What’s Preventing You From Going Back To School?

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Once you have hit the pause button on your education, it’s understandable that the decision to go back to school can seem quite daunting. But what’s preventing you from going back to school and earning your degree or diploma? A large percentage of those in today’s higher learning landscape are made up of adult learners who have gone back to school to earn or finish their degree. No matter what your reason was for leaving school the first time, there is no reason you shouldn’t take this opportunity to go back and pursue your education to improve your career prospects, earn that promotion at work, or to expand your current skill set. You may be thinking that going back to school will be too expensive and you can’t afford it. But most people who go back to school don’t pay the full cost of their education by themselves – knowing your…

Massage Therapy & Naturopathy

Categories: Massage Therapy

Naturopathic, or naturopathy, is a system of healthcare that isn’t defined by the substances used, but in the underlying principles that determine the practice. Those principles include the healing power of nature, finding the true cause of ailments, treating the whole person, prevention, and education. Treatment options in naturopathic medicine can range from lifestyle and diet changes to botanical medicine, from physical medicine to counseling. Treatments may also include prescription medications and even referrals to a specialist in order to provide the best possible care and treatment plan. Massage Therapy, offered at Arizona College, is a form of naturopathic medicine. Massage Therapists use the healing power of touch to improve circulation, bringing oxygen and other nutrients back into the body’s tissues, helping their patients reduce stress, relieve muscle tension and pain, increase flexibility and mobility, and clear the lactic acid and waste from the body that can cause pain and…

Needle Positioning: The Key to a Successful Blood Draw

Categories: Phlebotomy

Those training to enter the field of Phlebotomy should know that one of the keys to a successful blood draw is needle positioning – an improper needle position is one of the most common causes of blood draw failure. Once trained, a Phlebotomist can use several simple visual cues to determine if the needle is positioned correctly in the vein. The angle of the needle can greatly affect the success of a blood draw. If the bevel of the needle is resting against the lower or upper wall of the vein, blood flow can be affected – this problem can easily be fixed by changing the needle angle. If the needle angle is too shallow, this can cause the needle to come in contact with the upper wall, resulting in an angle that is too steep, which can cause the needle to come in contact with the lower wall. To…

Physiological Variables That Can Affect Blood

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Are you considering a career in the field of Phlebotomy? As you begin your training and become familiar with the numerous processes and procedures of the job, you should also have an understanding of the various physiological variables that can affect a patient’s blood when collecting samples for testing. One of the more obvious variables to consider is the age of the patient. Compared with adults, newborns typically have higher values of red and white blood cells. Elderly patients may have higher levels of creatinine present in their blood samples, as kidney function tends to decline with age. Diet can also affect the composition of blood. A diet that includes foods with high sugar will produce high glucose levels in the blood that can last for several hours. A diet that includes a lot of fatty foods will increase the fat content in blood, making plasma appear cloudy. If the…

Resources for Student Veterans

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Many of Arizona College’s students have served their country proudly as members of the nation’s armed forces and have decided to continue in that spirit of service and pursue a challenging and rewarding career in healthcare. Whether you’ve earned Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty or Selected Reserve, Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Veterans Educational Assistance Program, or Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) benefits, you can put these programs into action to help you receive a well-rounded education and hands-on training at Arizona College. Eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard may qualify for the Federal Military Tuition Assistance Program, as well as the Top-Up Program. With these programs, students could receive 100% federal tuition assistance for their military service. Arizona College students can also apply their Montgomery GI® Bill-Active Duty or their Montgomery GI Bill®-Selected Reserve to their education costs. This program provides up to 36…