Going Back to School After 40, Questions to Ask

Deciding to go back to school is far from an easy one. Making room for classes and homework on top of an already busy life can leave you with a lot of questions. If you’re considering a career in medical or nursing assisting, here are a few questions you may be asking yourself.

How will I afford it?

Perhaps the biggest factor to take in when considering going back to school: Just where will you find the money? Finances can be a hindrance to furthering your education. We at Allen School take that into account and offer a range of financial aid services to our students, including grants and loans if qualified, or one-on-one financial counseling. For veterans, we offer a range of VA approved benefits. Now medical training is within your grasp with the help of The Allen School.

How will I find the time?

With support from The Office of Career Services, time is available for your training success. Going back to school often means adding a huge new responsibility to your already-full plate, leaving you wondering where you’ll find extra hours in the day. However, furthering your education doesn’t have to mean sacrificing time with family. Contact us for more information on our class schedules so that you can find the right fit for you. Our faculty has all the tips you’ll need to be successful in your training and lead a positive work-life balance.

Will I fit in? You’ll Find You’re a Great Fit.

You might have images of hacky sacks and frat parties when you think of the phrase “Back to School.” You may think you’ll find yourself surrounded by twenty-somethings, unable to fit in. Not so at Allen School. According to the NCES, nearly 8 million people over the age of 25 are currently seeking an education, and that number is expected to rise. We have students from all walks of life of all ages. At Allen School, we are brought together for a single purpose: to learn the tools of the trade of the medical assisting field and build a brighter future.

Will it be worth it?

That all depends on you! At Allen School, you will have the tools to help you build a rewarding career in nursing assistance; it’s up to you to use them to create your dream career and build a future to look forward to. With accredited staff, hands-on training, and career services at your disposal, you will have everything you need to build the professional future you’ve always dreamed of.

The medical field is rapidly growing and a rewarding career decision. If you’re ready to start your career as a nursing assistant, don’t wait. Contact us for a free consultation to answer any questions you may have about our program. Your future starts today!

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8 Important Characteristics Of Adult Learners

More and more adults are deciding to head back to the classroom, to learn new skills to advance their current careers or to begin new ones. With this increase in older students comes the question: How can adult learners make the most of their unique experiences?Here are eight characteristics of adult learners that make going back to school successful:

1) Self Starters

Adult students tend to be better self-starters than their younger counterparts. Years or decades of independent living and decision making means that older students can complete tasks without as much guidance as students coming straight from regimented high school and their parent’s homes.

2) Highly Motivated

Younger students may simply have the goal of “finding oneself” or “getting a degree,” while many adult students go back to school with a specific goal in mind. With a concrete goal to reach, they are better equipped to complete their goal, whatever challenges may arise.

3) Practicality

With age comes wisdom and with wisdom a more practical mindset. Adult learners know their limitations more than younger students and learn to work around them to complete their education. The Allen School is here to help students manage that delicate balance between classroom and life.

4) High Expectations

Going back to school is no easy feat. Taking on the extra financial, mental and physical toll of continuing education means that older students may have more at stake, and thus expect more from their education. The Allen School knows this, and their nationally accredited programs and rigorous coursework lives up to the higher expectation of its students.

5) Goal Oriented

Adult learners know there is no time to waste with vague notions of what they want from their education. They have a concrete goal: whether to achieve a higher degree for a promotion or to go down an entirely new career path and attain the training needed. Adult learners know that goals define are goals achieved.

6) Personal Experience

Adult learners come back to the classroom with years of life experience that they bring into each lesson. With varied perspectives and concrete experience, having adult learners in the classroom helps to enrich everyone’s educational experience.

7) Priorities

Many adult learners are juggling school with families, full-time jobs, and financial obligations. With so many plates spinning, they can pinpoint what is important and cut out the rest. The Allen School offers financial aid and financial counseling to students who may need help in making education their top priority.

8) Community Needs

Above all, adult learners are better equipped to see the “big picture.” Many are drawn to careers which help the greater good and are willing to help their fellow students achieve goals which benefit the entire community.It’s never too late to kickstart your education and begin a career that is perfect for you. Contact The Allen School today to set up a free consultation and find out how you can get back to learning.

