AIDS Awareness

The Institution for HOPE Campaign for May is AIDS Awareness month! There are a few events occurring institution wide to raise awareness. Also, every Thursday and Friday in the month of May wear RED! There are red Allen School AIDS awareness t-shirts available for purchase in Student Services and 100% of the proceeds will be donated.

AIDS Workshop

The events do not stop there. Thursday, May 18, 2017 Allen School Brooklyn will be hosting an AIDS Workshop. It will kick off with a Bake Sale fundraiser at 10:30AM followed by a guest speaker from Housing Works at noon.

AIDS Walk New York

Every year the Allen School of Health Sciences participates in AIDS Walk New York. This year it will be held in Central Park on Sunday, May 21, 2017. We encourage all of our Nursing Assistant and Medical Assisting students from both Brooklyn and Jamaica campuses to attend. Students please bring your friends and family as well to support a great cause. Sign up is available in Student Services!

Allen School of Health Sciences encourages both students and potential students to learn more about the AIDS Walk New York and how to give back to the community on www.housingworks.org


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.


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.

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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.


How To Help Keep Your New Year Resolution

January is almost over…how are your New Year resolutions holding out? If the diet is more cheat days than good eating days and the gym membership card hasn’t been swiped since you signed up let us help get you inspired to get things back on track.

  1. Remember the Why – Take some time and think about the reasons you made your resolution in the first place. Think about the people in your life who will benefit if you follow through on your goal. Make a list of the benefits you will gain if you see things through.
  2.  Find Some Support – You are certainly not the only person who made a resolution. Chances are a friend, family member, or classmate had similar goals to yours. Now is a great time to start encouraging each other to follow through on that resolution. Maybe you become workout buddies or maybe just send each other texts of encouragement. No matter what you will be more likely to keep your resolution if you have someone to encourage you.
  3. Plan Ahead – Maybe it all seemed easy on paper when you made your goals but now you see that life is making things challenging. Take some time to sit down and address those things that are holding you back. If you aren’t able to cook healthy meals during the week consider prepping and freezing foods on the weekend that won’t take so much work. If child care isn’t working out consider finding a way to include your children in your goals. Not only will they see your progress, but they will see the benefits of hard work and dedication.

No matter what your New Year Resolution is we hope these tips help you keep on track and achieve your goals.


A Special Thank You To All of Our Students

A Letter of Thanks to our Students,

As 2016 comes to a close we here at the Allen School of Health Sciences would like to take a moment to thank all of the students who make this institution so amazing year after year. Without each and every one of you we would not be able to be as successful as we are, so here are our words of thanks and encouragement to each of you.

All of you have your own story. Each of you came to the Allen School for a different reason. Some of you are just done with High School and ready to begin your adult lives. Some of you are starting over, and have finally found your calling in the field of healthcare. Many of you are juggling families, school, work, and a hundred other things. Some of you have shared challenges that many of us cannot even imagine trying to handle. Each of you is so very unique, but one thing is certain; you are here sharing this journey of education together because you want to make a difference for yourself, your family, and everyone you will meet as you start your new career.

Our admissions department got to watch you come into our school and take you first steps towards a new education. Our Financial Aid Department got to watch you take the plunge and make a true investment in yourself. Student Services got to support you and help you along when life happened. Academics got to watch the pieces come together and the lightbulbs flash as you learned and honed you skills. Career Services has the great joy of helping you start to work toward a truly rewarding career. And the rest of the administrative staff was able to watch you learn and grow from a student to a graduate every time you came through the doors or logged into class.

So from all of us at the Allen School to all of our students current, future, and past we want to say thank you so very much for making our institution the incredible organization it is today and for making all of our careers so very, very rewarding. We wish you the very best holiday season and cannot wait to see what 2017 brings for you.


Seasons Change, But Your Health Needs Stay the Same

Tips for Staying Healthy as the Seasons Change

Fall is officially here and for many that means colder weather and less time outdoors and being active. It is often easier to watch television or surf the internet than it is to hit the gym or take a walk in the park, but it’s important to stay healthy and active throughout the year.

The weather may be dreary but it’s still important to get your exercise. Look for opportunities at work and school to get moving. You can take the stairs instead of the elevator. You can also dedicate a few minutes from your break time to walk around the building a few times instead of just sitting. This is also an excellent time of year to start a work out challenge with your fellow students or co-workers. That way you keep yourself healthy and help motivate others. And if you’re really brave you can check out these great “Deskercises” from the Washington Post

Drink your water. It can be tempting to switch to hot beverages like coffee as the weather gets cooler, but it’s still just as important as during the summer months to stay hydrated. There are plenty of alternatives out there to keep you toasty while still keeping you healthy. Check out these tasty but healthy recipes from Real Simple Magazine to keep you toasty warm this winter.

Warm up your kitchen with home cooking instead of take out. It can be tempting to hit a drive through and rush inside to spend the evening under a blanket in front of the television, but taking the time to prepare a home cooked meal will not only be healthier, but will also help keep you moving and active. If you don’t have a lot of time in the evening, consider cooking for the week on the weekend and just having food available to heat up when you get home. A crock pot is also a great way that you can prepare a meal without a whole lot of time spent in the kitchen.

Keep your brain in shape! Cooler weather is the perfect time to take up a new hobby or even something more involved like a new education. Many local craft and hobby stores offer beginning courses in lots of different things like baking and knitting and even RC Car racing and drone flying. Community centers often offer exercise classes and even self-defense classes at little or no cost. And of course no matter what the season it’s always a great time to start working on your education.  If you start classes this fall you can be done before everyone who waits and makes education their New Year Resolution.

