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Say What?! When Medical Jargon is Appropriate to Use

by on May 14th, 2019 in Articles News

Medical terminology can be difficult for the average person to take in and understand. When trouble strikes, patients anxiously await information from medical staff. They rely on easily digestable information in order to make informed decisions about their healthcare.

As a medical professional, you need to be sure that you are using the appropriate terminologies at the correct times – and with the right people. The Medical Assistant program at Ayers Career College will help you to identify when medical jargon is appropriate to use.

MEDICAL JARGON VS. PLAIN ENGLISH

A recent study published in the British Dental Journal stated that more than 30% of English speaking patients were unable to define simple medical terms such as “lesion” and “benign.” The inability to define these common medical terms shows that even when medical professionals think they are careful, they are likely causing more harm than they know.

A a matter of fact, 30% of English speaking survey participants thought that a biopsy was a confirmation of cancer. Here is an exaggerated example of how medical jargon can confuse patients and loved ones in an emergency room:

Medical Jargon: Abduction was done. Perfed appy evident, secondary hemiparesis noted. Complaints of chest pain, PQRST stat.

Patient’s Perception: Abduction!? AHH! I’ve been kidnapped by high-tech aliens!

Plain English: The patient needed to have a limb moved away from the midsection of their body.  They have a burst appendix that’s infected, partial paralysis is present. An evaluation of the chest pain will be done immediately.

COMMUNICATION IS A TWO-WAY STREET

Yes, patients should have a basic understanding of medical jargon. But you should be prepared to break things down for patients when describing conditions or procedures.

Medical Professionals: Need to be taught to speak to patients. Sometimes you may feel like you need to talk to patients like they are children, but you must remember that a person’s health and how they regard it can be a triggering subject. Do your best to be compassionate and ask them if they have questions while you are explaining.

Patients: Should have a general understanding of medical terms. Patients should prepare for their medical visits and ask questions, always.

FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE

Being a medical professional can be an esteemed and rewarding career. The Medical Assistant program at Ayers Career College will prepare you to talk to both patients and doctors throughout your career. We’ll prepare you for the exam room and the waiting room – and we’ll help you reach your career goals faster! Ready to get started? Call today for more information! 1-800-317-0131

This article was originally written and published in 2017 and was updated in 2019. 

Chris Rinaudo Honored as 2019 All-Star Instructor for Ayers Career College

by on April 19th, 2019 in Articles Campus Events Community Event News

Ayers Career College staff and instructors recently attended the 19th annual conference of the Louisiana Association of Private Colleges and Schools on Friday, April 12th.  The conference was held at the Hilton Capitol Center Hotel in Baton Rouge, LA.  The instructors attended three educational sessions throughout the day and also visited exhibitor booths sponsored by companies representing learning resources, student financing, and certification testing. Heating and Air Conditioning instructor Chris Rinaudo was honored as the All-Star Instructor for Ayers Career College for 2019.

Chris was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, and is a third generation HVAC Technician with a family history in the industry that goes back to 1950. Chris feels he received his true calling 5 years ago when he began his teaching career in the HVAC Program at Ayers Career College. He discovered that working with students and being a part of their career success is challenging and rewarding, and he can’t imagine doing anything else!

We want to congratulate Chris for his hard work and dedication to our students. Thank you for all you have done for us, and for our students. You work tirelessly to help out our students reach their career goals, and we can’t thank you enough! Congratulations!

For more information on our HVAC career training program, and how you can reach your career goals with Chris’ help, give us a call today! 1-800-317-0131

 

Skilled Trade Jobs are in High Demand

by on April 16th, 2019 in Articles News

2 Solid Reasons to Choose Ayers Career College for your Training

1. Get In And Out Of School Quickly

At Ayers Career College you can get into a program and out into the workforce in less than a year. Education is critical to being able to make a good living for yourself and your family, but that doesn’t mean everyone has to go to university and graduate programs just to survive. Get the payoff of a good education for a fraction of the cost (in both money and time). Ayers Career College is a great option for anyone who wants to start making good money as soon as possible.

2. Get Prepared For Work That is in High Demand

Each of the career training programs offered at Ayers Career College prepares students for jobs in high-demand fields. These trades have long provided a stable income for Americans, and that is not going to change any time soon. Getting professional training and a diploma from Ayers Career College will set you apart from the competition! And, with our career counseling, you are sure to land a job that you love and will pay you well.

In 2013, a Forbes* writer reported that many of the skilled trade jobs were filled by candidates aged 45 – 54 year olds. What does this mean for you today as you consider enrolling at Ayers Career College?

