Why Medical Assistants Are in Demand Now

Medical assistant training programs offer a career that gives you the opportunity to help others while also providing variety and security in your career. Well-trained medical assistants are in high demand, with employment rates expected to grow by 29% from 2016 to 2026, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This is largely due to the comprehensive MA training provided by places such as The Allen School of Health Sciences, where students are taught both clinical and administrative skills. With this education, medical assistants are equipped to handle wide-ranging responsibilities, which enables physicians to spend more time attending to patients. Keep reading to learn a few reasons why medical assisting opportunities have been increasing along with the demand for medical assistants.

Chronic Illnesses

More than 130 million Americans suffer from chronic illness. Individuals with conditions such as asthma, arthritis, diabetes, mental health disorders, cancer, obesity, heart diseases, require frequent medical attention and professional assistance. Medical Assistants help mitigate the resulting demand on a doctor’s time by helping patients understand the nature of their conditions, and educating them on how to implement necessary home care.

Aging Population

Older adults require more preventive medical care, and the aging generation of Baby Boomers almost one-third of the U.S. population has had a direct impact on the growth of the healthcare industry. As this population continues to grow, the already taxed healthcare system will become even more strained, which will continue to raise the demand for both preventive medical services and emergency medical assistance. Consequently, more trained healthcare professionals such as medical assistants will be hired to handle routine clinical and administrative tasks.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA)

The enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) extended healthcare coverage to a greater amount of individuals, providing health insurance to more Americans than ever before. Previously, individuals without health insurance may have avoided seeking medical care because of the high cost. Subsequently, the spike in medically insured individuals naturally created a spike in office and hospital outpatient visits, which then increased the amount of paperwork – billing, accounting, and bookkeeping – for healthcare providers to complete. Performing the administrative tasks required to run a healthcare facility is a necessity that places a high value on trained medical assistants.

Medical Assisting offers you a stable career and an exciting opportunity for growth. Enroll in an accredited medical assistant training programs and earn the education you need to pass the CMA training programs exam and begin working in the exciting healthcare field! Call the The Allen School of Health Sciences for more information now.


How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster

Natural disasters can come in all forms from hurricanes, blizzards, and earthquakes just to name a few. Being PREPARED is essential! Preparedness happens on many levels: 

Be Informed

Review your local evacuation process to include alternative routes if necessary.

Gather Important Contacts

Be sure to have phone numbers of emergency management offices, local hospitals, American Red Cross, and utility companies. Many people have numbers of family and friends programmed into their phones, so be sure to write them down in case you are without power for several days.

Communicate with Friends and Family

Determine how you and your family members will communicate.

Get a Supply Kit

Non-perishable food, water, flashlight (extra batteries), First Aid kits, prescription medicines, garbage bags, and personal hygiene supplies are a few “must have” items to consider.

Get a Radio

Battery-powered radio to stay informed.

Gather Important Documents

Create an inventory of your home and bring your insurance policies with you. Remember that leaving a normal routine is hard on pets and kids. Having activities as well as security blankets can be helpful during the stressful times. Although natural disasters are inevitable, how we prepare for them can make the world of difference.

Tips to Avoid The Flu

As we head into the fall and weather starts to get cooler, we unfortunately also head into cold and flu season. You have enough going on in your life with work, home, and school, you definitely do not want to get sick as well if you can help it. So please read on for 7 great tips to help keep you and your family from catching the flu this season.
  1. Get Your Flu Vaccine – Doctors agree this is your best preventative measure against the flu.
  2. Be Obsessed with Hand Washing – Wash often, and then wash again.
  3. Take Symptoms Seriously – Especially if you fall into a high risk category like being pregnant
  4. Teach your Kids to Wash Well – Kids love to teach everything and everyone! Wash those little hands often and use hand sanitizer
  5. Stop Nibbling your Nails – Your nails are a great hiding place for the flu bug and you touch more than you’ll ever know in a day.
  6. Keep Things Clean and Sanitized – the cleaner the better especially if someone in your home is already showing signs of being sick
  7. Be your Healthiest Self – Get plenty of rest. Keep exercising even as the weather gets cold, and eat healthy.
Now we certainly can’t promise these tips will keep you from getting sick, but they are good guidelines to help you lessen the possibility. Always remember that it is the duty of every healthcare provider to maintain an active and healthy life style to set a good example for their patients. Not to mention your fellow classmates will not appreciate you getting them ill.

How Critical Thinking Skills Apply to Healthcare

Firstwhat is critical thinking?

Critical Thinking Includes

  • The skill to draw conclusions.
  • The skill to troubleshoot and problem-solve.
  • The capability to use skills or knowledge in a variety of situations.

