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Health Information Tech Students Awarded Scholarships

HIT Scholarship Winners

Pictured above: BCC students Kathleen Boyd (left), 56, of Brigantine, and Kristina McClelland (right), 28, of Fort Dix, were congratulated by BCC Director of Health Information Technology Susan Scully (center) for receiving the Kathleen A. Frawley Memorial Scholarship on June 26 at the New Jersey Health Information Management Association’s annual meeting in Atlantic City.

Two Burlington County College (BCC) Health Information Technology (HIT) students were awarded the Kathleen A. Frawley Memorial Scholarship on June 26 at the New Jersey Health Information Management Association’s annual meeting in Atlantic City.

“The New Jersey Health Information Management Association awards up to three scholarships each year, so to have two of the recipients be BCC students is very exciting,” said BCC Director of Health Information Technology Susan Scully.

BCC students Kathleen Boyd, 56, of Brigantine, and Kristina McClelland, 28, of Fort Dix, were awarded the $1,000 scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship need to be enrolled in a Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIM)-accredited HIT associate or bachelor’s degree program, a resident of New Jersey, a member of the American Health Information Management Association, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

“BCC takes great pride in the accomplishments of our Health Information Technology students,” said BCC Interim President Dr. David I. Spang. “These deserving students earned this scholarship through their hard work and dedication to an evolving and exciting career path that incorporates both health care and cutting-edge technology.”

Boyd, a full-time cancer registrar with the AtlantiCare Cancer Institute, is currently working toward an associate degree and her registered health information technician certification.

“To me, this scholarship not only reflects my academic achievements, it highlights the excellence in education provided by Burlington County College’s Health Information Technology Program administrators and teachers,” said Boyd. “Also, my employer, AtlantiCare encourages their employees to take advantage of educational opportunities. They offer tuition reimbursement and the flexibility needed to juggle work, family and college. I couldn’t have achieved my educational and career goals without BCC’s and AtlaniCare’s encouragement and support.”

McClelland, originally from Elkhorn, Wisconsin, is a veteran and military spouse and currently lives in Fort Dix. She is a student receptionist in the HIT department at BCC and is pursuing her Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology and a coding certificate. After she graduates from BCC, she plans to apply to the City University of New York’s health information management program to complete her bachelor’s degree.

“Receiving this scholarship is an affirmation that I have chosen a field where I can make a difference,” said McClelland. “Ms. Susan Scully and Ms. Fran DiLorenzo (BCC Coding Program Manager) have been exceptional mentors to me.”

Burlington County College’s Health Information Technology (HIT) program incorporates the disciplines of medicine, management, finance, information technology, and law into one curriculum. Because of this unique mixture, HIT graduates can choose from a variety of work settings across an array of health care environments.

BCC currently offers an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology, Coding Certificate Program, Electronic Health Record Certificate, and Cancer Registry Management Certificate. In the fall of 2015, BCC plans to launch an Associate of Applied Science in Cancer Registry Management. For more information, please visit www.bcc.edu/hit.