Start Your Education Right!

Wonderful job! You’ve decided it’s finally time to get your education and start on the path to a great new career. You’ve completed the enrollment process and school starts in just a few weeks. Now you need to plan so you can be a successful student once your courses actually start.Set-Up Your Study Space: Decide in advance where you are going to study. Make sure it’s a quiet place where you won’t be distracted. Take time before classes start to get your family accustomed to respecting your study space and help them understand if you are in that space, you are busy studying and cannot be disturbed.Set Your Schedule: Get into a routine before classes start so you are accustomed to your new schedule. You may have to set your alarm earlier than normal or you may need to stay up later than usual to accommodate your new hours. Don’t make plans with family or friends during the hours you will be in class. Help them get accustomed to the fact that you will be unavailable for them sometimes as you work on bettering yourself for a bright new career.Arrange Help if Needed: Establish things like day care for children before class begins. If possible, start your new routine prior to the first day of class. This way your children are settled into their new routine and you can start school without the stress of the first day away from your children to add to your own stress. If you need to rearrange your work schedule to accommodate classes, try to do so in advance as well so both you and your employer are used to the new routine. Also look at any upcoming appointments and make sure they will not keep you from school and reschedule them if at all possible.Signing up for classes is just the beginning. Your success in school will depend on your commitment to learning as well as planning ahead. Your time in school will be over before you know it and you’ll be on the right path to starting an exciting new career. Remember the Allen School of Health Sciences has decades of experience helping students just like you start on the path to a great new career in healthcare. We have many resources in place to help you succeed both in your training program and beyond! So what are you waiting for? Give us a call today to get started: 877-591-8753 or visit our website at www.allenschool.edu.

How to Handle Job Interview Nerves

So after nine months of school and internship it’s finally time to go out there and get your dream job. You’ve spent hours combing through job openings, you’ve polished your resume to perfection, and you’ve applied for some great jobs. Then that moment comes and you get a call to come in for an interview. Now is NOT the time to panic. Here are a few great tips to help you relax and face your interview like a pro.
  1. Do Your Homework – Look up the name of the company your interview is with and find out as much about them as you can. The more you know in advance the better prepared you will be to not only answer questions, but also ask them. You can also look up company reviews on sites like Glassdoor and get a feel for the culture of the company. If you know in advance what employees say it can help you determine if the company is going to be a good fit for you.
  2. Take a Drive – Or a taxi, bus, or train. In other words drive to the company the night before the interview so you know where you are going and get feel for the area. You can also scope out parking and get an idea of what traffic may be like as you make your daily commute. Knowing where you are going will help make your interview day way less stressful.
  3. Dress For Success – And do it the night before the interview. Make sure your clothes are clean, in good repair, and ironed. If you need to replace anything make sure to do so before interview day. If you had to buy new shoes make sure to wear them before your interview so they are broken in and comfortable. If you’ve been putting off a haircut now is a great time to find some time and get it done.
  4. Practice – Remember your professional development class and all those great interview questions you discussed? Now is the time to re-visit that material and review everything. Write out questions and answers and practice saying them out loud. The more comfortable you are saying your answers, the more natural you will sound.
  5. Catch Some Z’s – The night before your interview get a good night’s sleep, at least 7-8 hours. The better rested you are the less stressed you will feel the next day. Also don’t forget your breakfast. A little food will go a long way to settling your nerves.
While these tips may not calm all of your pre-interview nerves they can definitely help. Remember you have worked very hard to get to this point in your life and you are READY to succeed. All of your hard work over the last several months has brought you to this point.If you are ready to take the first steps towards your new career contact us today. We offer our students a wide array of Career Support Services to help you succeed in your new career. Call us today at 877-591-8753 or visit our website at www.allenschool.edu. We have classes enrolling now and we can’t wait to speak to you about becoming a member of the Allen School family.

