Anahi Hernandez

I have a saying that I strongly believe in that things happen for a reason. For a very fortunate reason I heard about the Allen School of Health Sciences and attending. As I say I am one step closer to another amazing accomplishment. Before attending the Allen School honestly I was just wasting my life I would work at night. I kept an unhealthy routine going waking up so late and just head to work at night. I asked my friend about the program she was in. I immediately knew that I wanted to attend this school. I am so grateful to Alicia if it weren’t for her I wouldn’t had wanted to attend, she made it so simple for me. I can truly say that attending the Allen school has been a blessing. My family sees how much I have accomplished and they are so proud of me and that is all I ever wanted I want to make my family proud. Most importantly I want to make myself proud, I will be the first in my family to graduate from college and have a career. I couldn’t have made it this far without the help and dedication of all my instructors. All of them here in the Allen school are so supportive and giving I honestly appreciate every single person here. From the minute I step in the building I am welcomed and I can truly say I have a second family here. I’ve met so many amazing people here that I just can’t ask for anything else. Thank you, for letting me be apart of this amazing school.


Juan Saenz

Life is what you make out of it. Before attending Allen School of Health Sciences, I was currently attending Phoenix College. I was a full-time student and had a full-time job. You can say I had no social life because I did nothing else but study and go to work Monday through Friday. I lost a lot of friends I guess it’s true what they say you lose some and you win some after you graduate high school you won’t ever keep in touch with the people that you associated with. Real friends would honestly understand that you have priorities to take care of before anything. I accomplished community college for a year and passed with good grades. Like any other college you must first take prerequisites before you actually take the fun courses that you want to major in.  A year later I saw a lot of my friends graduating from college and thought to myself what am I doing with my life why haven’t I graduated yet and then it hit me. I had to do something and change my life around and get more involved. My good friend Royer Marroquin had just graduated from this marvelous school, so then I asked him and thanks to him I am currently attending this extraordinary school full of nothing but positive people bring out the best in you. Before choosing to attend this school I had several factors I had to take in mind. For example, my current work schedule and how was I going to pay for school because I was afraid of school loans. I then came to the conclusion that I had to make a smart investment in myself to accomplish greater things in the future. I would have never made the decision to attend Allen School if it wasn’t for Alicia Campbell who has guided me step by step and still to this day has been more then an advisor and has treated me like if I were her own son. So here I am today currently in module one trying to give my parents everything they deserve. I am currently determined to give my parents a college certification since they came to the United States with nothing and have given us everything we have today. Not to mention I am the first in my family attending college, so me graduating college would make my parents proud. There is no better feeling in the world then seeing your parents smiling and knowing you’re the reason behind that smile.


Zanita Holliman

I am grateful that I had a chance to go to Allen School. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do because I had just stopped working and my kids have disabilities, but I knew I had to do something. One day, I went to Allen School to see what they had to offer and what I had seen was something beautiful and I thank Lyndsy for helping me to get started successfully. I was scared and nervous but the staff treated me like family and helped guide me from start to finish. As time went on Allen School gave me strength and guided me – my life had made changes. Martha also helped me as modules changed to guide me to stay focused and what to expect for my internship – and thanks to her hard work I got hired at my internship site and I will never forget Martha & the support Allen gives to their students.

I really am grateful that Allen School has staff that’s willing to go over backwards for you to go forward…


Success Bonds

I have always wanted to work in the medical field. Unfortunately, I did not know how to get my foot in the door. Allen School was that first step I needed to begin my journey.

I have completed the MIBC program online and MA program here on campus, through the bridge program. My entire experience with Allen, from the very beginning to the end, has been magnificent. All of the instructors and staff went above and beyond to keep us grounded. The curriculum pushed me and pulled me in further into the medical field. Due to this, I am working in the field confidently.

“My career started here!” Thank you!!!


Fanchon Altman

I just wanted to take this time to say “Thank you” for putting up with me during all this time while  I was looking for a job. I know I can be a pain but when I set my mind up about something, I usually try my best to make it happen. I just received an email that I was medically cleared and that my background check was good. I pick up my badge, fill out my direct deposit form and find out if I have an assignment tomorrow to start next week. I am so excited and so happy. This all feels like a dream right now. Since I started the MA program with Allen School, I always wanted to work for Northwell and now it’s happening. So thank you again for all your help.

