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  • Salter School’s Medical Assisting Instructor Wins Outstanding Service Award

    Category(ies): Professional Medical Assistant

    medical assistant training program instructorTina Ryan is recognized by the National Phlebotomy Association

    Malden, MA. The Salter School is proud to announce that Ms. Tina Ryan, one of our valued Professional Medical Assistant instructors from our Malden campus, has received an Outstanding Service Award from the National Phlebotomy Association. She was recognized for the commitment and support she has provided to the organization for the past eight years.

    As a Medical Assisting instructor, Ms. Ryan has helped launch the careers of many medical assistants and phlebotomists. She teaches students the clinical skills they need—such as drawing blood and administering injections—to be ready for the workplace. Her students have gone on to become phlebotomists in local hospitals and labs, as well as medical assistants in many medical offices throughout the Boston region.

    The letter from the National Phlebotomy Association, accompanied by an engraved customized plaque, is one for framing and hanging on the wall:

  • Salter’s New Bedford Campus: Training tomorrow’s Pharmacy Technicians

    Category(ies): Pharmacy Technician

    pharmacy technican trainingFind out the 10 key skill areas our students learn to be ready for work

    With new medications being developed and new technologies transforming the world of healthcare, the field of pharmacy is constantly changing. Pharmacists are not the only ones who have to keep up with these changes. Pharmacy technicians also play an important role in our healthcare system. Every day they help to serve patients, assist pharmacists, communicate with insurance companies, and work with healthcare providers.


  • How do I Write a Resume?

    Category(ies): Job Search Tips

    resume writing, how to write a resumeWriting a resume is an important step in your job search

    Finding a job is a multi-step process, and it will not happen overnight. The first step that most people take is to write a resume. A resume presents a portrait of you and your value to a potential employer. It outlines your skills, background experience, education, and career goals. It is your chance to show an employer how you can contribute to their organization. 

    With this in mind, give yourself a little time before diving into writing the resume. Look at sample resumes and gather your thoughts before starting. And remember, your resume should not be fixed in stone. You will need to change it slightly for each job application.

  • What it Takes to Become a Medical Biller or Medical Coder

    Category(ies): Health Claims Specialist / Medical Billing and Coding

    medical billing and codingCertain personality traits are a good fit with this career choice

    With the increasing need for electronic health records and computerized record-keeping in the healthcare industry, the field of health information is changing quickly. Many people are looking to get into this field and are pursuing medical billing and coding training. 

    If you are considering this field, take a moment to read about the kinds of personality traits that are helpful for this career choice. The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor, contains profiles on hundreds of different career choices. One of the features of the handbook is a description of the personal qualities that help in any given field.

  • Externships: A Resume Builder and More

    Category(ies): Student Life, On The Job


    Sure, getting your education is an important step when entering a new career field. But that’s rarely enough to get your foot in the door and get hired.

    That’s why most Salter programs of study require students to complete an internship or externship before graduation.

    What are the benefits of these programs? Here are four biggies:

  • Thinking About a Career in Healthcare? Check Out These Two Expanding Fields

    Category(ies): Professional Medical Assistant, Health Claims Specialist / Medical Billing and Coding

    health care career fields growingThe Federal Government predicts healthcare-related fields will continue to rise

    Whether you’re just starting out in the professional world or you’re looking to change careers, you probably want some assurance that the field you’re considering has solid potential for long-term employment.

    That’s a smart impulse, especially when you consider that investing in your career can have a massive impact on your future – both in terms of job satisfaction and earning potential.

  • 7 Ways to Prepare for any Job Interview

    Category(ies): Job Search Tips

    prepare for job interviewGain an edge before the face-to-face process even begins   

    For the majority of career training program students, learning how to prepare for a job interview can be daunting. That may be especially true for people who are just entering the professional world for the first time.  

    Of course, Salter’s Career Services Department is always available to help students get the ball rolling on a professional job search.

  • Checking Out Professional Medical Assistant Schools in MA?

    Category(ies): Professional Medical Assistant


    If you live in Massachusetts and are interested in exploring a career as a professional medical assistant, there are some things you should keep in mind when choosing a medical assistant training program.

    But first, congratulations on deciding to explore this fast-growing career field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of professional medical assistants is expected to grow by 29% percent from 2012 to 2022, which the agency reports is a “much faster than average” increase compared to other career fields.

