Allen School of Health Sciences: Tips for Medical Assistants Online Learning 101:

Allen School of Health Sciences: Tips for Medical Assistants Online Learning 101: 

Check if your systems are working. 

  • Is your Go-To, Zoom, Skype and Blackboard app loading well? – Is your Audio System Working?
  • It’s important to hear your instructor and classmates talk and that they can hear you clearly as well.

Stick to The Allotted Time. 

  • Be mindful of everyone’s schedules. Preparing an agenda, easily fulfills this objective.

Give Your Full Attention. 

  • Be present throughout the class. Try not to visit other websites or chat with your classmates while the class is in session.
  • Stay seated and give your full attention to the class and your instructor conducting the meeting.

Mute Your Microphone When It’s Not Your Turn to Talk. 

  • Any unwanted background noise can reduce the success of the online classroom experience. Open your mic only when you have to say something or when it’s your turn to speak.

Announce Your Arrival. 

  • If you’re late to your online class, announce your arrival. After all it’s something you would do when you entered an actual classroom. This is also important if you are joining a new class and no one know you,

Manage the Chaos. 

  • Find yourself a quiet spot at home to attend your online classes.
  • Turn off the volume of your TV or sound system.
  • So, you can focus. – Close the door to avoid unwanted guests from arriving in the background. Parents you know what we mean 😊. It may distract you and your classmates.

FUN TIP: Take advantage of virtual backgrounds if your meeting app supports it. You can turn a messy space into a clean and professional one. Or have a background right out of Star Wars!!!

Wrap up Your Class. 

  • A list of notes and clear action items is the best way to summarize your productive classroom experience. Most classes are recorded. Make notes on the areas you need to review and go back to them later. Ensure you have all the contact information on both instructors and classmates.

Going from face to face classroom interaction to online classes can be a big adjustment for you. A supportive environment is key. That’s where the Allen School of Health Sciences comes in. Helping Medical Assistant students transition to a new way of learning.

In order to protect our community during the COVID-19 crisis, The Allen School of Health Sciences is offering virtual campus tours for enrollment of our April 27th class. Contact the Allen School today! We cannot wait for you to become part of the Allen School family. Visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more.


Tips on working from home

Tips to Work from Home

In the office, your coworkers often pose the greatest threat to keeping you from getting some real, heads-down work done. They drop by your desk, engage you in conversation, and invite you to lunch. The social benefits of a workplace are definitely nice to have, but they can become a challenge if you’re easily distracted.

At the home office, however, it’s easy for you to become your own worst enemy, because when you’re not surrounded by coworkers, you’re free to drop those pesky inhibitions. At the home office, no one’s watching. You don’t necessarily feel that same peer pressure or communal obligation to get things done. (Also: You can wear shorts and a tee-shirt)!

Get Started Early: When working in an office, your morning commute can help you wake up and feel ready to work by the time you get to your desk. At home, however, the transition from your pillow to your computer can be much more jarring.

Believe it or not, one way to work from home productively is to dive into your to-do list as soon as you wake up. Simply getting a project started first thing in the morning can be the key to making progress on it gradually throughout the day. Otherwise, you’ll prolong breakfast and let the morning sluggishness wear away your motivation.

Choose a Dedicated Workspace: Just because you’re not working at an office doesn’t mean you can’t have an office. Rather than locking yourself up in your room or on the couch, dedicate a specific room or surface in your home to work.

Structure Your Day Like You would in the Office: When working from home, you’re your own personal manager. Without things like an in-person meeting schedule to break up your day, you can be quick to lose focus or burn out. To stay on schedule, segment what you’ll do and when

over the course of the day. If you have an online calendar, create personal events and reminders that tell you when to shift gears and start on new tasks.

Plan Out What You Will Be Working on Ahead of Time: Spending time figuring out what you’ll do today can take away from actually doing those things. And, you’ll have planned your task list so recently that you can be tempted to change your schedule on the fly. It’s important to let your agenda change if you need it to, but it’s equally as important to commit to an agenda that outlines every assignment before you begin. Try solidifying your schedule the day before, making it feel more official when you wake up the next day to get started on it.

Communicate Expectations with Anyone Who Will Be Home with You: Of course, you might be working from home but still have “company.” Make sure any roommates, siblings, parents, and spouses respect your space during work hours. Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean your home.

AND SOME FUN…….

Match Your Music to The Task at Hand: During the week, music is the soundtrack to your career. And at work, the best playlists are diverse playlists — you can listen to music that matches the energy of the project you’re working on. It only makes sense that it would help you focus on your work as well. ( Tell us what music you listen to when you are working from home. We will post your choices on our Allen School of Health Sciences Instagram @allen_school).

