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Becoming a Phlebotomist

by on February 17th, 2017 in Articles News

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.


CompTIA: What is it and why is it important?

by on February 1st, 2017 in Articles News

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!


Say What?! When Medical Jargon is Appropriate to Use

by on January 27th, 2017 in Articles News

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.


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

by on January 13th, 2017 in Articles News

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!


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

Pharmacy Tech Certificate: 3 Reasons Why it’s Worth Getting

by on July 27th, 2016 in Articles News

There are many reasons why it’s worth your while to get your Pharmacy Tech certificate from Ayers Career College. We have been training students for specialized careers since 1953, and started the Pharmacy Technician program in 2004. Since then, we have been training students to become reliable members of a pharmacy healthcare team. Our 36 week program combines hands-on training with classroom instruction, and is taught by knowledgeable instructors who have years of real-world experience.

Here are 3 reasons why you should get a Pharmacy Tech Certificate at Ayers!

Hands-on, Real-life training: Your career training will include learning exercises like mock clinics – which will be set up with real-life, practical scenarios – as well as hands-on training inside a realistic pharmacy setting. Best of all, you will learn from certified instructors (certified by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board).

You’ll Build a Strong Foundation of Knowledge:  You will learn the basics of medical abbreviations, pharmacy calculations, and drug interactions – You’ll be taught how to make medications, IV admixtures and compound drugs, as well as fill capsules, syrups, lotions, and solutions. You’ll also learn the basics to maintaining patient records. We help you build a solid foundation so you can grow and excel in your career!

PT’s are Kind-of a Big Deal!  Pharmacy Technicians are in great demand in a variety of workplaces. So, an externship will help you to practice, learn, and develop the skills necessary to get started in a functional pharmacy. Plus, you’ll learn the necessary customer service skills to be able to answer or direct any concerns and questions of customers that will help you expand your education and potential career options!

Additional career development courses are open to all pharmacy tech students – These courses will teach you effective interview skills, social network usage, how to write a quality resume, and how to build a professional portfolio. In addition, you’ll learn about networking, time management, what constitutes professional attire, and how to find and follow job leads

Graduating students will be eligible to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. After graduation and passing the exam, you will be able to work in retail or hospital pharmacies, university laboratories, government research agencies, or within the biopharmaceutical industry. The job placement rate for graduates of our program is 85% (we also offer full-time job placement assistance). Financing might be an option for you through private and federal scholarships, loans, and grants.

Consider attending Ayers Career College for an exciting career as a Pharmacy Technician. Call us today, or simply fill out the form you see on this page and talk with one of our helpful and professional staff members about getting started in your brand new Pharmacy Tech career!

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

Where Do Pharmacy Technicians Work?
Top 3 Places for Exciting Career Opportunities

by on July 22nd, 2016 in Articles

As a pharmacy technician, you will have a variety of career options available to you upon graduation. From large retail pharmacies to private pharmacies and hospitals, the skills you have learned through your classes will transfer well to many different professional settings. Here are a few places you can find employment…and the pro’s and con’s of each. Talk with your Career Advisor! Together we can help you pinpoint the best employment options for you!

Hospital Pharmacies
Traditional hospitals and clinics have their own in-house pharmacies. Some hospital pharmacies provide services only to physicians and other medical professionals who work at the hospital, filling prescriptions for patients in an often fast-paced work environment. Other hospital pharmacies are open to patients as well.

Pros and Cons
Hospital pharmacy technicians have a variety of responsibilities, from appointment scheduling and filling prescriptions to billing assistance. This keeps the job exciting and provides a variety of work experience and knowledge. With that increased experience comes increased responsibility, which means that pharmacy technician jobs can be more stressful than retail technician jobs.

Private Pharmacies
Private pharmacies are owned and operated by individuals or families and run like many other small businesses. These businesses hire pharmacy technicians to fulfill many of the same duties they would perform in a retail or hospital setting, but often on a smaller scale.

Pros and Cons
Private pharmacy technician jobs do not always offer the same advancement opportunities as positions at larger retailers do. This means that a pharmacy technician working at a privately owned pharmacy would likely have to transfer to another store in order to obtain more responsibility. However, there are benefits that come with working for a smaller pharmacy, such as a predictable work schedule and greater familiarity with the regular customer base.

