This healthcare blog features healthcare articles and infographics about career and educational paths within the healthcare industry. Written by healthcare faculty and students at Rasmussen College, you'll be sure to find relevant information about careers and educational paths in the medical field.
Health information management and health information technician are two career paths in a booming industry that is projected to add 5.6 million jobs through 2022. Check out this infographic to see which one is right for you.
Discover the history of Heath Information Technology (HIT) through the 21st Century.
Why are employers struggling to fill medical coding jobs? What does this position entail? How can you take advantage of the exciting opportunity? Keep reading to find the answers to all of your burning questions.
You’ll be happy to hear that it’s possible to have the best of both worlds: an environment that won’t upset your stomach and a rewarding career that allows you to make a difference in the lives of others. Learn about eight options that meet the criteria for which you’re looking.
Everyone is aware of the importance of donating blood as it relates to the recipients but we don't often hear about the benefits for the actual donors. Learn about five surprising advantages of donating blood!
This year has been particularly interesting for the healthcare industry. Find out what made the list of the top articles from 2014.
One option for getting your feet wet in the world of healthcare is to earn a certificate first. Specifically, a phlebotomy certificate can be the stepping stone you need to other healthcare jobs.
If you have a medical assisting student on your shopping list and are stumped on what to buy, look no further! We narrowed down the best and most practical gifts for him or her. Spread the cheer with these medical assisting gifts perfect for the aspiring healthcare professionals in your life!
With so many healthcare career options it can be easy to get confused or overwhelmed. That's why we're here to help you get acquainted with all of the career paths available in the health sciences industry.
We used real-time market intelligence from Burning-Glass.com to dig into 3.3 million healthcare-related job postings over the last 12 months and identify the top three companies in each state with the most vacancies.
Medical Assisting is no longer just about the ability to effectively perform physical tasks associated with the job. It is now more than ever about customer service. It's the reason my family decided to leave our pediatrician of 14 years; one of the most difficult and distressing choices we've ever made.
An internship is like a new job - both are a little scary on the first day, when you have no idea what's going to happen. Knowing what to expect from your medical assistant internship can be helpful.
Professional healthcare organizations can be great resources for many things, including jobs, networking, continuing education and professional conferences. The healthcare industry encompasses many professions and you'll find a professional organization for most of them. Learn about each one and decide which is best for your career.
Who says you have to choose between stability and flexibility? There are a handful of work-from-home healthcare jobs that allow you to enjoy the best of both worlds! Learn about some of your options and the pros and cons of telecommuting.
The idea of working in a medical field may be a dream that's always lingered in the back of your mind. Or maybe it's a new interest that you've recently discovered. Either way, becoming a medical assistant can be a great place to start.
Are you interested in becoming a surgical tech? Learn about four reasons pursuing a career in this field is definitely worth your time!
As a parent, you're a pro at making youngsters feel happy and at ease. Becoming a pediatric medical assistant is the perfect opportunity for you to extend that passion from your personal life into your professional life. But what does it take to be a successful PMA?
Fargo medical lab tech student Brittaney Lettow has found a new career focus that, while practical, is far from dull. Here is how she plans to help doctors diagnose potentially life threatening diseases.
ICD-10 has 23 times more procedure codes than its predecessor, ICD-9. This is just one of the striking healthcare trends new medical coders face. Read more to find out the others.
There are a precious few times in life where it just seems like the stars have aligned and by some stroke of luck everything in life is going your way. Fargo health information management student Brenna Welton is currently in the middle of one of those great runs of luck. However, attributing her recent string of success to just luck is selling Welton short. As the saying goes, you make your own luck. This is how Welton, with the help of Rasmussen College, created her own luck and began a new career she never imagined possible.
Not only is the healthcare field booming, but we've found 11 healthcare positions that require very little field experience-making the transition from undergrad student to healthcare professional a fairly smooth one.
What skills do medical assistants and moms share? You might be surprised!
It turns out leeches may not just be a medical practice of the past. Medical experts weigh in on how these slimy creatures are used today and whether you can expect to see them next time you go to the doctor.
Tampa medical assisting graduate Emily Prior has found her calling in the healthcare field. But in all honesty, she never had much doubt about her chosen profession. Prior grew up with "a lot" of family in the medical field and always thought she wanted to be a nurse. Couple that with the satisfaction she found helping others and it was only a matter of time before she found her way to a direct patient care role.
