Allen School Difference

Everywhere you look there are healthcare schools! Allen School of Health Sciences would like to explain to you what sets us apart from a typical healthcare institution and what we do to promote strong relationships between the students and various departments. We are family owned and we have a family-like atmosphere within our campuses. Some of the departments that our Medical Assisting and Nursing Assistant students rave about are Student Services and Career Services.Student Services: They have a pulse on the student population. Student Services is in constant communication with students and has a unique relationship with each of them. The Student Services department supports students with everything from grades to attendance to extra motivation to get through a test, class or whatever life throws at them. It is very important for students to keep an open line of communication because they will be working together from the first day of class until graduation.Career Services: When students see the title “Career Services” they should automatically think partnership. This partnership is crucial for student’s success. One of the things that the Career Services department does that is most beneficial is their ability to partner with Medical Assisting students when it is time for internship. This helps to ensure that they are placed in a facility where they can shine, utilize their strengths and ultimately have a greater chance of getting hired off their internship site.If the Medical Assisting student is not hired at the internship location then a dedicated Career Advisor will step in and partner with the student. Allen School has a prestigious reputation and strong relationships with hundreds of healthcare networks and facilities which better assist graduates in identifying a Medical Assisting position. This partnership includes among other items: resume review, mock interviews and getting the students resume in the hands of healthcare employers. The Career Services department always encourages students to be diligent and put forth their best effort during this process.If you are ready to join an institution that offers beneficial resources to foster student success then please contact us today. Spring classes are enrolling now! Either visit our website at www.allenschool.edu or call us directly at 877-591-8753

Five Qualities of Prospective Medical Assisting Students

Allen School of Health Sciences Jamaica Campus Admissions team shared the 5 qualities they look for in prospective Medical Assisting students. The top 5 are as follows:
  • Self-Motivated – Not easily influenced by others such as friends and family members
  • Reliable – Consistently dependable in the quality of their performance
  • Dedicated – Devoted and motivated to achieve career goals that they set out to accomplish
  • Persistent – Does not take no for an answer. Instead, keeps pushing until they get what they want
  • Passion – For helping others and feel a sense of satisfaction when doing so
Our Admissions staff not only looks for these five qualities in their prospective students, but they are proud to represent these same qualities in their everyday duties. These individuals work tirelessly to assist healthcare students and give their all to ensure that they deliver proper advisement. They pride themselves on effective communication and they are dedicated to changing lives.If you have a passion for healthcare, possess these five qualities and ready to make a change in your life then what are you waiting for? Call us today at 877-591-8753 to speak with a member from the outstanding Allen School of Health Sciences Admissions team.

Morning Ritual: Happiness Boost

The Allen School of Health Sciences thrives when we have happy employees and students. Happiness is not just important for the workplace and school environment, but also personally! Studies have shown that it not only boosts your mood but also your productivity. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to ensure that you optimize your full happiness potential before you take on each day. Take into consideration these helpful morning ritual tips from Business Insider to kick start your day on the right foot:
  1. Prepare the Night Before – Go to bed looking forward to something for the next day. If you do not have anything to look forward to then call a friend or family member to go to lunch or coffee break.
  2. Control your Mood – Typically the mood you start your day with sets the tone for the rest of the day. Figure out what will make you happy in the morning. For example, our Campus Director listens and reads motivational speeches and quotes to start his day – this makes him happy. He even takes it a step further and sends them to his team every morning, so everyone around him will also be happy and motivated before combating daily stressors.
  3. Increase Willpower: Eat Breakfast – This is something that you have been hearing your entire life and it does not stop today! As you are already aware, breakfast is important for a number of reasons including mood.
  4. “Thank you” email or text – Send it! Believe it or not by sending a thank you email or text each day can boost your happiness. Yes, we know it sounds odd, but it works! Send one to your instructor, boss, mom and friends. Whomever you feel is deserving of your “thanks.”
There are a few more routines that you can incorporate into your morning happiness ritual listed in the full article on Business Insider. Give them all a try and see how your work and school day can be filled with more happiness and productivity. Let us know which work best for you moving forward.

