like anatomy and physiology and Margie for coding. Margie tutored me in the last months of school for the coding exam.
- Tell us about your Medical Administrative Assisting Externship.
My externship was at Orthopaedic Associates. Tina Hutchinson, OBC’s Externship Coordinator, went out of her way to get me an externship close to home and I gained some insight into what the medical secretary position entailed. I would have never got the position if it weren’t for the three months of experience I was able to list on my resume at Orthopaedic Associates.
- What assistance did you receive when you started your job search?
Tina and Cheryl Jankowski, OBC’s Career Services Director, were excellent. Cheryl’s focus groups were helpful in getting me back into the interviewing process and Tina was always putting in a good word for me with people at the various hospitals that I interview with. Rosemerry even referred me for a position with an acquaintance of hers. Everyone went above and beyond to help me find a job.
- Do you have a favorite memory about attending OBC? If so, what is it?
I met great people at OBC, both students and teachers.
- What do you think sets OBC apart from the other career education schools?
I think the caring attitude of the staff and the extra effort everyone makes to ensure every student comes out a success.
- How has OBC helped you post-graduation?
OBC made me realize that I was good at going back to school and, because of my success there, I am in my last year at Tiffin University and on track to get my bachelor’s degree in business next August.
- What are you up to now?
Right before I graduated from OBC, I took the coding exam and passed. Because of the CPC, I am a part-time Pediatric Trauma Registrar at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital at Case Medical. My success at OBC made me realize that I shouldn’t stop with my associate degree, and as I mentioned, I will be getting my bachelor’s degree soon.
- What goals do you have for your future?
My goals right now are to finish my degree in the next year and once I have my bachelor’s degree, I plan to look for a position in management at University Hospital. By then, I will have one and a half years of experience in a hospital setting – not to mention all of my office experience from prior years of working.
- What advice or tips do you have for prospective and current OBC Medical Administrative Assisting students?
My advice to prospective students is to go the extra mile. If you can take coding and Margie will tutor you, take the CPC exam. It’s a valuable tool in the healthcare field. I also suggest continuing your education after OBC. Why not? You’re already half way there.
Learn more about OBC’s medical administrative assistant associate degree, and discover how you can begin your dream job in the medical field in just two short years.
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