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Starting a Career in the Medical Field

by on January 16th, 2018 in Articles News

…Without Going to Med School

black and white image of a female medical assistant sitting next to male patient

You want a job that’s exciting and rewarding, and your heart is set on a career in the medical field. You’re in luck – this is a growing industry where you will find many career opportunities of all types and levels. Thankfully, there are positions that don’t require the same long-term schooling (or financial commitment) that med school does. Best of all, they can be just as rewarding!

Your options when breaking into the healthcare world are almost endless. There are plenty of workplace settings where you can focus your healthcare career. One great option is becoming a medical assistant.

What does a medical assistant do?

Most medical assistants take on both clinical and administrative tasks. They tend to be the ‘Jack-of-all-trades’ in the medical world. On the clinical side they’ll be checking vital signs, recording medical history, or assisting in the trauma room. On the administrative side they help with things like scheduling appointments, or and assisting patients paperwork. Of course, the specific duties will depend on the healthcare facility.

So where do medical assistants work, then?

The most common places to work as a medical assistant are doctors offices, urgent care caners, hospitals, or clinics. However, many medical assistants find rewarding careers in unexpected places, such as chiropractors offices, nursing homes, assisted living communities, or medical labs.

Working as a medical assistant in a doctors office, or urgent care center is usually less hectic than a hospital or emergency room. It also allows you to work in a specific field of medicine. But maybe working in a fast-paced setting is where your heart is. Working as a medical assistant in an ER is tough – just as any job in the ER is – but it is also very rewarding.

Ready for the challenge?

Think working as a medical assistant could be the perfect fit for you? Check out our Medical Assistant program for a course description and schedule. When you’re ready, Ayers Career College is here to provide you with the specialized, hands-on education and training you’ll need to get started. In less than a year, you’ll be working in a career field you love!

New Year’s Resolutions for a Working Student

by on December 20th, 2017 in Articles News

January 1 calendar with new year's resolution

The New Year is nearly upon us, and with it brings a list of New Year’s Resolutions. For many, New Year’s Resolutions may last only a few months and then slowly yet surely old habits begin to creep back in. Here at Ayers Career College, want to see your New Year bring in better grades and healthier lifestyles.

You work, have a family, and go to school. To say your life is hectic would be an understatement. You started school because you desire to grow, learn, and create a better life for yourself, and we want to help. Here are some New Year’s Resolutions that will help you improve your health, grades, and even yourself.

1. Stay Rested

It cannot be stressed enough, but a way to a healthy body and a healthy brain is through sleep. If you know you are not getting enough sleep right now, it is time for a switch. Staying rested will not only make you feel better but will also improve your thinking. Better thinking will result in better grades!

2. Get Organized

This is difficult for some people. We suggest getting a planner or downloading an app you will actually use to keep a schedule. Then, here is the key: use it! At the beginning of the week, take time to sit down and schedule your week. This means penciling in time for studying and homework as well as exercise and some downtime to simply rest and breathe.

3. Take a Day Off

You can choose to go nonstop until you hit a wall, or you can schedule the time to rest and refuel to keep going for the long haul. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Make sure to schedule one day a week to not look at homework or work but to do the things you love and bring you life. If you are in a season of life where a day is not an option, then give yourself half a day or schedule thirty minutes in every day where you can breathe and feel refreshed.

4. Start Moving

Exercise has so many benefits and not just physically. Making time for just thirty minutes of movement every day will benefit you physically, mentally, and emotionally. If you are new to exercising, do not feel overwhelmed. Start with going for a walk in nature, or explore different options to find something you love. You will find that exercise can become a place to escape and recharge.

5. Don’t do it Alone

Whether it is studying, exercising, or your day off, find people to enjoy it with. You weren’t meant to do it all alone.

It may seem like very few of these resolutions actually have to do with schooling, but by taking care of yourself, you will quickly see an improvement in your work. Begin the New Year by valuing yourself, getting organized, and see the difference it will make in every area of your life.

Remembering to Balance Work, Life & School During the Holiday Season

by on November 20th, 2017 in Articles News

Balancing work, life, and school during the holidays can be stressful. We know you have so much on your plate with shopping for gifts, preparing meals and getting in time for studying. Here are some tips to help keep your busy life organized and manageable during the holiday season.

Prioritize Your To-Do List. Sit down during the weekend and think about what it is that you need to do during the week. The next step is to list those items by when they need to be completed. This process will help you create a weekly timeline for working through your to-do list.

