Certificate vs Certification

Allen School of Health Sciences would like to explain the difference between a certificate and certification. The two are vastly different, but mistakenly interchanged. A certificate is an educational based program while a certification results from an assessment process. Our Medical Assistant and Nursing Assistant programs are accelerated certificate programs. Students that successfully complete the Medical Assistant training have the opportunity to sit for the nationally recognized Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam which is offered through the American Medical Technologists (AMT). AMT stated, “More and more employers are looking at certification as a way to assess whether an individual possesses the skills and knowledge required for successful performance in a particular job role.”

Furthermore, the RMA is not a requirement to work as a Medical Assistant, but it is a great addition for career advancement. The RMA can also help recent Medical Assistant graduates become more marketable among their competition.

We offer the Medical Assistant certificate at all of our campus locations which includes the following: Brooklyn, NY; Jamaica, Queens; and Phoenix, AZ campuses. If you are interested in earning your Medical Assistant certificate then contact us today at 877-591-8753 or www.allenschool.edu to learn more about or accelerated program and how you can start you career in a few short months.


Medical Assistant Training

Allen School of Health Sciences has been training healthcare students for over 56 years. Our Medical Assistant program is offered at all of our campuses which includes Brooklyn, NY; Jamaica, Queens; and Phoenix, AZ. The Medical Assistant training program offers two components both administrative and hands-on clinical training. A few of our classes include:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Electrocardiography (ECG)
  • Phlebotomy
  • Medical Laboratory Techniques
  • Medical Law & Ethics
  • Clinical Office Procedures

Our program is accelerated and students can earn their certificate in a few short months. Once course work has successfully been completed then students transition into internship. The internship is at a healthcare facility and students can apply everything they learned throughout their training and learn a host of new skills. Fortunately, outstanding students have the ability to get hired from their internship site.

To learn more about our institution and how we can better assist you in accomplishing your goals, visit our website at www.allenschool.edu or call us today at 877-591-8753 to speak with an Enrollment Advisor.


Standing with Houston

Allen School of Health Sciences is standing with Houston, Texas during this devastating time. Hurricane Harvey is record breaking, making landfall on Friday, August 25, 2017. The rainfall is expected to continue until Saturday, September 2, 2017. Houston has experienced catastrophic rainfall within the cast couple of days. According to CNN.com the city of Houston has been plummeted with 25 inches of rainfall thus far. However, this is not the end with 25 more inches of rain projected to fall by Saturday. Some areas along the upper Texas coast may reach upwards of 40 to 50 more inches. Let’s put this into prospective, typically Houston annually averages 50 inches of rainfall a year.

Just like many of you we have seen the images of families and the elderly individuals displaced from their homes. Thousands of people have lost everything they own and are currently in shelters. There have also been over 29 lives claimed from this vicious hurricane. As the hurricane continues and the days pass all we can do is hope that these victims get the help that they need and that volunteers will continuously help with rescue efforts.

Allen School of Health Sciences – New York survived Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 and we realize the impact that this can have on the city and day-to-day functions that we otherwise take for granted. Our hearts go out to the city of Houston.


Interview Questions

Interview questions at the end of an interview are critical to separate you from other potential hires. There are times when your pre-written questions have already been answered throughout the interview process. Preparing for the interview is just as important as the healthcare training you received as a Medical Assistant. Although the healthcare industry is expected to grow over the next several years it is a competitive market. Allen School prepares you far beyond the classroom and strives to set you up for long-term success.

Allen School of Health Sciences students and alumni ask more in depth questions. You have to determine if the employer is a good fit for yourself as well. The powerhouse professional social media site Linkedin published an article with a few great questions that can be utilized for your upcoming interview.

  • How do you envision this position evolving over the next couple years?
  • What is one thing that you would improve upon?
  • How will this position contribute to the overall mission?
  • How long have you been with the company and how did you get your start here?
  • What makes your patients choose you over other practices?

Medical Assistant students test out a couple of these interview questions at your upcoming internship interview. Comment below to let us know of any impressive interview questions.


Five Highly Effective Study Habits

Allen School of Health Sciences is aware that our Medical Assistant and Nursing Assistant students have a busy personal life outside of school. Making time to study can sometimes be a challenge; however, it must be done. We would like to share a few study habits students should implement.

  1. Take Good Notes – Write down the key points of a lecture or from your text book. These notes can be used to create note cards, so you can study while on the train or bus.
  2. Create a Schedule – Stay organized by creating a schedule of day-to-day activities and include times to study each day.
  3. Limit Distraction – Such as Social Media, music and television – Social media can be a huge distraction. Make sure to disconnect from your social media outlets to keep you focused while studying.
  4. Study Groups – A lot of our Medical Assistant students form study groups with peers in their module. By doing so, students are able to connect with individuals that share a common interest and ultimately want to succeed.
  5. Do not Cram – This is a common mistake we all have made a time or two. Cramming causes undue stress and generally the information is not retained when you wait until the night before.

Allen School students implement these five study habits to assist you in staying prepared for weekly exams and assignments.


Networking Fundamentals

When was the last time you made an effort to network? Many people do not make this a priority because it can be awkward and sometimes feel forced. However, networking is a vital part of career advancement. Allen School of Health Sciences would like to share a few tips from the Huffington Post, so our Medical Assistants and Nursing Assistants can be prepared the next time they encounter a networking opportunity.