February is Heart Month

February is heart health month and the Allen School is proud to support this important cause through our Institution for hope Campaign. Today we’d like to share with you 5 heart healthy foods that are not only delicious, but will help keep your heart happy and healthy for years to come.
  1. Salmon – This tasty fish is rich in Omega-3s. The American Heart Association recommends at least 2 servings of salmon per week. Some other options are tuna, trout, sardines, and mackerel.
 
  1. Walnuts – They are full of “healthy” monosaturated fats that can help cut your heart disease risk. They also contain Omega-3s but not the same kind as those in Salmon. Some other options are almonds, cashews, pistachios, flaxseed, and chia seeds.
 
  1. Raspberries – They contain polyphenols which are an antioxidant. They are also a good source of fiber and vitamins. Other options are strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or pretty much any other berries.
 
  1. Fat Free or Low Fat Milk and Yogurt – Dairy product contain potassium which can help lower blood pressure, but by choosing low fat or fat free options you reduce your intake of saturated fats. Other options are bananas, oranges, and potatoes which are all good sources of potassium.
 
  1. Chick Peas – They are high in fiber and an excellent way to lower your HDL or bad cholesterol. Just be sure to look for low salt or salt free options. Other options are Eggplant, okra, apples, and pears.
 You can find more heart healthy food by clicking here.You can also contact the Allen School today to find out about exciting classes that can lead to a career you can love in health care. Please visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more. Classes are enrolling now!

Success Tips: Preparing For Your Medical Assistant Certification (CMA) Exam

Choosing a career path can be intimidating. With so many industries and fields of study, it can be easy to become distracted by professions that won’t provide the benefits that one requires to live a financially stable and emotionally satisfying life.

A career in the medical field is an excellent opportunity to consider. It offers excellent job security and good pay. The best part is, you don’t have to spend numerous years and tens of thousands of dollars to become a doctor. As a medical assistant, you also help people while earning a consistent and competitive wage. Job prospects are high in this area of study because no matter what trends are happening in the world, humans will always need medical support.

Especially in the Phoenix, AZ, Brooklyn, NY, and Queens, NY, areas, you are highly likely to find openings. As some of the most populous cities in the nation, they are equipped with a plethora of hospitals and doctor’s offices. Whether it be a general practitioner setting or a podiatry office, you will find satisfaction in being part of a close-knit team that works together to help those in your community.

 If you are gearing up to take your CMA exam, consider these five tips to help you prepare:

Tip 1: Stay focused. It is easy to become distracted by your favorite shows, social media, and large sporting events. You must tune everything out and commit time to studying.

Tip 2: Plan ahead. Time management and organization isn’t natural for everyone. Utilize planners, organizers, charts, and wall boards to help keep you on task.

Tip 3: Find a study partner. You don’t have to go at things alone. Having a supportive individual whose goal is to keep you on track is highly valuable.

Tip 4: Designate a study area. Make sure you have a comfortable yet focused area with no distractions.

Tip 5: Take a breath before the big day. If you are employed, take a couple of days off before your exam to rest up and enjoy your time, so you feel good before going in.

Make sure to take advantage of these CMA exam tips to improve your chances for success. Remember that we also offer an excellent training course for medical assistants at The Allen School that will also teach you how to prepare for the CMA exam. We provide excellent programs throughout Phoenix, Queens, and Brooklyn. Please contact us for more information.

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February is Women in Science Month

February is the month we celebrate the contributions women have made to the field of science including some amazing advances in healthcare that wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for these incredible individuals. Below are just a few of the amazing women who have helped to shape the face of healthcare and medicine today.
  1. Elizabeth Blackburn: Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California at San Francisco – Blackburn’s research has shown that in cancer cells, the enzyme Telomerase never shuts off, and cells become immortal.
 
  1. Rita Colwell: Director, National Science Foundation – Her extensive research on cholera created a method in which water could be filtered through sari cloth, thereby preventing 50% of cases of the disease.
 