Use Your Laundry as a Work Timer: Doing your laundry is a built-in timer for your home. So, use the time to start and finish something from your to-do list before changing the load.

Committing to one assignment during the wash cycle and another during the dry cycle can train you to work smarter on tasks that you might technically have all day to tinker with.

Keep the TV on in the Background: Of all the tips, tricks, and secrets I’ve uncovered for being more productive at home, one stands out above the rest: Putting on the Yes network! Just keep the Yes Network running in the background at a low volume, and I am able to get stuff done. (I’m not exactly sure why this trick works, but I can only assume it has something to do with Yankees)!”

In order to protect our community during the COVID-19 crisis, The Allen School of Health Sciences is offering virtual campus tours for enrollment of our June 1s t class. Contact the Allen School today! We cannot wait for you to become part of the Allen School family. Visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more.


Are you afraid to go back to school?

Are You Afraid to go Back to School?

Create a ‘Why Statement’ to help fight the fear of going back to school. How do you feel about going back to school? Do you dream where it might take your career?  If you fear that because you are a working mom you won’t have the time or energy to go back to school. But fear has this funny way of holding us back from things that could be exceptional for us. You can think of many reasons not to take on this challenge like the additional workload, the time and energy it’ll take, and, the biggest one is the fear of failure.

How can you put these fearful thoughts aside and truly judge if it’s time for you to go back to school? School should give you something you’re missing. Why do you want to go back to school?  What is missing in your life right now that school could provide? What will furthering your education bring you? A promotion, growing your competency about the work you do, or perhaps changing your career track?  When you can articulate your reason or your “Why statement” you can use it to fight back your fear. When you begin to doubt yourself, remember your “why statement” to leave your fearful thoughts behind.

Get Your Support System to Back You Up

There will be times when you need help with your home life responsibilities. To avoid feeling overwhelmed by the extra workload think about who is your support system and how they can help you accomplish your goals? Identify what you need help with. Will you do homework at night, early mornings, or on the weekends at the library?

Next, get your support system onboard. People in your support system are people like ​your spouse, partner, parents, neighbors, kids, and friends. Share with them why you’re going back to school. Then share any areas you need help with. You’ll feel less fear knowing that your support system has your back.

Find Extra Time Blocks in Your Day

Do you feel like you won’t have enough time or energy to do homework? Then try this.  Throughout your day tomorrow make it a priority to look for small blocks of free time. Did you spend too much time on social media during lunch? You could do work then.

Keep a lookout for these blocks of time where you could give up something to make room for school work. School won’t last forever and making some sacrifices will be worth it.

It’s hard to contain excitement and anxiety over what will happen once you get that degree or certificate. But all good things come to those who wait or work hard.

When fearful thoughts creep up when you think about going back to school, take a deep breath and put them aside. You have many options for making it work for you and you could reap some big benefits if you go for it. Following these tips is a way to “go the extra mile”. If you follow these guidelines, you can improve your approach to going back to school.

Are you ready to start working towards a new career? Contact the Allen School today! We are enrolling now for our winter classes and cannot wait for you to become part of the Allen School family. Visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more.

– Allen School of Health Sciences


COVID-19 World Health Organization update

Here at the Allen School, we are taking every preventative measure to ensure the safety of our students. It’s important to stay calm and informed.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), but according to the CDC, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/protect/prevent.html, “the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.” However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Take steps to protect yourself

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Take steps to protect others

Stay home if you’re sick

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect: Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • Diluting your household bleach. To make a bleach solution, mix:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water OR
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

  • Alcohol solutions. Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants. Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).”
  For more information please check https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/protect/prevent.html. For current or perspective students, please reach out to us with any questions; we’re here for you! www.allenschool.edu

International Women’s Day

“International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women”. https://www.internationalwomensday.com/About  In honor of this day, we wanted to highlight an Allen School graduate. She, like so many of us, had to overcome tragedy to achieve her goals and turn some trying obstacles into hope and success.

“Being at the Allen School was really tough. I went through a lot of complications and a lot of obstacles just to finish. One of the obstacles that I went through to finish was losing one of the loves of my life, my daughter Lola. She was only 7 months and it was tough, but if I wouldn’t have gone through that, I would have never gained the courage to finish school. She put a big battery in my back to finish school. Not only Lola, but my other daughter Janae.