Surgical techs play a unique, hands-on role in the medical field and the skills needed to succeed are just as unique. The usual descriptors like "team-player" and "dedicated" are all great to have, but these five skills identified by surgical techs will help you stand out.
In the past, people sought out these jobs for a career in a reliable industry with the flexibility of working from home. But advances in voice recognition software like Dragon Dictate are slowly changing the landscape of medical transcription jobs.
Whether you like it or not, your family shapes who you are and what you do. Fargo, North Dakota, medical administration student Tahirih Field is no different. Her parents were medical professionals and, although she isn't pursuing the hands-on roles her parents held, she knows the field can provide the stability she wants for her own children. This is how Field balanced the needs and influence of her family to find the perfect fit at Rasmussen College.
Healthcare administrative careers are projected to grow 36 percent through 2022. The Bureau of Labor Statistics named healthcare the fastest growing job sector, and because of the growing number of ailing baby-boomers, healthcare professionals will be needed more than ever in the coming years.
A career isn't always a linear progression-sometimes you have to zigzag and stumble a bit through different jobs until you find the right fit. Bloomington, Minn., health information technology grad Katrina Oberhelman did her fair share of zigzagging before finding her way into a career in the medical field. This is how she made her way there from a start as a would-be firefighter.
When it comes to physician assistant versus medical assistant, both titles have "assistant" in the name. With what exactly do they assist? We pulled together information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and scrubbed job postings from the last 12 months using real-time market intelligence from BurningGlass.com.
The job may sound pretty straightforward at first, but there is actually a lot to lab work beyond beakers and test tubes. We spoke to a few medics working in the field and uncovered seven things about working in a lab that you never would have guessed.
You've probably heard of the job title, but are still wondering, What does a medical assistant do? Well, to put it lightly, a medical assistant is a physician's right hand man.
Land O' Lakes, Fla., student Lesley Johns had hit a peak professionally. Her career had plateaued after years of working as an LPN, so in an effort to broaden her career horizon she decided to branch out and enroll in Rasmussen College's health information technology program.
Pharmacy technician tech jobs are expected to grow 20 percent by 2022. This growing occupation needs more than experience to succeed, though. Pharm tech certification is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
Tampa, Fla., graduate Lynn Hummel never imagined she would earn a medical assisting degree. In fact, she didn't have her GED until she was 32 years old. Looking back at where she was before attending Rasmussen College, Hummel says she can barely believe she's come this far.
We caught up with some students, instructors and experts in the field to provide some insights that suggest medical coding may not be quite as hard as you think.
It can time consuming when deciding which college to attend and which program you want to major in. Rasmussen College understands this, which is why we highlighted 10 interesting facts about the Health Sciences program that will help in your decision-making process.
An in-depth look at the advantages to a healthcare administration degree online in contrast to on-campus learning, examining the role each plays in educating future healthcare professionals.
We spend a lot of time at hospitals and clinics and the first person we usually see when we walk in the door is the receptionist-but what does a medical administrative assistant do aside from check you in?
Not to pile on the pressure too much, but as a medical assistant (MA) there are a lot of things you'll need to know. And forget learning just the basics: if you want to stand out in this growing field, you'll have to go above and beyond.
We're here to help you decipher two degrees that seem similar-health information management (HIM) versus healthcare management (HCM)-so you can have all the facts you need to figure out which is best for you.
Healthcare administration and health information technology careers both offer robust growth in administrative medical fields but, once they're broken down, are very different options. We're here to tell you why.
The medical industry is arguably one of the most exciting and anticipated places for innovation. Who doesn't dream of a cure for genetic diseases or elimination of cancer? These are topics that hit home for everyone and, as such, healthcare innovations themselves can often be as sensitive as they are sensational.
Full recap of Rasmussen College's live expert panel discussing the growing career of medical assisting.
A good way to judge a person's character is to see how they respond to adversity. Nicole Gumke, a graduate of the Fargo Surgical Technologist program, is a great example of someone who went on to persevere despite setbacks.
Not all careers in healthcare are saddled with emergency rooms and life-or-death situations. This list highlights 4 of the least stressful medical jobs of 2013.
