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A Career in Radiation Therapy

Working with Cancer Patients

hope-surviveIn honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, now is a good time to learn about a rewarding career as a radiation therapist.

There is so much gratification associated with radiation therapy work. Two aspects that immediately come to mind are its humanitarian dividends and high financial compensation. It’s not an easy profession and radiation therapists are expected to complete a great deal of work and perform patient procedures to a very high level of standard. They perform daily duties that can be both emotionally and physically taxing. However, considering the gravity and the importance of such a job, many find that it is a rewarding career choice.

What qualities make a great radiation therapist?

CAHE-radiation-therapyAttention to detail and a technical aptitude are characteristics needed to be a successful radiation therapist. They are required to take patient x-rays prior to radiation treatment, operate computer programs that administer the correct dose of radiation, as well as to deliver radiation treatment with various pieces of equipment. Another critical job requirement is to ensure that all equipment is working properly.

Due to the intensity of radiation treatments, there are soft skills that are vital for a radiation therapist’s success. Interpersonal teamwork and clear and accurate communications (both spoken and written) are critical for the success of the oncology team. Communications are also important for interactions with patients and their families during such a trying time. Radiation Therapists must be sympathetic, compassionate, and sensitive to each patient’s unique situation.

What are the educational requirements for radiation therapists?

Topics covered in a Radiation Therapy Program include anatomy, physiology and physics, to name a few. Most programs will also include courses in medical terminology, imaging, radiologic technology and radiation oncology. Clinical training will be the capstone of a student’s studies.

After successful completion of an accredited program and possessing a minimum of an associate degree, graduates qualify for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national certification exam. In New York State, radiation therapists receive their license after passing this national registry.

How is the job outlook for radiation therapy?

According to the US Department of Labor:

• The national mean annual wage for a licensed radiation therapist is $84,980. In the New York tri-state area it’s $101,480.
• Due somewhat to the aging US populations, the job outlook for radiation therapy is expected to grow faster than average at a rate of 14% from 2014 to 2024. Approximately 60% of cancer patients will require radiation at some point in their disease.
• About one-half of the jobs for radiation therapy are in hospitals. There is also a demand for work in physicians’ offices, outpatient care centers, and in higher education.

Below are links to more Department of Labor data on occupations in radiation therapy:

Radiation Therapist Occupational Employment Statistics

Radiation Therapist Occupational Outlook Handbook

As an important member of the oncology team, this is a career that’s a good fit for many medical students. Look at CAHE’s Radiation Therapy Program to learn more.



Visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation website to learn what you can do for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

What You Should Know About Financial Aid

How to Balance Ambition and Affordability 

A healthcare education is an investment in your success, your happiness, and a secure future. When you consider the time and money you’ll be expending on preparing for a great career, be sure that you investigate all of the financial opportunities available to accredited higher education programs. Whatever your aspirations are, don’t let personal financial restrictions defer your goals. There’s plenty of help out there for determined students.

Student Loans 

Student loans are a conduit for many students who otherwise would not be able to afford a higher education. Government programs are usually preferred, but private lenders are also available to help finance accredited programs. Many of these loans offer lower administrative costs, easy approval, and helpful payback policies.

Here’s what to look for when researching student loans.

  • Student loans are considered low risk loans, and they are sometimes government-subsidized. This keeps loan application fees low. Be sure that your loan has a fixed rate, so you’re not faced with any surprises in the future.
  • Lenders understand that students might not work while they are in school, and they may not have an established credit history. For these reasons, credit checks are more lenient for student loans than for other types of loans.
  • Carefully review a loan’s repayment policy. Many lenders do not require payments until after you complete school. See if the loan carries an unemployment deferment clause, which will suspend payments if you are unemployed for a period of time.
  • There are different types of loans that can be based on the borrower’s situation, the degree you are pursuing, or your field of study. The best place to start is the FAFSA website, where you can complete a free application online.

Just because you can get easy approval on a substantial sum of money, proceed cautiously. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that one day you do have to pay it all back. Hopefully, your successful career will make loan repayment a breeze; but, in any event, you want your payments as low as possible. Look into “free money” such as grants and scholarships to lower your loan requirements.

How to Apply for Grants and Scholarships

 Loans are often the first option people explore when they are planning to finance their education. But they shouldn’t be the only option. Before you sign for your student loan, research the free money that is available through grants and scholarships. Grants are allocated based on financial need, and scholarships are merit based.