Losing someone that you love so dearly, someone that you would conquer everything for, can change you; Without my children, I would have never come to the Allen School. They were the reason I was here. I thought that when I lost her, I couldn’t come back, and the school wasn’t even sure I was ready either. Two weeks after her funeral though, I came right back. I hunted the school down and said, ‘I’m ready, I’m coming back’. 

I did it. I finished. I did my internship and it was amazing. I didn’t think I could even finish my internship, but my children gave me the courage. My family, my friends, the school, my teachers and colleagues- they gave me the courage to finish school. And it’s the best decision I ever made in my life, because I’m happy. I have my career. I have my family and I have another beautiful daughter on the way. So, I say this to say, no matter the obstacle, no matter what is in your way, just step over it, just step over it and you’ll get through it. Just keep your head up and keep praying and you’ll make it. You’ll finish. Look at me, I finished “-Jessica M. Allen School Grad, 2019

Since our interview with Jessica, she has given birth to a beautiful baby girl. She has brought yet another female into this world to help us celebrate International Women’s day, every day! 

For more info on International Women’s day, you can visit their site : https://www.internationalwomensday.com/


Benefits of becoming a Medial Assistant during the COVID-19 Crisis

 

Medical assistants (MA’s) are some of the hardest-working professionals in the healthcare field. They have both clinical and administrative duties, which means one minute they might be scheduling appointments and answering phones, and the next, they’re rushing to take a patient’s vital signs. Being a Medical Assistant means stepping up to fill gaps, solve problems, direct patients and keep clinics and medical units running smoothly.

This career isn’t for everyone, but there are some great benefits for those who find a career in medical assisting appealing. We identified some of the top advantages below.

The path to becoming a Medical Assistant is relatively short

You know you need a college or technical school education but you’re also itching to launch your career as soon as possible. While some healthcare-related degree programs take several years, earning a Medical Assisting credential is considerably shorter. The Allen School of Health Sciences medical assistant program can be completed in less than a year; In a blended format that combines traditional and online learning classes.

You can work in a variety of locations

Some healthcare jobs are limited to hospitals, but that’s not the case for MAs. As an MA you may find yourself working in a hospital, clinic, as part of a general practice or even in a surgery clinic. Medical Assistants can also find employment at nursing homes, assisted living facilities and many other settings.

You’ll get to build relationships with patients

Since Medical Assistants’ direct patients through their appointments, bringing them where they need to go, taking their vitals and asking screening questions, they have a chance to engage in conversation that can turn meaningful. A simple question like “How was your day?” can help patients relax and connect. Medical Assistants work face to face with people all day, making interpersonal skills very important in this career. If you have a passion for helping people, Medical Assisting is a great choice!

You’ll be part of a team

Some careers can feel isolated—like you are doing the work all by yourself. This is definitely not the case if you become a Medical Assistant. MAs are an important member of the healthcare team and frequently work alongside physicians, nurses, physician assistants or nurse practitioners. This means not only will you be able to ask questions and consult with your colleagues, but they’ll likely rely on you, too.

You’ll acquire necessary skills for advancement

Medical Assistants need a handful of soft skills to complement their technical skills. Sympathy and good communication skills are near the top of the list. These transferable skills can be leveraged in many healthcare careers, so honing them as a Medical Assistant can help you advance down the road.

The technical skills of a Medical Assistant can lead to other opportunities as well. Learning how to draw blood or perform EKGs can translate to a variety of other healthcare professions. Clinics are constantly in need of people to take on leadership roles, whether it’s as a team lead or, with further education, as a Clinic Administrator.

You’ll never be bored

Being a Medical Assistant means you probably won’t spend time sitting around waiting for your next task. That wide variety of skills we mentioned makes Medical Assistants very useful as “pinch hitters” when the clinic gets busy.

You can be a specialist or a generalist

While an MA’s duties can span several responsibilities, they don’t always have to. Those who prefer dabbling in several different areas would fit in well in a smaller clinic. You’ll gain a broad knowledge of the medical field due to the number of tasks you’ll undertake in all parts of the facility. If you prefer focusing on a few specific tasks, you may opt to work in a larger clinic with a bigger staff. This setting will allow you to specialize in a particular department that interests you, honing the precise skills needed for that position.

You’ll start gaining experience before you graduate

Every medical assistant program is different, but some require students to complete an externship or internship while earning their certificate. For example, students enrolled in the Allen School of Health Sciences Medical Assistant program complete a clinical externship before they graduate into the real thing. The clinical experience makes a great addition to your resume and job search as well, since you can demonstrate to employers that you have hands-on experience.

