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Becoming a Phlebotomist

by on February 17th, 2017 in Articles

Phlebotomy – What is it?

Phlebotomy is the practice of drawing blood for different laboratory tests, blood transfusions, or in blood donation centers. Phlebotomists can find work in many different settings. Laboratories, private practice doctors offices, blood donation centers, State or federal hospitals are just a few options.

female phlebotomost prepares to draw blood on a female patientAs a Phlebotomy Technician, your role may also include maintaining test tubes, medical instruments, and labeling blood.

Sure, you safely handle blood samples all day long, which may lead some people to call you a vampire. But there is a bright side! You’ll get a lot of laboratory and clinical experience. Most patients are grateful that trained professionals can help them without the turning their arms into living pincushions!

Hands-On Training

The Phlebotomy Certification course at Ayers is a 5-week program. The course prepares you to take the National Association for Health Professionals Phlebotomy Technician Certification exam. You’ll also be able to submit your application to the Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners for a State License.

Room to Grow

Current statistics project that the employment of Phlebotomists will increase 25% from 2017 to 2027. This rate is much faster than average for other occupations. As of May 2015, the median pay for Phlebotomists in Louisiana is over $30,000 a year.¹

As a Phlebotomy Technician, you can use your certificate as a stepping stone to other health care careers, such as becoming an RN (Registered Nurse) or an MLT (Medical Lab Technician).

Get to Work!

Ayers Career College has been in business since 1953, and has helped thousands of students train for successful careers in healthcare. Not only do we offer flexible scheduling options, but we also offer full-time assistance for job placement after graduation. Financial aid help is also available for qualifying students.

Begin a successful career by earning your Phlebotomy Certification at Ayers! Request free information today, or give us a call at 318-868-3000.


¹https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes319097.htm

CompTIA: What is it and why is it important?

by on February 1st, 2017 in Articles

CompTIA is the Computing Technology Industry Association, a non-profit that was put together a little over three decades ago. They are a trade association for the computer industry. As the years went on, they put together testing standards as a neutral party. This led to the creation of certifications, such as the A+ and Network+ Certifications.

Why are CompTIA Certifications Important?

If you are looking to become an IT professional, or are already in the industry, CompTIA certifications are an important stepping stone in your career.

Logos: CompTIA A+ Certified and CompTIA Network+ CertifiedThe CompTIA A+ is the most basic certification in the whole industry. it is vendor agnostic, meaning that what you learn in the course of studying for it is not limited to any specific computer brand (like Dell or HP).

The same goes for another one of their entry-level certifications, the Network+. This course and the following certification is designed to teach you about how computer networking functions as a standard, without getting into specific brands of routers or other networking equipment.

Both of these certifications are the base level that many companies expect you to have earned before they will consider hiring you. They can be more important than experience to some places, because they show that you have dedicated time to learning computer tech.

Do they require classes?

Anyone who pays the fee can take the A+ or Network+ certification tests. However, without learning all of the information, they can be very hard. That is why CompTIA advises that you should have some on the job training or have taken a course like either of the CompTia Certification classes offered at Ayers Career College.

Some people decide to do self-study, using one of the hundreds of books available on the tests. The downside to this is that every few years the test gain new information. Computers become better and standards evolve, so the tests have to as well. This could mean that people using self study might be learning out-of-date information.

The classroom setting is a great way to learn and study for these tests. Led by experienced industry professionals, you will learn the material in a more hands-on way. It will be at a quick, but structured pace.

Taking and passing these certifications are the first step into a great career. Get your foot in the door of IT by starting your path here! The right training makes all the difference. For registration options, request your free information today, or contact Janice Evans at 318-868-3000!

 

Ayers Students Presented with NTHS Award Certificates

by on January 31st, 2017 in Student Testimonials

Ayers Career College Academic Services Director Phillip Summers presented official National Technical Honor Society packets to the latest student inductees!

The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) is the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career and technical education.  Ayers Career College is one of thousands of schools affiliated with the Society. NTHS honors the achievements of leading career and technical education students, provides scholarships, and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce.

