What is Allied Health?

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As the nation continues to recover from the recent recession and unemployment numbers remain high, one field that continues to grow is allied health. Allied health careers include all healthcare professions outside of doctors, dentists, and Nurses. There are dozens of different allied health roles that range from Medical Assistants to Massage Therapists. Allied health professionals work in a wide variety of environments. Depending on the specialty, the facility may range from a clinic to a hospital, from a dental office to a day spa. Among the many growing career paths, some of the most popular allied health fields that are offered at Arizona College include Dental Assisting, Health Information Technology, Massage Therapy, Pharmacy Technology, Medical Assisting, and Phlebotomy. While providing a range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic, and direct patient care and support services, allied health professionals work closely with patients, doctors, and Nurses. Many careers in allied healthcare require…

Nursing: Men Entering the Field in Increasing Numbers

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Nursing has traditionally been considered a female-dominated career path. However, the number of male Nurses has steadily been on the rise since the 1970s. According to the United States Census Bureau, the number of male Nurses has more than tripled since the 1970s when only 2.7% of Registered Nurses were men. As of 2011, there were 330,000 men employed as Nurses in the United States, which makes up for about 9.6% of all Registered Nurses. While Nursing has customarily been thought of as a woman’s profession, men were significantly represented in Nursing until the 1800s due to the early association between Nursing, the military, and religious orders. During the Civil War, there was a shortage of men to provide Nursing care, and women were allowed to fill that gap. For much of the early 1900s, the majority of Nursing schools admitted only women and the newly formed Army and Navy…

Nursing: Career Paths

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In addition to working in an extremely rewarding field, Nurses enjoy the benefit of being able to choose from a wide range of career paths that offer diverse job environments. Not all Registered Nurses work in a hospital environment. Offering a fair amount of autonomy, RNs can work in home healthcare services, which includes providing care for patients who have recently been discharged from the hospital and are recovering in their own homes. Many RNs do work in hospitals and other round-the-clock facilities, but if these hours aren’t for you, working in a physician’s office can be an excellent solution. Physicians typically have office hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and eight-hour shifts tend to be the standard. For those who want to explore and travel throughout the states, Travel Nursing can be a highly rewarding career. Travel Nurses take on short-term assignments in various locations throughout the country.…

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

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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…