4 things you didn’t know about being a Medical Assisting student

Categories: Allied Health, General, Healthcare, Medical Assisting

Digital Blood Pressure MeasureBeing a Medical Assisting student at Arizona College is very exciting!  From the first day of class, students are integrated with other new Medical Assisting students, as well as, those who are in various stages of their program.  It doesn’t take long before students make friends and form groups who often study together before or after class and attend open lab.  Students often have a lot in common and are like-minded; since the idea of providing care to others intrigued them to become a Medical Assistant.  There are 4 things that you might not have known about being a Medical Assistant student at Arizona College:

  1. Learn Valuable Front Office/Administration skills as part of the Medical Assisting curriculum. Being a Medical Assistant requires the flexibility and knowledge to work in both front office and back office environments. Because of this, Medical Assisting students at Arizona College learn how a medical Front Office operates.  This includes:
    • Patient check in and check out
    • Payment processing
    • Appointment scheduling
    • Patient billing
    • Phone call processing
    • Health insurance coverage verification
    • Medical record organization
    • Utilizing computer applications
  1. Open lab is available to perfect those Medical Assisting procedures. Students have the option to attend open lab and gain additional lab time.  Open lab is supervised by one of our Medical Assisting instructors, who are able to provide one-on-one guidance to master skills such as venipuncture, injections, mouth swabs, urine dips, EKG’s and vital signs.  Open lab is a great opportunity to ask any additional questions one might have for certain procedures and to gain the confidence needed to excel.
  1. Learn to work in a variety of medical specialties. Students at Arizona College learn the skills required to work in multiple medical environments.  Examples include:  Pediatrics, Family Practice, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology and Assisted Living Facilities.  Each specialty has basic duties that the Medical Assistant will perform, but each will also have more detailed, specialty-specific duties required depending on the patient’s condition and orders of the physician.
  1. Give back to the community. The Program Directors at Arizona College often arrange events in which they volunteer their time and skills with their students in order to give back to the community.  Medical Assisting students in particular, have attended healthcare events where they have checked vital signs and blood sugar levels for those in need.  This is not only great hands-on practice for students; it is an excellent way for students to gain real-world experience while interacting with the general public in their new Medical Assisting role.

A career as a Medical Assistant is one that you can be proud of.  On a daily basis, Medical Assistants provide much needed care to patients and work side-by-side with other healthcare professionals.  If you are looking for information on how to become a Medical Assistant; the first step is to find an accredited school, like Arizona College.  Call the school and take a tour…is it a place that you can imagine calling home until you complete your education?  Talk to fellow students, what impressions do you have?  If you would like to start your Medical Assisting journey with us, we would love to have you.  Learn more today!

Develop, Empower & Support: Career Services

Categories: Allied Health, Career Choices, Career Services, Career Services Coordinator, Employment Assistance, General, Glendale Campus, Mesa Campus

Blog 20- Career ServicesThe Career Services Department at Arizona College is responsible for multiple processes throughout a student’s educational journey.  Representatives work with students during the entire length of their program; beginning with their first session, the externship process, graduation, and even provide employment assistance for graduates and alumni.  Have you met your Career Services Coordinator yet?  It’s best to have regular meetings and to keep in contact, giving you a great resource for many of the questions you may have about starting your career.

What valuable services do Career Services provide for students?

  • Resume Development - Did you know the average employer initially spends less than 30 seconds reviewing your resume? Career Services reviews student resumes and makes suggestions on how to present a polished, well-rounded resume that employers will notice.
  • Mock Interviews - Interviewing is a skill you can learn and Career Services conducts mock interviews with all students. With the right tips, techniques and guidance, students gain the confidence to feel empowered resulting in a great interview.
  • Externship Orientation - Putting into practice the knowledge and skills you have learned during your training is so exciting.  The Career Services Department conducts an Externship Orientation to advise students how to make the most out of externship and what is required to complete externship successfully. Externship is a valuable career learning experience, as it’s an opportunity for students to see first-hand what the day-to-day work activities are in the professional medical setting.  Let Career Services maximize this experience!
  • Externship Coordination - Students are assigned an externship site to complete the final session of their healthcare degree program (for those programs that require externship experience). Career Services can help you successfully coordinate this process.
  • Job Placement Assistance - Career Services assists all graduates and alumni in securing employment. They are in contact with our employment partners and find out firsthand about potential openings for jobs.  Job placement assistance is also offered as service to all Arizona College graduates.
  • Job Fairs/Career Seminars - Attending a job fair is a perfect opportunity to speak with and ask questions directly to the representatives of a particular company of interest. Attending a Career Fair is a great way to sharpen and showcase your skills.  Networking and meeting other like-minded professionals in your field of study is a great way to make connections that can last a lifetime.