Some say information technology is transforming the future of patient care. With a plethora of changes happening in the industry, there are a lot of career opportunities at the intersection of healthcare and IT.
Deciding what to do with the rest of your life at age 18 can be a very challenging decision, and it's one Eagan Health Information Technician (HIT) graduate Jennifer Knutson knows about this firsthand.
One of the fastest growing jobs in the healthcare field is that of a medical assistant. Find out more about this booming career path by tuning in to Rasmussen College's October career chat.
A comprehensive guide with all of the information that you need to identify if a career as a pharmacy technician or a medical coder is right for you.
The medical professionals responsible for drawing and collecting human blood are called phlebotomists and they are a critical component to any healthcare team. Find invaluable information on how a certificate in phlebotomy could jumpstart your career.
Obamacare will provide access to as many as 41.3 million Americans in 2014. With so many being affected, there is potential for major changes to demand for care and job creation.
Use this list to identify healthcare jobs you can enter with an associate degree, diploma or certificate. It includes real-time job posting data to ensure you have the most relevant information for today's opportunities.
Starting college is a huge decision, whether you're straight out of high school or you've been in the working world for a while. The most important question you have about earning your degree is whether or not it's worth it. Here's how an Aurora HIT degree helped two former Rasmussen College students - one landed a HIT job and the other gained five raises at her current job.
When you find yourself in an unpredictable industry working a job with a shaky future, what do you do? You can either stay and see what happens or move on. Tom Spriggs chose the latter and became a Bloomington HIT degree grad.
You likely know the basics of what EKG technicians do: interact with patients and administer and interpret the results of EKG tests. But how do you get to that point? What's EKG technician training like? And do you really need that formal education, anyway? Those are all good questions. And we're here to help you find the answers. Let's explore EKG tech education options and coursework.
Luanne Paulson needed a change. As a 52-year-old certified nursing assistant (CNA) at a long-term care facility, she realized that the long, and often inconsistent, hours of hands-on work with patients was too physically demanding and wondered if there was another career path for her. Paulson is now a Lake Elmo medical assisting student at Rasmussen College with two quarters until her associate's degree is complete.
Curiosity about a career you're considering is natural. If you're interested in the industry, the best way to stay on top of new developments, trends and tips is to keep yourself tuned into industry news. Health information technology (HIT) news sites are abundant, but you don't have to read all of them. Here, we've picked six news sites that stand out from the rest.
Are you struggling to find your job in Health Information? What can you do to stand out? The Health Information field is growing quickly and the demand is high. How can you be noticed and come out ahead of the competition?
Do you want to work with patients in a medical facility, assisting doctors and taking care of others? Are you concerned that this job description only fits a nurse? It doesn't! Helping to heal the sick and injured isn't a job that's limited to nurses and doctors. In fact, there are several careers in which you can work closely with patients and be a role model for others, For now, let's focus on two of these growing medical careers: medical assistant (MA) versus patient care technician (PCT).
A patient often trusts that when they are unconscious lying on an operating table all the hospital staff performing their surgery is credentialed, but for some hospitals, that's not a requirement. Currently, the only hospital staff position in the operating room that is not required to meet minimum education and certification standards is a surgical technologist, or surg tech.
Stackable credentials are an emerging trend in the health sciences - a trend you should be aware of if you want a healthcare career! Let's address the first question: What are stackable credentials? You can look at them two ways. First, if you already have a degree and decide to earn a certificate later, you're stacking the certificate onto your degree. Or, if your education started with a certificate, you can stack on more courses and skills to earn a degree.
Making the decision to take on a new career can be difficult, especially if you're seeking to enter a completely new field. How can you know you're ready for a specific career? Well, for starters, earning a degree in your field is a good indicator of both interest and competence. If you're interested in healthcare, there are many options available to you. One career path that is an integral part of the medical team is that of the medical lab tech.
Now that you're in the midst of earning your health information technology (HIT) degree, and you're starting to think about what comes next, it's natural to look at the state of the economy and experience pangs of doubt. Maybe you're wondering if you're learning the skills you need to actually succeed in this career.
Rasmussen College hosted its first-ever live Career Chat on Mar. 21 to honor Health Information Professionals (HIP) Week.
