Friday, December 19, 2014

Peirce College Holiday Break Reminders

I hope you’re getting ready to enjoy the holiday break with family and friends. As a reminder, the Peirce College campus will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 24 through Sunday, Jan. 4, reopening on Monday, Jan. 5 with regular hours. However, all scheduled Session 2 Interim online classes will continue while the campus is closed. Please remember to keep up with your studies if you signed up for an online interim course.

There will be members of the College available if you have questions that need to be addressed or wish to register over the break. The Advising Center, Admissions department, and Office of Financial Aid will be available to assist you by phone or in person on Dec. 29th and Dec. 30th, and January 2nd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Business Office will also be open to assist you during this time via phone. To contact any of these offices, call us at 888.467.3472, followed by:

The Advising Center: ext. 9177
Admissions Department: ext. 9214
Business Office: ext. 9600
Office of Financial Aid: ext. 9370

Students who need technical assistance accessing their online courses between Dec. 24th and Jan. 4th should contact the Peirce Help Desk by emailing, calling 877.670.9189, or by using Live Chat through the tech support link on the online course website. Faculty members teaching online courses during this time will be available through their normal means of communication.

If you have an immediate need during a time our offices aren’t open, please call 888.467.3472, ext. 9284, and a team member will be available to help you. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Program Manager of Criminal Justice Studies, Bob Brzenchek, Recently Appointed to Board of Directors for SERAPH

I’m excited to share the news that I’ve recently been appointed to the Board of Directors for SERAPH. SERAPH is a specialized consulting and training firm that provides legal, liability, and security problem solving for the education, business, legal, law enforcement and government communities.

The firm consists of several high-level professionals from many diverse areas such as education, domestic law enforcement, military and intelligence organizations and has an active seven -person Board of Directors. All executives at the firm have various types of federal security clearances.

From the beginning, I’ve been intrigued by their work and was eager to get involved. With my subject matter expertise in law enforcement, emergency management, intelligence, and education, I felt that a position within SERAPH would allow me to remain viable in the industry and stay on top of the latest trends. 

Peirce College’s Criminal Justice program will continue to be bolstered by SERAPH members’ level of expertise and colleague base. SERAPH members are Peirce Advisory Board members, guest speakers, and act as critical industry sounding boards for the college.  

A particular project that I am excited to collaborate with SERAPH on is their training program entitled “The School Safety Assessment Certification Program” which provides schools with federal level training to assist in securing Special Education. The program trains and certifies school based personnel to audit their safety, emergency management and Special Education systems – known by the U.S. Department of Education as a Climate Assessment. In addition, I’m also looking forward to assessing an upcoming project titled “The 6 Failures – Sandy Hook Lessons Learned.”

To learn more about SERAPH and the work they’re doing, feel free to visit their site.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Three Reasons Why the Demand for Health Technology Professionals is at an All-Time High

By Yeva Madden, Assistant Professor, Health Information Management

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for health information professionals is set to grow by 22% through 2022. The specific field is set to grow “much faster than the average for all occupations” and according to the BLS there could be additional increased demand due to continuing need to organize and manage information in all areas of healthcare.

There are several factors that are contributing to this demand. Some of the primary reasons include:
  • An expected 32 million additional patients in the system because of health care reform
  • The aging U.S. Population - By 2025, the Census Bureau projects a 36 percent growth in the number of Americans over age 65.
  • Population growth – 4 million babies are born in the U.S. each year according to the CDC/National Center for Health Statistics.
  • New regulations that incentivizes healthcare providers to adopt electronic health records as well as new penalties for providers who fail to adopt.
  • Changes to medical coding that will increase the codes professionals use from 17,000 to 140,000, which will decrease existing productivity and require a significant increase in new coders.
  • As all of this information becomes electronic, the demand for privacy and security is of increasing concern.
Healthcare organizations rely on health information professionals to manage the flow of electronic medical information, convert physical charts into electronic medical reports on secure computer databases, and keep patient information secure. They enable health care providers to improve the quality of patient care through the secure use and sharing of health information.

