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DEAC Student Achievement Disclosure for the Public
2015 DEAC Outstanding AHP Graduate: Kaitlyn Vanderwill, Madison, Alabama
Medical transcription training allowed an in-company transfer to her dream job at home.
For Kaitlyn Vanderwill, a series of positions at a single employer, along with her At-Home Professions Medical Transcription course, helped her identify and land the position that now meets her professional needs.
In the first two years with her employer (a cancer institute in Huntsville), Kaitlyn worked in the phone bank and as a receptionist while she simultaneously completed lessons in the At-Home Professions Medical Transcription course. Her first application to the institute’s medical transcription department was unsuccessful, because she had not completed her course. The second time she applied, she had her course-completion certificate in hand, and she landed the job. In April 2013, she began her new at-home, full-time (full-benefits) position as an institute medical transcriptionist. The position is demanding: The first-week quota was 100 reports, and she typed 168. As part of the staff of 10 transcriptionists, she often works more than 40 hours a week. She finds that the spelling and formatting training from the At-Home Professions course aids her daily.
Kaitlyn’s primary duty is to prepare reports for one oncologist/hematologist, but she also fills in where needed, transcribing for the staff’s 20 other doctors and nurse practitioners. Her promotion to the medical transcription department automatically earned her almost a 20% increase in salary, and it is continuing to advance her income.
Quote from Graduate: “Enrolling in the At-Home Professions Medical Transcription program was the best decision I have made in achieving my career goals. My studies showed me that with hard work, I can achieve anything! At-Home Professions really got my life on track."
2014 DEAC Outstanding AHP Graduate: Sara Farr, Rochester, Minnesota
A physical education teacher makes a seamless move into medical transcription.
Sara Farr, a P.E. teacher seeking more time to be with her infant daughter, completed At-Home Professions’ medical transcription course in only three months. Advice from a successful AHP graduate helped Sara refine her marketing strategy. Three weeks later, she landed her first client, a mental-health therapist.
For Sara, medical transcription has been a good career to transition into while working as a P.E. teacher. In Fall 2013, she taught half-time, substituting for a middle-school teacher on maternity leave. She also transcribed reports for her therapist client 15 hours a week and has already earned a raise. Her client was so impressed with the transcription quality that after a single week, she raised Sara’s line rate from 10 to 17 cents.
In 2014, Sara plans to work for the therapy office full-time as it expands to incorporate two additional therapists. She will transcribe all reports and perform administrative tasks.
Quote from Graduate: "I would recommend At-Home Professions to anyone willing to put in the effort to earn a huge reward: working from home. I love the flexibility of running my own business and being here to care for my daughter.”
2013 DEAC Outstanding AHP Graduate: Christina Hixson, Long Beach, California
An office manager finds that medical transcription provides a steady, supplemental income.
Networking works! Christina, who manages a dental office, mentioned her At-Home Professions medical transcription training to a dental patient. The patient, also an At-Home Professions grad, had a contact. That’s how Christina found her after-hours, part-time transcription job. At home, she prepares cardiology, ear-nose-and-throat and neurology reports.
Seeking a new challenge, Christina began At-Home Professions’ medical transcription course while working full-time at the dental office. In 2010, she finished the course (cumulative score: 94%). Even before graduating, she started subcontracting with a local medical transcription service. She types 20-30 hours a week in the evenings and on weekends. In three years, her line rate has risen from eight to 10 cents.
With an 11 year-old and a 16 year-old, Christina credits her husband for making this second job manageable. “He helps with meal preparation, homework assistance and picking up the slack,” she says. “I couldn’t do it without him.” Moving ahead, Christina may start looking for her own transcription clients.
Quote from Graduate: "The At-Home Professions course is easy to learn. I was taught what I needed to know to do the work. Now I have a nice, supplemental income. And the medical terminology helps me in the dental office!”
2012 DEAC Outstanding AHP Graduate: Michaela M. Sherman, Carey, Ohio
AHP provided the education that gave her the confidence to excel.
Michaela Sherman enrolled in At-Home Professions’ Medical Transcription course after attending a free seminar in her home town. Michaela liked what she heard at the seminar: She could launch a new career while continuing to be a stay-at-home mom of three.
Michaela completed the course in only four months, with a 90% GPA. After graduating, she started her own medical transcription service. Three years later, her company has three employees who type for 12 doctors and two physician assistants.
In addition to running her own business, Michaela has been a mentor to other transcriptionists by working with them side by side until they feel confident enough to do the work on their own. She also supports her fellow AHP graduates by answering called-in questions they have about the medical transcription field. While busy with her dynamic career, Michaela also takes time to volunteer at her daughter’s school and help her children’s 4-H club.