Medical Billing and Coding
Charlotte Hackman was one of the 14 students who celebrated completion of their studies from Estrella Mountain Community College’s (EMCC) Medical Billing and Coding program in August of 2016. For Hackman, the celebratory event was even more exciting because, in addition to finishing this healthcare program of study, she was also the selected student speaker for the ceremonial event.
Hackman came to the United States in 1994, after graduating high school in Ghana, West Africa, her native country. Her sister received an associate degree in medical coding from Phoenix College, another institution in the Maricopa County Community Colleges. Her sister loved the program that she attended and encouraged her to consider it, so Hackman did her research and found out about EMCC’s accelerated program. She liked the idea of a learning process that allowed for knowledgeable and fast access into the career world; its hands-on experience was instrumental in the deciding factor. It was a choice that she embraced wholeheartedly.
“One of the reasons I was selected to speak,” she said, “Was due to my perfect attendance.” “and more importantly,” she continued, “I wanted to inspire others with my words.” “Being able to address fellow students and faculty, I talked about the fact that every person has greatness within them and when you start putting your plans into action, the world will see your greatness.” Hackman is looking forward to becoming an auditor in the medical coding field, and is continuing her education by pursuing an associate degree.