Examples of Everyday Critical Thinking

  • Driving
    • Thinking about what steps should to be taken to avoid an accident.
  • Everyday Tasks
    •  Creating a list that gives ability to accomplish every task efficiently and effectively.
  • Cooking or Cleaning
    • Thinking through the process and dealing with issues that might arise. (missing an ingredient needed for a dish or finding out that the vacuum cleaner is broken)

Examples of Work-Related Critical Thinking

  • Customer service
    • Deciding how to deal with a customer who is upset over service or bill to ensure a happy customer.
  • Coworkers
    • Handling a disagreement with another coworker.
  • Supervisor
    • Presenting an issue or proposal to the supervisor.

Examples of Work-Related Critical Thinking Situations

  • If you have worked in customer service then the same critical thinking skills that are used to deal with customers will be used to deal with patients in the medical field.
  • If you have worked in a fast-paced environment requiring prioritizing then you will carry that skill over to the medical field.
The examples listed above are just a few of the items that come to mind where we use critical thinking. We often use critical thinking and do not recognize that we have actually applied this skill. As you work in your career field, you will have so many opportunities to draw conclusions, troubleshoot, or use skills or knowledge in different situations.

Are You The Ultimate Allen School Fan??

You know how awesome it is to be a student here. You have great instructors, a support team to help you every step of the way. You are going to go out into the world and be the king or queen of all healthcare interns ever…. But do you know all the other ways you can show that you are the ultimate Allen School fan? 
  1. Social Media!! – We are everywhere. We have Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Google+, Linked-In, Pinterest, and more. If you want to know what we are up to and support your fellow students be sure to like us, follow us, tweet us, snap us, and show off your own moments of triumph during class, intern, and beyond. You can even show off your Allen School pride with our great Facebook Frames.
 
  1. Testify – You’ve seen the posters on the wall and on the website. Want to share your own story? Send us your testimonial and picture to theallenschool@gmail.com and we will share it with everyone. You never know who else you may inspire to change their life through education just like you did.
  
  1. Hash It Out – #AllenSchool, #AllenSchoolStrong, #GreatestMedicalAssistantEver. The sky is the limit when it comes to tagging. We want to see your best hashtag so we can share your Allen School success with everyone.
 
  1. Buy the DVD?? – Just kidding, there is no DVD. We would love to see your success though and invite all of our students to take part in our “I Got Hired” video series. You can either visit the student services department or make your own video and send it to us at theallenschool@gmail.com it’s very easy. Just hit record and tell us who you are, where you got hired, and how much you love the Allen School.
 
  1. Tell Us All About It – No one is better at telling potential students what it’s like to be part of the Allen School family than YOU are! Fire up your video recorder and give us a short blurb on what life is like at the Allen School and we’ll feature you in our “Day In The Life” series on YouTube.
 Our students mean everything to us and we want to share your success at every step of the way. So please check us out on Social Media, share your greatest moments, and become the ultimate Allen School fan!!

School Lunches – Can they really be fun

Back to school means it’s time to think of creative ways to provide healthy lunches to kids. Truth be told, there are times that packing school lunches can redundant and seen as a ‘chore’ for parents. Help is on the way! Here are some simple things to try to make the experience a little more pleasant.
  • Involve your kids – have them pick fruit for their lunch, pack crackers, or fill up juice / water bottles. When they feel they have ownership into what they are eating, they are more likely to eat it!
 
  • Meal-prep on the weekend or cook in bulk. – It’s always a good idea to make a few extra servings of kid’s favorite snack or meals. Muffins, pasta, or rice & beans store very easily in the freezer! They can be taken out the night before and will defrost the next morning to pack a fun and healthy lunch. It’s also helpful to spend an hour over the weekend preparing snack bags for an easy Grab & Go.
 
  • Consider “convenience” foods such as berries, olives, jerky, boiled eggs, or strong cheese. These are easy to pack ahead in snack bags.
A healthy lunch doesn’t have to be a chore. Motivation is the first successful ingredient to a healthy lunch and ultimately a happy child!

Institution For Hope: Sickle Cell Awareness

Every month the Allen School of Health Sciences is proud to support an important cause through education, awareness, and of course giving through fundraising and donations as part of our Institution For HOPE Initiative. This is a great opportunity for our students to not only become educated on challenges their patients may face as they head into their new careers, but also a chance to give and make a direct impact on lives of others.Every September we dedicate our time and efforts towards Sickle Cell Anemia. Sickle Cell Anemia is an inherited disease that causes chronic anemia (low red blood cell counts) as well as periodic episodes of pain. The red blood cells in people with Sickle Cell Anemia are faulty and tend to cluster together and lose their normal round shape. Instead they become elongated and take on a shape similar to a crescent moon or sickle. When this occurs they aren’t able to pass through the tiny blood vessels located throughout the body and they become trapped, which causes both the anemia and pain that are the trademarks of this disease. These blood cells also have a much shorter life cycle than a normal red blood cell and tend to die in 10 to 20 days instead of the normal 120 days a healthy red blood cell lives.So, what are some ways you can help raise awareness for Sickle Cell Anemia and make a difference in people’s lives?
  • Donate Blood – blood transfusions are a vital part of current treatment of Sickle Cell Anemia.
  • Learn More – there are great resources on the web to help you get educated and learn how this disease affects those who have it as well as those around them.
  • Volunteer – There are many camps, support groups, youth clubs, and other opportunities for you to get involved.
  • Attend Events – Sickle Cell Anemia organizations across the country host walks, fundraisers, and other benefits that allow you to have a great time and make a difference in fighting this disease
  • Donate – Every penny brings researchers one step closer to fighting this disease. Many states have their own local organizations that you can donate to, or you can visit the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America or the American Sickle Cell Anemia Association for more information.
The Allen School prides itself on going beyond the classroom and bringing education to life for all of our students and staff. We are proud of the culture of giving and support we have developed in our 56 years as an institution. If you are ready to be part of something more contact us today to get started www.allenschool.edu

