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Rhonda Nelson

Medical Insurance Billing and Coding

Graduate - October 2014

Resides in Georgia

After working for a company for 13 years I suddenly found myself out of work. Feeling depress and not sure where I was going to find a job and pay my bills. I was not having any luck at the unemployment office, or the job boards online. I live in a small town east of Atlanta and jobs are really hard to come by unless you want to drive for hour(s) in traffic. I was barley 52 and the idea of starting over was very scary. I knew I had to do something but was not sure what it would be. I was getting frustrated on receiving phone calls from people asking me if I thought about going back to school. I had always said that I was never going back after I received my undergrad. (Never say never right.)  I finally gave in and visited a school about 30 minutes from my home. The classes were both online and on campus. I was not sure what to do if I got a job and was going to school at the same time and try to make it to the campus locations on time. I knew I had to do something and this school had lots of opportunities. Something inside me just did not want to commit. You know how they say good things come to those who wait? Well that is how I feel about Allen School. In November of 2013 I received another one of those annoying calls and they connected me to Allen School of Health and Science. I spoke with Loriann Tatum. Let me tell you she put a zinger in me! I spent over 2 hours on the phone with her and I knew this would be the school for me. I applied that day and have not looked back. Loriann showed me around how things would work online. She even warned me that things would be hard the first few weeks but I would be ok. Loriann called me the first day of classed to make sure I was settled in. I am about to start my fourth module and I have maintained a 4.0 GPA. The classes are exciting and fun. I have made new friends and our friendship will last forever. I will finish in October 2014. I am planning on taking my CPC exam in December. I am so excited that I have taken this path with Allen School.