The Career Services Department works to develop, empower, and support Arizona College students and graduates.  If you are a student, it is important to meet your Career Services Coordinator early on.  If you are a graduate, make sure they have your updated contact information, such as mailing address, email address, and phone number. Together, let’s find the healthcare career you’ve been dreaming of! Contact the Career Services office today!

Fun Facts About Nursing School

Categories: Allied Health, BSN, Career Choices, General, Healthcare, Healthy Living, Important, Mesa Campus, Nursing, Registered Nurse, RN vs LPN

Doctor with group of medical studentsBecoming a Registered Nurse requires a well-rounded education. It’s important to look for a school that prepares its students to provide high quality, innovative, and hands-on nursing care. Just think about it; as a Registered Nurse, you will be treating patients and making a difference in the lives of people on a daily basis! Completing the education required to begin a rewarding career as a Registered Nurse can be very challenging and rigorous; however, it can also be filled with excitement and fun! Here are some fun facts about the nursing program at Arizona College:

  • Hands-on Education Opportunities - Arizona College nursing students have access to a modern nursing laboratory in a realistic hospital setting. This laboratory even includes high-fidelity manikins that resemble real patients! These manikins can be programmed to communicate verbally and display many of the bodily functions that a real life patient would exhibit. They have monitors and digital equipment, providing a high-tech learning experience for students. You may even have a role play conversation with your manikin patient, all while developing your nursing skills.
  • Clinical Experiences in a Variety of Settings - Nursing students gain the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in a wide range of medical environments. This is a wonderful chance to experience different specialties and work side by side with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.  Students have clinical experiences in settings such as Family Practice, Long-term Care Facilities, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hospitals, as well as Behavior Health and Pediatrics. Students have even witnessed multiple labor and deliveries while on clinical rotations!  These clinical rotations are an exciting way to bring your nursing skills and education into practice.
  • Community Involvement - The Nursing program at Arizona College often participates in community outreach events. These events are an amazing way for students, staff, and faculty to bond as a team and have some fun while making a difference in the lives of others.
  • Fun Campus Events - Each month, Arizona College has fun campus events that all programs are invited to participate in. These events are a great way to de-stress, meet new friends, and relax between classes.  Participating in these campus events is a great way to network and add some laughter to your day.

If you are interested in a rewarding career as a Registered Nurse, contact Arizona College today!  Learn about our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, tour our campus, visit our modern nursing laboratory, and see what the Arizona College difference could make in your life.  Take the first step toward your rewarding future in Nursing!

SimMom prepares nursing students for labor and delivery

Categories: Allied Health, Back to School, General, Labor and Delivery, Mesa Campus, Nursing, Parenting Skills, Registered Nurse

SimMomPreparesLaborAndDeliveryImagine, you’re nearly 9 months pregnant while purchasing some last minute grocery items to stock your refrigerator before the highly anticipated arrival of your little bundle of joy.  When all of a sudden, your water breaks and contractions begin! While ditching your cart and waddling to your car, you call your partner, as it’s time to head to the hospital!  You arrive with your perfectly packed suitcase and begin the process of labor and delivery check-in.  Once in your labor and delivery room, the nurse and doctor perform an examination; you’re so close to meeting your little one!

With approximately 267 humans born each minute around the world, Labor and Delivery professionals truly have their hands full.  While birth stories vary to a great degree, most involve a combination of specially trained nurses, midwifes and/or physicians. The professionals are required to know, minute by minute, the health status of the laboring mother and that of the unborn child.  This process might seem daunting to some, but with real-world scenario training on High-Fidelity simulation manikins, healthcare professionals are well prepared for a wide variety of birthing scenarios that may require multiple plans of action.

