Learn from a new PMP designee, Rachel Anderson, about how she prepared for and learned from the exam, including checking your driver’s license before sitting for it.


  1. Tell us a little about yourself and where you work.

I am a master’s-prepared nurse passionate about healthcare policy and post-acute care. I work for Mercy Accountable Care Organization (ACO) developing the post-acute program across Iowa within Mercy Health Network.

  1. What made you decide to sit for the PMP?

The President of the ACO recommended I look into project management classes. The PMP is the gold standard. I used an online course through VelociTeach and the book/study aides like The PMP Exam: How to Pass on your First Try. Listening to the CDs were the most helpful.

  1. How did the exam itself go for you?

No problems, but I recommend double checking all of your expiration dates on identification, though! My license had expired and I had to run to a DMV kiosk to renew!

  1. How are you going to make the most of this PMP certification in your current role?

I will be able to implement a thoughtful, methodical process for program development. This is useful as I work with six market-areas who are at six different starting points.

  1. What’s next for you in your PM career?

I am not sure at this point. PM knowledge/methodology is a great need in healthcare as so many changes are being made. I plan to obtain a doctoral degree and PM knowledge will be a huge asset to my tool box.

  1. What advice would you offer to other PMs considering taking the PMP?

Have a plan. When I first began studying, I didn’t have a goal date to sit for the exam. This caused me to not be focused in my studying. As soon as I set a date, I developed a study plan with a timeline.

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