“NTHS strives to bring well deserved recognition, scholarship opportunities, and career opportunities to students who excel in one of the 108 career and technical educational fields as their profession. Not only do NTHS students embody all the attributes and talent which is in demand today, these students also embrace a clear vision for tomorrow’s workforce and their role in it. NTHS understands changes in industry within local communities and on a global scale.”

As a member of the NTHS, students are recognized for their achievement in career and technical education. The Society helps member students apply for scholarships, build career portfolios with professional letters of recommendation, and connects them to a wide variety of career and technical education networks.


Congratulations to each of you as you work hard to reach higher levels of achievement in your studies. May you find success in today’s highly competitive workplace!

March 8: HVAC Job Fair at Ayers Career College

by on January 30th, 2017 in Campus Events

HVAC Job Fair at Ayers Career College on March 8, 2017

We are having an HVAC Job Fair on March 8, 2017 from 11:00AM – 1:00PM on campus, located at 8820 Jewella Ave. in Shreveport.

The following Companies have already confirmed that they will be here, talking to HVAC Tech students and graduates about job opportunities:

Jean Simpson Personnel Services, Inc.
Boomtown Casino & Hotel
Fairfield Property Management
Sam’s Town Casino & Hotel
Lowes, Hall’s Heating and Air
Storer Equipment Company
Shearer Supply
(…plus more!)

We invite all current students and graduates to come talk to these employers!


Not yet an HVAC student? If you’re ready to take the next step towards a rewarding and exciting career as an HVAC Technician, the right training makes all the difference! Financial Assistance is available to those that qualify.

Learn how Ayers Career College can help you reach your career goals. Request free information today, or give us a call at 1-800-317-0131 to learn more about our HVAC training program, financial assistance, and job placement opportunities!

Say What?! When Medical Jargon is Appropriate to Use

by on January 27th, 2017 in Articles

Doctors, nurses, and their assistive staff are looked upon as authoritative figures with endless knowledge regarding medical concerns. When you work in these areas, you’ve earned the high esteem that goes along with the career. You’ve learned many things along the way. One of the most difficult things to learn is medical terminology – how to use it, and when.

Medical terminology¹ is made up of numerous Greek and/or Latin suffixes and prefixes. It describes body parts, functions, surgical procedures, and is used in medical reports. picture of female medical professional reviewing information with male patientWhile this terminology is difficult to learn, courses include easy-to-remember short cuts. In some instances, flash cards are available to help you along the way. As you become familiar with the terminology, you’ll begin using shortcuts that are common in the medical field. This is known as medical jargon.

Medical Jargon vs. Plain English

A very simple explanation of jargon² is language spoken in code. Medical jargon is used in specific groups, or by people working in certain professions. Very few people outside of that group understand a single word that is uttered. In professions that deal with life and death situations on a daily basis, talking in code may not be the best idea.

Below is a very-exaggerated example of medical jargon in an emergency room. It shows how the patient might perceive it, and what it actually means in plain English.

Medical Jargon:³ 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.

As you can see, medical jargon in a stressful environment can be confusing–and possibly terrifying–to someone that has no idea what was just said.

Communication is a Two-Way Street

Medical terminology is vital to your profession. Using jargon is fine when talking with others in the field. Plain English should always be used when you are dealing directly with patients. Patients should also be prepared to discuss medical issues during their appointments.

Medically Speaking:  Explain everything as clearly as possible to a patient without using confusing medical jargon. Keep compassion and understanding of their situation foremost in your mind. Be professional, yet courteous and kind.

Patients, Be Pro-Active:  Be prepared for your visit. Have your questions written down. If you don’t understand what the doctor is telling you, ask them to explain it in terms you understand. Your appointment has been set aside just for you, so utilize every moment of it to make the best of it. Ask who you can contact should further questions come to mind. Take someone along to your appointment to help you remember what’s been said.

Finding the Right Balance

Professions in the medical field can be very rewarding. For patients, professional medical staff who can explain medical conditions and give advice in terms you can understand is priceless. A good balance for both professionals and patients is when medical jargon is kept out of the exam room.

