Medical Assisting Students

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Why Become a Medical Assistant?

Before taking the “plunge” and signing up for a vocational training program, it is a good idea to do some self-assessment. When we asked a number of medical assistants in our medical assistant forum what it was that attracted them to the medical assisting career, they pointed out that they like the relatively short training time compared to nursing (and other highly technical medical professions) and that they wanted to build a  meaningful career in a field where they can make a difference in their community.

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Orion College

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Complete our Vocational Education in Allied Health program to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Complete our Vocational Education in Allied Health program to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree.

Become an Allied Health Instructor

Advance your career in allied health by becoming an instructor in your profession.

If you are an allied health or medical professional interested in becoming a qualified instructor in the health and medical field, then Orion’s Bachelor of Science Degree program is the best path for you. Our fully accredited program allows you to complete 100% of your study online, thereby providing the flexibility that you need for your busy schedule. Orion College offers online student support that’s second to none; classes are instructor led, interactive and exciting.

Don’t wait! Sign up today:

Orion’s program, Bachelor of Science in Vocational Education in Allied Health, is 100% online.

1. A bachelor’s degree is viewed as a more prestigious level of education
2. As an instructor, you will convey excellence in your profession while sharing your experiences with the next generation of trained professionals
3. Many higher learning accrediting agencies are now requiring instructors to possess a bachelor’s degree, at a minimum

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2017
Classes begin January 30th
May 1, 2017
July 24, 2017
October 23, 2017

Who should apply?

• Medical Assistants
• Dental Hygienists
• Physical Therapy Assistants
• Occupational Therapy Assistants
• Radiographic Technologists
• Nurses
• Physician Assistants
• Surgical Technicians
• Veterinary Assistants
• Respiratory Technicians
• Other allied health professionals possessing an associate degree or higher

Orion is a post-secondary school that offers a variety of degree and diploma programs in the allied health field. Call (888) 331-9957 to speak with an Admissions Representative or go directly to their website here: Orion College.

The BSVE program is a completion program which awards 36 credits for graduation from an associate level program in an allied health field, possession of a current unencumbered license or certification/registration as recognized by ICE: NCCA, and a minimum of 1 year occupational experience. The candidate must be currently employed or teaching in his/her vocation at the time of admission. The 36 credits are awarded for completion of the vocational core portion of the associate program. Additional general education classes may be transferred in as per Orion College’s transfer of credit policy. All upper-division core education credits must be completed at Orion College.

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Online vs. Traditional Training

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Many colleges and other entities now offer web based medical assistant distance education programs where all, or most of the required course work (hybrid courses) is read and submitted online; related online courses cover biology, medical computer applications, word processing, computer sciences, economics, English composition, pharmacology, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology,  which all falls into the medical assisting field.

Being a smart consumer pays off when choosing vocational training programs, especially those offered online. 

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Diploma Mills and Fake Programs

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Worthless Medical Assistant Certificate, Diploma and Degree

Many might not know that marketing fake diplomas, certificates and degrees has become a billion dollar industry—at least 800 million a year in the U.S. alone—so big is this market that it simply blows the mind. Nowadays, almost anybody can receive college level and advanced degrees with almost zero effort.

Consumer protection agencies and educational web sites warn people to use caution when it comes to formerly little known schools and distance education programs. Doctors, clergymen, police officers, teachers, federal employees, including White House staffers, National Security Agency employees, FBI agents and Senior State Department officials have purchased bogus degrees to seek employment, promotions, higher positions and better pay. Even medical assistants have been taken advantage of gray area medical assistant programs offered online without any special pre-enrollment conditions, qualification screenings, or passing grade standards… for just a few hundred dollars. Cool? Not so.

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Phlebotomy Cardio Technician Training

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A-Two-For-One-Approach

An increasing number of career training schools now offer combination programs, which lead to cardio-phlebotomy technician diplomas that should be of particularly high interest to medical assistants.

Through instructor led classroom instruction cardio-phlebotomy students become proficient in setting up electrocardiograms and learn phlebotomy skills, which is a step up from earning just a simple, basic blood-drawing certificate also offered through various sources and on the job training.

So, why not learn both? After all, we are talking about two closely interrelated aspects of the circulatory system, the heart and the vascular (blood) system, where one cannot exist without the other. Blood drawing and heart monitoring services  often go hand-in-hand in healthcare and many medical offices provide this service daily. Medical assistants who strive to advance in their career should seriously consider this as an option.

Cardio-Phlebotomy Technician Training

Cardio-phlebotomy students are instructed in anatomy and physiology of the heart and blood vessels and practice heart rhythm monitoring via electrocardiogram (ECG) and venipuncture skills (blood collection) from infants, children, adults and the elderly, and often are introduced to basic central line flushing techniques. Typically, such programs also include CPR and 1st aid training to teach students how to respond to emergency situations. Graduating from one of these programs at community college or vocational training institutions opens doors to rewarding job opportunities in the medical field. We highly recommend that anyone interested in becoming a phlebotomist also considers the cardio-phlebotomy option when researching schools and available career training programs.

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