Nicole Porter

Jenna Cummings

I graduated in May of 2016 from Duquesne with a Bachelor's in Health Management Systems. The program has provided me with a wonderful foundation that has helped to pave the way for current and future success. As a senior in high school I was not entirely sure what I wanted to study in school or commit to for a career. From a young age I knew I wanted to be involved in healthcare-helping people has always been a passion of mine; however, I knew I did not want to be in the clinical setting. As a result, I entered Duquesne in the Fall of 2012 as an undecided major in the College of Liberal Arts.

My first semester was filled with new friends, adjustments to class work, and deciding on a major that fit my interests and strengths. I met with an advisor in the Rangos School who spoke with me about the various programs offered-many of which I already knew about; however, one of the programs I had never heard of-Health Management Systems. As he explained the major I could not help but think this major was a perfect fit for me-it combined my interest in healthcare with my strength in communication/business. In the spring of 2013, I officially started the HMS program and never looked back!

Health Management Systems is a diverse major offering the opportunity for students to engage with and master material about information technology, business, and clinical terminology-three valued knowledge areas across healthcare today.

The rigorous coursework, paired with the collaboration with professors and peers, guarantees success in and outside the classroom for all graduates of the program. The first year and a half of coursework at Duquesne laid the groundwork for what was to come during my professional phase in the program (year 3 & year 4).

Throughout the professional phase I had the opportunity to network with successful hospital administrators, information technologists, systems engineers for EMRs, renowned clinicians, and many more professionals in the healthcare sector-giving me the opportunity to constantly "get my name out there" and start to build my young career.

With the support of my professors, I was able to interview for various internships and was given the opportunity to apply my classroom experience to applicable job responsibilities. I held my first internship in the summer of 2015; since then I have had a total of four internships-all of which provided me professional experience. I held internships working in Human Resources, Quality Assurance, and interactive Patient and Family Centered Care.

Prior to graduation in the Spring of 2016, I was offered a full time position with Oneview Healthcare, an interactive patient engagement solution integrated into the Electronic Medical Record for healthcare organizations across the United States and globally. Two days after graduating with a Bachelor's in Health Management Systems, I started as the Manager of Operations for Oneview Healthcare. I have had the honor and privilege to apply the many skills, ideologies, lessons, and information I learned through the HMS program to every facet of my responsibilities in my current role.

I am forever indebted for the opportunity to graduate with a Health Management Systems degree at Duquesne University. I credit much of my early success and future success to the challenging program where I was able to transform from a college student who did not know where she wanted to go-to now, a young professional who is eager to apply knowledge and excitement for innovative and high quality care across any facet of the healthcare sector.