Allied Health Programs Offered at Our New Mesa Campus Location

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Occupancy for Arizona College’s new Mesa campus, located at 163 N. Dobson, is planned for this November with recruitment beginning shortly after for those who wish to start their chosen allied health training program in January 2013! A wide variety of programming will be available for students at Arizona College’s new Mesa campus, including the following career paths: Medical Billing and Coding – Medical Billing and Coding is an allied health career field for those with strong organizational and data management skills. Our programs feature billing and coding training and the opportunity to gain real-world experience in this field through an externship prior to graduation. Dental Assisting – For those who enjoy working closely with patients, are good at multitasking, and have strong communication skills, Dental Assisting is a great fit. Dental Assistants play a vital role in a busy medical environment with responsibilities including everything from taking X-rays, to…

Patient Interview Tips

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When working in the healthcare field, it is crucial for allied health professionals to acquire interview techniques that encourage optimal communication between themselves and the patient. The next time you are in a situation where you are interviewing a patient, keep these helpful interview tips in mind: Whether you’re a Medical Assistant or a Massage Therapist, it helps to establish a rapport with the patient – while always remaining professional and confident. Getting to know your patients on a personal level may help make your patient more comfortable, which will help them fully and honestly answer your questions, even if they are not easy questions to answer. During the interview, show compassion and concern and build an atmosphere of trust. Be truthful and genuine, as well as empathic. Listen to your patient and pay attention to nonverbal cues – these may give clues about things they are not saying. It…

Allied Health Professions Week 2012

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From November 4-10, 2012, Allied Health Professionals Week will be celebrated nationally to honor healthcare professionals working in the allied health field across the country. Allied healthcare professionals include Medical Assistants, Dental Assistants, Massage Therapists, and Pharmacy Technicians, among others. Each specialized allied health profession has its own day or week during the year that recognizes its particular specialty – and Allied Health Professions Week is a time to celebrate all of them collectively. In addition, Allied Health Professionals Week exists to promote, celebrate, and raise public awareness and appreciation for all of those in the healthcare industry that do not include doctors and nurses. It also serves to recognize and thank every individual in this growing career sector for their contribution to healthcare along with their commitment and hard work. To learn about starting your own rewarding career in the field of allied health, contact Arizona College. And to…

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…