After you decide to become a medical assistant and learn the ins and outs of the field, you'll earn your medical assistant degree or diploma. But there's still another important step before you set off on your job search if you want to be marketable: passing the credentialing exam.
March 17-23 is Health Information Professionals (HIP) Week across the U.S. and Canada and Rasmussen College is planning to recognize those tasked with keeping medical records secure and accurate. The Careers in Health Information Technology Career Chat will showcase all the information you need to know to jumpstart or advance your career in this exciting field!
America's 10,000 hospitals have more than 1.7 million beds. As you'd imagine, a lot of those beds are filled daily. As the U.S. population ages and new types of flu are borne every season, those numbers are increasing dramatically. For those considering a career in healthcare, this is your reality. Whether you want to become a surgical technologist, or you'd prefer a medical job without blood, hospitals offer a variety of roles designed to intrigue and fascinate even the most serious healthcare student. Working in a hospital has pros and cons, of course, but don't worry - our experts weighed in to let you know what to expect!
Are you eager to learn where your health information education can take you? This informative webinar will answer your health information career questions.
What kinds of careers come to mind when you think of helping others who are in need of medical care? Doctor or nurse is likely pretty high on the list. Doctors and nurses undoubtedly help others - they save people's lives. But what if you're drawn to the medical field and you're squeamish about blood? Think there's no hope? Actually, a healthy number of medical jobs without blood do exist. So as long as you know you're committed to helping people, remember, you don't have to be a doctor or a nurse to have an impactful medical career. It's true that in any job you might have to unexpectedly deal with blood, we've compiled a list of those medical jobs where you're least likely to have contact with the red stuff.
A medical assistant (MA) and a licensed practical nurse (LPN) fall into the same category and perform several of the same duties; however, there are slight differences between the two jobs.
Doctors and nurses aren't the only important people in an operating room when someone's life is on the line - surgical technologists assist them with life-saving procedures. But what, exactly, do they do? Some pretty important stuff, it turns out.
Are you interested in healthcare? Thinking of going back to school? You might know what you want, and how to get it - but knowing if you're making the right decision can be the hard part. You might just need a little motivation to help you complete your goal and earn your health sciences degree. Watching a healthcare expert speak passionately about the kinds of things you're interested in could be just what you need. Healthcare TEDTalks can help inspire you.
You love technology. You want a career in a newer, growing field. You are interested in healthcare. But how do you tap into a career that offers you all of these things? With a health information management (HIM) degree, you'll be able to tap into all three.
A lot take places between the time you arrive and leave a clinic, and it's the Health Information Technician who ensures the process runs smoothly. This position is responsible for ensuring everything is transcribed correctly on the bill and is the newest and hottest upcoming healthcare profession.
There are specific responsibilities individuals in every career must face. A pharmacy technician must be extra diligent while performing their duties since serious health problems can arise if a mistake is made with a customer or patient's prescription.
Did you say thank you to a medical assistant the week of Oct. 15-19? Medical Assistants Recognition Week recognizes the contributions medical assistants make to overall healthcare delivery effectiveness.
It's more fun to study with a tasty snack - maybe a late night pizza run or trip to the nearest fast food joint, and don't forget the Mountain Dew! These types of foods aren't the healthiest options and are often credited with causing the infamous "freshman 15." They're also leading to a higher obesity rate amongst college students.
Now that you have narrowed down your future career path to the healthcare industry, where should you go from here? It may be overwhelming narrowing your decision down to the exact field you'd like to pursue; however it's not as difficult if you know your strengths and interests.
Being a great mom is doing the best you can - with what you have, and knowing everything you do is done with your children's best interest at heart. If you are currently a mom contemplating returning to school, your number one concern is most likely how it's going to affect you and your family, right? If so, understand you're not alone.
Annually, the American Association of Medical Assistants recognizes the contributions medical assistants make to overall health care delivery effectiveness. This year, the Rasmussen College Mokena/Tinley Park campus will honor Medical Assistants with a variety of activities during Medical Assistants Recognition Week between October 15th and the 19th.
In the several years I've been teaching students about the Medical Assistant profession, I have been asked numerous times by both healthcare professionals and non-healthcare professionals, "what does a Medical Assistant do?" Each time I've been taken aback by this. What do you mean what does a Medical Assistant do? The truth is; we do a lot!