Arizona College’s Department of Nursing is pleased to announce the newest addition to the simulation lab: SimMom!  SimMom is the latest innovation in full-body birthing simulation.  SimMom is a High Fidelity, anatomically precise manikin that is programmed to create a wide variety of extremely realistic labor and delivery scenarios.  One scenario that the SimMom is equipped to simulate is a postpartum hemorrhage, which is the leading cause of maternal death post-delivery, even in developed countries.  Arizona College nursing students use the knowledge received from their courses and experience during simulation laboratory and clinicals, to be prepared to care for a mother during labor and delivery.

A nursing education with high-fidelity manikins, such as with SimMom, provides incredible benefits to students.  SimMom allows nursing instructors to accommodate individual students or team learning environments at basic or advanced levels.  Learning how to make quick decisions during childbirth can mean the difference between life and death.  A nursing education that includes training with advanced simulation manikins, such as SimMom, provides the confidence needed to make fast and accurate decisions under pressure.

Nurses can work in a wide variety of settings including labor and delivery.  If you are interested in a Nursing Career and would like the education, experience and credentials required to begin working in the rewarding healthcare industry, contact Arizona College today.  Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is offered at our Mesa, AZ campus which includes modern facilities and simulation laboratories for a hands-on educational experience.

Healthy Toddlers: Taking Care of Tiny Teeth

Categories: Back to School, Dental Assisting, General, Healthcare, Healthy Living, Parenting Skills

TakingCareOfTinyTeethMany parents often wonder, “What should I do to care for my toddler’s teeth?” The truth is, many dentists recommend at-home dental care should start way before a toddler sprouts their first pearly white!  Amazingly, teeth are actually formed in the womb during the second trimester of pregnancy and reside in the jaw and gums where they await their big debut.   Proper cleaning and examination of an infant’s mouth can start any time after birth to develop good, lifelong oral health during all stages of development.

One of the first steps in cleaning your infant’s gums is to gently rub a clean washcloth along the top and bottom gum line.  This process can easily be done during your nightly bath time routine. You may find that when your infant is teething, they will look forward to this routine as it often soothes achy and swollen gums.  Wiping an infant’s gums physically removes any harmful bacteria build up and creates a feeling of trust.

Once you notice that your infant‘s first tooth has appeared, you should contact a Pediatric Dentist to schedule an appointment;   Pediatric Dentists specialize in early childhood and adolescent tooth and gum care.   One of the benefits of a Pediatric Dental office is that they are incredibly kid friendly. This helps because, many times, going to the dentist can feel intimidating, even for adults. They can have specialized cordless equipment that resembles animals or other fun objects, a playroom with movies on display screens and of course toys!  Depending on the age of your child and how many teeth have surfaced, the initial visit will typically include a simple polish of existing teeth surfaces, floss, fluoride treatment (if child is of appropriate age) and examination.  The dentist will give general guidelines and instructions for continued oral hygiene.

After a toddler has sprouted their first tooth, you can begin brushing with a pediatric toothbrush and training toothpaste (fluoride free).  This will create excitement for the child and also get them accustomed to the sensation of a toothbrush on their gums and teeth.  Around 2 years of age, a child can usually cognitively understand instruction and can begin to spit out regular fluoride toothpaste.  Under close supervision and assistance of an adult, an extremely small amount, no larger than the size of a pea, can be applied to the pediatric toothbrush during their tooth brushing routine.

Did you know that early childhood cavities are one of the leading diseases among children?  The good news is, there are some simple steps you can take to help prevent childhood cavities and tooth decay.  Remember these tips when caring for your infant and toddlers teeth:

  • Begin gum and tooth care early at infant stage
  • Schedule your child’s Pediatric Dental visit for twice per year
  • Follow good oral hygiene instructions early to develop positive dental habits
  • Avoid putting an infant or toddler to sleep with a bottle. The sugar in milk or juice can eat away enamel, which can cause a condition called “bottle mouth” resulting in pits and discoloration in teeth.
  • Follow healthy eating habits and limit sugary food and drink choices. If sugar is consumed, encourage your toddler to drink water and brush their teeth after consumption.

With a few small steps taken early in your child’s life, healthy teeth can have a lifelong benefit.  For more information regarding Pediatric Tooth Care, visit the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry website.

Do you like the idea of working with children?  Does becoming a Dental Assistant interest you?  If so, then a career in Pediatric Dentistry might be for you!  Arizona College offers a Dental Assisting program that could help you achieve your goal of working with children in a dental setting.  With two conveniently located campuses in Glendale and Mesa, AZ, you can find a campus near you to begin your future today!