Top Questions to Ask as You Look For Schools This Fall

Are the Instructors Qualified?

The instructors should be experts in the field of healthcare and should specialize in the field they are teaching. Ask about their credentials and certifications during your interview and school tour. We have doctors, nurses, medical assistants, and more as part of our teaching staff.

Is the Institution Accredited?

The accreditation of the institution is very important as this determines not only the quality of the education you will receive, but also what benefits, such as Financial Aid that may be available to you as a student. The Allen School is proud to be licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private and Postsecondary Education, the New York State Department of Education and nationally accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.

What Kind Of Support Services Will I Receive While I’m In School?

Classwork is an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to starting your new career, but what else does the institution offer? While you are in school be sure to ask about things like tutoring and extra practice sessions.

What Type of Career Services Are offered?

The Allen School offers a full-service Career Services department that will help you construct your resume, practice interviewing, help you learn job search skills, and more. We also offer our students the opportunity to complete an internship in their chosen field working at a wide variety of hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, and more.Finding the right school to fit your needs and life style can be a daunting task, but with a little research you will find the perfect match for your needs. We sincerely hope that you find your place in the Allen School family. If you’re ready to take the next step, tour our campus and learn more about our training programs.

New Land, New Career: What You Need To Know to Succeed

When you come to the states, you come with a fresh start and the opportunity to build the kind of life you’ve always dreamed of. At The Allen School, we help train students from all walks of life who want to work in the medical assisting field. Medical assisting is one of the fastest-growing fields in America and is only expected to expand more in coming years. As a medical assistant, you can enjoy job stability, steady pay, and the satisfaction of knowing you’re making a real difference in your new home. Wherever you want to live in the US, there is a medical assistant job, and within the field itself, hundreds of different jobs you can pursue. Here are some tips to ensure success as you train for this amazing opportunity.

The first step is to call The Allen School to schedule a campus tour. Our advisors can help you learn more about the field, set up your schedule, and help you get everything you need to get started without delay.

Our career services department is available throughout your time in school and after to help you build a resume that will catch recruiters’ eyes and help place you in high-demand jobs. In America, your resume is your first impression to potential employers, so it’s important to have a resume that highlights your experience, and The Allen School can give you all the tips you need to make sure you stand out from the crowd.

The Allen School places all medical assistant students in internship sites, so you can get even more first-hand knowledge of the field, and be able to apply what you’ve learned in school in a real medical setting, side by side with doctors and nurses before your schooling is up. Many students who take internships find themselves being placed in jobs faster; often at the facilities they intern at!

Call or email The Allen School today to set up an interview, and get started on the path towards a new life. You came to America to chase opportunities and to build a better life for you and your family. The Allen School can help!


Skills That Every Medical Assistant Should Have

Medical assisting is quickly becoming one of the most popular careers in America. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job growth within the field reaching 29% in the next ten years, making it one of the fastest-growing job markets in the country.With the incredible job opportunities, room to grow within the field, and flexibility within the field, it’s easy to see why so many want to enter the medical assisting profession. Some clear traits have been discovered that make a good medical assistant. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in medical assisting, check out these traits for top applicants and see if they apply to you.

You’re Adaptable

In the medical field, things are constantly changing, and your day can go from routine to hectic in a matter of seconds. Medical assistants can find themselves caring for multiple patients at a time, so it’s important to be able to switch gears quickly and handle any task that comes at you with skill and patience.

You’re Compassionate

More often than not, you will be encountering patients during very confusing and scary parts of their lives. Dealing with health issues can be incredibly emotionally draining for patients and their families, and part of your job will be providing emotional as well as physical support. If you can find the humor in scary situations, and maintain a pleasant demeanor during stressful times, you may have what it takes to be a medical assistant.

You Want to Help Your Community

The medical field is a vital part of any community, and you will find yourself coming in contact with people of many different backgrounds and beliefs. If you take joy in being a part of your community and have a passion for providing the best care you can to every person who walks into your facility, a career in medical assisting could be your dream job.If you relate to any or all of these traits, it’s time to consider a job in medical assisting. Contact The Allen School today to learn more about how to make your dreams a reality and put your skills to best use.