Being a surgical technologist is hard work. It often pulls at the heart strings and can affect whether somebody lives or dies. To acknowledge all of the difficult tasks expected of a surgical technologist, Sept. 16 through Sept. 21 of this year has been designated National Surgical Technologist Week.
There is a period in most people's life when they are faced with a huge decision - one that not only affects their life, but the life of others. Julie Sharma had that happen to her.
Almost two million people will undoubtedly pack the Minnesota State Fair this year to take part in the act of eating, and even though the fair boasts many attractions other than food, let's be honest - most of us can't wait to get our fingers on something deep fried and on-a-stick. So, are you ready to loosen your belt to make room for this year's brand new food creations?
The back-to-school hustle has begun for both young and old. Children are busy soaking up the last of the summer's rays, college students are preparing for that first semester, and of course, parents are rushing about to schedule their children's necessary vaccination appointments. In fact, August is such a popular month for shots that it is now officially designated National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM).
A person will often graduate with a degree, only to later realize it wasn't for them and go back to school to earn a degree in something more suitable to their interests and talents. That's what happened to recent Rasmussen College Surgical Technologist graduate, Summer Blakey.
In the medical field, there are many avenues for you to follow career wise. Once you've decided between working directly with or without patients, you will have a better idea of what career path is the best fit for you. If you would like to work with patients and become a medical assistant, you must decide whether you want to earn a medical assisting degree or diploma.
The truth is finally out. People are in love with pinning! Pinterest is now the third most popular social network behind Facebook and Twitter, and it continues to gain momentum. As if 104 million total visits this March aren't evidence enough of the site's growth, Pinterest's traffic also increased by 50 percent between February and January of this year.
Fitness personality Richard Simmons once said in an interview with Men's Health Magazine, "You can't buy it, you can't rent it. You have to earn it. My formula has always been love yourself, move your body, watch your portions." Leading a healthy lifestyle sounds easy enough, right? Could be, but there are a lot of obstacles trying to divert our attention from eating healthy, making healthy choices, and exercising. Fortunately, when you're in the healthcare field, you may see the result of making unhealthy decisions, and it can help you lead a better life that is more fulfilling when you make the right choices. Here are 21 healthy lifestyle quotes to help inspire you to kick-start your healthy lifestyle or make you appreciate your good health:
After 31 years of cutting and coloring clients as a hairstylist, Kristen Anderson decided to make a career change - pronto.
Have you ever thought about what exactly a medical assistant does? Or have you ever thought about how the profession itself began? Well, then keep reading.
As technology continues evolving and the population ages, the indispensable nature of the healthcare field has created the need for modifications to the duties of existing professions, as well as the addition of completely new career opportunities. If technology and health interest you, you're in the right place.
This video dispels some myths about healthcare management and how a degree can help you advance your career within the healthcare field.
Check out the latest installment of the "What Should I Do With My Life" video series, when we discuss the salary opportunities for those entering into the Healthcare Management career field.
Do you remember being asked as a child, "What do you want to be when you grow up?". If you answered, "A nurse!" or "A doctor!", here's some additional points to consider about these fast growing occupations.
Check out the latest from our What Should I Do With My Life video series as we discuss the wide open career field as an MLT.
This video from our "What Should I Do With My Life" series we speak with Lynn Skafte, the Medical Assisting Program Coordinator at Rasmussen College as she explores the variety of different medical assistant job opportunities within the healthcare industry.
Healthcare is an industry that sees constant change and innovation every day.
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This video uncovers the commonly pursued healthcare career as a health information technician.
What went wrong with Google Health?
The National HIM/HIT Program Director at Rasmussen College is featured in this video blog about jobs and salaries in health information technology.
The National Director of HIM and HIT programs at Rasmussen College is interviewed in this video blog. She answers essential questions about HIM salaries and job opportunities.
This video defines the role of a health information management practitioner, while outlining the required path to begin a career in this exciting healthcare role.
In this video, the Director of the School of Health Sciences at Rasmussen College, Lorrie Laurin, helps us uncover the answer to the question, "What is a pharmacy technician" while sharing some basic information about the career paths and responsbilities of a pharmacy technician.
