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Center for Allied Health Education sets the pace to make its students not only academically sound, but professionally competent and “workforce ready,” as well. Students have regular access to the Career Services Department, whose goal is to assist students from every professional angle. Professionals and certified Career Coaches work closely with students, as well as hiring managers, to ensure that individuals obtain the necessary skills and resources to succeed in the workforce following graduation.

EMT Basic: The first step to Becoming a Paramedic

EMT Basic
Students interested in a healthcare career as an emergency first responder have training and certification options.But regardless of career plans, from EMT to paramedic, the first step is to get certified as what’s referred to as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B).

EMT-B Certification 

To become a certified EMT-B, students mustfirst take a program that teaches the emergency care skills required for EMT work. The coursework shouldprovide the competency needed to handle a variety of medical emergencies. Students will learn how to assess patients and correctly respond to their needs. They’ll learntrauma care, CPR, hemorrhage control, fracture and spine stabilization, and childbirth. EMTs save lives by administering glucose for diabetics, providing oxygen to patients, and assisting with asthma attacks and allergic reactions. Programs also teachthe proper use of related technology, such as life support and defibrillator equipment.

Learn more about CAHE’s EMT Program.

Once an EMT-B course is satisfactorily completed, there are a few additional requirements needed both for students who would like to move directly into the healthcare workforce as an EMT and for those moving on to paramedictraining and certification. First, graduates should take the New York State Practical and Written Exam. The Department of Health website provides information, such as the written exam schedule.

National EMS Certification

The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) provides information on all levels of national emergency medical service (EMS) certification. New York EMS technicians can complete their national certification first by passing the two NREMT tests:

  • National Registry psychomotor examinations are standardized scenario-based tests. This test shows your level of competence for emergency care skills.
  • National Registry cognitive exam is a computer adaptive test (CAT) that covers all aspects of EMS care.

When the applicant has passed both exams, they area Nationally Certified EMS Technician.

Becoming a Paramedic

In addition to the solid foundation of life-saving skills learned during EMT-B studies, paramedics are certified to perform advanced skills in emergency situations.Paramedics can administer medications and start intravenous lines. They are able to free airway obstructions and resuscitate patients. To learn more, read our previous blog on A Day in the Life of a Paramedic.

Whichever plans you pursue in your EMSstudies, be sure you get the best training. Lives will depend on it.

 

How to Prepare for CT and MRI Certification Exams

CT MRI PREP Education and training is essential to success in any occupation, but it is especially true for a career in healthcare technology. Many healthcare fields offer opportunities for advancement when a specialization is added to your resume. Radiologic technologists (also referred to as radiographers) can take continuing education courses to prepare for certification as a CT or MRI tech.

The first step is to become a certified radiographer. To qualify for certification, students must have completed a radiography program and hold at minimum an associate’s degree. Once these qualifications are met, students must pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) National Certification Exam and apply for a New York State Department of Health Radiologic Technology license.

CT Imaging Prep

Computed tomography (CT) imaging uses x-ray equipment for internal body scans. They are also referred to as CAT scans, which is an acronym for Computerized Axial Tomography. As opposed to conventional x-ray images, CT test results provide cross-sectional images that are sometimes viewed in a three-dimensional format. CT scanning is often used to detect cancer, as they display the size and location of tumors.

New requirements for CT technologists were updated in 2016. Radiology Today reports that by 2018, all technologists who performed CT exams will be required to be certified. Students must have achieved mandatory CT competencies to pass the ARRT exam. The test contains questions on patient care, radiation safety, image production, and procedures. More details on the exam content can be found here.

CAHE provides a CT Registry Prep Course that has been approved for 28.75 Category A Continuing Education (CE) credits by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). Students who opt for the clinical component of the course have a nine-month window to complete their clinical competencies using CAHE’s affiliated clinical sites.

CT SCAN

MRI Prep

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technologists must have an extensive knowledge of cross-sectional anatomy and physics. MRI diagnostic imaging test results provide three-dimensional internal body images without the use of radiation. These tests are well suited for imaging soft tissue within the body, such as organs, muscles, the brain, and spinal cord and nerves.

It certainly appears to be worthwhile to enhance your skills with MRI certification. US News and World Report’s 2017 best jobs rank MRI technologists #17 in best healthcare support jobs and #78 in the overall 100 best jobs category. The MRI exam includes questions on patient care, safety, image production, and procedures. ARRT provides information on the MRI examination at this link.

CAHE’s MRI Registry Prep Course has been approved for 34.75 Category A Continuing Education (CE) credits by the ASRT. Students who opt for the clinical component of the course have a nine-month window to complete their clinical competencies using CAHE’s affiliated clinical sites.

ARRT is a valuable resource for radiographers and students studying to enter the field of radiologic technology. Visit their website for detailed information on how to achieve these additional certifications with the ARRT exams for CT and MRI imaging equipment. Radiographers should consider one or both of these specialties to enhance their career.

For individuals interested in either of these two continuing education programs, CAHE offers a FREE IV Contrast Injection Certification Course for individuals registered for the CT/MRI Registry Prep Course at CAHE.

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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Role
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Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
Produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians.
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Emergency Medical Technicians & Paramedics
Assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.
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Medical Assistants
Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.
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Radiologic Technologists
Maintain and use equipment and supplies necessary to demonstrate portions of the human body on x-ray film or fluoroscopic screen for diagnostic purposes.
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Radiation Therapists
Provide radiation therapy to patients as prescribed by a radiologist according to established practices and standards. Duties may include reviewing prescription and diagnosis; acting as liaison with physician and supportive care personnel; preparing equipment, such as immobilization, treatment, and protection devices; and maintaining records, reports, and files. May assist in dosimetry procedures and tumor localization.
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Surgical Technologists
Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon’s assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.
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