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Where Do Pharmacy Technicians Work?

by on August 6th, 2019 in Articles News

Top 3 Places for Exciting Career Opportunities

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 even 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 pros and cons 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 within the hospital. They are often found filling prescriptions for patients in a fast-paced work environment. You may also see hospital pharmacies that 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 this type of job can be more stressful than retail technician positions.

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 one 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 Tech.

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.

Financial Aid: Keeping It Simple

by on August 1st, 2019 in Articles News

Understanding Your Options when Paying for Training

Applying for federal financial aid can be intimidating, to say the least; especially if it is your first time. We understand there can be a lot of questions you need answered and understanding how the process works can be vital to your success. We want to keep it simple and give you the tools you need to take the next step. Here are the first 6 steps to take to get you started.

1. Know about FASFA

Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FASFA is the form a college student is required to fill out in order to receive any form of federal financial aid to pay for their schooling. The FASFA deadline varies from state to state and funding works on a first-come-first-serve basis. Check with your school to find out deadlines.

2. Research Grants and Scholarships

Grants and scholarships are types of financial aid that do not need to be paid back. Grants can be offered by the federal government, your school or private foundations. On the other hand, scholarships are merit-based. This means that you must meet a set of criteria in order to be considered for the scholarship. They can be awarded by private foundations or by your school. Check with your school to see a list of available scholarships.

3. Understand Loans

Loans can be an option, but unlike grants and scholarships, they must be repaid. Students do not have to pay while attending classes, however, they are required to begin repayment six months after graduation or after they stop attending school. Most loans are also subject to accrue interest over time.

4. Learn about Tuition Reimbursement

Some companies offer tuition assistance to cover some or all of your schooling costs as it relates to extended work knowledge and education. Check with your current or potential employer to see if they have a tuition reimbursement program in place.

5. Find out if you’re Eligible

You can find out how much grant funding you are eligible to receive by utilizing the Net Price Calculator. This Net Price figure is used as an estimated calculation to provide an estimated cost of enrollment based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and determine how much in Grant funds you are eligible to receive for the current award year.

6. Ask Ayers for Help

Speak with an Ayers Admissions Representative to ask about your personal financial aid options. They will be able to provide you with scholarship opportunities, due dates, payment, and financing options.

These steps will help you navigate the world of financial aid while attending school. At Ayers, we want to help you get the most out of your education. Please give us a call or contact us with any questions and we would be happy to help!

Why Do I Need an EPA Certification?

by on July 18th, 2019 in Articles Heating & Cooling Training News

More businesses are requiring potential candidates to have their EPA Certification to qualify for their positions. Having this certification is also a federal requirement for working with certain appliances. Those who go through the EPA certification process gain a better awareness of the laws and procedures that cover the handling of HVAC systems and chemicals.

There are several different categories of certification – EPA Section 608 Technician Certification, EPA Section 609 Technician Certification, R-410A Technician Certification, Indoor Air Quality Certification, PM Technician Certification, and Green HVAC/R Certification.

The type of certification you have will determine which kinds of appliances you are qualified to work on. Each certification is given by passing the EPA exam which is administered by an EPA-approved testing organization. You can choose to take one test for a specific certification or pass all three be certified to work on every type of appliance.

What Does Each Certification Mean?

The EPA Section 608 Technician Certification is the only section that has different types to choose from. You will need this certification to be able to work on building air conditioning and refrigeration systems.  This section offers 4 certifications types:

  • Type I Certification – Persons who maintain, service, or repair small appliances must be certified as Type I technicians.
  • Type II Certification – Persons who maintain, service, repair, or dispose of high or very high-pressure appliances, except small appliances and Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning (MVAC) systems, must be certified as Type II technicians.
  • Type III Certification – Persons who maintain, service, repair, or dispose of low-pressure appliances must be certified as Type III technicians.
  • Universal Certification – Persons who maintain, service, or repair both low and high-pressure equipment, as well as small appliances, must be certified as Universal technicians. (Type I, Type II, and Type III Certifications)

The EPA Section 609 Technician Certification is necessary to work on Motor Vehicle Air Conditioners and allows refrigerant purchases.

The R-410A Technician Certification is available for those who are already EPA Section 608 Certified. Technicians should already know the basics of air conditioning-refrigeration system installation before taking this training.

The Indoor Air Quality Certification gives technicians the ability to service, clean, and inspect the HVAC’s system.

The PM Technician Certification is only available to EPA Section 608 certified technicians. It contains all areas of acid and moisture detection, water removal, coil maintenance, and more.

The Green HVAC/R Certification is not an EPA required certification but is becoming more of a desire for many technicians because of the increasing demand for environmentally smart HVAC technology. This certification teaches how energy conservation can be used in the heating and cooling industry.

Contact Ayers Career College to learn more about EPA Certifications.

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. 

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. 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, 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. 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 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 what a career is like as an Electronics Tech, but now we’re telling you about 4 career opportunities 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

 

 

5 Great Benefits of Being a Medical Assistant

by on October 12th, 2018 in Articles News

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

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