  • 5 Mobile Apps that Can Help Students Reduce Distractions and Get Organized

    Category(ies): Student Life

    study apps for studentsThere are a variety of hi-tech solutions to make students’ lives easier

    Balancing school and life can be a challenge. But could your smartphone help you become a better student?

    If you’re someone who wouldn’t dream of leaving the house without your smartphone, you might as well utilize the latest apps to help you study, manage your school documents, and stay on task.  

    Here’s a list of five apps to help you get started. (NOTE: There are many great apps that may accomplish these same tasks. We do not endorse any of the following, but are presenting them as a starting point for your own searches.)

  • What Do Pharmacy Technicians Do Every Day?

    Category(ies): Pharmacy Technician

    pharmacy technicianBasic daily duties of pharmacy technicians require precision and attention to detail

    Thinking about pursuing a career as a pharmacy technician? If so, then it’s a good idea to get acquainted with what pharmacy technicians do during a typical workday and what the career outlook is like.

    Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists in preparing medications for customers, patients, and health professionals. They work in a variety of settings including local community pharmacies, hospitals, retail stores, nursing facilities, and mail-order pharmacy businesses.

  • Why Now Could be a Great Time to Start Your Medical Billing and Coding Training

    Category(ies): Health Claims Specialist / Medical Billing and Coding

    medical billing and coding trainingGood News from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: The Job Outlook for Medical Billing and Coding looks Bright

    If you’re already in a health claims specialist training program, or if you’re considering entering one to learn more about medical billing and coding, give yourself a pat on the pack.

    According to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job growth for health claims specialists is expected to be “much faster than average” compared to other career choices.  The BLS predicts that positions in the medical billing and coding field will increase by 22% from now until 2022.

  • What’s the Difference Between ICD-9 and ICD-10?

    Category(ies): Health Claims Specialist / Medical Billing and Coding

    icd-10 changesWhat health claims specialists need to know about imminent changes in medical billing and coding

    If you’re in a health claims specialist training program, or if you’re thinking about enrolling in a program to become a medical billing and coding professional, you’ve probably heard a lot of talk about the upcoming switch to ICD-10.

    Whether you already have a sense of what that means, or whether it all just sounds like alphabet soup to you, we’re here to explain why the change is happening and how it affects people working in the medical billing and coding field.

  • How to Write a Cover Letter That Says ‘Hire Me!’

    Category(ies): Job Search Tips


    Whether you’re just starting out at Salter or you’re about to graduate, you probably have one thing on your mind: landing that first professional job.

    Obviously, you know that you’ll need a résumé that highlights with your new skill set as a professional medical assistanthealth claims specialistmassage therapist, or pharmacy technician.

    But there’s something else that you’ll need that’s nearly as important as your resume: a great cover letter. 

  • Medical Assistants: Could You Answer These Interview Questions?

    Category(ies): Professional Medical Assistant, Job Search Tips

    medical assistant training programs, medical assistant interviewsPREPARE IN ADVANCE FOR COMMON JOB INTERVIEW TOPICS

    We’ve all probably walked out of job interviews wishing we’d answered a question in differently. Ah, if only there were a way to see the interview questions in advance so you could prepare …

    Unfortunately, we can’t provide a job interview script for students in our professional medical assistant training programs. However, we can provide a little guidance on some questions that are likely to be asked.

    Before your job interviews, think about how you’d answer these questions.

  • 3 Ways That Going Back to School is Different From High School

    Category(ies): Student Life

    professional medical assistant, medical billing and coding training, massage therapist trainingSALTER STREAMLINES THE LEARNING PROCESS – AND HOPEFULLY OFFERS SOME FUN ALONG THE WAY.

    If you’re considering a new career path, the thought of entering a professional training program may be daunting – especially if the word “school” makes you cringe.

    But remember, professional medical assistant, health claims specialist, massage therapist, or pharmacy technician training can be very different from your high school experience. In fact, it can be downright fun.

  • How Fall River Helps Students Juggle School and Life – Even When Life is Hard

    Category(ies): Student Life


    “Whenever I think I can’t do something in life, I think of a few students we’ve had here,” says Fall River campus director Jennifer Pereira. “If they could find a way to get here every day and graduate despite their circumstances, then what am I so worried about? Look at what they’ve accomplished. It’s very inspirational.”