 


Jesus Torres

From the start, I was motivated to complete the program. In the army, you are taught the seven army values and you utilize those values in service and in civilian life. I kept the upkeep and used all seven army values to keep me focused and straight. During my time in the program, I’ve met some unique people and have been exposed to working with humans. My background is more or less not dealing with people so working in this field is something totally new to me. This is the second time I have graduated from a medical program and this program made me grow. The staff at the Allen School are the best at what they do. The staff pushed me until I fully completed my goal of becoming a Medical Assistant. Martha oh Martha – from the beginning I liked her, she is a no-nonsense person and doesn’t take no for an answer. She kept up with me and kept me in check especially when I was about to quit. Thank you to the staff for keeping me on point until the end.

 


Susan Leonard

I am delighted to share my wonderful experiences I had while going to school at Allen School of Health Sciences. Allen School has impacted me personally because now I have a pleasant life ahead of me to look forward to living. I am divorced and the only one taking care of me. I need gainful employment and solid income to live a happy life. My previous employment was with Dunkin’ Donuts for four years. I worked full time and so hard during my time there that I lost a great deal of use of my legs by stressing them out. The damage is probably permanent and only knee replacement will remedy the situation. If I didn’t have my education at Allen School, I don’t know where I would work. Office clerical work is so hard to find and doesn’t pay that well. 

Professionally, I feel much better about myself since I will be working in a professional office with a professional atmosphere. When I talk to some other people, professionally behaving people are much more pleasant to work with because there is a code of ethics that is required to work by. I have a strong and long future to last me into the final stages of my work life which should be a couple of decades. I see possible advancement and even remote work which I am eventually planning to do. I am very confident about my career that I have studied so hard for because of the upbeat attitude of the instructors and my classmates. I needed the course in career development and everyone’s involvement in that class to provide a confident attitude in interviews and the necessary follow-up that will most likely get a position that I really want. I really feel like a different person than I was a couple of years ago.   

My experience in the classroom was something I looked forward to each night when I went to class online. I was always in the comfort of my home and didn’t have the struggle of commuting and going up stairs to the classrooms and holding so many books.  I was always so amazed that I was in my home in Gorham, Maine and everyone else was in all parts of the country in their homes. Yet, we communicated so well and easily to each other as if we were in the same space. I loved it. I loved the constant communication with my instructors and my classmates regarding the subject of the class we were in that evening. Another important feature of the school was to be positive in responding to each other. I noticed it was strictly observed. We were encouraged to join facebook study groups. I found my classmates very responsive to one another and very encouraging to each other.  

There is a whole new life on the other side of the Certificate Program and the Associate’s Program. I feel the incoming students should get as much help as possible to set up an effective study program and persevere throughout the whole program with that study program. It is so important to get the most out of what is being offered. Maybe other activities will have to be put off in order to put enough time into studying. The classes are very invigorating; therefore, I wouldn’t fear boredom at all. But clarity of mind is necessary during the classes because there is a lot of information being discussed and it is presented steadily. I mean, if you are not alert, you will miss a lot. Questions are encouraged and answered in full and there is plenty of time to make sure you understand what is being taught. To be successful at Allen School, I would stress give yourself enough time to study, read the course material, and get your homework in on time. Make a valiant effort to attend all classes; it is another portal of study material.  It is all important! 

I feel like a have a decent life ahead of me. I am not worried about bills being paid. I didn’t know how important it was to be gainfully employed before I got divorced. I had everything given to me. I am excited to be around great, caring people. I love the fact that I can be in a position to help people myself. I feel I have more to offer in conversations than the types of coffee and what donut is on special this month. I feel proud of myself that I can contain a lot of information in my mind, be responsible to all the ethical rules and HIPAA regulations with the people I will be working with, and that I can work in an intricate field of coding. I feel responsible and educated. It really is a good feeling. I loved all my time spent at Allen School of Health Sciences. 