Watch this video to learn more about pharmacy technician job requirements.
"What should I do with my life?" This is a common question asked by many people. This video blog explores a popular and demanded career in healthcare-medical administration.
The School of Health Sciences Director at Rasmussen College speaks about Medical Administration educational and career paths.
We sat down with Hertencia Bowe, the National Health Information Management Program Coordinator for the School of Health Sciences, and she unveiled some great information about careers and degrees in Health Information Management.
The healthcare industry may be one of the most exciting fields in the job market today. This is exactly why going to school to earn your Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's degree will allow you to get started down a promising career path.
The National HIM Program Coordinator for Rasmussen College is here with us today to define the role of a health information management practitioner.
Watch the latest "What Should I Do With My Life" video series which shares information about medical administration degree programs and career paths.
Learn more about various medical jobs within a hospital through this engaging infographic.
Join the Director of The School of Health Sciences at Rasmussen College and host Allie Gray Freeland in the latest installment of the What Should I Do With My Life Video series featuring information about a medical administration job description.
Watch the latest "What Should I Do With My Life: video series which features information about medical assistant degree programs and career paths.
Join the Director of the School of Health Sciences at Rasmussen College in the latest installment of the What Should I Do With My Life video series. This video features information about pharmacy technician degree programs and career paths.
One of the best features regarding the healthcare industry is that there are so many avenues an individual can pursue
Earning your Pharmacy Technician Associate's degree will prepare you to work within the pharmacy field as an important aid to customers and other members of pharmacy staff.
It is essential for own health to shield yourself when you're out in the sun. Learn more about the myths and truths about SPF.
What would some traditional fairy tales look like in a world chock-full of modern science?
What should I do with my life? Host Allie Gray Freeland interviews health sciences expert to uncover the courses in a medical lab technician degree program.
Have you ever wondered what happens behind the counter of your local pharmacy?
Looking to break into the healthcare industry but want to be shielded from what happens behind closed doors? Going back to school for your Medical Assistant degree means you'll be the first person a patient sees when they arrive for a scheduled appointment.
As a health information technician, you'll be responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of all patient health information for a healthcare organization.
This infographic explores common medical prefixes and postfixes and their meaning.
Learn more about Google Health, Google's new spin on digitized healthcare records.
Learn about the growing career option in the healthcare industry -medical lab technology, a career path that can be pursued through a Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's degree.
This article uncovers steps to take to start a career as a healthcare professional through the pursuit of health sciences degrees.
Earning a Medical Assisting degree could provide a great segue into a healthcare career. Learn more about career paths, education requirements, and job requirements of a medical assistant...
The job of a health information technologist is critical to providing quality health care. Health information technologist is responsible for recording symptoms and medical history, previous medical exam reports and treatment plans, laboratory test results, and other doctors' diagnoses. Learn more about educational and career paths as a health information technician
Learn more about steps for obtaining a pharmacy technician certificate or degree, job outlook, and important responsibilities in this insightful article on pharmacy technicians.
Rasmussen College discusses the Health Information Management degree program, careers in health information management, and the future of the medical field on WREX- Rockford.
Rasmussen College, who offers Health Information Management degrees, discusses health information management careers and the future of the medical field on WFTX Fort Myers.
Rockford's WREX-TV discusses educational and career paths for health information technology professionals.
It is important to keep up-to-date on drug resources as a health care professional. By the same token, as innovation increases, it is essential for technicians to have multiple resources available to support their work. Read more about the six best online resources for pharmacy technicians...
Read about one student's journey from self-doubt to self-actualization.
Obamacare will provide access to as many as 41.3 million Americans in 2014. With so many being affected, there is potential for major changes to demand for care and job creation.
Uninsured in America: A Look at those Without Health Insurance in the US
Job opportunities are on the rise in Certified Medical Assisting. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in this industry is projected to grow much faster than average, ranking medical assistants among the fastest growing occupations between 2008 and 2018 - seeing a 34 percent increase within the decade.
The Medical Assistant profession is a very misunderstood profession in health care. People often ask: What exactly is a Medical Assistant? Do they serve as a nurse, a nursing assistant, or a physician's assistant? This is the question that I asked Certified Medical Assistant, Melissa Cole.
This article will list common medical errors and how operating room staff can prevent them from happening.