Autism Awareness Month

Are you wondering why there are major landmarks including the White House illuminating blue? Well, this month is Autism Awareness Month and Autism Speaks encourages you to “Light it up Blue!” The color blue symbolizes unity and support for greater acceptance and understanding among those living with autism. Allen School of Health Sciences will be showing our support and helping to raise awareness throughout this month by selling the Autism Puzzle key chains. We would like to share with you more about autism and the importance of the month of April.What is Autism? There is not one specific type of autism. Instead, it varies for each individual. Autism is a variation of developmental delays with speech, behavior, nonverbal communication and social skills, but not limited to other characteristics. Generally, children are diagnosed at 2 or 3 years of age, but there have been cases when the signs are apparent early on and diagnosed at only 18 months.autism speaks Autism Facts from Autism Speaks
  • Boys are more likely to be autistic than their female counterparts
  • Nonverbal communication – about 1/3 of individuals living with autism will continue to be nonverbal
  • Intellectual disability – accounts for about 1/3 of individuals with autism
  • Various mental and medical health issues commonly accompany autism. These may include, but not limited to seizures, anxiety and gastrointestinal (GI) disorders In efforts to kick off the Light it up Blue campaign, Autism Speaks joins forces with the global autism community for both World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month during the month of April. All around the world homes, landmarks and communities literally light up blue in efforts to support people with autism. During the month of April there are also educational and informative autism focused activities that encourage a “better understanding and acceptance.”
  • Join us while we focus on autism as our Institution for HOPE initiative! If you are currently a student and would like to learn more about how to get involved on your campus then contact your Allen School Student Services for scheduled activities and/or fundraisers
Light it up Blue

In efforts to kick off the Light it up Blue campaign, Autism Speaks joins forces with the global autism community for both World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month during the month of April. All around the world homes, landmarks and communities literally light up blue in efforts to support people with autism. During the month of April there are also educational and informative autism focused activities that encourage a “better understanding and acceptance.”

Join us while we focus on autism as our Institution for HOPE initiative! If you are currently a student and would like to learn more about how to get involved on your campus then contact your Allen School Student Services for scheduled activities and/or fundraisers.

Living a Long & Healthy Life

Most people want to live long whether it is to be around to have children, grandchildren, accomplish career goals or even to check things off your bucket list. However, we all know that living long may not equate to living a healthy or quality life. WebMD featured an article listing 4 ways in which you could not only live long, but be healthy while doing so. They found that there are 4 commonalities among communities that live long healthy lives:
  1. Daily Physical Activity – This doesn’t mean you have to be the ultimate athlete. Moderate physical activity is necessary on a daily bases. This isn’t anything new or something completely unheard of, but you have to make sure to incorporate it in your daily routine whether you walk instead of taking the train, ride a bike to work or practice yoga every day. Find something that you would enjoy that can be done consistently.
  2. Social Interactions – Generally, individuals that live long lives are a part of a community. What does that mean for you? No matter what age you are continue to interact and be involved with your friends, family and social groups (i.e. book club, faith or any hobby in a group setting). Not only is it good to enjoy someone’s company, but it is also great for stimulating your mind.
  3. Inner Sense of Fulfillment – Do what makes you happy! No one can tell you what truly brings you purpose and joy. You know what puts a smile on your face and what doesn’t. If you enjoy writing your own stories then do that. If you feel truly fulfilled in your career then keep doing what you love!
  4. Plant Based Diet – Focus more on eating plant based foods and less on processed food, dairy and meats. Most long lived communities center their diet on plant based and whole foods, cooking from scratch and some of these communities are even vegan. When cooking for you and your family make sure to incorporate at least one of these plant based foods in a whole unprocessed form: fruits, greens, beans, nuts, seeds, all grains and all vegetables. Also, make these items the center of your meal while putting meats and dairy secondary (side dishes).
These 4 essential tips for living well is a lifestyle. Try to incorporate them in your everyday life so you too can live a full, long and healthy life. Let us know if you already have this lifestyle or if you would consider slowly including these options. If you would like to read the full article, you can do so by clicking here WebMD

