Phlebotomy Equipment

Categories: Phlebotomy

When beginning your Phlebotomy training, it is crucial to familiarize yourself with the wide range of equipment you may use on a day-to-day basis. At a minimum, the equipment required when drawing blood includes gloves, alcohol or iodine to cleanse the area, a tourniquet, tubes, a tube holder, needles, tape, and gauze. A Phlebotomist should be completely aware of the wide range of needles, tubes, etc. that they may encounter in the field, including: Syringe – syringes are used to collect blood from patients with small or fragile veins. Another tool that can be used in these situations is a butterfly needle. Multi-sample blood collection needle – this device has two needles that are screwed into the holder. One needle is inserted into the vein while the vacuum blood collection tube is inserted into the holder and punctured by the needle on the other end of the tool. Tourniquet –…

Happy Holidays to Come

Categories: Uncategorized

During the holiday season, it truly is better to give than to receive. This year, Arizona College is getting back to the basics of what the holidays are really about with our annual Arizona College Christmas Angel Tree and Thanksgiving Adopt a Family events, which are all about providing assistance and support to those students who are in need of a helping hand. During the holiday season, Arizona College’s Director of Student Services & Career Services will be coordinating these events to give back to select students. During past years, the Thanksgiving Adopt a Family event included feeding four families within the student body full Thanksgiving meals. These meals were complete with everything from the Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings, to pumpkin waffles for the next morning’s breakfast, handmade by Arizona College staff members. We are pleased to say, that this year, we were able to adopt eight Arizona…

Team of Physicians for Students

Categories: Medical Assisting

Team of Physicians for Students, or TOPS, was founded in 1998 by osteopathic physician Dr. Paul Steingard, D.O., a family physician and sports medicine specialist from Phoenix. Dr. Steingard recognized a strong need for young athletes to be screened and provided with free physicals to help save lives and avoid sudden cardiac arrest and death from medical conditions. Dr. Steingard partnered with the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association for financial and administrative support and they have remained one of the event’s primary sponsors to this day. Many of the osteopathic physicians and medical providers who began with TOPS more than 10 years ago continue to participate in screenings. Along with vision testing, BP checks, and an oral exam, the screenings include free EKGs and echo cardiograms to detect potential heart problems. Dr. Steingard says, “If we save one life or help one child have a healthier future, we will have succeeded…

Good Impressions: Tips for Acing Your Job Interview

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During a job interview for an allied health position, you have the opportunity to create a positive impression of yourself – the way you answer the interview questions, and how memorable your answers are, will determine whether or not you are a fit for the job. Before a job interview, prepare yourself for these common interview questions and the interview will fly by. Tell me about yourself. When asked to talk about yourself, have your elevator speech prepared – a quick and succinct summary that grabs the interviewer’s attention in less than a minute. Create a brief story that includes an overview of your allied health education and training, recent career experience if applicable, and interests. What are your weaknesses? This dreaded question can be answered effectively by focusing on your strengths – you may say that in your line of work, you understand how important communication skills are, which…

2013 Military Friendly School List

Categories: Military

Arizona College is excited to announce that it has made the Military Friendly Schools list in 2013. All colleges on the list represent the top 15% of U.S. colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to educate America’s veterans. To determine a score for each school, the G.I. Jobs Military Friendly Schools team conducts exhaustive research. Research is based on criteria including military support on campus, academic credibility, percentage of military students, academic credit for military training, flexibility, veteran graduation rates, government approvals, tuition assistance, student surveys, employment rates, and military spouse policies. Arizona College recognizes that students in the military and veterans bring maturity and diverse experiences to the classroom. A number of financial benefits exist for military students, including: Military students who are called to active service are able to return to school without penalty. Participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program Participation in the MyCAA…