– High Demand: Over the next few years as those candidates get older, the demand for skilled workers is scheduled to greatly increase. More (younger) skilled workers will be needed to replace those that are retiring and leaving the industry.

– Professional Training: Having a diploma will certify that you have solid training in these fields. This will place you in a prime position to take advantage of the high demand for work in your desired career field.

Our Programs

At Ayers, we offer a variety of career training in the high-demand medical field and trades industry. Our current course line up includes:

Electronics Technician: This program combines classroom instruction with on-campus lab work and hands-on learning exercises.

HVAC-R Technician: In this program, students work with heating, A/C, and refrigeration equipment to help develop newly learned skills that will be used in the field.

Medical Assistant: This program includes hands-on training with learning exercises set up with practical, real-life scenarios, plus the opportunity to work in an externship to help develop newly learned skills, and expand potential career options.

Pharmacy Technician: In this program, students will participate in learning exercises such as mock clinics set up with practical, real-life scenarios to help develop newly learned skills.

Ayers Career College will put you in a great position to get a good job in a fraction of the time and for a fraction of the cost that a four year university would. Want to learn more? Call us today to begin your enrollment process! 1-800-317-0131


*Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/emsi/2013/03/07/americas-skilled-trades-dilemma-shortages-loom-as-most-in-demand-group-of-workers-ages/#3e08f816397c

 

Benefits & Advantages of Career Training Programs

by on March 12th, 2019 in Articles News

You feel it’s time to invest in your career but you’re not sure how.  Maybe you’ve thought about an associate or bachelor’s degree program but don’t have the money or the time.  And maybe you’ve heard about career training programs, but why choose one over traditional college?  Let’s look at a few reasons.

Time to Completion

An associate degree takes two years to complete and a bachelor’s degree, four.  Career training programs are much shorter.  For example, Ayers Career College’s Pharmacy Technician program takes just thirty-six weeks.  And this includes both classroom instruction and hands-on training.  So, there’s no fear of corner-cutting or being ill-equipped for the job after completion.

Lower Tuition and Tuition Assistance

An associate’s or bachelor’s degree takes a lot of your time and money.  Reports on ballooning student debt are in the news a lot lately.  A career training program has two advantages here.  First, it costs much less money than a traditional degree.  Secondly, you’ll still be eligible for various tuition assistance and financial aid tools to pay for it.

In-Demand Skills Training

Many career training programs are available.  These include Medical Assistant, HVAC-R Tech, Electronic Tech and various certification prep courses including A+ and Network+.  The skills provided by just one of these programs are many.  For example, the Electronic Tech training program teaches skills in the installation and repair of fire and alarm systems, audio and video including home theater systems, cable tv and internet services.  And this program, like many others, includes a wide range of topics in both classroom and hands-on training.  It includes topics such as electronics theory, electric circuits, microprocessors, computer technology, service and installation, control systems and soldering.

Find Out More

It’s clear that there are many opportunities with the right training in high-demand fields.  Are you ready to take the first step toward a career transition in a high-demand field?  Call today to start your path to a better career! 1-800-317-0131

4 MORE Careers You Can Pursue as an Electronics Technician

by on January 31st, 2019 in Articles News

Pursuing a career as an electronics technician offers you opportunities to work in a variety of jobs. If you enjoy tinkering with electronics and electrical systems, you will be a hot commodity in today’s technological workforce.

We already told you about these 4 careers you can pursue as an Electronics Tech.  Now we’ve got 4 MORE careers that you can pursue with an electronics technician education!

1. Manufacturing Technician

Manufacturing technicians typically work with machines in a factory setting. Usual work includes machine set-up, monitoring machine output, and troubleshooting when an error has been identified in the production process. Machinery in this setting operates using electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, or computer systems. If you are quick on your feet, and like problem-solving, this would be a great career path to take!

2. Broadcast Technician

Broadcast technicians work to ensure that radio or television broadcasts are clearly transmitted. You will work with electrical equipment to broadcast clear images and sounds. If you have strong manual dexterity and attentive hand-eye coordination, becoming a broadcast technician would be a great career opportunity.

3. Avionics Technician

Avionics technicians work with radar equipment, radio equipment, navigation systems, and missile control systems in aircraft or spacecraft.  You will provide ground support, conduct functional flight tests, and in some instances manually install electrical systems into aircraft. If you are proficient in your record keeping and enjoy maintenance and repair work, this may be the career path for you.

