Arizona College Donates Blood for American Red Cross

Categories: Career Services, Phlebotomy, Uncategorized

Have you ever donated blood? Donating blood is a simple thing to do and it makes a significant impact in the lives of others. If you have ever needed surgery, there is a large chance that you have answered the question, “If required, would you be willing to accept a blood transfusion?” Donated blood and blood products processed from donated blood saves lives every day. Donated blood is used for many purposes; including patients who require a blood transfusion during or after surgery, chemotherapy patients during treatment, and for patients living with various medical conditions such as sickle cell disease. Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, and 41,000 pints of donated blood are used on a daily basis. Recently, both of our Arizona College campuses partnered with the American Red Cross, and held successful blood drives at each campus location. The Mesa Campus drive was held on…

Patient Interview Tips

Categories: Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting

When working in the healthcare field, it is crucial for allied health professionals to acquire interview techniques that encourage optimal communication between themselves and the patient. The next time you are in a situation where you are interviewing a patient, keep these helpful interview tips in mind: Whether you’re a Medical Assistant or a Massage Therapist, it helps to establish a rapport with the patient – while always remaining professional and confident. Getting to know your patients on a personal level may help make your patient more comfortable, which will help them fully and honestly answer your questions, even if they are not easy questions to answer. During the interview, show compassion and concern and build an atmosphere of trust. Be truthful and genuine, as well as empathic. Listen to your patient and pay attention to nonverbal cues – these may give clues about things they are not saying. It…

Financial Aid Tips for Medical Assistant Students

Categories: Medical Assisting

The field of Medical Assisting is one that remains in demand, even now.  Clinics and doctors’ offices are in need of skilled Medical Assistants to help provide quality patient care. There are many different schooling options for aspiring Medical Assistants. You can earn an associate degree or diploma from a number of community colleges or opt for a career college that specializes in training students for specific fields, like Medical Assisting. Arizona College offers a diploma program and a degree program for those interested in Medical Assisting as a career – both of which offer evening courses, hands-on training, and clinical externships that provide real-world experience. The diploma program typically takes thirty weeks and the degree takes sixty.  Before you go to school to become a Medical Assistant, it is important to do your research and choose the training program that best fits your budget, your career goals, your desired…

Medical Assisting: Diploma vs. Degree

Categories: Medical Assisting

Aspiring Medical Assistants have two options when it comes to their education, and it can be difficult when it comes time to choose which path to pursue. Should they go for an associate degree or a diploma? Well, it all depends on how much time they have, what skills they wish to learn, and what their future plans are for their career and education. At first blush, it may seem like a degree would be the best choice. In sixty week period it takes to complete the Associate Degree in Medical Assisting at Arizona College, students take a variety of classes in clinical procedures, first aid, anatomy, lab techniques, billing, law and ethics, medical terminology, administration, patient relations, pharmacology, and physiology. However, a degree in Medical Assisting typically comes with a higher price tag than a diploma, and isn’t necessarily a requirement to work in the field. Diplomas and certificates…

Health Information and Medical Assisting: Making the Right Career Choice for You

Categories: Uncategorized

If you’re interested in a career in healthcare, but don’t have the time or money to go through medical or nursing school, maybe it’s time to consider earning your Medical Assisting or Health Information degree! There are a variety of programs and colleges for potential Medical Assistants and Health Information Technicians, but how do you know which one to choose? We’ve provided you with some Health Information and Medical Assistant info to help you decide which career path suits you the best. Medical Assistants perform face-to-face patient work as well as administrative tasks. Typical day-to-day tasks include prepping patients for medical examinations, taking vital signs and medical histories, checking patients in and out of the office, giving injections, answering the phone, collecting patient data, billing, and scheduling appointments. Professional Medical Assistants should be good at multi-tasking and enjoy working with people. Health Information specialists also work with patients, but tend…