  1. Elizabeth Gould: Professor of Psychology, Princeton University – Her research shown that the human brain does indeed develop new cells and neurons throughout a person’s life span. Important findings that have opened many doors to researching brain damage and disease that many thought impossible.
 
  1. Beatrice H. Hahn: Professor of Medicine and Microbiology, University of Alabama – She has dedicated her life into researching why the HIV virus does not effect a certain sub-species of chimpanzees and finding that difference may provide a pathway to curing this terrible disease.
 
  1. Mary-Claire King: Professor of Medicine and Genetics – Her research has shown that not only are humans and chimpanzees 99% genetically alike, but also that certain forms of breast cancer can be inherited.
 There are countless other contributions women have made to healthcare and we hope they all serve as inspiration as our student’s begin their journey to a great career in the field. If you are ready to make a difference in the lives of others contact us today. Please visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more.

Health Benefits of Chocolate

So Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about gifts to give to your significant other. As a future health care provider there’s no better way to show someone you care than by buying them some rich, indulgent, and healthy dark chocolate. Studies have shown that dark chocolate actually has some amazing health benefits.Here are just a few of the amazing health benefits dark chocolate has to offer:
  • Protection from Disease-Causing Free Radicals.
  • Potential Cancer Prevention.
  • Improved Heart Health.
  • Good for Overall Cholesterol Profile.
  • Better Cognitive Function.
  • Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Aid.
  • Antioxidant-Rich Superfood.
So skip the roses and stuffed animals and go straight for an amazing treat that not only tastes great, but can help keep you happy and healthy.And if you really want to go the extra mile this Valentine’s Day bring your significant other onto the nearest Allen School of Health Sciences campus and get them started on a career they can love in the ever growing field of healthcare. Visit our website at www.allenschool.edu today to get started.

Why Medical Assistant Certification Training Matters

Have you been thinking about medical assistant training? It’s a great career move! The medical field is one of the fastest-growing areas of employment in the United States. As the population ages, it is essential that enough trained professionals are available to offer patients the compassionate care they need. Medical assistants will be a huge part of that for many years to come.
 
 Over the last decade, thousands of people from all walks of life have taken steps toward the healthcare career of their dreams. Despite the high interest, there are still countless job opportunities around the country that are currently going unfilled.
 
Places like Phoenix, AZBrooklyn, NY and Queens, NY are some of the hottest in the nation for medical assistant jobs. There is one challenge, of course: Ensuring that you can get your Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) credential.

Medical Assistant Certification: What It Is and Why You Need It

The CMA certification is administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants. A CMA holder has evidence that validates his or her comprehensive knowledge of what medical assistant do and how they fit into a healthcare team.
 
Employers of all sizes want to know that prospective medical assistants have the knowledge and skills they need to excel. The CMA was established as a way of verifying this and helping those who make hiring decisions to focus in on the most qualified candidates.
 
Without certification, launching a career as a medical assistant is virtually impossible. That’s especially true if you want the best-paying jobs at large medical centers with high standards.
 
The Allen School of Health Sciences offers an acclaimed CMA certification training program that will help you stand out and pursue the job you want.
 
With our training program, you have the opportunity to speed up your timeline to become a fully qualified medical assistant. It often takes years for a CMA candidate to study all of the material alone and, even after doing so, passing the test remains very difficult.
 
On the other hand, our students can complete their medical assistant training at an accelerated pace. With help from experienced instructors, they’ll have a unique opportunity to learn all of the CMA material inside and out. That significantly improves your chance of passing the first time.
 
Many people who decide to embark on a medical assistant career alone end up frustrated when they can’t pass the CMA. That leads to a lot of wasted time, effort, and money. The Allen School will put you on the fast track. Our three campuses welcome students just like you.
 
To get started, all you need to do is contact us and request more information. We look forward to meeting you!
 