Shop Online. If you feel that shopping is another task that takes time away from family and studying, think about ways to making this task easier. For example, can you do some of your holiday shopping online? If you plan far enough ahead, shopping online also comes with free shipping and plenty of time for wrapping. Have you considered doing online grocery shopping? Websites like Jet and Boxed can ship items directly to your doorstep for little or no cost.

Prepare Meals Ahead of Time. Do you find it hard to serve meals during the holiday season? Try preparing meals on the weekends so you aren’t spending precious weekday time in the kitchen. Another preparation secret is to prepare meals in bulk and freeze them. This allows you to pull already cooked meals from the freezer as needed. Think about making items that freeze well like double batches of chili or crock pot ready meals.

Set Aside Time for Studying. Remember to make school a priority. Set blocks of time aside for uninterrupted studying or getting together with study groups. Remember to arrange for childcare for these blocks of time.

Take Time for Yourself. The holidays can get overwhelming with all the pressures we put on ourselves. Set aside time for a walk or meeting a friend to recharge your batteries. If you can’t get away, take a moment during your commuting time to center your thoughts and clear your mind.

Remember that staying organized during the holiday season can help you remain calm and maintain a balance in your lifestyle. Ayers Career College wishes all of their students and faculty a very Happy Holiday Season. If you would like to join the ACC family contact us for more information.

Why Every Business Needs a Skilled Business Administrator

by on November 7th, 2017 in Articles News

There is a stigma on the career of office administrator, as though it isn’t important. The truth is, no office would run effectively or efficiently without an excellent and skilled administrator.

But what is an office administrator? What are some of the tasks that an administrator must do?

Answering the Phone

Being an Office Administrator isn’t just about answering the phone and taking messages, but that is a large part of it. It is vital that the administrator answers the phone promptly with a friendly and engaging manner. The administrator is the “face” of the company. Customers will judge a company based on how they were initially received, and that usually occurs through the business administrator.

Coordinate Office Activities

An administrator must make sure that everyone and everything is running smoothly in the office for maximum efficiency. Not only so, but it is their job to determine if actions and employees comply to the company’s policies. If there is a meeting, the administrator knows and makes certain that everyone who is required at the meeting is informed in plenty of time. It isn’t just day-to-day activities. Business admins can help with fun office activities like celebrating a co-worker’s birthday, engagement or birth of a child.

Supervising Administrative Staff

Another important task for administrators, is to supervise the people under him or her. Making sure that responsibilities and tasks are divided appropriately, will ensure the best performance from everyone. Be aware of your staff’s strengths and weaknesses so you know what responsibilities to give to whom. The longer you work at a company, the better you will know all the employees and how each one can use their gifts most effectively.

Track Office Supplies

Finally, as an administrator, you oversee keeping track of all the office supplies and placing orders for more items when required. An office can be a machine of organization and efficiency, or one of chaos depending on the administrator. It is important to know what people need, from new pens and pencils to a coffee machine.

The business administrator is the heart of any office. Every business wants and needs someone who is well-trained and able to take control soon after being hired. Choosing Ayers Career College, and joining our Business Administration program will help push you in the right direction. Contact us today and have a career for life!

Ever Thought About a Career in Pharmacy?

by on October 9th, 2017 in Articles News Pharmacy Tech Training

Recently, the Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) posted an article outlining the need for Pharmacy Technicians and the problems associated with this need. The need stems from the training gap between unemployed people and unfilled jobs.

In June 2017, 7.1 million* Americans were unemployed

CECU writes, “What if you couldn’t find someone to issue your prescription?  The demand for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 9% over the next decade, requiring no less than 34,700 new professionals during this time, according to BLS.”

At the same time, 6.2 million* jobs are unfilled

With 6.2 million jobs open and 7.1 million people looking for jobs, why aren’t they being filled? The reason is that those who are looking for employment are not always qualified because they lack the correct training.

The problem? Lack of appropriate training & skills

CECU writes: Today over half of pharmacy technician credentials come from postsecondary career colleges and universities. In 2016, postsecondary career colleges awarded 6,826 credentials in this field out of 13,087 awarded in all of higher education, or 52% of all pharmacy technician awards. Between 2011-2015, the sector awarded 69,579 awards. Our institutions will be integral to meeting the rising demand for pharmacy technicians in the next 10 years, and we are ready to meet the challenge.

“Pharmacy technicians bring important skills and support to their roles in various healthcare settings,” said Janis Paulson, CEO of Unitek College. “Programs provided by institutions in our sector are essential to providing both theoretical knowledge and applied skills that prepare graduates to be successful in this field.”

