Getting the most out of your ACMC experience
If you are enrolling in medical career training in order to make yourself marketable for the healthcare job market, this article is for you. The American College for Medical Careers offers career training programs that provide you with the skills you need to become a Medical Assistant, Medical Billing and Coding Specialist, Dental Assistant, or Sonographer.
Most of these programs can be completed in about one year’s time. What can you do to make the most of that one important year? When enrolling in ACMC, it’s important to think about your commitment to your education, how to finance your education, and how to best prepare yourself for the job market. Here are some tips on making the most of your training.
Tip #1. Use ACMC’s financial aid advice
At ACMC, our admissions advisors and financial aid advisors are here to help. We don’t want a lack of finances to prevent you from achieving your educational goals. When you apply to be a student at ACMC, make sure you speak with our representatives about your options. Most students begin by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This application will determine how much federal financial aid you can receive. Also ask our staff about other options, such as the Federal Direct Loan Program, tax credits, the GI Bill® (if you are a veteran), and state-level programs. Be aware that grants are money that you do not need to pay back, but loans do need to be paid back in monthly installments after you graduate. Do not enter into a loan if you think you will not be able to make these payments every month.
Tip #2. Choose the best program for you
Imagine studying hard and learning new skills for an entire year, and then realizing you don’t like the career field that you chose. That would be so disappointing! Take your time to pick a career field that matches your interests! ACMC offers 7 different healthcare training programs that train you for certain types of careers. If you would prefer to work in an office setting, then Health Information Technology or Medical Coding and Billing might be good choices for you. If you like to directly serve patients with their medical needs, then Medical Assisting, or Dental Assisting might be a good fit. Or if you picture yourself using medical technology, then our Cardiovascular Sonography or Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs might be best. Take time to review what kinds of tasks you will do in your new career, and be sure that you will like this type of career path for many years to come.
Tip #3. Treat your education like a job
Your education is great practice for being in your new career. During your time at ACMC, your instructors and administrators will get to know you, your work habits, your attitude, and your commitment to your new career. This is your chance to learn and practice what it takes to be a reliable worker and prepare yourself for the workforce. Your instructors and advisors may be able to give you positive references that help you attain a job once your training is complete, so give it your all! Some simple tips:
- Show up 5 minutes early for every class
- Strive for perfect attendance (unless you are sick)
- Complete your homework on time
- Do any extra credit activities that are offered
- Ask for help if you don’t understand—your instructors want you to succeed!
- Set aside uninterrupted time to study for exams
- Show you are professional by getting along with other students and avoiding gossip
- Show you are good at teamwork by helping your fellow classmates
- Participate in campus activities like social events or donation drives
- Take your internship very seriously, as though it is your first job!
Tip #4. Use ACMC’s Career Services
Finding a job after graduation is not only your goal—it’s our goal too! Our success depends upon our students’ attaining marketable skills and finding success in the job market. So let us help you! Our Career Services representatives can help you improve your resume and cover letter, develop a LinkedIn profile, learn how to network, and develop strong interview skills. We also have connections within the healthcare community in the Orlando region, and can help guide you toward good job leads. But remember, it’s a two-way street—we can’t do it for you, but we are here to help!
Are you ready to make the most of your education? If so, contact us and see if your new career path begins at ACMC! We can’t wait to hear from you!
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