Medical terminology is just one aspect of what you’ll learn in the Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, or Phlebotomy Certification classes at Ayers Career College! Let us help you reach your career goals! Give us a call today, 1-800-317-0131.


Source
¹https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terminology
²https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jargon
³http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~kemmer/Words04/usage/jargon_medical.html

Becoming a Medical Assistant: Is This the Job for Me?

by on January 13th, 2017 in Articles

Becoming a Medical Assistant (MA) can lead to a rewarding career helping others and gaining a great deal of satisfaction in your everyday work-life.

Medical Assistants are often looked upon for guidance, support, and information. And, they usually feel that they are making a difference in the lives of the people that they interact with.

What Does a Medical Assistant Do All Day?

As a Medical Assistant, your day will be a mix of administrative and clinical duties.

Whether you are employed in a doctor’s office, hospital, or another health care facility, you’ll be busy scheduling appointments, taking medical histories, and performing various clinical procedures. These include taking vital signs (height and weight, blood pressure, and pulse) and assisting the physician with some physical examinations.

Medical Assistants work closely with other medical offices and departments, and will need a strong grasp of medical terminologies and procedures. You’ll also coordinate with other offices to schedule referral or specialist appointments.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of a Medical Assistant’s role is dealing with insurance policies and coverages. Depending on your employment, you may help the patient or physician with filing insurance claims and tracking reimbursement for services.¹

Making a Difference.

picture of a female medical assistant smiling with her elderly patientMedical Assistants have quite a lot of patient interaction. You’ll have the opportunity to help others as they go through challenging times, or health crisis. But wanting to help others is just one part of this position. You must also have a strong interest in the evolving world of health care.

The Ups…and Downs…

As with any job, being a Medical Assistant has its ups and downs. There are some tasks that many will find to be less than fun! Spending a morning labeling and preparing urine samples for the lab is not something for the squeamish! And having to ask a patient to “give you a sample” can be very awkward!

Spills and other mishaps do occur, but overall, a Medical Assistant will not be working non-stop with bodily fluids. You’ll often deal with people who are grumpy and not feeling well, or are worried about an ill family member.

Doctors and other health care professionals will have their bad days, just like the rest of us. Part of being on an office team is handling the challenging moods that sometimes occur with patients, staff, and doctors.

This takes a kind personality – and a good bit of patience.

Go for it!

Becoming a Medical Assistant can open up a wide world to you, one where you have a positive impact on people’s lives. Yes, there will probably be pee jokes, but there will also be days when you brighten up a lot of people’s lives and make a difference!

Receive proper training for your career in healthcare in the Medical Assistant program at Ayers Career College! Gain experience with hands-on training, and in less then a year you can become a trusted resource!

Classes start soon, make sure you’re registered! Request free information today, or give us a call at 1-800-317-0131 and we’ll help you get started!


¹https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/mobile/medical-assistants.htm

Ayers Partners with LifeShare Blood Centers for Donation Drives

by on December 10th, 2016 in News

blood-drive-todayAt Ayers Career College, we are committed helping those in our community.

Did you know: several hundred blood donations are needed every week to meet the needs of patients just in our area! By donating blood, you are helping to fulfill a vital role by contributing to our community blood supply, and helping to reach goals for meeting patient needs for blood.

Ayers Career College has partnered with LifeShare Blood Centers, and will be hosting several blood donation drives on campus throughout 2017. Click here for our full schedule.

To help ensure efficiency, donor safety, and so we all have a great experience, we ask that students please schedule a specific time to sit for your blood donation. This allows us, and LifeShare, to plan ahead so they can schedule staff and resources for the number of people registered to donate blood.

Our goal is to make our 2017 donation year the best, most successful yet! If you’d like to schedule an appointment to donate blood during one of our donation events, please stop by the front desk, or talk Mr. stripling!

