Which Allied Health Program is Right for You?

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When you decide to pursue a career in allied health, you will find a wide selection of opportunities in this field. When you first begin your research, the number of career options may seem overwhelming. Keep these helpful tips in mind to narrow your search and find the allied health program that is just right for you. Hone in on your strengths and weaknesses. Are you a people person? Are you compassionate, understanding, and good at dealing with difficult situations? Or are you happier working independently, in back-office roles? Depending on your personality, you may be suited for a hands-on job that requires empathy and strong customer service skills, like a Medical Assistant or other positions that require working with patients. Or, you may be better suited for a behind-the-scenes job, like working with medical records as a Health Information Technician. Consider the big picture. Many entry-level allied health jobs…

Tips for Finding the Right Clinical Externship for You

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Careers in the healthcare field are among the list of growing occupations in the United States. As many of those who have enrolled in a health training program or have researched training programs in their search for a new career know, many such programs require an externship as part of your hands-on training. When it comes time to take the next step in your education and find a clinical externship to help you gain some real-world experience before diving into the job market, be sure to keep these helpful tips in mind: Research and learn about the various externship requirements. How many hours will you need to complete? Is the externship a full-time, forty-hour-per-week experience? Finding the answers to these questions up front will help you be prepared to make arrangements prior to going out on externship, leading to a successful and less stressful transition. Talk to your Career Services…

Lecture & Lab: Why Good Training Programs Incorporate Both

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With so many different allied health training programs for aspiring healthcare professionals to choose from, it’s important to do your research and make an informed decision about which program provides the best mix of traditional classroom time and hands-on learning. Quality training programs will incorporate learning in both a classroom and a laboratory environment in order to present the material in a variety of settings and formats, and allow for a richer, more complete educational experience. The most effective instructors teach through an interactive and participatory approach, which facilitates student interaction and keeps students engaged. While lectures are a critical component of any healthcare training program, labs and clinical courses are also important. Learning activities performed in a lab setting help students learn with participatory problem-solving exercises, presentations, and hands-on experiences that engage their senses. They also prepare students for real-world scenarios they may face on the job. If you…

New Year’s Resolution: Get a Fresh Start with a New Career

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Why not get 2013 off to a fresh start with a new career in allied health? There are a variety of training programs at Arizona College for those interested in becoming a Dental Assistant, Medical Assistant, Massage Therapist, Phlebotomist, Pharmacy Technician, or Health Information Specialist. The term “allied health” describes the professions in healthcare that do not include nurses, medical doctors, pharmacists, or dentists. By working closely with these healthcare experts, allied health professionals are able to provide a wide range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic, and direct patient care. To get a fresh start at Arizona College in 2013 and take the first step toward a new healthcare career, schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable staff members and take a tour of one of our campuses. All students must meet the following requirements: ·Students must have a high school diploma or GED verification. ·All students must receive a…

Helpful Tips for New Allied Health Students

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As you take your first step toward an exciting and fulfilling career in allied health, be sure to keep these helpful tips in mind to make your educational experience here at Arizona College as valuable and rewarding as possible. Utilize our school’s Career Services Department! Career Services can provide you with resume assistance, mock interviews to help you land your dream job, and even job leads. Stop by the Career Services office as soon as possible (even if you just started your program) and let them provide you with job-focused guidance throughout your training. To make funding your education a bit more affordable, be sure to look into various sources for financial aid. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov as soon as you can to see if you qualify for federal grants or state aid. At Arizona College, the cost of textbooks is included…