Retail Pharmacies
Retail pharmacies are the most common places for pharmacy technicians to work. These pharmacies are often located inside large grocery stores, but many are part of a standalone pharmacy chain, such as CVS or Walgreens. Working at a large retail pharmacy is often the best choice for new graduates, since it provides the opportunity to learn the most common types of responsibilities in the field.

Pros and Cons
Large retail pharmacies tend to offer competitive pay and have high-quality training programs, making them especially appealing to new pharmacy technician graduates. There are plenty of opportunities for advancement, including team leader and management positions. Working at a chain retailer means that you can easily apply for a transfer to work in another city or state if you ever have to move. The downsides of working at a larger pharmacy include demanding hours, long shifts and hectic seasonal working conditions. Many retail pharmacies offer special promotions during flu season, during which time they see a surge in business from people seeking the flu vaccine and filling their prescriptions.

Knowing the options available to you upon graduation makes it easier to make an informed career choice. Many pharmacy technicians choose to work in multiple settings throughout their careers. Whichever setting you choose to work in, it is a good idea to develop flexibility and the ability to work in multiple settings to make yourself more marketable as a pharmacy technician.

If you’re ready to take the next step towards a career as a Pharmacy Technician, the right training makes all the difference. Learn how Ayers Career College can help you reach your career goals! Fill out the form you see on this page, or give us a call at 1-800-317-0131.

If you’d like more information on the career training programs available at Ayers, please visit ayers.edu/programs/

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

#ProTipTuesday: Smart Social Media Posts

by on February 2nd, 2016 in Articles

Making Smart Social Media Posts

Social Networking [so·cial net·work·ing] noun

    the use of dedicated websites and applications to interact with other users, or to find people with similar interests to oneself.

#ProTipTuesday - Smart Social Media Posts

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are just a few social networking sites that have changed the way we communicate. These sites help keep us instantly connected to the world, to our families, and to our friends near and far. Most of us “google” something without putting much thought into it, or ‘check in’ on Facebook without a second thought.

By this point, we know that sharing personal details online can make you an easy target for hackers – but did you know those social media posts you consider ‘harmless’ can cause other problems as well? The photos you posted on Facebook might give you and your friends a laugh – but your future employer might be doing anything but.

The Jobvite 2014 Social Recruiting Survey shows that 93% of hiring managers will review a candidate’s social profile before making a hiring decision.

So, what exactly are they looking for? Mostly, employers are looking for positive qualities of applicants. They want to see if you have any professional experience, share any mutual friends or connections, or they look to see if you’d fit in with others in the workplace setting.

Things they don’t want to see? References to illegal drugs, sexual posts, and profanity are among the top topics that reflect poorly on applicants.

Bottom line: No matter what social media platform is your favorite, be sure you don’t post or share anything you wouldn’t want your employer – or potential employer – seeing. Just because your current employer laughs with you, that may not always be the case. If you’re really concerned, check your privacy settings, and minimize the information that you share online.

Got questions about how you can network for employment opportunities online? Talk to any one of our career advisors! If you’re ready to take the next step towards a career in the medical, electronic, or HVAC fields, the right training makes all the difference.

Learn how Ayers can help you reach your career goals! Fill out the form you see on this page, or give us a call at 1-800-317-0131.

If you’d like more information on the Training Programs available at Ayers Career College, please visit ayers.edu/programs

Why Continuing Education?

by on August 14th, 2015 in Articles

Why Continuing Education?Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a rookie to your field, at some point you no doubt will hear the term “continuing education.” What does that mean, and what relevance could it possibly have for you?

In short, continuing education is known mostly as educating yourself after your primary schooling (which is to say high school and college, along with any postgraduate work you may do) is completed. Some people choose continuing education just as a way of personally bettering themselves—a hobby that involves learning, as it were.

Others use continuing education as a way to boost their job performance. Taking refresher courses, or gaining certifications or licenses in order to improve their professional standing. Sometimes it is necessary as technology, techniques, or methodology changes in a given field, those who work in it find it necessary to take courses either in an academic institution or at a conference or seminar in order to gain new training, insights, or skills they can use in their jobs.

Continuing education is rarely about earning another degree, though a certification, or renewing a certification, is often a primary goal. In fields like information technology and healthcare, where technologies and their accompanying processes change rapidly and with great frequency, it’s particularly important.

