Tips for Finding the Right Clinical Externship for You

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Careers in the healthcare field are among the list of growing occupations in the United States. As many of those who have enrolled in a health training program or have researched training programs in their search for a new career know, many such programs require an externship as part of your hands-on training. When it comes time to take the next step in your education and find a clinical externship to help you gain some real-world experience before diving into the job market, be sure to keep these helpful tips in mind: Research and learn about the various externship requirements. How many hours will you need to complete? Is the externship a full-time, forty-hour-per-week experience? Finding the answers to these questions up front will help you be prepared to make arrangements prior to going out on externship, leading to a successful and less stressful transition. Talk to your Career Services…

Lecture & Lab: Why Good Training Programs Incorporate Both

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With so many different allied health training programs for aspiring healthcare professionals to choose from, it’s important to do your research and make an informed decision about which program provides the best mix of traditional classroom time and hands-on learning. Quality training programs will incorporate learning in both a classroom and a laboratory environment in order to present the material in a variety of settings and formats, and allow for a richer, more complete educational experience. The most effective instructors teach through an interactive and participatory approach, which facilitates student interaction and keeps students engaged. While lectures are a critical component of any healthcare training program, labs and clinical courses are also important. Learning activities performed in a lab setting help students learn with participatory problem-solving exercises, presentations, and hands-on experiences that engage their senses. They also prepare students for real-world scenarios they may face on the job. If you…

Career Paths: Options for Health Information Grads

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With a projected 21% growth from 2010 to 2020 in the number of Health Information Specialists according to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are opportunities for new graduates who are interested in this line of work. Now is a great time to get started on your career in this field. Health Information Specialists are responsible for managing and organizing patient health data content along with updating patient records with health-related information, including diagnoses and medical insurance claim documents. Once you graduate from a Health Information program, the skills you will have acquired during your training will prepare you for a career in a hospital, physician’s office, clinic, or other medical facility. Career paths for Health Information Technology grads include: Medical Office Specialist – Responsible for a variety of administrative and patient care tasks that vary depending on the office size and nature of the practice. Data Analyst – Work…

4 Things Your Dental Patients May Not Be Telling You

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It’s not uncommon for people to experience a degree of anxiety when it comes time to take a seat in the dentist’s chair. As a Dental Assistant, it’s important to be aware of this in order to put your patients at ease while providing as calming an experience as possible. In addition, be sure to ask your patients questions throughout the examination process, as there may be some things your patients aren’t necessarily telling you about their dental health and habits. Ask your patients about their diet. Many of your patients may not have a true understanding about just how much their diet can affect their teeth. Patients may be hesitant to tell their dentist about any underlying illnesses or ailments they are suffering from that don’t necessarily have anything to do with their teeth. It is extremely important to find out if there are any illnesses, recent surgical procedures,…

New Year’s Resolution: Get a Fresh Start with a New Career

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Why not get 2013 off to a fresh start with a new career in allied health? There are a variety of training programs at Arizona College for those interested in becoming a Dental Assistant, Medical Assistant, Massage Therapist, Phlebotomist, Pharmacy Technician, or Health Information Specialist. The term “allied health” describes the professions in healthcare that do not include nurses, medical doctors, pharmacists, or dentists. By working closely with these healthcare experts, allied health professionals are able to provide a wide range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic, and direct patient care. To get a fresh start at Arizona College in 2013 and take the first step toward a new healthcare career, schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable staff members and take a tour of one of our campuses. All students must meet the following requirements: ·Students must have a high school diploma or GED verification. ·All students must receive a…