  • The financial aid department at your school is a good place to start. They will be able to provide guidelines, and they can inform you of awards available to your school by local donors and corporations.
  • Search online for scholarship and grant awards. There are websites that list available awards by type of medical program, or search for financial opportunities available that may specifically pertain to you, such as programs for minorities and veterans.
  • Look for Associations in your future profession. They often offer scholarships and grants to students. As a side note, it’s a good idea to join one of these organizations. Not only will you have easier access to financial opportunities, you’ll also have use of a resource center and the opportunity to network with students and professionals.
  • All students should look at the free application on the FAFSA This Department of Education office provides more than $120 billion in federal grants, loans, andwork-study funds each year to more than 13 million students.

CAHE offers financial aid for our accredited programs in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Radiography, Radiation Therapy, Surgical Technology, Medical Assistant and Paramedic Programs.

Consider a Career in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Become an essential member of the medical team. Training for a technical job in the healthcare field is an ultrasound investment. Sonography is no exception. The Department of Labor provides a job outlook with impressive salaries and continued growth potential.

The Role of a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer 

Diagnostic medical sonographers administer patient tests in a one-on-one setting. The high-technology tests that they administer make them champions of early detection for many serious health conditions.

Sonographers are trained to use ultrasound medical technology. These devices use sophisticated, high-frequency sound waves to produce computer-driven images of organs, tissue and blood flow. Doctors interpret the information from ultrasound tests to diagnose and treat patients.

As part of your academic program, it is important that sonographers are knowledgeable in anatomy, physiology, and physics. This will give you a clear understanding of the purpose of a patient’s test and what results the doctors are looking for. With this knowledge, you can make on-the-fly decisions during a test to drive better results. Here is the full scope of the responsibilities a sonographer can expect to encounter during a workday:

  • Prepare a patient for their procedure by obtaining and recording their medical history.
  • Perform diagnostic procedures and obtaining diagnostic images.
  • Analyze if the quality and coverage of technical images to provide results that can make an accurate diagnosis.
  • Use independent judgment in recognizing the need to extend the scope of the procedure according to the diagnostic findings.
  • Provide an oral or written summary of the preliminary technical findings to the physician.

Areas of Specialization 

Diagnostic Medical SonographyYour career in diagnostic medical sonography can be specialized to meet your interests and job opportunities in your area. There is a recommended two-year program, but once your certification coursework is complete, you can qualify for positions that interest you by taking credentialing tests in specific concentrations.

Graduates of a CAAHEP-accredited Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program are qualified for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) credentialing examinations.

All areas of sonography are covered within Center for Allied Health Education’s program, with a focus on the following specialties:

  • Obstetrics/gynecology (OB/GYN) credentialing focuses on ultrasound testing for pregnancy imaging.
  • Abdomen credentialing is for program graduates interested in ultrasound work that captures images of a patient’s organs.

In addition, one may choose to seek work in a medical practice or facility that specializes in other areas, such as:

  • Echocardiography that studies heart and its blood flow.
  • Vascular ultrasound to test blood flow in peripheral blood vessels throughout the body.
  • Breast sonography detects cysts and tumors.
  • Musculoskeletal sonography testing that focuses on muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints.

Why Choose a Career in Diagnostic Medical Sonography? 

  • According to the US Department of Labor, the national mean annual wage for diagnostic medical sonographers is $71,750. In the New York tri-state area it’s $72,120.
  • There are many industries in which sonographers work, with medical and diagnostic laboratories having the highest concentration of employment. The average annual mean wage varies somewhat by industry:

Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories: $73,400

Hospitals: $71,510

Physician Offices: $69,450

Outpatient Care Centers: $82,940

Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $77,940

Skilled Nursing Facilities: $75,580

  • According to the US Department of Labor, the job outlook is expected to grow an extraordinary 24% from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than average. It is expected that an additional 27,600 diagnostic medical sonographers will be employed during this time.

For more data from the Department of Labor:

Sonographer Occupational Employment Statistics

Sonographer Occupational Outlook Handbook

Imaging technology is expected to continue to evolve, making diagnostic medical sonography a solid career choice. CAHE offers a two-year program that is CAAHEP accredited. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Learn more about this rewarding career program online or call 718-645-3500 to speak with a representative today.

Is an Accredited Program Vital to Your Healthcare Education?

The Answers to Your Questions About Program Accreditation 

There are many different educational paths you can take to prepare for a healthcare career. You may be considering programs that deliver technical coursework, certification, licensing preparation, or a college degree. Some choices, of course, will depend upon your field of study. An important factor to consider for many educational programs is whether or not it is accredited. What role should this play in your decision? Here are some answers.