Make a difference as a Medical Assistant

Are you considering becoming a Medical Assistant (MA)? Not only is this an honorable decision that can allow you to make a positive difference in the lives of countless patients, but it’s also one that can lead you to an extremely fulfilling career. As a Medical Assistant, your daily role will be one that centers around helping others, and you will have an important role in the health and safety of our society as a whole.

In order to protect our community during the COVID-19 crisis, The Allen School of Health Sciences is offering virtual campus tours for enrollment for our classes starting soon. Contact the Allen School today! We cannot wait for you to become part of the Allen School family. Visit www.allenschool.edu​ to learn more.

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The path to a career in medical Assisting

Helping individuals has always been a passion of mine. It wasn’t until I woke up to a phone call that changed my life forever. My mother & grandmother had gotten into a car accident. I remember being in the hospital with my 3 year old baby boy, not able to help ease their pain. Being home wasn’t making me think about the situation any less, so I returned to work.

Sitting at my desk I came across an ad for the Allen school, & had a very strong feeling telling me to fill out the contact form. Not long after I received a call from Nicole, who is one of the most amazing Academic Advisors I have ever met. She had me come in, tour the campus & talk to some of the students and instructors. I then met Dr. Hunt, who is not only the school director, but she is also one of the best instructors and someone I strongly look up to. I often think “One day I want to be like her”.

Once I got accepted, I felt like my life was slowly coming together. I am very grateful for all of the staff, instructors & students that I can now call friends. All of these wonderful people push me to not only become a better person, but a successful healthcare provider, so I can provide a better life not only for myself, but for my little boy as well. Choosing Allen School was one of the best decisions I have ever made. One day I hope to not only become a Medical Assistant, but also expand my horizons to becoming a Cardiologist.


Medical Assistant- Graduate spotlight

The hardest thing is waking up every day knowing that you’re not doing something to better yourself, when you have the option to follow your dreams. It wasn’t until I felt so lost, with no home or vehicle to get around with, making very little money, that I began losing my passion and purpose in life. As a cosmetologist I had a client that worked for Mayo clinic who loved the oncology field. Within in minutes I found my purpose. She sent me several schools in my area and the first one to contact me back was Allen School.

The first person I talked to was Nicole, she and Justine not only assured me the quality of education but the true purpose of family environment. I was ready to walk out and follow my path as a hairstylist until I met Dr. Hunt. She came in with open arms and stated this was going to help me in the long run and that I would never have to worry about being homeless again. I don’t only have an education and a secured career but also a family that truly cares about my well-being. The amount of resources and motivation to keep going doesn’t just start with the teachers; it begins with the dedication of my entire class.

I came in with no friends, hope or money and now I have perfect attendance and a family of 25 girls who help me every day to be a better person and mother. I wake up every day excited and know that I’m creating a better life for my son. This is for you, Aisely.


Allen School Graduate Spotlight- Medical Assistant

I am Lidia, a student at the Allen School of Health Sciences. The reason I decided to begin this journey was because I wanted to do better for myself and my family. I started searching for a school, and this school was one of my options. I went to get more information and I fell in love with the way I was treated.

I started in January, scared, because I didn’t think I was ready to go to school; I had finished high school 21 years prior, but it didn’t stop me. From day one, I felt welcomed by the professors, they were there for me and the rest of the class to help in every possible way, and that encouraged me to do more.

Besides the support from my professors, I had the constant support from my children and that made everything easier. Today I’m doing my last three weeks of my internship in Citimed JFK, applying what I have learned at school and learning new things. I couldn’t have asked for a better site to intern, a big shout-out to Career Service for your hard work and for your dedicated service to the students. 


Allen School Graduate Spotlight

I am currently in module 3 and the Allen School has supporting me since the first day I walked in and I was five months pregnant when I wanted to join, so I was nervous the Allen School wouldn’t be an option. Right away they assured me though, that I could do it and I could accomplish my goals, pregnant or not.

I was able to leave and pick up right where I left off. I know that I am doing this for not only my family but for myself. I want to succeed and love my job. Coming back after the delivery of my son was a huge challenge for me. Leaving him worried me that I would not be able to concentrate and do well. Leaving him never gets easy but the Allen School helps me by bringing me joy.

I get excited to attend and learn from all the amazing teachers. They make me feel confident that I know the material inside and out, because I am never spoon fed the answers. They truly wish for my success. This lets me know I have a support team at home AND at school. Now I confidently juggle a 4-month-old baby, a 4.0 GPA, work, and motherhood. No matter the situation, the Allen School will help you thrive and accomplish this program. Thank you, for supporting me since day one!