4. Electromechanical Technician

Electromechanical technicians work with unmanned equipment, like submarines or aircraft. You will conduct functional tests, calibrate, and provide general maintenance.  If you are interested in robotics, this job may provide opportunities to assist engineers during the development process.

Put Your Skills to Work

Do any of these sound like career opportunities you’d like to pursue? Start your new career as an electronics technician today. Our instructors are ready to share their real-world experiences and guide you toward success! Fill out the form, or call us today to get started! 1-800-317-0131

Balancing Work, School, and Home Life this Holiday Season

by on December 4th, 2018 in Articles News

The holiday season alone is enough to stress anyone out. But trying to balance work and school responsibilities during this time can cause added stress that no one needs. Finding the right balance between work, school, and home life isn’t always easy, but can be done. But how do you do it? We’re sharing a few tips to help you prioritize your time, and keep yourself on track!

Stick to a (Modified) Schedule

Try and give yourself some relief by sticking to a short-term, modified schedule – and be flexible! If your work schedule changes for Black Friday sales and pre-Christmas shoppers, you’ll have to make some changes to your study schedule. Every minute counts, so plan ahead and pack your study guides and reading materials for your lunch break or the bus ride into work. Use that time to review your materials and put a study plan into play. Setting realistic study goals will help you stay motivated to make it part of your (new, temporary) daily routine.

Add Color To Your Planner

With work, school, and family activities going on, it’s easy to miss something. Use a calendar or planner to make sure you don’t miss important homework deadlines or family gatherings. Categorize events with different colors so you can see what your schedule looks like at a glance. Quickly seeing what days are full – or when you have time to fill – will allow you to prioritize your time and will keep you on track.

Ask For Help When You Need it

If you need some help, ask! At home, delegate responsibilities to others who can help with the chores. At school, ask your instructors what specific topics to focus on, or for study guides to make the most of your study time. Need help with time management, or interviewing skills? Your Career Services advisor can help you put a career plan into place so you have a roadmap to reaching your goals. Setting small goals won’t seem overwhelming, and can help you balance your professional life and school with your personal and family responsibilities.

Finding the right balance this time of year can be a challenge. But, with the right mindset – and a little planning – you can continue to work toward your career goals!

Start a new year working toward a new career! Call Ayers Career College today! 1-800-317-0131

 

 

Career Training After Military Service

by on November 11th, 2018 in Articles Career Training News

If your military service is coming to an end, you might be wondering what your next career step will be. Many of the skills you learned and used in the military will transfer to a job in trades or healthcare. Career colleges and trade schools provide training and certifications that can lead to long-term jobs in today’s most in-demand career fields. A career training school like Ayers Career Colleges is a great option for military veterans settling back into civilian life.

What Career Colleges Offer

Career Colleges and Trade Schools usually offer several options for learning a new trade. Ayers Career College offers training programs in the trades and healthcare fields. Training options include Heating/AC/Refrigeration (HAVC-R), Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, and Electronic Technician training. In addition, we offer shorter certification classes in IT technology fields or phlebotomy.

How Long are the Training Programs?

The career training programs can be completed in 36 weeks. For programs with evening schedules, training will take 60 weeks. The shorter certification classes range between 2 and 5 weeks.

This shorter timeframe can be better than committing to programs that take as long as 4 years at a traditional college or university. In under a year, you can be on your way to a new career in an in-demand field! With proper career training, you can earn a quality income to help support your family after your military service is complete.

Can I Use Financial Aid?

Federal and State Programs help eligible participants further their career. We encourage students to fill out the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for financial assistance. Students that meet the requirements will be awarded assistance to use toward a training program at Ayers.

Further, your financial aid officer can help determine if you are eligible to use VA benefits toward your career training.

Knowing you can complete a training program in one year (or less!) is great motivation to getting the education you deserve. Moreover, career training improves your chances of getting a high-quality, high-paying job in an in-demand industry! Get started by calling Ayers Career College today! 1-800-317-0131

6 Great Benefits of Being a Medical Assistant

by on October 12th, 2018 in Articles News

6 Great Benefits of Being a Medical Assistant

National Medical Assistant Recognition Week is coming up soon. That’s right! Being a certified medical assistant means you get a national week of recognition! That’s how important this incredibly rewarding career is.

But having a national week of recognition is not the only perk that comes with choosing a career in medical assisting. Here are just a few of the many other benefits:

Plenty of Job Opportunities with Competitive Pay

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, medical assistant jobs are projected to grow “much faster” than average job growth: 29 percent from 2016 to 2026. And the average salary for these indispensable members of the healthcare industry? $32,480 (as of May 2017).