 


Tenezia Blockwood

Allen School helped me start making my dream come true. The mod I started with is my family. We all pushed each other and helped each other when it came to school. Even now after graduation, we still help each other with personal problems and moving forward in the medical field. I’m so happy we all were able to get along and graduate as being one of the most memorable modules. Allen School’s staff was very supportive and encouraging and I’m glad I was given the opportunity to attend such a great school. I was able to get hired after my internship and I’m so grateful and thankful to Career Services and my professors for seeing my potential. Thank you Allen School for everything I’ve learned and everything I have yet to use.

 

 

 


Rochel Perlman

Allen School has helped me in so many ways. Personally, it has given me a support system and sounding board in my classmates. I also feel comfortable enough with my Professors to ask any questions I have on any of the lessons we learned and even personal things, such as their opinions and input into my career choices.

Professionally, Allen School has given me the beginning of a network. Having contacts in the Medical Billing and Coding field is very important. Allen gave me the start of a network and the skills to continue building and evolving in my career.

My experience in the classroom was different depending on the instructor. The tone and seriousness of each class is dependent on the professor. This lends some ease in the classes. As opposed to the same kind of class every day for 9 months, there is a turnover every 6 weeks. This means you get to meet a new Professor, some new classmates, reunite with old ones, and learn different tricks and ways of doing things. With each new Professor, new tricks of the trade are taught and shared.

My classmates and I are still in touch and we share our successes and failures in our professional lives, as well as our personal ones.

A few things to keep in mind when you begin as a student:

Firstly, do your homework as early in the week as possible. Homework can be resubmitted, discussion threads can be corrected, and quizzes have as many tries as necessary. As soon as I finished the required reading Sunday mornings, I would begin a quiz. Quizzes help familiarize you with the material you will be focusing on for the coming week, as well as help boost your grade.

Additionally, Professors are happy and willing to answer any questions. Ask, don’t wait for someone else to ask or hope you’ll be okay. Every detail counts and it’s a shame to lose points because you are shy. Instructors welcome questions and are very clear with their answers.

Also, communicate with your classmates. Our module has a Facebook group that is still in use and that was very helpful during classes. When a student had trouble getting into class, this was an easy way of passing the message along to the Professor. Or if a question about a class or assignment came up, classmates often helped each other research. Even just for moral support and commiseration during tough assignments, every little bit helps.

Lastly, be patient with yourself. It’s amazing how many things frustrated me in the first few weeks of class that I can now do in my sleep. For those with computer difficulties, repetition, repetition, repetition. No matter how frustrating the small parts of the process are, the result is 1,000% worth it. This is something you want to succeed in and you can. There is nothing more satisfying than getting that diploma and knowing you did the best you could do and that you aced it!

I am so excited to have graduated! Not to mention proud and satisfied with my work! I am also thrilled that doing the work is as interesting in the real world as it was in class. Although it is in a very different environment and the challenges aren’t necessarily the same. The feeling of accomplishment at a balanced bill or finding the right code is incomparable! It is the best feeling in the world! Thank you, Allen School for giving me the skills and tools to take my interests and build them into a successful career!


Kevin Torres

I’d like to take the time, and bring to light the wonderful work that the Career Services department does for the Allen School Brooklyn campus. Martha Hantzandreou and Jarold Turner are kind, understanding, diligent, and capable individuals, who’ve worked very hard to accomplish their function in assisting with job placement.

My name is Kevin Torres, and I am a recent graduate of the Allen School Brooklyn campus. I was involved with the medical assistant program. Through out the nine months of my experience, I’ve found that the Career Services faculty had always been pleasant, and willing to assist above and beyond their function. Martha and her no nonsense take on working hard, and being marketable, and Jarold’s ( affectionately, Jay) compassionate, and grounded attention both made a powerful resource that students are privileged to have.

Because of the hard work, and excellent rapport that Career Services and The Allen School have, I was recommended as a potential hire for Mount Sinai Hospital. When opportunity and preparation meet, success is usually the outcome. I was made a generous offer, and start March 20th, 2017. I am humbly grateful for the hardwork that Career Services has provided.

Thank you very much Career Services for everything you’ve done for me, and always being there when I stepped inside your office.

Most Sincerely,

Kevin Torres