Set Your Career Goals for 2018

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Now’s the time to focus on taking steps towards where you’d like to go professionally Now that the holidays are over, you might be looking at your future and feeling ready to make some positive changes. Working towards goals is the way to think of this—especially in a professional context. It’s an incremental process, but knowing where you want to end up can inspire you to keep at it and take the necessary steps along the way. Here are some suggestions for how to get organized and stay on track in the coming months, so you’re making progress towards your career objectives in the coming months. Make sure your goals are SMART Making a list of your goals is always a good start. Putting them down on paper makes them…
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MA Students Get to Examine Skeletons Up Close

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Medical Assistant students onsite at Orlando’s Skeletons: Museum of Osteology listen to an introductory presentation on the structure and function of the skeleton, as well as laboratory procedures and pathology. Students in one of the smaller break-out groups examine their skull replica before presenting their findings to the entire class. Medical Assisting students at the American College for Medical Careers took their learning outside the classroom this November, when they visited Orlando’s Skeletons: Museum of Osteology. This field trip provided an opportunity to take what they had been studying in the textbook and add a hands-on experience that provided new appreciation and understanding of human anatomy and physiology. MA program instructors Carrie Wilson and Linda Miller accompanied two classes of students to the museum, which features more than 500 skulls.…
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Medical Assistant Training: The Path for You?

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Read about a day in the life of a medical assistant Are you hoping to start a new career? Are you curious about becoming a medical assistant? If you are considering medical assistant schools in Orlando, FL, then look no further than the American College for Medical Careers. Located south of downtown Orlando on Lake Ellenor drive, ACMC is easy to get to and convenient to all major roads. What is a medical assistant? According to the National Healthcareer Association, a medical assistant is “a multi-skilled allied health care professional” who specializes in procedures commonly performed in outpatient settings, including medical offices, clinics, or urgent care centers. Medical assistants are often responsible for: Checking in patients Taking patients’ vital signs Helping physicians with patient exams as needed Administering EKGs Administering…
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Going Back to School as a Mom

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Tips for managing this transition to benefit you as well as your family If you’re a parent, you’re likely always thinking about ways to improve your situation so you can give your kids a better life. Maybe you’re not working now, but are looking for a way to get back into the job market, and figure that education is the way to go. If you took a break from work or school to have kids, it might be time, now that they’re old enough, for you to go back. Whatever your motivation, know that you’re not alone in this ambitious undertaking. There are lots of other women out there like you trying to figure out how to make the same transition. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the…
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Money-Saving Tips

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How to budget, save and avoid spending traps Are you working a full-time job but thinking about returning to school so you can change careers? Are you in the midst of your training program and only working part-time or not at all so you can focus on studying? Do you consistently follow a budget, but just veered off track with spending recently? Have you been wanting to save money, but just didn't know where to start? Read on to learn some basic budgeting facts and savings tips that can help you manage your monthly finances while still being able to have some fun along the way. Budgeting can be fun Maybe you're a numbers person and have always thought budgeting was fun, and even easy, to do. Maybe you feel…
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Energize Your Day with a Healthy Breakfast

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Here's why it's smart to take time for the first meal of the day You forgot to set your alarm and now you are running late. You're trying to fit in some last-minute studying before a big test. You're helping your younger siblings get ready for school. You're trying to coax your child to eat breakfast. You just don't feel like eating before 9 am. There's nothing quick and easy that's also healthy to eat in the morning. Do any of these sound familiar? Do you routinely skip breakfast or just grab a candy bar and soda from the vending machine when you arrive at school in the morning? Do you ignore all the information about why it is one of the most important meals of the day? If so,…
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How to Reduce Stress During the Holiday Season

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Tips for finding the way to a calmer, more peaceful you This time of year can sometimes feel like a vortex of planning, doing, shopping, cooking, and attending holiday get-togethers, concerts, and events. And that doesn't even include everyday responsibilities like attending classes, studying for tests, taking care of family members, etc. The swirl of the end of the year can lead to feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and too tired to enjoy any of it. On Thanksgiving, you might think that there's plenty of time until the next holiday you celebrate, but then it feels like like you wake up and it's January 2nd! Here are a few tips for stepping out of the stressful spinning and into a happier, calmer place to enjoy the holiday season. Hit the pause button…
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Great Reasons to Become a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

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Check out why this exciting healthcare job might be right for you You want to work in the healthcare industry, but you aren't sure you really want to be on the front line of clinical care. You would love a job that challenges your problem-solving skills. You want a fast-paced job. Becoming a medical billing and coding specialist might be the right career move for you! Medical billing and coding specialists work to ensure that medical procedures and diagnoses are coded accurately so that insurance claims and patient billing can be processed quickly and efficiently. This is a very important role in the healthcare industry as it leads to healthcare providers receiving payment for their services in a timely manner. Here are some great reasons to consider enrolling in a…
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The Season of Giving

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Here are just a few ways to help others during this time of year The Thanksgiving season is just around the corner. Are you planning a big gathering with family or a small one with friends?  Will you be trying to make your great-aunt's stuffing recipe for the first time? Are you making a list of the people, places, and things you are thankful for? Are you looking for ways to say thank you or help community members? As you take a break from work and/or school to celebrate, here are some ideas for giving thanks and giving back to the community during this season of Thanksgiving. Giving of resources There may be many reasons why you are watching your budget closely, especially at this time of year, and that's…
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Healthcare Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree or Medical School

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If college is too expensive, there are other alternatives College is a wonderful opportunity for many people, but for others, college is just too expensive, even with low-cost loans and other aid. Other people find that they don’t want the academic burden of a four-year college, and are looking for other opportunities that are more career-focused. Are you asking yourself, “Should I go to college?” If you are finding that college is not in the cards for you, what are your other options? How can you get training that prepares you for the workforce? As you decide what to do, the important thing to remember is to do what is right for you. No one else can know what you want better than you can! This article looks at three…
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