Meet Dover’s Instructor of the Term Melinda Cutchin

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?

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?

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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How to Prevent Heart Disease in Your 20s

Even young people can ward off certain kinds of cardiac risk with these healthy habits February is American Heart Month, and at any age there are steps you can take to protect your cardiac health. Even people in their 20s can support themselves in living longer. You may already make some of these lifestyle choices, but given that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., it’s worth reviewing heart-healthy guidelines, even when you’re young. Take into account the following factors of your heart health, and then take some action: Know your family’s history You probably know you should eat right, get some exercise, and not smoke, but some of the factors that contribute to heart disease are not under your control. Genetic factors—which run in your…
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FAQs about Medical Billing and Coding

Learn more about the essential role these specialists play in the healthcare industry If you are looking for a new career in healthcare, one option to consider is training to become a medical billing and coding specialist. This is a profession that helps doctors, hospitals, and other practitioners to get reimbursed by insurance companies for the services they provide. It is detail-oriented work that takes place in an office setting. In order to determine whether this is something you should pursue, you may want to ask yourself: Does the healthcare industry interest me? Would I prefer working in an office, as opposed to providing care to patients directly? Do I like working on a computer? Am I good at paying attention to a lot of small details? The answers to…
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Harris Students Put Their Skills to Work in the Community

Cherry Hill and Dover students are using their training to serve area residents Massage Therapy instructor Kirsten Hildebrandt brought four of her students from the Cherry Hill campus to the Brookdale Evesham Senior Living Community in Voorhees Township, NJ. The students—which included Hector Concepcion Jr., (shown in the photo) Crystal Daly, Amanda Page, and Dolores Watson—offered chair massages to all interested residents. One beneficial aspect of the career training programs at the Harris School of Business is that they provide students with skills that are useful to members of the local community. Recently students in the Massage Therapy program at the Cherry Hill campus and in the Medical Assisting program at the Dover campus took the opportunity to use what they’re learning to go out and help those who live…
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What’s the Difference between a Dental Assistant and a Dental Hygienist?

Find out if dental assistant school is a good choice for you Are you looking at dental assistant schools? If so, you may be wondering about the difference between a dental assistant and a dental hygienist. What are their different job responsibilities? How much does a dental assistant make versus a dental hygienist? What are the facts about dental assistants and dental hygienists? What career path makes more sense for you? This article looks at the two roles and gives you an idea of the kind of career path that might work for you. To begin, what is the difference between the two jobs? The chief difference is that: dental assistants work directly for the dentist—sitting chairside and helping with procedures dental hygienists work directly with patients—providing professional teeth cleanings…
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What’s the Difference Between a Medical Assistant and a Nursing Assistant?

Understanding how these roles differ can help you choose a suitable career path You may have heard the term Medical Assistant, but are wondering how this is different from the role of a Nursing Assistant. Both of these entry-level positions require working closely with patients to provide care, but the specific duties can be somewhat different. Are you interested in a career in healthcare that will not require long-term, extensive training? Medical Assistants and Nursing Assistants might both be good options. To determine which might be a better fit for you, we break down some of the differences here. Read on to learn more about both of these essential roles! 1. The two positions may work in different settings Medical Assistants usually work in a physician’s office, although some have…
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Keep Winter Workouts Safe and Comfortable

Don’t let the shorter days and colder temperatures get in your way of staying fit If you like to get cozy as soon as the temperatures drop, you might be vulnerable to staying in, eating comfort foods, and letting you workout routine fall by the wayside. But it’s just as important during the winter months to maintain at least 30 minutes of exercise, 3 times a week. And if you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or just get a mild case of the blues when the days aren’t as long, moderate exercise can help lift your spirits and give you a much-needed boost of endorphins. If you choose to exercise outside, it’s essential to take precautions so your winter workouts are safe and satisfying. Being uncomfortable—either from the wet or…
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What You Need to Know About Becoming a Massage Therapist

Lots of skills go onto this vital healthcare role Massage Therapists need to have a through knowledge of anatomy and physiology. (top left) One of the life-size skeletons used in the classroom is shown with shoulder and arm muscles attached. (top right) Student anatomy and physiology project showing internal organs and bone placement. (bottom) Two Massage Therapy students provide chair massage during a Family and Friends day held at the school. Are you interested in a job where you are able to be physically active while helping others? Are you interested in human anatomy? Do you enjoy communicating with people about their needs? If you answered yes to some of these questions, you might consider a job as a Massage Therapist. This is a fun and invigorating profession, and can…
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