Click here for our full 2017 Blood Donation Drive schedule with LifeShare Blood Centers

 

2017 LifeShare Blood Donation Drive Schedule

by on December 10th, 2016 in Campus Events

Did you know: it takes several hundred blood donations every week to meet the needs of patients in our area!? LifeShare Blood Centers will be at the Ayers Career College campus several times this year collecting blood donations to help fill the community’s blood supply. LifeShare will arrive on campus around 9:45am for setup of the mobile donation center.  To ensure efficiency, donor safety, and to provide a good experience for everyone, students can schedule a donation time to give a blood donation between 10:00am – 1:00pm.

2017 LifeShare Blood Donation Drive Schedule:
Thursday, February, 2, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Thursday, December 7, 2017

If you would like to know if you are eligible to donate blood, or to schedule your donation time, please speak with Chuck Stripling, or stop by the font desk. Help us reach our goal of 15 donors each time LifeShare is on campus, and become blood donor if you can! Your donations help save lives right here in our community!

Is CompTIA A+ REALLY the Standard for IT Pros?

by on December 5th, 2016 in Articles News

Whether you’re a fan of CompTIA A+ certification or not, the question remains: it is the REAL standard certification for IT professionals? Would you be better off seeking out some other certification?

Let’s talk a little first about A+ certification and what it means for you the budding IT pro. A+ certification is an entry-level certification for PC service technicians. When you pass the A+ exam, you become certified in computer installation, maintenance, customization, and operator.

CompTIA is the shortened name for Computing Technology Industry Association, a trade group comprised of distributors, manufacturers, and resellers. They are involved in many aspects of business ethics and professionalism, as well as aspects of computer ownership such as warranties, product returns, and price protections. CompTIA also sponsors certification in areas like document imaging and network certification exams.

Though it has traditionally been a lifetime certification, these days with frequent technology changes an A+ certification must be renewed every 3 years. Since they are non-product specific, CompTIA exams are more basic in nature than other certifications that deal with a specific hardware or software platform.

So what does all of this mean? It all boils down to CompTIA is an industry standard. A certification that is a gateway to employment possibilities, a CompTIA A+ certification doesn’t limit you in one aspect of IT but demonstrates a general proficiency that you are more or less ready for employment in an introductory role in IT.

Most IT pros still seek out other certifications, and of course the more certifications you have, the better off you are when it comes to pursuing jobs with more specific or detailed responsibilities. Of course, you will need to build experience before pursuing those jobs anyway, so the safest and arguably best course of action as you are beginning is starting at A+, then working your way up.

Working your way up is generally a sound career strategy no matter what your field, right?

For more information on the CompTIA A+ certification program offered at Ayers Career College, Call Janice Evans at 318-868-3000 today! Financing options are available.

DISCLAIMER: All information presented in this article is for informational purposes only. Specific class schedules (day/evening/weekend/online), or program names may not currently be offered at Ayers Career College. For current training programs available, please visit ayers.edu/programs or speak to an Admissions Officer by calling us at 1-800-317-0131

Veterans Days 2016 – Honoring our Military Veteran Students & Staff

by on November 11th, 2016 in Campus Events

This Veteran’s Day, we want to acknowledge and honor our Military Veteran staff and students for their sacrifices & commitment to serving our country.
Honoring our Veteran staff and students on Veterand Day 2016
Over the years, there have been many veterans that have taught at our school, and graduated from our training programs. Today we honor and thank our current staff members and students for their sacrifices, courage and bravery.

Our students are:
Marcus Boles (US Army), Andre Carey (US Army), Gerald Ross (US Navy), Williams Shepherd (US Army), Timothy Stepps (US Marines), Christopher Venable (US Army), Jeremy Walker (US Army), D’Anthony Williams (US Marines), Aubree Woodson (Army National Guard), and William Swaim (US Army)

Our staff members are:
Amber Borrego (US Army), Jesse Cummings (US Air Force),
and Paul Shores (US Navy)

Ayers Career College is proud to support our men and women uniform. We proudly participate in financial assistance programs that can assist veteran and active duty service members receive high quality, yet affordable career training in the Healthcare, Electronic, and HVAC industries.

For more information on our career training programs, or financial assistance options, please contact us today at 1-800-317-0131.

 

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