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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.


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

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!


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

 

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

CompTIA Certifications: Worth it, or Nah?

by on May 19th, 2016 in News

If you work in an IT field – or hope to at some point – you need to be familiar with CompTIA certifications. They are the standard measure of competence that should be included on every IT resume.

Many experts have worked in IT for years without ever completing the certifications, but they only limit their options. Even if you have passed a test or two, there may be benefits that you are overlooking. No matter who you are, these are some of the key things continuing your education through CompTIA can do for you.

CompTIA Certification at Ayers Career College

Focus Your Learning
One thing is certain with a career in IT: you will always be learning. Whether you are looking for a first job, are trying to change careers or you are a seasoned veteran, CompTIA certification can serve as a focal point for your learning. Keeping up with the ever present changes in technology means continuing your studies no matter what. The A+ and specialty curricula are regularly updated to make sure what you study remains pertinent to the field. This can help you find strengths and weaknesses to further expand your knowledge and skills.

The Good Jobs Demand It
CompTIA offers many different official certifications, but trying to get a professional level IT job without at least the basic A+ on your resume is next to impossible. Large companies often use it as an initial screening to see which resumes get the trash pile. Government positions almost universally require these certifications for hire, and those jobs account for a huge percentage of career-level positions. If you want your IT work to come with health benefits, vacation, retirement and stability, you need CompTIA to get your foot in the door.

Discover or Expand a Specialty
Like any field, IT professionals are worth more when they specialize. Work experience can help you determine if you prefer networking, security or any number of other particular expanses, but exploring specialty certifications will really give you an idea of how deeply you really want to explore a niche IT avenue. Once again, the certification training is a starting point to open doors to truly expert levels of practice that can easily mean a difference of tens of thousands of dollars a year.

Join a Community
Many people build lifelong relationships during their higher education. While CompTIA certifications present a very different environment than college or other formal training paths, it will still lend you to interact with people who share your skills and interests. This can be great for you socially, building important friendships and partnerships, but it is crucial professionally. Networking is the most important part of developing your career in the modern world, and this holds especially true in technology related fields. You’ll be surprised to see how valuable your friends and contacts can be even if you’ve never met them in the flesh.

There is little reason to put off completing your certifications. Courses and tests are more affordable than ever, and there are plenty of ways to work around your existing schedule. Take a look at some of the different paths to plan the right one for you and get started with the next, more successful, part of your professional life.

Want More Information? Call Nic Melancon at 318-868-3000 (Or Simply Fill Out The Form You See On This Page!)

Sources:
https://ayers.edu/comptia-network-plus-certification/
https://www.pluralsight.com/blog/career/comptia-certification
https://certification.comptia.org/why-certify/professionals

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

Careers in Electronics Technology: Satellite/Cable TV installation and Service

by on January 22nd, 2016 in News

Ayers ETElectronics Technology students will find a whole list of potential career paths they can seek; ATM service, manufacturing wiring installer, and home theater installation are just a few of the occupations available.

Another common job is in satellite or cable television installation or service. Satellite and cable TV providers serve a large number of customers, and the sheer volume of installers needed means consistent job openings for qualified professionals.

The industry often refers to satellite and cable TV installers as telecom technicians, a title reflecting the technical nature of their job. Their job often includes setting up, rearranging, or replacing routing and dialing equipment (since most boxes these days include Internet connection). In addition, telecom technicians inspect, repair and replace faulty, damaged or malfunctioning equipment, and make service and maintenance calls for adjustments and re-calibrations.

For someone pursuing employment in the electronics technology field, starting off as telecom technician just might lead you to a decades long career! As a telecom technician, you’ll develop skills on the job that can also be use in a variety of other occupations, which means that becoming a telecom technician can be a good career move whether you intend on staying in that field or pursuing another.

So, whether you’re moving toward satellite or cable TV installation and service, or another field in electronics technology, you have several options. Your career is what you make of it, and the skills you develop can solidify your job prospects for years to come!

If you’re ready to take the first step in starting your career in electronics, give us a call! Schedule an appointment with your Admissions Officer, and figure out enrollment options – including financial aid programs that can help you pay for your career training!

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics*, telecommunications technicians have a job growth rate of about 4 percent, which places it at the average for all professions. This rate means relatively promising job prospects for young telecommunications professionals just entering the industry.

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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

4 Careers You Can Pursue with an Electronics Technician Education

by on January 20th, 2016 in News

4 Careers You Can Pursue with an Electronics Technician EducationAs an area that will continue to need new workers to fill positions, there is an odd confusion surrounding the electronics technology field.

What can I do with THAT?
What does an electronics technician even do?
Can I get a job with that?

Believe it or not, there are answers to those questions! …And they are all affirmative and positive in nature. No, electronics technicians are not electricians (though they do often work with wiring and electricity), and they are not merely cable TV installers (though they may do that job as well).

Electronics technicians cover a relatively wide array of jobs within a small sliver of the technology/electronics field, which gives them options, though many electronics technicians do find areas they enjoy working in more than others.

So let’s end the confusion now: here are 4 career paths in electronics technology that you may find helpful.

1… Central Office Technician: These workers install the “guts” of a central hub or office in many businesses. Their main duties include setting up and maintaining switches, fiber optic cables, and routers in a central office setting. Businesses that feature call centers and telecommunications hubs often employ central office technicians to help manage send, process, and amplify data from telephone, Internet, and cable connections.

2… PBX Installer and Repairer: Setting up private branch exchange (PBX) switchboards for call centers and other businesses that need to juggle a large number of phone lines, PBX installers connect telecom equipment to communications lines, including installation and testing of frames, supports, power systems, alarms, and software. They also may work with voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, as well as Internet connections and network applications.

3… Headend Technician: Cable and television companies employ Headend Technicians, who work in a similar capacity to Central Office Technicians. Headend technicians often work at distribution centers.

4… Station Installers and Repairers: The prototypical electronics technician job, Station Installers and Repairers install telecommunications equipment including cable TV and satellite equipment, home theater equipment, and other electronic home and business devices. Their duties also include testing lines and diagnosing problems.

So, now that we’ve talked about the types of career you can have as an electronics technician, lets talk about getting you to that point. First, you’ll need the right guidance and training – which, lucky for you, we can provide!

Instructors in our Electronics Technician program have years of real-world experience, and know what employers in the area are looking for. Our instructors are focused on the success of our students, and are committed to seeing them achieve their career goals. With their instruction and guidance, electronics technician students learn and develop the skills necessary to get started in this growing field of technology.

Want a bit more information, or just ready to jump in and get started! Fill out the form you see on the top this page, and we’ll get in touch with you to discuss your enrollment options!

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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