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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.
  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
  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. To learn more visit our website at www.allenschool.edu.

Graduation Traditions

The Phoenix Campus has already had their graduation and the New York celebration is just around the corner. It’s a time of fun and excitement and many, many traditions. From the songs we play to the funny hats, there are many traditions involved in graduation ceremonies. Here are just a few of those explained.
  1. Pomp and Circumstance – We all know the song, but why do we play it at graduations? The song was composed in 1901 by Edward Elgar for the coronation of Britain’s King Edward VII. Four years after this Elgar received an honorary doctorate from Yale and the song was played when he crossed the stage. After this many Ivy League schools began to play the song at graduation and it has since become an American tradition.
  1. Funny Hats – Those square caps known as mortar boards are believed to be based on a similar hat that was known as a biretta, which was worn by Roman Catholic clergy. In the 14th and 15th century the biretta was commonly worn by artists and scholars. This symbol has endured through the centuries until today when the mortar board and gown have become the tradition for graduation garb everywhere.
  1. Moving of the Tassel – At the beginning of the ceremony the tassel is worn on the right side of your hat. Once you receive your certificate there will come a point in the ceremony where you get to move the tassel to the left. This symbolizes the transition from being a candidate or student to having actually completed and earned your degree.
  1. Tossing Of the Cap – Believe it or not you can look to the US Navy for this tradition. The 1912 graduating class of the Naval Academy was the first class to graduate as fully commissioned officers, and received their officer hats at graduation. This left them free to toss their old hats away without worrying about getting them back. The tradition has since caught on as a symbol of ending a chapter in a graduate’s life and beginning a new one.
 The Allen School is so very proud of all of our 2018 graduates. We look forward to seeing you all begin exciting new careers in healthcare, and are honored we could help you start this journey. From the Allen School Family to all of you, Congratulations!

AIDS Walk NY Is Almost Here!

The Month of May is a very special one for our New York Campuses. Not only is it finally done snowing (we hope) but it’s also time for the campuses to participate in AIDS Walk New York. This year marks the 15th consecutive year the Allen School will participate in this great event and help make strides to find a cure for HIV and AIDS.In its over 30 years, AIDS Walk New York has inspired nearly 890,000 people to walk and millions more to donate, raising nearly $150 million to combat HIV and AIDS. The funds raised at the event remain a vital lifeline sustaining the prevention, care, and advocacy programs GMHC provides for the thousands of men, women, and families affected by the disease in the tri-state area. The proceeds also benefit several HIV/AIDS service organizations that are able to participate as teams and raise funds through the Community Partnership Program (CPP).Visit gmhc.org to learn more about its life-sustaining programs and services.The Allen School is very proud that we are able to participate in this event and others like it as we take learning beyond the classroom and into the real world. If you are ready to get an education that is more than simply classwork contact us today. Please visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more

There’s an App for That

Smart phones are great tools for many things including your career in healthcare. There are a ton of apps out there that can help you do everything from learn anatomy to study for your certification exam. Today we look at 4 apps that you may find helpful as you start your new career.
  1. Epocrates – This app provides healthcare workers with information on everything from pharmaceutical drug information to dosing calculations and more. The app is updated constantly so you will always have the most up to date information at your fingertips.
  2. Visual Anatomy – This app puts a highly intricate guide to the human body right in your hands. It also allows you to exam many organs in 3D and there’s even a visual search that uses Google to give you real life imagery to go with the life like graphics found in the app.
  3. SkyScape – Is a Medical Library that allows users to research hundreds of medical texts using its patented SmartSearch feature which can reference different materials uses very little info from the user. There is also a SmartLink feature that helps suggest procedures for patient treatment across more than 50 medical libraries of information. Much like Epocrates it updates constantly to help keep you up to speed.
  4. CMA Test Prep – If you are ready to work on sitting for your Medical Assistant Certification this app just may give you the key to success. There are over 2000 questions loaded in the apps database that are designed to give you the same look and feel you will find when you go to sit for your exam. The app covers a wide variety of topics that you will need to know as a medical assistant.
If you are ready to start your new career in healthcare there’s an app for that… or at least a website. Visit us today at www.allenschool.edu to learn how rewarding a career in healthcare can be.

