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Learn More about the Exciting Career of Surgical Technologists

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It takes more than a surgeon to have a successful operation—surgical technologists perform many jobs to assist If you are looking for a career that offers excitement and reward, you may want to take a closer look at becoming a surgical technologist. Surgical technologists, also called operating room technicians and surgical techs, assist in surgical operations and ensure surgeons can focus on operating without any obstacles in a sterile environment. Although some may find positions in outpatient care facilities, a majority of surgical techs find work in hospitals. They are responsible for many tasks before, during, and after surgery. Prior to surgery Do you have good communication skills? Often patients are nervous before having a procedure. A surgical tech will often spend time before the operation calming nerves. Patients must…
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How to Be a Good Patient Care Technician

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This hands-on role in healthcare can make a huge difference in patients’ lives The role of a patient care technician is one that requires regular interactions with patients and other caregivers, as well as skills to perform basic hands-on tasks and deliver care to those who need it. You may find that this would suit you well, given your interests and talents. Once you have completed your classroom studies and gained real-world experience in a hospital or other healthcare facility through an externship, you’ll have the tools to jump into your first job. When you do, these hints can help you put your best professional foot forward. Here are some suggestions to help you: Set yourself up for a good start to the workday Arrive a few minutes before your…
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Smart Answers to Questions for a Medical Billing and Coding Job Interview

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Support your job search by being prepared for some of these common questions If you’re training in the field of medical billing and coding, then you might be looking ahead to when it’s time to seek professional opportunities. Once you’ve completed your training, your job search will likely involve a number of interviews. To make the best possible impression on your interviewer, and find out whether the job is a good fit, it’s a good idea to think in advance about what you might be asked. Remember: questions are one way for the interviewer to determine your readiness and fitness for the job. Your answers don’t have to be long, but you should think beforehand about the question “behind” each question—what the person is really trying to get to know…
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How to Become a Medical Assistant at Harris School

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Get trained in as little as one year! Are you looking for a new career but concerned that you don’t have the right job skills? For residents of the Delaware Valley, you can get career-focused job training at one of several campuses of the Harris School of Business. With locations near Philadelphia, Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Trenton, Wilmington, Dover, and Atlantic City, your career training may be right around the corner! One of our popular programs is the Medical Assistant training program. In just about one year’s time, you can gain the clinical skills needed to begin this career. Find out more below with our Q and A. Q: What does a Medical Assistant do? A: Medical assistants work in doctors’ offices, hospitals, and other medical facilities where they provide important…
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Dental Assistant Training: Frequently Asked Questions

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Going to dental assistant school could be the start of something good! Are you the type of person who brushes your teeth carefully twice a day? Do you make sure you always have dental floss in your cabinet? Do you get a checkup every six months? If you answer yes to these questions, you could have a future as a dental assistant! What does it take to start this career? Going to dental assistant school! And the good news is that dental assistant training takes only about one year. In other words, by next year at this time, you could be setting out on a new career! To learn more, read our frequently asked questions. Q: What do dental assistants do? A: These healthcare professionals are an important part of…
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Day in the Life of a Certified Nurse’s Aide

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Discover more about the range of duties a nursing assistant handles Certified nurse’s aides (CNAs), also known as nursing assistants, are members of the nursing staff who often have the most interaction with patients. They tend to get to know patients well, given that they care for them the most directly, which provides the opportunity for highly gratifying interactions. CNAs generally work in hospitals, nursing homes, or long-term care facilities. They provide basic but critical care for patients who require assistance with tasks such as dressing, grooming, repositioning, feeding, toileting, and bathing. CNAs often work under the direct supervision of a registered nurse (RN), a licensed practical nurse (LPN), and/or a physician. Here is how a CNA spends a typical day: The Start of the Day At the beginning of…
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How to Be a Better Massage Therapist

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Follow these steps to up your game and set your sights high Being a massage therapist calls for an interesting combination of skills. You need to be good with your hands and good with people, perceptive about and responsive to the needs of to your clients, and professional as well as organized and conscientious. The longer you’ve trained, the more confident you’ll feel about each of these strengths. If you’re looking to thrive in the field of massage therapy, there are numerous areas to focus on, from improving your technique to some of the nuances of sound business management. Here are three ways that massage therapists can improve as professionals: Work on communicating with clients more effectively The more you can encourage your clients to speak up about what they…
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Meet Dover’s Instructor of the Term Melinda Cutchin

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She’s one of the outstanding instructors and students the campus recognizes each term A special congratulations to our January Student of the Term James Wiest (Health Claims Student) and Instructor of the Term Melinda Cutchin (Professional Medical Assistant Instructor). In January Melinda Cutchin was named “Instructor of the Month” at the Dover campus of the Harris School of Business. She has been an instructor at Harris for about a year in the Medical Assistant program. Melinda graduated from the same program at Dover in 2010, so she has first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to be a Harris student. “Ms. Karen Morrow was my instructor the whole time,” Melinda says, and today she works alongside Ms. Morrow, who is now the school’s Program Manager. LaTasha Stamas, Dover’s Director of Education,…
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What Is a Multi-Skill Health Technician?

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Discover whether this healthcare profession would be a good fit for you If you’re interested in a career in healthcare, one option is training to become a Multi-Skill Health Technician. Multi-Skill Health Technicians work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, and other healthcare facilities, where they handle a number of different patient care responsibilities. Their job is similar to that of a medical assistant, but they tend to have more patient responsibilities and fewer administrative responsibilities. If you like to help people, and don’t mind working in a fast-paced setting, this might be a good career path for you to consider. A wise first step is to learn more about the duties this position tends to handle, and the options available to someone who receives this training. Below is an overview of…
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How Much Sleep Do Adults Need?

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Sleep Awareness Week is the time to focus on clocking more zzzz’s March 11–17 is Sleep Awareness Week. What better time to ask yourself: Am I getting enough sleep? Many of us aren’t. Adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night, but the average person sleeps less than 7 hours—and those hours we do get may not be good quality. What is more, it’s estimated that between 50 and 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder. If you’re one of them, or even if you’re just struggling to get in enough hours of rest, there are physical, emotional, and safety reasons to attend to this basic health need. How to tell if you're sleep deprived Here are some telltale signs that you’re not getting enough sleep:…
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