Arizona College Announces New Mesa Campus Location!

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The city of Mesa is fast becoming a hub for higher education as a number of new schools, including Arizona College (formerly Arizona College of Allied Health), will be opening their doors in the coming year. Mesa’s city center is transitioning into a popular gathering place for students and academics. The new Mesa campus location at 163 North Dobson Road is just a short walk from the light rail stop at Dobson and Main Street, allowing allied healthcare students to study, live, and play in this growing and thriving area of the East Valley. Arizona College’s new Mesa campus will include many of the amenities that current Arizona College students enjoy now, including: Both lecture and lab rooms. Equipment for hands-on training (dental chairs, dental X-ray equipment, a mock pharmacy retail setting, exam tables, venipuncture equipment, etc.). A student resource room. A student break room with snacks and vending machines.…

Getting the Most Out of Your Clinical Externship

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In order to provide you with some real-world experience in your field of choice before entering the job market, most of our allied health programs at Arizona College require an off-campus externship as part of your training. As you begin your externship, keep these tips in mind to help you get the most out of your experience. Be professional and dress the part. Look your best and make sure you dress appropriately for the setting you are in. Be productive, punctual, and learn everything you can during the process. And most important, be enthusiastic. The “soft skills” are very important to employers – many of them believe they can teach you any additional technical knowledge you may need and therefore make hiring decisions based on these professionalism issues. Take notes. It’s a good idea to keep a journal and record your experience and any medical firsts for you. Note what…

12-Hour Days: Tips for Getting Through a Long Shift

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There are many great benefits of working in the allied health field – the satisfaction of helping others, making an impact in the lives of your patients, and the excitement that comes with working in a medical facility, just to name a few. There are, however, a number of challenges as well. One such challenge for many healthcare professionals is the long hours, especially for those who regularly work shifts of 12 hours or more. Next time you find yourself working into the wee hours, keep these tips in mind: Make sure you are eating plenty of healthy and high-energy foods to make it through the day. Stay away from the vending machines and, instead, plan ahead. Bring portion-sized containers of pasta and sandwiches, and keep foods on hand to snack on throughout the day, like fresh fruits, veggies, and nuts. Take care of yourself with nutritional supplements, like fish…

Study Tips for Healthcare Students

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As a healthcare student, you have seemingly endless facts, procedures, and terminology to familiarize yourself with. Everyone has their own learning and studying styles, but next time you are cramming for an exam or just catching up on some materials, keep these study tips for healthcare students in mind. Keep study materials with you at all times. You never know when you may find yourself delayed or waiting for someone – this is a great opportunity to study or review your materials.   Make handwritten flash cards. The process of making flash cards can be as valuable as studying them, as handwriting the cards yourself will help you to retain more information. Practice pronunciation. Say the words out loud when studying to prepare yourself to speak the language when on the job. When prepping for an exam, take practice tests. This will help you familiarize yourself with the test language…

More Than Just Facts: 4 Life Lessons Learned Through a Healthcare Training Program

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Everyone’s experience in a healthcare training program is different. The medical information and training techniques that are taught will be the same, but what each student takes away from the program is as unique as the individual. When completing your training program, there are many lessons you will learn that will lead you not only in your professional career, but in your personal life as well. Maintain a healthy diet. As you will often find yourself telling your patients, you don’t need to deprive yourself, but make a conscious effort to eat mindfully not mindlessly. It’s important that when you talk the talk with your patients you walk the walk yourself – lead by example when it comes to healthy eating habits.   Stay rested. Try to get seven to eight hours of sleep every night. As you have likely learned from your healthcare training, sleep deprivation is increasingly associated…