The Future Looks Bright as a Medical Assistant

Choosing a career in the medical field is a wise path to consider. People assume that they must spend numerous years and tens of thousands of dollars to work as a doctor, but there are many essential staff in the medical industry that don’t require this level of investment.

As a Medical Assistant, you are the first individual to interact with a patient once they have checked in. Responsibilities include taking medical histories, recording vital signs, and completing administrative and clinical tasks. The responsibilities are critical to a successful patient experience. You can learn to perform all these tasks with a reasonable medical assistant training program.

There are many reasons why the future is bright for medical assistants:

Job Security

No matter what is going on the world, people will always need medical support. The population in the United States continues to grow due to the increase in life spans, so the need for healthcare is more crucial now than ever. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for medical assistants have increased 34% since 2008. Phoenix, Arizona, Brooklyn, NY, and Queens, New York are some of most populous cities in the nation, so they demand high numbers of hospitals and doctors’ offices.

Medical Assistant Hours

Due to the nature of the medical field, you are likely to find a position that offers the exact hours you require to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Hospitals always need medical assistants at various shifts throughout the day and offer part-time positions if you aren’t in need of a full-time gig. You can also count on finding doctor offices that offer a consistent 8-5-hour range, with holidays off. The possibility of finding flexible hours that meet your needs is likely.

Job Satisfaction

Regardless what type of office or hospital you work for, you can find satisfaction in being part of a close-knit team that works together to help those in your community. You get the opportunity to work alongside very knowledgeable physicians who will help you advance your skill set. Earning a consistent and competitive wage while improving lives is quite a gift. You can acquire your RMA or CMA certification training at The Allen School, which offers excellent preparation for the RMA or CMA exam. We offer excellent programs throughout Phoenix, Queens, and Brooklyn. Please contact us for more information.

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Medical Assisting: The Path to A Bright Future

Are you interested in building a successful career in the medical field but don’t know where to start? Perhaps you have long-term goals of becoming a nurse, pharmacist, or even physician. The Allen School of Health Sciences is the right place for you to start working towards these goals. Medical assisting presents the ideal entry career into healthcare and can serve as an excellent stepping stone to even more. The Allen School is here to provide you with a guide to help you understand the path to your career goals.  After your medical assistant training, you can become an important member of the healthcare team and will be required to perform both administrative and medical support duties. Your duties may include preparing patients for medical appointments, managing medical records, coding, and billing, performing diagnostic tests, take patients’ vital signs, and administering medication under the supervision.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment opportunities in this field are expected to grow by a whopping 29% from 2016 to 2026. This can be attributed to the aging baby-boomer population in need of preventive medical services. Also, an increasing number of healthcare facilities will need support workers, mainly medical assistants.

Becoming a medical assistant lays the groundwork for a great new career path that may help you achieve your ultimate healthcare goals 

Training Is Your First Step

Training in medical assisting may be one of the greatest life-changing decisions you can ever make, and the first step to achieving your career goals. Training can expose you to increased employment opportunities, possible room for career growth and advancement, greater likelihood of better pay, and maybe even more job opportunities since you can opt to work in hospitals, a physician’s office, and outpatient clinics. Training allows you to acquire a versatile set of skills and prepares you to do a plethora of different tasks.

Specialized training can mean that you’re more in-demand than those who lack formal education. Programs for medical assisting have taken you beyond simple textbook learning, and into the clinical setting, which provides you the hands-on skills many employers find desirable. Our courses have a targeted focus on medical terminology, anatomy, laboratory procedures, clinical component, medical billing, and office operations.

Once you complete your training, our career services department will help you secure an internship to hone these skill even further. After internship, they will continue to support you as you enter into your new career field as a medical assistant

The Allen School of Health Sciences has a rich history of success. We have produced thousands of highly skilled and highly sought after students to the job market. In addition to our rich and diverse experience, we focus 100% on healthcare training, continually update our curriculum to match modern medical trends and offer personalized financial plans to our students. A quick search for medical assistant training near me will guide you to either of our campuses in Phoenix, Brooklyn or Jamaica/Queens, depending on your location. Give us a call now at 888-620-6745 to get started on your application process. 