  1. Be Intentional – Do not just network to collect business cards. Instead, network with intention, so you can accomplish the goal of creating new contacts within your area of interest.
  2. Elevator Pitch– This pitch should be 20 to 30 seconds and have your pitch perfected before the networking event.
  3. Speak up – Sometimes when networking we are not direct about our career goals; however, this is the time to be direct about what you are looking to accomplish. You never know if that is the perfect person to help get you where you want to be in your career.
  4. Follow up – If you exchanged contact information with someone at a networking event and enjoyed the conversation then follow up with them via email. If you offered to assist them or wanted to learn more about something discussed then addresses that in the email.

These tips will become second nature with time. Again, Medical Assistant and Nursing Assistant students make sure to make an extra effort to network. Allen School students what are some of your networking best practices? Please, share and incorporate these tips.


Healthcare FAQ’s

Allen School of Health Science would like to discuss some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) people who are considering the healthcare industry may have before entering the field. If a career in healthcare is something that you are not completely certain about then the following may help:

How Do I know if Healthcare would be a good Career Choice for me?

Healthcare is an extremely rewarding field that is constantly growing. However, it is also competitive and requires dedication while in a healthcare program and in the workplace. If you are up for the challenge then continue to consider healthcare as a career option.

Are there just Registered Nurse (RN) and Physician jobs available in Healthcare?

No, the healthcare industry offers a wide variety of career opportunities. For example, Medical Assisting is in high demand. According to BLS.gov Medical Assisting employment is expected to grow 23% between 2014 to 2024.

Do I need a Degree?

It depends on what you would like to do in healthcare. Not every healthcare career requires an Associates or Bachelors. Certificate training programs such as Medical Assistant and Nursing Assistant are accelerated and will get you into the healthcare field swiftly.

Can I get into Healthcare without Industry Experience?

Yes, there is a large population of Allen School of Health Sciences students that do not have a professional background in healthcare. Our programs offer hands-on training and an internship within a facility, so students can get the necessary experience to set them apart from their competition.

We understand that the healthcare field may not be the right fit for everyone. If you are interested in learning more about the industry as a possible career choice and wanting more of your questions answered then call us today at 877-591-8753


Allen School Pride

Nursing Assistant is one of the first programs that we ever offered at the Allen School of Health Sciences. There have been students that have had generations of family members attend and recommend our programs. Recently, we had a student come into our Brooklyn campus to learn more information about our Medical Assisting program. When she came in for her Career Planning Session she explained that she graduated from the Allen School Nursing Assistant program among other programs over 20 years ago. She was beaming with Allen School pride as she expressed her extraordinary career over the last two decades, working in well-known New York City hospitals. We hear stories like this one often.

Stories such as this student are a strong reminder that Allen of Health Sciences has a rich history and bright future. We still offer Nursing Assistant classes at our Brooklyn, NY and our original location in Jamaica, Queens. Both campuses are enrolling now for Nursing Assistant and Medical Assistant classes! Scheduling an appointment and coming in for a Career Planning Session is half the battle. Call us today at 877-591-8753 and learn about our programs, so you can become the next Allen School success story working in the healthcare field.


Picking the Right School

Allen School of Health Sciences is a selective school. We do not accept everyone into our certificate programs. We expect our students to be just as selective considering it is a long term partnership between the student and institution. Allen School of Health Sciences has already shared the Five Qualities of Prospective Medical Assisting Students in a previous blog post. Today we are turning the tables and sharing what homework prospective students should be doing before selecting the right Medical Assistant training program.

  1. Accreditation – Make sure that every school you consider is accredited. Allen School of Health Sciences is nationally accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE). Also, licensed by the New York State Department of Education and Arizona State Board for Private Post-Secondary Education.
  2. Speak with an Enrollment Advisor – All of our campuses have knowledgeable Enrollment Advisors. Speak to them to get all your questions answered. For example, degree vs certificate and employment outlook.
  3. Class Schedule – Punctually and attendance are important for student success. Before starting a program ensure that your work schedule and child care are all secure and properly align with your program schedule.
  4. Affordability – Learn what the cost is and speak with a Financial Aid Advisor to discuss what you potentially qualify for in federal aid.

These are just a few things to consider when choosing the right institution to complete your Medical Assistant training. To learn more about our institution and how we can better assist you in accomplishing your goals, visit our website at www.allenschool.edu or call us today at 877-591-8753 to speak with an Enrollment Advisor.


Why Become a Medical Assistant?

Allen School of Health Sciences offers a competitive Medical Assistant certificate program at Brooklyn, NY; Jamaica, Queens or Phoenix, AZ. Now is the perfect time to become a Medical Assistant. According to BLS.gov Medical Assisting employment is expected to grow 23% between 2014 to 2024.

Allen School of Health Sciences successfully trains and prepares students to meet the growing demand of healthcare professionals. The need for Medical Assistants is evident as Baby Boomers increase in age causing more physicians to need assistance at their practices. Physicians hire more Medical Assistants to help with administrative and clinical duties so physicians are able to see more patients, especially as practices expand.

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What does a Medical Assistant do?  

Administrative Duties:

  • Answer Phones
  • Greet Patients
  • Schedule Appointments
  • Handle Correspondence
  • Update Patient Records
  • Book Keeping and Billing

Clinical Duties:

  • Perform Phlebotomy
  • Blood and Urine Analysis
  • Perform Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Measure Vital Signs
  • Prepare Patients for Examination
  • Assist Physician with Examination

Do you have a passion for healthcare? The Medical Assistant field is growing rapidly and offers a stable career at healthcare facilities. If you are ready to learn more about Medical Assisting and how get your career started then call us today at 877-591-8753 to speak with an Enrollment Advisor at a campus near you!