Because of the changes mentioned above, there is a shortage of health information professionals to help healthcare organizations overcome these challenges. To gain a better understanding of the opportunities, let’s take a closer look at three of the forces behind the demand.

Electronic healthcare records
The federal HITECH Act of 2009 made it a critical national goal to improve health care quality, safety, and efficiency through the promotion of health IT. This includes electronic health records and private and secure electronic health information exchange.

When it was enacted, the federal government offered incentives to organizations that took measures to help support the goals. One of the primary goals was converting to electronic health records (EHR). EHR’s are the digitized version of medical paper charts. They allow real-time access and updates so that patient information is available instantly to other providers across multiple healthcare organizations, including labs, pharmacies, and other specialists.

Within the first few years of the HITECH act coming online, it drove an 86% increase in monthly job postings related to “electronic health record” or “clinical informatics.” Over the next few years we’ll continue to see an increased demand as organizations will be penalized for not implementing EHRs beginning in 2015.

 Medical coding changes 
As we discussed in our recent blog post, in October 2015 medical coding standards will undergo a change that increases the number of codes used from 17,000 to over 140,000. This significant addition of new codes will decrease productivity of current medical coders by up to 50%, and create a surge in demand for skilled coders.

Privacy and security demands 
Privacy, security, and confidentiality of personal health information has always been a top priority for health information professionals. With HITECH legislation and medical information technology advancements, patient information is now becoming more distributed than ever throughout various electronic systems. In addition, there has also been recent updates to legislation that requires healthcare organizations to take stronger security measures when dealing with patient information. Because of these factors, there is an increased demand for health information management professionals to help providers ensure their patient medical records remain confidential and secure.

Prepare to Seize the Opportunities
The Peirce Healthcare programs are designed to prepare professionals for a career supporting the delivery of healthcare and management of patient health information – key areas poised for significant growth over the next decade. Whether you’re just starting your higher education, looking to transfer or apply existing college credits, or if you’re currently a professional looking to advance or switch careers, Peirce has a program that can help you meet your goals. Our convenient on campus, online, and hybrid courses gives you the flexibility of attending class when it best suits your schedule.

If you’re ready to get the degree you need for the life you deserve, contact our admissions representatives at 215-670-9214 or email us at and find out why today is the day that could change everything!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Welcoming our 2014 Delta Mu Delta Inductees!

We’re extending a warm welcome to the 33 Peirce students who were recently inducted into Peirce’s Kappa Nu chapter of Delta Mu Delta, the International Honor Society in Business Administration. Delta Mu Delta recognizes students who display academic excellence in bachelor’s, master's, and doctorate business administration degree programs at ACBSP-accredited schools, such as Peirce.

Students must be enrolled in either our Business Administration or Accounting bachelor’s degree programs, have already earned 60 college-level credits, and must maintain a GPA of 3.3 or above to be eligible to join. They can take their classes either on campus or online. With our 33 additions, Peirce’s Kappa Nu chapter of Delta Mu Delta boasts 745 members since our chapter was installed.

This year’s induction ceremony took place on Friday, Dec.5 with students attending both online and on campus.   Check out some of the photos we snapped during the on campus ceremony.

Thank you to all of the faculty, staff, inductees and their friends and family who attended the event. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Peirce Significa Negocio: The Spanish-American Department at Peirce

In its near century and a half of history, Peirce has developed a tradition of looking for ways to expand and offer relevant courses to students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to achieve a quality college education. Already a nationally recognized business school by the turn of the 20th century, Mary B. Peirce was interested in expanding the school’s scope beyond the United States. Peirce administrators traveled to Latin America to meet with educators there to see if there was an opportunity for Peirce to enroll students from Cuba, Nicaragua, and other countries in Central and South America. The end result was the “Spanish American Department” which offered business and other courses taught in Spanish, as well as English language courses. In addition to the coursework, there were several events, activities, and organizations sponsored by the department, including an annual Latin American Ball and the Latin American Club.