Countless Specialty Fields

From pediatrics to geriatrics and everything in between, every specialty field in the healthcare industry needs professionally trained experts in healthcare assisting. Whether your goal is to surround yourself with the sweet sounds of cooing newborn babies or to hold the hand of those in need of extra attention in palliative care, you can choose whichever specialty suits your particular character.

Never-Ending New Experiences

Since no patient is the same, each new day brings new experiences and in the healthcare industry, you never know what the day will bring. It’s a far cry from the dreaded office job. Instead, you begin each day with a fresh start, welcoming the mysteries that lay ahead in the day.

Providing Essential, Life-Changing Services

Of course, there’s the undeniable joy and fulfillment that comes from providing care and concern to those who need it most. Being a medical assistant is just one way that our graduates contribute to a bigger picture by making the world a better place one patient at a time. Medical assistants leave lasting impressions on those they care for. What career is more rewarding than one that contributes such compassion?

Steps Towards Higher Learning

For those wishing to expand their careers in the medical field, becoming a medical assistant is the perfect first step towards a higher goal. Whether you want to become a Registered Nurse, LPN, or even a specialty doctor in another field, medical assistant training provides you with a great foundation to build on.

There are, of course, many more benefits to being a medical assistant – these are just a few. We want to take a moment to recognize our medical assistant graduates as well as encourage new students to pursue your dream of having one of the most rewarding careers there is.

Being your rewarding career in healthcare by enrolling in our next Medical Assistant class! Call us today to find out about our medical assistant certification program! 1-800-317-0131

 

Back to School for Grown-Ups: Career Training as an Adult

by on September 4th, 2018 in Articles Career Training News

It’s no secret that in this day and age higher education is important to increase your earnings. But what if you’ve been in the workforce for over a decade? Is it worth it to go back to school for a degree or specialized certification and how easy will it be to slide back into the student life?

The benefits of going back to school

The wage gap is growing and those that have degrees or certificates are doing much better than those without. It’s worth the time and money you put into getting certified in programs like HVAC repair, pharmacy technician, medical assistant, and electronic technicians because these jobs won’t be disappearing. In fact, as industries rely on more tech, fields like HVAC and electronics will always be looking for qualified people to fill the jobs. The medical field is one of the fastest growing fields and qualified medical assistants and pharmacy techs are always in demand. Going back to school will boost your ability to earn more and stay employed.

What about the costs?

There are costs to going back to school and getting a degree or a certified in a field. One way to help you afford your educational pursuits is to look into financial aid. Most colleges and trade schools offer some type of assistance to help you pay for tuition while you’re in school. Loan repayment is deferred until after you’ve gotten your degree or certificate so you’re not on the hook for payments until after you’ve finished your education.

Time management

Going back to school as an adult presents time challenges, as most people are already working and can’t just up and quit their jobs to seek more education. Many schools, like Ayers Career College, offer flexible schedules so you can learn while you earn. Career colleges also offer accelerated courses so you’re not spending years in college making it faster for you to get done and get out in the workforce working in the field you want.

Education is a lifelong pursuit, and you’re never too old to back and make yourself more marketable to employers who are looking for someone with your skill sets. You deserve to take the time and invest in yourself. Check out Ayers Career College to find flexible schedules, financial aid, and the teachers who are waiting to get you on your way to earning more money. Ready? Call us today! 1-800-317-0131

What Does it Take to Become an HVAC-R Technician?

by on August 14th, 2018 in Articles News

The demand for skilled HVAC Techs is growing, so this is the perfect time to start your new career. But learning how to maintain complex heating, ventilation, refrigeration, and air conditioning systems takes time. You’re probably wondering what does it take to become an HVAC Technician?

HVAC-R Tech training

Job requirements for an HVAC technician will vary by position since HVAC systems are becoming increasingly more complex. Many companies require new hires to complete HVAC training from an accredited school, like the one offered at Ayers Career College.

How long does it take to become an HVAC technician?

We know that not everyone is on the same schedule. That’s why we offer both day and night classes. Our day program takes only 36 weeks to complete, while our evening program can be completed in just 60 weeks.

Job Outlook and Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth within the HVAC field is expected to be 15% for the 2016-2026 time period. This represents a much faster growth than is seen in overall market trends. Additionally, the salary within the field is competitive, with the median salary for HVAC technicians at $47,080.

HVAC is an exciting career field. If you have questions or are ready to get started, call us today! 1-800-317-0131

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