Q: What is accreditation? 

Programs or entire schools are accredited only if they meet the highest standards and requirements for the curricula they offer. This status increases its credibility. To receive accreditation, schools apply to qualified third-party organizations, who review the credentials. Only those that meet a set of agreed-upon standards will be recognized with an accredited status. Schools are periodically reviewed to ensure that standards are continually being met.

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The Diverse Role of a Medical Assistant

The wide range of administrative and clinical responsibilities makes a medical assistant career appealing to many people. If you’re interested in pursuing challenging and rewarding work in healthcare, read on to see if may be a fit for you, too.

The Role of a Medical Assistant 

Medical assistants help manage the daily operations of a healthcare practice. Their day-to-day work varies, but it can be segmented into a few groups:

Client relations responsibilities include greeting and registering patients as well as handling phone calls and appointment scheduling. Medical assistants will gather patient medical history. They provide patients with information and answer their questions on procedures and medications. To effectively assist patients, the medical assistant should be a strong and clear, but compassionate communicator.

Clinical duties will depend on the facility and type of practice, but they may include taking a patient’s vital signs, performing laboratory tests and working with lab specimens, administering medication, and changing wound dressings. Accuracy and attention to detail is an overall important trait that a successful medical assistant must have.

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Advances in Medical Imaging Technology

Is Radiography the right healthcare choice for you?

Medical technology is progressing at a rapid pace, and the advancements play an ever-increasing role in health and wellness treatments. This effects many healthcare fields, and arguably one that is most impacted is radiography.

  • More accurate imaging equipment improves early detection and accurate diagnosis.
  • Precise images contribute to less invasive procedures and more targeted treatments.
  • Accurate images eliminate the need for exploratory surgery.
  • Detailed results lower patient and facility costs by reducing the number of tests and procedures needed.

Radiographers or radiologic technologists (also referred to in the field as rad techs) work with physicians and radiologists. They administer imaging tests and assist with evaluating the image results to allow for an accurate diagnosis. This makes a radiologic technologist a critical member of the healthcare team. To do the job well, a radiographer will be adept using x-ray equipment, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machinery.

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Clinical Training Perfects Your Healthcare Education

Healthcare program directors and medical professionals agree that on-site clinical training is an invaluable part of students’ educational experience. There are many job readiness benefits to be gained by perfecting your real-world skills outside of the classroom.

Bring Classroom Learning to Real Life Situations 

In clinical training settings, students get the opportunity to hone competencies by applying the targeted scientific methods studied in the classroom. Success relies on a wide range of exposure to equipment, scenarios, and patient populations.  Working alongside a health professional, you can apply learned concepts in a patient-centered environment.

Clinical programs develop partnerships with medical facility affiliates to offer experiential learning environments. Your healthcare education should provide a comprehensive selection and assortment of medical facilities to work with, so that you can choose to study in a medical center that will prepare you for a real-world career.

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Surgical Technology: Is it a Great Healthcare Career Choice for You?

There are few, if any, bad choices you can make if you’re interested in a healthcare career. And there aren’t any right or wrong answers to these questions.  It’s all about the fit. With that in mind, it’s good to determine what job will make the best use of your personality traits while making you happy and successful at your work. You will want to select a career path that will fit well into both your current lifestyle and your future professional plans. See if surgical technology is the right choice for you.

Are you always on the move?

If you’re an active person who prefers a job with varying responsibilities that keeps you on your feet rather than behind a desk, surgical technology may be a great choice. Surgical technologists take on many different tasks over the course of the day. Some include prepping operating rooms, working alongside registered nurses, sterilizing surgical tools and equipment, assisting doctors during surgery, and transporting patients to and from the OR.

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A Day in the Life of a Paramedic

Congratulations on considering a career in healthcare. And an added kudos to you for looking into becoming a paramedic. Why?

Because paramedics are very close to being superheroes.

Anyone who has ever needed help from these first responders will agree. And, unfortunately, many people find themselves or their loved ones in emergency situations that depend on the amazing work they do. But what truly makes a paramedic’s job unique is the setting in which they are required to work. Better put, there is no consistent setting. No sterilized hospital room or physician’s office. A setting may be someone’s kitchen, a park at night, a city street parade, the beach, or the front seat of a car. Rescue paramedics received extra training to help people in distress in unusual settings, such as confined spaces, heights, and unimaginable situations.

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