Donated photo. Pictured is Rosalia McHattie, 2018 Haywood Community College Medical Office Administration graduate. She is a program advisory board member for HCC’s MOA program, where she helps shape the education students receive.

When Rosalia McHattie, 2018 Haywood Community College Medical Office Administration graduate, moved to the United States in 2013, she already had a Bachelor’s degree in communications, experience in the world of work, and dreams for a career in healthcare. After getting settled and getting married, McHattie was ready to pursue an education to put her on the right path.

The native of Peru reached out to HCC, where career counselors helped her narrow down which program would be a good fit for her. According to McHattie, failing at what she set out to do was her biggest nightmare. “HCC offers advice and different resources for everyone who really wants to learn. This time, I committed myself to be successful by putting forth my best effort.”

By the time McHattie started one of the last legs of her educational journey, the work-based learning course, she loved the work she was doing. A few weeks prior to finishing the requirements for her degree, McHattie was hired as medical interpreter for a community clinic in Hendersonville. Marking another milestone for her, she then became a United States citizen.

Continuing with the momentum to achieve her career dreams, McHattie earned certification as a Spanish medical interpreter. Currently, she is a foreign language interpreter for Haywood County Health & Human Services Agency. McHattie is also a program advisory board member for HCC’s MOA program, where she helps shape the education students receive.

HCC’s MOA program prepares individuals for employment as medical administrative personnel in the areas of the medical office, medical billing and coding, dental office, patient services, and medical documents. Upon graduation from the program, students may be eligible to sit for a medical coding certification exam through the American Health Information Management Association or the American Academy of Professional Coders.

Registration for fall semester is now open. For more information, visit haywood.edu or email hcc-advising@haywood.edu.