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5 Deadly Substances Now Used in Medicine

Medications have long been derived from a wide variety of strange places and substances from plants, to animals, and even minerals. Today we want to share a few very unconventional places to derive medicine from. All of these substances have one thing in common; they are helpful in the correct quantity, but very deadly if not dosed correctly. 
  1. Arsenic – This substance is commonly found in pesticides, some building processes, and some industrial processes. It has also been found to be helpful in battling certain cancers in the correct dosage. Arsenic belongs to a class of medications called anthracyclines.
  1. Foxglove – You may have this pretty flower growing in your yard and you probably won’t have a problem with any small animals sneaking in and eating it. In high doses consumption of foxglove will cause a drastic decrease in blood pressure which could lead to death. In the correct dosage though it becomes a key ingredient in the heart failure medication known as digoxin.
  1. Radiation – High doses of radiation can be lethal and lead to radiation poisoning and ultimately death. Without it however we wouldn’t have much of the imaging equipment we have today. Radiation is also an important part of many cancer treatments.
  1. Yew Plant – Every part of the Yew Plant is highly poisonous to humans. But in the right quantity there is great benefit to fighting certain types of cancers. Yew is also used in some medicines that help keep arteries from narrowing after the placement of a heart stent.
  1. Snake Venom – If you are a student with us in Arizona you are probably very familiar with venomous snakes and try to avoid them. Snake venom has been used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure, and even diabetes related kidney problems.
 There are many other interesting and sometimes dangerous substances used in modern medicine. If you are ready to learn more about medicine and start working towards your new career in healthcare visit our website at www.allenschool.edu. May classes are enrolling now.

Top Hospitals in NYC for Medical and Nursing Assistants

Hospitals are, by far, the most significant employers a great source of employment opportunity for certified medical (CMA) and nursing assistants (CNA), in the healthcare industry. Highly trained healthcare employees are in demand at hospitals around the country, especially in populated cities like New York, which is filled with some of the country’s top hospitals with some of the best doctors. That makes these hospitals a fantastic place to launch your new career as a nursing assistant.

Less than eight years ago there were over 100,000 nursing assistant jobs in New York alone and 1.5 million nurse assistant jobs across the United States. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, that number is expected to increase by at least 11 percent in the next eight years.

To put that into perspective, most occupations have an average growth of around seven percent, meaning nursing assistants will be an occupation in high demand for New York City hospitals in the coming years, thanks to the aging baby boomer generation.

This aging population needs compassionate, highly trained, and knowledgeable caregivers; precisely the type of people who gain their training at from the Allen School of Health Sciences.

Top New York City Hospitals for Nursing Assistants Starting Your Healthcare Career

Whether you are just starting your nursing assistant training at The Allen School, or are about to graduate and go for your CNA certification go on internship and graduate, it’s a good idea to know what hospitals in the area would be an excellent place to start your career. We’ve compiled a brief list of the most well-known top hospitals in New York City.

Mount Sinai Hospital

Probably the most well-known New York hospital, Mount Sinai is a teaching hospital that is ranked on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll as number 18 and is committed to reducing the number of medical errors and accidents made by staff and doctors alike.

New York Presbyterian Hospital

Ranked by the Best Hospitals Honor Roll as number eight, New York Presbyterian is a general surgical and medical facility as well as a teaching hospital with several New York locations including Brooklyn. This makes it perfect for students just graduating the Allen School nursing assistant programs.

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center

Jamaica Hospital, located in Jamaica, New York, is a general surgical and medical facility that has been the recipient of the NRC Health Excellence Award for the most improved hospital.

Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center

A teaching hospital and general medical facility, Beth Israel is well-known for its dedication to excellence and innovation. It is part of the Mount Sinai health system and is affiliated with the Icahn School of Medicine.

Find Nursing and Medical Assistant Jobs at Hospitals

If a hospital seems like a good fit for you and you’d like to take the first steps to starting your career in one, contact us today. Classes are enrolling now at all campuses. Excited to start your career at one of these hospitals? Contact the Allen School today to get started on your new career.


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