Starting a new program of this scope wasn’t simple. Bi-lingual faculty members were hired, additional classroom space was rented, and Spanish language marketing materials were created. Manuel Vera Estanol, an educator from Mexico was hired to run the department. School Director Louis B. Moffett met with existing faculty to introduce the program in 1902, and faculty members were given lessons on Spanish name pronunciations and basic phrases to help the new students feel welcome.

The program lasted over four decades, during which time the Peirce family and other Philadelphians hosted hundreds of students, some of whom took positions in the United States after graduation while others began careers in their home countries.  Based on the success of the program, Mary Peirce was selected to be on the board of governors of the Washington-based Pan-American Association.

A few months ago, we had the privilege of a visit from the grandson of one of the graduates of the department. He told us his grandfather (who emigrated from Cuba in the 1920s) always talked about his time at Peirce fondly, so a visit to Philadelphia had to include visiting his relative’s alma mater.  

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

10 Questions to Ask Yourself when Considering a Career Change

The latest jobs report from November indicates that jobs are now growing quicker than they have since the turn of the century. This growth, combined with the recovery of the recession, is prompting more people than ever to consider transitioning into a new career.

Though it’s not just the economy driving the increase in career transitions. In today’s job market employees are more mobile than ever. Most will change jobs many times during the span and many employees will make 2-3 complete career change before retirement.

Nonetheless, transitioning careers can be intimidating, especially if you’re not prepared. The good news is that there are things you can do to make your transition seamless and significantly increase your chances for success.

So if you’re currently thinking about a career change or think that a possible career change could be on the horizon for 2015, start by asking yourself these questions. Taking the time to think through the answers will help you lay a strong foundation for your career transition:
  1. My current career is ________________________. Based on the skills I’ve gained through experience and new skills I’m willing to learn, how easy or difficult would it be to make a transition to a career in _______?
  2. Is the industry I’m considering experiencing growth?
  3. What aspects of my background are the most helpful in making the transition to a new career field? Which would be the biggest obstacles?
  4. What degrees or certificates are needed to obtain a position in my new career?
  5. The things I like the best about my current career are: _____________________. Will I find some of those same things in my new career? What about the things I dislike?
  6. How will this career align with my overall professional goals?
  7. What sacrifices and commitments might I have to make to switch into this new career field?
  8. Are their networking events or informational interviews I could attend to learn more about the field and expectations?
  9. What are the industry's biggest challenge now and in the future? How can I best position myself to help an employer overcome those challenges?
  10. What type of training or education do I need to be successful in this career?
In addition to the questions above, ask yourself how your upcoming career switch will align with your personal goals. Would a position in the new career challenge you, give you meaning, purpose, and personal satisfaction?

If you’re considering a career change and would like to speak to someone about how to make the change a reality, contact the Career Development Services at , or call 215.670.9202 to make an appointment.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Leveraging the Holiday Party as a Professional Networking Event

It’s that time of year again where you’re likely to get invited to a variety of holiday parties. Some of these parties may be through your employer while others may be non-employer related, yet still be in a professional setting. Even at parties with family and friends, there is still often opportunities to build your professional network.

With that said, we thought it may be helpful to revisit some of our tips we published last year about how to leverage these holiday parties for professional networking.

Here’s a recap:

Identify who you want to speak with. If you’re attending a larger holiday party, it can be the only time you get to speak with certain individuals in attendance. Research who you want to speak with in advance that aligns with your interests.

Take advantage of the opportunity. A holiday party is also a great time to network with the president or executive team of your employer, college, or industry group. When approaching high-ranking officials it’s critical to remain professional, despite the fact that you’re at a party.

Start the conversation now and follow up later. The holiday party is usually a time for professionals to enjoy time off from work with friends or family, so they might not want to discuss business. Remember, this is the beginning of a conversation and it doesn’t have to take place only at the party -- you don’t want to go into full-on business meeting mode over eggnog and fruit cake.

Always act appropriately. It might be a party, but there’s no reason to go over the top when attending a holiday event. First impressions are lasting impressions, so avoid consuming too much alcohol and ask your date to do the same.

Good luck on your networking at this year’s holiday parties. It’s a great opportunity to set the tone for 2015!

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