African American Contributions to Healthcare and Science

February is Black History month and there have been several important contributions to the healthcare system made by African Americans in the past several hundred years that have helped bring us to the state of the art care we have access to today. Today we look at just a few of them, but we invite you to do further research and discover more on your own. 
  1. Charles Drew (3 June 1904 – 1 April 1950) – American physician, surgeon and medical researcher known as the inventor of the blood bank.
 
  1. Daniel Hale Williams (January 18, 1858 – August 4, 1931) – African American physician who performed the first prototype open-heart surgery.
 
  1. Ernest Everett Just (August 14, 1883 – October 27, 1941) – African American biologist and author known for his work on egg fertilization and the structure of the cell.
 
  1. Marie Maynard Daly (April 16, 1921 – October 28, 2003) – The first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry.
 
  1. Patricia Bath (born November 4, 1942) – American ophthalmologist and inventor known for being the first African American woman doctor to receive a patent for a medical invention.
 
  1. Percy Lavon Julian (April 11, 1899 – April 19, 1975) – African American researcher known for being a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants.
 There are many others we could add to this list. We hope that these incredible people serve as inspirations for you as you start on your own journey into the field of healthcare. For over 57 years the Allen School has helped students take the first steps to an amazing career in healthcare and we are here to help YOU join the thousands of graduates that have gone before you and made their own contributions to health and medicine. Please visit our website at www.allenschool.edu to learn more today.

Pets In Healthcare

February is National Love Your Pet month and today we look at the growing trend of using pet therapy in healthcare settings. From pediatric hospitals to elderly care facilities cats, dogs, and other animals are helping patients right alongside doctors and nurses. So what are some of the benefits of having a furry caregiver? Let’s take a look at the benefits the Phoenix Children’s Hospital right here in Phoenix reports from their Paws Can Heal Program.
  1. Get up, move, walk, leave their room and play.
  2. Participate in therapy (physical, occupational and speech.)
  3. Forget their discomfort or pain.
  4. Interact more with others.
  5. Improve their mood.
  6. Improve their interactions with family and staff.
  7. Do things that may be a struggle, such as eating, taking medication or waiting.
To learn more about this great program please click here. And if you think your pup may be a perfect fit to help out at PCH please contact Mary Lou Jennings at 602-933-2136.

The Winter Blues

Top 5 Reasons to Take a Winter Session Class

Winter is here and so is the cold weather. For many people the winter blues are setting in hard. Today we look at a few tips to get you over the snow and looking forward to warm sunny spring days
  1. Lighten Up – The days are short and it’s dark out early. Your body is craving some sunshine. Make sure to give it some! Open up the blinds and turn on the lights inside the house. Even 30 minutes of extra sunshine during the day can make a huge difference.
  2. Feed your cravings – A little cheating on that New Year diet can make a big difference to your mood. Carbohydrates can give you a little burst of energy that can help chase those blues away. So yes….eat that chocolate bar. Keep it in moderation of course, but a little bit of indulgence now and then can really help the winter blahs.
  3. Get Moving – Exercise can be a big help to getting you back in the warm weather groove (plus we just told you to eat a candy bar so…) Make a point to get moving for at least 30 minutes a day. Sneak out on your lunch break and get some real sun and get your blood pumping. You will notice a huge difference in your mood.
  4. Pump Up the Jams – Music can improve your mood significantly. So put on your favorite tunes while making dinner, playing with the kids, studying, and whenever else you can. Maybe even take this opportunity to be adventurous and give a new style of music a whirl, trade in your rock and roll for a little R&B or your country tunes for some jazz tunes.
  5. Nature Calls – No… not like that. We know its cold, but bundle up and go outside. Indulge your inner child and go play in the snow. Fresh air, even if its chilly will get your batteries recharged in no time. Take a walk, build a snowman, anything, just get outside and make sure its strictly for leisure, no shoveling the driveway.
 Try these tips and you may actually find yourself enjoying the winter weather. However if you find you truly cannot beat those winter blahs remember….we have a very nice campus is sunny Phoenix, Arizona and we would love to have you visit.