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.


Medical Billing and Coding Classes Online to Beat the Heat

This entire week in the New York Metropolitan area is forecast to be exceptionally hot with very high humidity.  That combination of weather conditions ensures there will be a spike in instances of health issues resulting from the heat.  Heatstroke, dehydration, heat exhaustion, sunburn, asthma and other respiratory distresses all increase when the weather is like this.  Unless you’re a student taking medical billing and coding classes online and can stay all day long in your favorite air-conditioned wifi zone, you’re going to be commuting and working in this miserable heat and humidity.  You can be prepared to avoid heat-related health issues if you know what to do.  Here’s some advice directly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Click on their graphic below for the full content of their recommendations for beating the heat and avoiding physical distress.

Medical billing and coding classes online help one avoid dangerous heat outdoors.

Image courtesy of the CDC

While landing a position in a solid, secure career field should be the primary reason to consider taking medical billing and coding classes online, avoiding the need to commute to and from school during the hottest dog days of summer is not a bad reason either.  Keep in mind that taking medical billing and coding classes online also keeps a student from the dangers and unpleasantry of commuting to and from campus in the worst of the winter weather too with the blizzards, ice storms, subzero winds and polar vortexes.


21st Century Skills Every Medical Office Assistant Student Needs

The knowledge people need to succeed is increasingly divergent from what they’re actually learning in school.   Traditional thinking about learning is seemingly no longer effective when it comes to providing students with the knowledge and understanding they need to survive according to the World Economic Forum report New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning Through Technology.   Every medical office assistant student must be able to collaborate, communicate and solve problems if they’re to be successful in the field.  These are all skills developed what the WEF report refers to as “social and emotional learning (SEL)”.  A good balance between traditional skills and the modern, social and emotional skills prepares students to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving economy.

The chart below illustrates the strategies used to foster social and emotional learning skills medical office assistant students and others.

SEL Skills

A recent analysis of 213 studies revealed that those who received SEL education scored, on average 11 percent higher on testing than those who did not.   This is evidence that SEL may contribute to long-term career benefits like higher employment rates and educational fulfillment.

The chart below, also courtesy of the World Economic Forum, illustrates in easy-to-grasp terms, the key skills a medical office assistant trainee needs to master to succeed in achieving that balance between traditional learning and SEL learning.

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For a job role like medical office assistant, the social and emotional training is even more important as these roles generally rely heavily on a person’s ability to interact and empathize with patients on a daily basis.


Online Medical Coding Class Students: Secure Your WiFi!

When you decided to take an online medical coding class, you splurged a little bit and purchased a new laptop to aid in your un-tethered study-lifestyle.  After all, online medical coding classes are best executed if your computer is speedy and not prone to “hang ups” due to overtaxed system resources or worse, crashes and the dreaded blue screen of death.  So how come you’re noticing slowing speeds with respect to page loads while navigating through your online medical coding class materials?

It may be because someone (or several people) are logging on to your wifi network without permission, using up bandwidth and slowing your browsing experience; all on your dime!  Yes, stealing wifi is a thing.  And there are steps you can take to find out if unauthorized users are logged on to your network and to boot them off if you find any.  According to Jess Boluyt at the CheatSheet.com, “One way to see what devices are connected to your Wi-Fi network (and to check whether you recognize all of them) is to log on to your router’s administrative page and check its DHCP Client Table, DHCP Client List, or the list of Attached Devices. From there, you’ll be able to see all of the computers, smartphones, tablets, and any other devices connected to your wireless router.”   If you see a strange/unknown device shown on the Attached Devices list, that’s good evidence your connection is being slowed by a parasite neighbor mooching your internet service to stream Netflix (or worse).

In addition, if navigating through your router’s administrative page seems intimidating and scary, there are a number of simple apps to help detect wifi free riders like Netgear’s GenieLinkys Connect, or Apple’s AirPort Utility for iOS.

Once you’ve determined there is a lazy freeloader pilfering your precious bandwidth, booting them off is as easy as changing the network password on the router and then updating all the authorized devices in your household to use the new password to authenticate.  The next time the moocher tries to logon, the password they’d been using will no longer let them onto the network.  And you’ll be back to lightning-speed learning with the rest of your online medical coding class.