Staying healthy as the weather gets cold can be a challenge for sure but with some small tweaks to your lifestyle and a bit of dedication, you can stay in shape mentally and physically all year. And if you absolutely must “have an app for that” we have you covered. You can also check out this great list of games to train your brain from CNN Health.

The Allen School of Health Sciences is an institution dedicated to healthcare and we firmly believe that prevention is the best medicine you can have. We hoped you enjoyed our tips to keep yourself healthy and active as the seasons change. If YOU are ready to make the change you deserve and start on the path to a new career in Healthcare please visit our website at www.allenschool.edu or give us a call at 877-591-8753.


Medical Office Assistant Training in Jamaica, Queens vs. Jamaica

There are plenty of good reasons to study medical office assistant training classes.  Beginning an exciting new career, working in a field expected to experience ongoing growth, earning better pay than you could in retail or service jobs, finding satisfaction in helping to heal the infirm are just a few of the reasons why one might wish to take medical office assistant training classes.

But, WHERE should one enroll for medical office assistant training?  Is it better to enroll with the Allen School’s medical office assistant training in Jamaica, Queens, New York or in the actual country of Jamaica?

Well, we cannot speak with authority on what kind of schools or programs may be available for those wishing to study medical office assistant training in Jamaica.  But we do know all about studying medical office assistant training in Jamaica Queens.  We do know that the Allen School of Health Sciences campus in Jamaica Queens is easily accessible by public transit.  We know that there are plenty of great things to do in an around campus in Jamaica, Queens.  We know that there is a wide diversity of students from all parts of the world who are living in Jamaica Queens and are part of the rich multi-cultural tapestry exhibited at the Allen School.

The one thing about studying in the island nation of Jamaica is the fabulous weather they have in the islands.  Tropical temperatures with that balmy humidity and sunshine.  However, if you’ve been studying medical office assistant training in Jamaica, Queens this week, you’ve had the benefit of sultry, summer weather nonetheless.  So in total, it seems like for studies in the field of health sciences, Jamaica Queens is the better choice.


Medal Count in Rio Olympics So Far and the Medical Office Assistant

Winning an Olympic medal is a significant achievement for an athlete and reflects the exceptional levels of dedication, hard work and perseverance it takes to achieve greatness.  Any Olympic medal winner will tell you that the achievement does not occur in a vacuum.  Rather, each medal winner has the unwavering support of his or her coaches, practice partners, family, friends and fans to help push them toward success.

The same is true of those seeking to generate their own personal career success by taking medical office assistant training.  Just like the Olympic athletes, medical office assistant trainees also rely heavily on the support and encouragement of their instructors, classmates, family and friends to achieve their certification.  It takes long hours of hard work, diligence and dedication to remake one’s self in a new career mold.  And just the same, one can achieve a lofty goal once their mind is set to the task.  If you have been holding off on starting a new career as a medical office assistant because you’re not sure you can do it alone, realize that with the support of those who care about you, it is totally within your reach.

To be inspired, think about those American athletes who have earned medals in these current Olympic Games in Rio.  As of the writing of this post, the number of US medals sits at twelve and counting.  There is still most of the games in front of us.  Yet, American competitors in swimming, shooting, archery and fencing have earned medals to date, and the US currently leads in the overall medal count.  Americans are very goal oriented and achieve greatness regularly.  Add your name to the list of those who worked hard and achieved their dreams.  Go for the career gold with the Allen School’s medical office assistant training program!


Phelps, Paes and You – The Nurse Assistant Training School Student

To make it to your country’s Olympic team in any sport is an enormous achievement.  Olympic athletes train for years and most go home from the Olympic Trials without a spot on the team.  To make it to that vaunted position – and have a chance to compete for the Gold- one must have truly exceptional abilities and a determination to succeed.  To make the team five or even seven times in a row, like American swimmer Michael Phelps (going to Rio for his fifth Olympics) and Indian tennis player Leander Paes (going to Rio for an astounding SEVENTH Olympic Games) is a feat that is almost hard to comprehend.  The focus, drive, single-mindedness of purpose and perseverance required is truly super-human.

It should give the reader inspiration to consider that such achievement is possible.  It should also make the challenges involved in enrolling and completing nurse assistant training school seem far more manageable by simple comparison.  If you’ve been thinking about nurse assistant training school as an option, for a better career, greater job security and upward mobility, but you’ve been concerned about how difficult it may be to do it, then you should simply think about Phelps and Paes.  As they head to Rio De Janiero for the Olympics, they should inspire anyone with a goal, a dream or just the desire to succeed.

If this American swimmer and Indian tennis player can do the impossible 5 times each, you can do nurse assistant training school once!


CNA Trainees – Know the Early Signs of Dementia

CNA trainees should never miss an opportunity to absorb the latest research from different corners of the medical establishment.  Being aware and sharp-eyed, a CNA can become an invaluable resource to the physicians and practices they’ll server in the course of their career.  Today let’s examine a condition that afflicts the aging and elderly.  With demographics in the US ensuring an enormous wave of Americans at or approaching retirement age (65), the onset of afflictions like dementia are guaranteed to be on the rise.

What should a CNA trainee know about the onset of dementia?  While the diagnosis of any disease or affliction is above the pay grade of the CNA, it is never wrong to be educated such that as an assistant, one would be able to contribute to the overall health and welfare of patients.