Karen Faulk had been a trial clerk at the Pasco County Court House in Florida for about twelve years. For personal reasons, Karen decided to move to Ohio with her son who was four years old at the time. Upon arriving in Ohio, she decided a career change was in order. “I sat through a lot of murder and child abuse cases. I did not want to do that anymore,” she says. “I had a lot of paralegal courses under my belt, but decided not to pursue that field.”
Karen had settled down in Woodville and began looking into a new career in the medical field. “Anatomy and physiology have always fascinated me,” she says. “However, I am not a needle person, though.” With some research, Karen discovered the Health Information Technology (HIT) program at Terra State Community College. “The HIT program was explained to me as a way to get into the health industry if you do not like needles and other nursing responsibilities. I also looked at it as job security. Hospitals and healthcare are not going anywhere.”
It took Karen longer than normal to graduate with her Associate in HIT. “It took me four years,” she says. “I was only going part-time. I worked two waitressing jobs at the same time, had a breast cancer diagnosis and had a death in the family. It was a tough time, but my instructors were amazing.” Karen did persevere and graduated in 2011 with her Terra State degree. She was also recognized with the Perseverance Award at the annual Student Recognition Banquet.
Average Length of Study
2 years, Full time
Wood County Hospital
Ambulatory Health Informatics Analyst
Up to $97,189*