Pharmacy technicians perform important roles with both patients and other healthcare professionals. They work directly with patients, organize inventory,  process payment and insurance information, and mix medications under the supervision of a pharmacist. Advances in pharmaceutical research coupled with a higher demand for prescription medication due to factors like increasing numbers of cases of chronic disease will lead to higher demand for pharmacy technicians. In addition, as pharmacies begin offering a greater number of services such as flu shots and vaccines, pharmacy technicians will be needed to support this larger role.

“Without our schools, thousands of students would not be able to be trained adequately for careers as pharmacy technicians,” said Steve Gunderson, president & CEO of CECU. “It is important for both those students and our nation’s economy that they have access to the programs that will help them enter this field and fill the rising job demand.”

Are you interested in pursuing a career as a Pharmacy Technician? Ayers Career College would love to help make this a reality. Contact us and see how you can get started!

Exploring a Career in the HVAC Industry

by on September 12th, 2017 in Articles News

It’s no secret that choosing a job in the trades is a smart career choice. Research from Explore the Trades shows that these jobs are high-growth and offer high wages. A rising star in the trades industry is the HVAC field (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning). The tremendous growth rate and excellent pay for this industry makes it an attractive option for any skilled worker. We have the perfect cheat-sheet to determine if this high-wage field is the right career for you:

WHO: Who Makes a Great HVAC Technician?

A quick review of the career field on Explore The Trades shows that HVAC Technicians typically do not need a college degree. It is common to receive credentials by taking short-term certification classes. Experience with a variety of power tools and electrical systems is a plus.

WHAT: What Do HVAC Technicians Do?

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), you can expect to work installing, maintaining and repairing heating and cooling systems for buildings ranging from homes, schools, major factories, and industrial buildings. Specific tasks vary from using blueprints to set up a system (correctly installing all lines, wiring, ducts and other components) to inspection and replacement of worn or broken parts.

WHERE: Where Do HVAC Technicians Work?

BLS data reports that these technicians have very steady employment working for manufacturers, contractors, and construction companies; approximately 10% are self-employed. An interesting new development in the field is the growth of nanotechnology and similar precision-based workplaces that require incredibly high-maintenance cleanrooms. In these environments, HVAC systems are crucially important.

With the BLS reporting average wages of over $45,000 and the nationwide addition of nearly 40,000 new jobs by 2024, there has never been a better time to launch your career as an HVAC Technician.

Still not sure if this is the right job for you? We’d love to speak you and help you determine the right education, certification, and career pathway. Make sure to request for more information and one of our admission representatives will contact you shortly!

Certifications & How They Help Boost Your Resume

by on August 14th, 2017 in Articles News

In a crowded job market, you want to be at the head of the line for professional positions that offer higher salaries, professional prestige, and future growth. The most effective way of presenting yourself to employers looking to fill those in-demand positions is to earn a certification in the field of your choice.

Here’s how certification helps to boost your resume and make you stand out from the crowd.

  • Access to Desirable Fields: Finding work that fits with your ambitions is something everyone hopes for, but few actually obtain in life. Getting certified is your entry ticket to better jobs with prospects for advancement. Areas of career certification offered by Ayers Career College for students in the Louisiana and Texas areas include both shorter certification prep courses as well as full career training programs. Check out https://ayers.edu/certification-prep-courses/ to see the varied selection of courses available to you.
  •  Impartial Credentials: Completion of a certification provides valid endorsement that you have mastered a professional skill set to be put to use immediately on the job. Employers are increasingly unable to provide training to new employees and will select those who have taken it upon themselves to acquire the most up-to-date training available.
  • Impressive Job Interviews: Even though you know how smart and capable you are, the stranger you are meeting for a job interview doesn’t know that yet and has very little time to come to a conclusion about whether to hire you. Being able to show on your resume that you have earned an accredited certification adds credence to your having a high level of motivation and the commitment to succeed. Even better, having professional credentials helps boost your confidence when interviewing for those sought-after positions.
  • Convenience for You: Class schedules are tailored to fit the needs of students already working. If you want to move your career forward, demonstrating the initiative to work toward a certification will get you recognized. Many employers offer funding to help reliable employees further their educations. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Either way, it’s a smart investment.

The right training makes all the difference. Ayers Career College in Shreveport, Louisiana, can help you reach your career goals. Contact us now for further information.

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.


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

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.


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

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