Is it beneficial for most people to take continuing education courses? Most certainly. While the time and expense is often the largest barrier for people when considering continuing education, many employers will offer to pay the fees associated with coursework and even will sometimes send employees to conferences or seminars, picking up the tab for travel expenses.

Why do they do this? Because they recognize the value it brings to their organization to have employees trained in up-to-date practices. That alone should give you pause before summarily dismissing the idea of footing the bill yourself.

Of course, as a student, it doesn’t always make sense to attend seminars before you’re even in the profession, but it does still offer insights into the future. We live in a world where education is increasingly important, and more and more companies go out of their way to emphasize that point.

If you’ve been seriously considering continuing education as a way of boosting your performance at work, you are probably in the right spot to begin seriously pursuing it. Of course, check with your employer to see if the company would be willing to send you to a conference or seminar or otherwise foot the bill for your education. After all, they are the ones directly benefitting from it, and many companies look at those types of programs as an opportunity to offer their employees “perks” that benefit the company as well.

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

Why Shreveport Pharmacy Tech Training is a Wise Move

by on March 27th, 2015 in Articles

Shreveport pharmacy tech training is a wise move for many people getting a fresh start in a career. Situated in the midst of an industry that continues to grow rapidly, Shreveport pharmacy tech training is both a respected and valued career path that can lead to outstanding things to the right person.

Let’s talk about the importance of pharmacy technicians. What purpose do they serve? Are they essentially just assistants to the pharmacist? In short, yes, they assist the pharmacist and perform some of the pharmacist’s duties. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says they, in short, “help licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals.”

Of course, that is a rather simplistic overview of what pharmacy technicians do on a daily basis. Their job descriptions are actually much more in-depth than that and encompass a variety of tasks the pharmacy tech must perform each day. Some of the duties they perform include the following:

  • Collect prescription information from customers or health professionals, along with any other necessary information
  • Prescription medication measurement
  • Packaging and labelling prescriptions
  • Organizing inventory and alerting pharmacists to medication and supply shortages
  • Accepting payments for prescriptions and processing insurance claims
  • Entering patient and customer information, including prescription medications they are taking
  • Answering phone calls from customers
  • Arranging for customers to speak with pharmacists for medication or health questions


These are vital duties to the smooth operation of most any pharmacy, and pharmacy technicians fill this important role. Going through and successfully passing Shreveport pharmacy tech training is the accepted way to get the training necessary to become a pharmacy technician, so if you are interested in this fast-moving profession, that is the way to proceed.

But how exactly to proceed? Start by finding a good school at which to take Shreveport pharmacy tech training. You can do that in a couple of ways. First, you can do a Google search or (in a much more low-tech, old-fashioned way) you can open a phone book and look up schools. Randomly choose one school, enroll, and start taking classes. That’s one way to do it.

A slightly more informed and dare I say intelligent way of doing it is by doing a little research on the school you are considering attending. Speak with people who go to the school, or who graduated from the school. Speak with a few employers in the pharmacy industry and see if they have any opinions on the type of graduates the school produces. Do they have a reputation or a history of graduating students with a less-than-ready level of education? Or are their graduates always well-prepared? Let this factor into your decision.

When you are satisfied you have gathered enough information, choose a school and enroll. Begin Shreveport pharmacy tech training classes, and ensure you get the best education you can while you’re enrolled. Go full-bore and commit yourself and make sure you absorb as much information as possible.

Graduate and find yourself a job. It’s that easy! Of course, that too is a simplistic view of things, and there is a bit more to Shreveport pharmacy tech training than simply enrolling and graduating. But you get the point. These are the steps, and the spaces in between are up to you to fill. Your Shreveport pharmacy tech training will not be a short process. This isn’t a weekend seminar that teaches you the basics of pharmacy. This is an intensive program that instils a full level of education upon you. Be diligent and make sure you learn what you need to learn. Use your Shreveport pharmacy tech training to its full advantage.

Shreveport pharmacy tech training can lead you down the road to the new career you’ve been seeking, but make sure this is the journey you’re itching to take. We urge you not to just leap into a new career not being sure if it’s what you really want. Take your time and find the career path that suits you best. Make sure this is what you are looking for. Once you know that it is, don’t let anything deter you from getting the best education you can, then finding the job you’ve been looking for.

For more information on our pharmacy technician training program, give us a call at 1-800-317-0131, or simply fill out the form at the top of this webpage and one of our Admissions Officers will be in touch with you soon about starting your career training!

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

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