Spring Cleaning: Freshen up your Resume

The job market is ever-changing and your resume should be as well. If you have not looked at or altered your resume in the last year then now is the time. The powerhouse site LinkedIn has published a helpful 10 tip article on freshening up your out-of-date resume. Here at the Allen School we have chosen our 3 favorite tips that we find to be most impactful:
  1. Bye Bye Summary – Good news, you can officially remove the summary statement from your resume. The big paragraph must go! Instead, opt for a snapshot! The snapshot is every Human Resources/Recruiters dream to read because it is quick and to the point. Within this snapshot include the following: compelling one-line statement and some bullet points to follow that are quick, short, but loaded with good facts about yourself that you want the employer to know.
  2. Eliminate Filler Words – We are all guilty of this whether aware of it or not. They are pointless words that take up space and don’t add value. A few examples of filler words that are commonly used on a resume are:
  • Professional
  • Results
  • Success
Instead of putting these words that you think would make you stand out to employers use examples. Give an example of how you were successful in that role (include metrics).
  1. Add a Little Color – Plain black and white resume designs aren’t interesting or captivating. You want to catch the Recruiters attention. Adding a bit of color can make a difference. First, find a color that speaks to your brand and then incorporate it in your resume. Keep in mind that a little goes a long way, so still make sure it is professional – don’t get carried away.
These tips should help you jump start your professional spring cleaning. Remember to always keep your resume up to date because you never know what detail could be preventing you from landing your dream job. We encourage you to read the full article on LinkedIn 

How Are You Managing Your Time?

Time ManagementHow often to hear someone say, “where did the time go” or “there isn’t enough time in the day?” I am sure we all hear it and say it on a daily bases. Time waits for no one, but that means we have to take into account how we manage it. According to www.entrepreneur.com “there are two types of time: clock time and real time.” Of course, clock time is self-explanatory because this is the time we always refer to such as getting off work at 4:00pm, trying to meet a deadline when there is only 5 minutes until 2:00pm or telling your children they only have 10 seconds to get down the stairs to head off to basketball practice. These are all examples of how we think of time, but it is suggested that we think of it differently. Instead of stressing about what is on the clock you must shift your thinking and think of it on a mental level – real time because that is what we live in.Real time is the time you create! You have to figure out how to manage everything that needs to get done by thinking about what take precedence. If you are in school, work setting or even at home there are all always three ways you spend your time: thinking, conversing, and taking action.Entrepreneur has 10 useful ways to manage real time and we have selected our top 3:
  1. Plan your day – take about 30 minutes at the beginning of each day to schedule your time. This has to take be a part of your daily routine.
  2. Plan and expect to spend minimum 50 percent of your daily time thinking, engaged in activities and conversation which would foster maximum results.
  3. Not everything will get done; however, if you utilize at least ¼ of your thoughts, conversations and activities wisely than expect 80 percent results!
If you would like to read the rest of the article, ‘How to Manage Time With 10 Tips That Work.’ Click on the following link https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/219553Here at the Allen School of Health Sciences we are always talking to our students about the importance of time and finding the right way for each individual student to find that balance. Showing up is half the battle, but ultimately utilizing your “real time” affectively will determine your success. Try out these tips and see how you can maximize the most out of your day!

Multiple Sclerosis – Institution for HOPE

This month for Institution for HOPE the Allen School of Health Sciences has been raising awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. Each month we focus on a different cause or awareness to get students and their families involved in giving back to the community and becoming more informed. Today, we want to share with you more about Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and how to get involved in your local area.What is Multiple Sclerosis? It is an unpredictable, chronic disease that causes the immune system to attack the healthy central nervous system (CNS). This includes the optic nerves, spinal cord and brain. According to www.nationalmssociety.org the symptoms include but not limited to the following: “blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, and blindness.” The ages of diagnosis rang greatly, sometimes as young as 2 or as mature as 75 years of age. However, the most common ages of diagnosis range between 20 – 50 years old.Who gets Multiple Sclerosis ? Although, MS is assumed not to be inherited there are studies that prove that factors related to genetic risk greatly increase the development of MS. However, environmental factors can also contribute such as the following: smoking cigarettes and low Vitamin D. Within the last 50 years there has been an increasing gender difference which suggests women are two to three times more likely to develop MS than men.How many people are affected? There are over 2.3 million individuals battling MS globally. According to www.nationalmssociety.org “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC does not require U.S. physicians to report new cases and because symptoms can be completely invisible, the prevalence of MS in the U.S. can only be estimated.”You might be wondering how you can get involved and in what capacity. Fortunately, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has a wide variety of events that include:
  • Walk MS
  • Bike MS
  • Muckfest MS
  • Challenge Walk MS
  • Do it yourself fundraising MS
  • Finish MS
If you are interested in getting involved in another manner the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has just the right thing for you which encompasses the following:
  • Volunteer
  • Advocate for Change
  • Donate
  • Join the Community
  • Raise Awareness
  • Connect in your area
The Allen School of Health Sciences encourages you to learn more about this chronic disease and make an effort to raise awareness. Click on www.nationalmssociety.org to learn more about Multiple Sclerosis and how to get involved in your local area.