Importance of Networking

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We have all heard the common phrase that getting started in your career is “all about who you know.” This is very often the case in the allied healthcare industry. Making connections in the allied healthcare world can greatly benefit you in the future and networking with people in various specialties can help you when you least expect it. As you begin a job hunt in the allied healthcare world, keep these five tips in mind to boost your networking efforts:Networking and job hunting should always go hand in hand. When employers are hiring, they typically start by asking existing staff if they know anyone that they can refer. When a referral comes from an existing employee, there is an added level of trust as the candidate has already been pre-screened. It can also save the employer the time and energy of a lengthy job hunt. 1. Attend College sponsored…

The Pros and Cons of Electronic Health Records

Categories: Medical Billing and Coding

EHR, or Electronic Health Records, are currently being implemented in many areas of the American healthcare system. This is important because as the use of EHR becomes more and more prevalent, healthcare professionals such as Medical Assistants will be increasingly expected to utilize electronic health records as part of their day-to-day responsibilities. It may be required for all hospitals and offices to have EHR fully installed eventually and all patients to have their personal health records digitized. And while this system means information can be shared between health-care settings, it does raise some concerns as well. Pros: EHR can dramatically reduce medical prescription errors, of which there are millions each year in the United States. When physicians make a referral, they are able to easily forward the patient’s complete medical record and share their comments. Reduced appointment wait time due to EHR’s easy sharing capabilities. Access for patients to view…

Blood-Free Jobs in Allied Health

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If you think that most allied health career paths have too much involvement with blood and bodily fluids for you to handle, you may be in for a surprise. The fact is there are many blood-free jobs in allied health that are equally rewarding, in demand, and may be a better fit for those who become queasy at the sight of blood. Health Information Specialist – this in-demand career path is great for those with strong organization and data management skills. Health Information Technology jobs handle the patient’s electronic medical records and ensure the quality, accuracy and security of all patient data. Pharmacy Technician – those with strong administrative, medical and customer service skills would be a great fit for this technical line of work. Pharmacy Technicians assist pharmacists in dispensing drugs and perform administrative duties critical to help the pharmacy run smoothly. Massage Therapist – in the massage therapy…

Tips for Parenting While in School

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Raising a family while attending school can seem overwhelming. If you’re thinking about going back to school and are simultaneously raising a family, keep these helpful tips in mind to help balance parenting while in school. Get organized. Some people try to juggle multiple calendars for their work and personal life; try consolidating and using one calendar/planner for everything. Color-code your schoolwork, family time, study time, etc. With all of your information stored in one place, you’re less likely to miss an activity or assignment. Schedule both study time and family time. Set aside at least 30 minutes each day (or more depending on your workload) to work on your assignments, study notes, or read. Make sure to also schedule time to spend with your family. Besides time spent after school and taking the kids to athletic events, schedule family time and let your kids choose the activity. When you’re…

Program Spotlight: Medical Assisting Degree & Diploma

Categories: Medical Assisting

Interested in becoming a Medical Assistant? At Arizona College, there are two program options open to you. Our Medical Assisting diploma program takes three quarters, or 30 weeks, to complete, and includes on-campus courses along with a five-week clinical externship. The Medical Assisting associate degree program takes six quarters to complete, or 60 weeks, and includes on-campus instruction, additional general education courses, and a five-week clinical externship. Whether you decide to pursue a diploma or a degree, upon completion of your chosen program you will have the opportunity to work in a variety of healthcare environments, including administrative and clinical settings, doctors’ offices, and hospitals. Both the Medial Assisting degree and diploma programs at Arizona College employ a variety of training methods to prepare students with all the front office and back office skills needed to perform the tasks that keep the offices of physicians and other healthcare practitioners running…