    During her six years at the Salter School, first as an instructor at the New Bedford campus, and now as a campus director, Pereira has seen many students walk through the doors of the school with significant challenges. 

  • How Meditation Can Help Massage Therapists ‘Tune In’

    Category(ies): Massage Therapy

    massage therapist training meditationSalter students get a meditation lesson from Buddhist monks

    Can practicing meditation help massage therapists be more effective in their jobs? If so, then some students in the massage therapist training program at Salter’s Fall River campus just got a lesson from some of the best.

    Two classes of massage therapy students, along with their instructors, just took a field trip to the Nawamintararachutis Wat Buddhist Temple in Raynham, MA, to learn about meditation.

    “It’s all about mindfulness,” says massage therapy instructor Marianne Crowley. “If students can learn to center themselves, they can be more present for the client.”

  • How to Choose a Massage Therapy School

    Category(ies): Massage Therapy

    massage therapist school, massage therapist training3 TIPS FOR FINDING AND ENROLLING IN A MASSAGE THERAPist TRAINING PROGRAM

    Thinking about getting into a massage therapist training program?

    Give yourself a pat on the back. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of massage therapists is expected to grow by 23% from now until 2022, which the agency states is “much faster than average” compared to other fields.

    However, choosing the right massage training program may be difficult. If you’re new to the field, you may be uncertain how to evaluate different massage schools.

    Here are three things to consider to help ensure that you’re selecting a program that will provide effective massage training, as well as prepare you for finding a job as a massage therapist.

  • What Professional Medical Assistants Need to Know About HIPAA

    Category(ies): Professional Medical Assistant


    You’ve worked hard to get through your medical assistant training program and land a job. But not long after you start your new position, your employer gets hit with a fine for a HIPAA violation – and people are saying it’s your fault.

    Sound like a nightmare? You bet it does.

    HIPAA, or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, is a law that governs how patient information is handled. A key part of HIPAA involves maintaining the confidentiality and security of protected health information. Healthcare providers and their employees must ensure that patient information is protected when being used, transferred, or shared electronically, verbally, or on paper.

  • What Do Professional Medical Assistants Do?

    Category(ies): Professional Medical Assistant

    medical assistant training programAnswers about the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of the job

    Thinking about enrolling in a medical assistant training program, but have some lingering concerns about what the job really entails?

    Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. The Salter School has been training people to work as professional medical assistants for many years now … and we know that incoming students may have some less-than-delicate questions about job duties.

    So let’s take the mystery out of medical assistance jobs, shall we? After all, if you’re going to make the investment of time and money to enter a new career field, it’s important to know what you’re getting into.

  • Thinking of Going Back to School? 4 Important Questions to Ask

    Category(ies): Professional Medical Assistant, Health Claims Specialist / Medical Billing and Coding, Massage Therapy, Pharmacy Technician

    thing about going back to schoolHow to choose a program that fits well with your lifestyle

    If you’re considering going back to school to be a professional medical assistant, health claims specialist/medical billing and coding professional, or massage therapist, you’re probably wondering how career training can fit into your life. Perhaps you’re concerned about how to balance school and work, maybe you’re a parent and have kids to think about, or maybe you’re wondering about financial or commuting issues.

    These are all serious considerations and you’re smart to think about these logistics in advance.

  • Instant Confidence Boosters to Use in Any Situation

    Category(ies): Student Life

    confidence boostersWhat to do when your self-talk sounds like self-criticism

    Have you ever avoided trying something new because you thought you might fail?

    Have you ever put off starting a project because it seemed too big, or you didn’t know where to start?

    Have you ever blown off studying for a test because you thought you were going to do poorly anyway?

  • 3 Exciting Scientific Breakthroughs in Massage Therapy

    Category(ies): Massage Therapy, Health and Wellness

    massage therapist trainingStudies show massage has a tangible impact on certain health conditions

    If you’re new to the field of massage therapy, or if you’re thinking about enrolling in a massage therapist training program, you be surprised to learn that massage has benefits that go far beyond relaxation.

    Of course, this probably isn’t news to experienced massage pros, many of whom have probably witnessed the health benefits that massage can provide firsthand.

    In any case, it’s interesting to see scientific research confirming just how beneficial massage can be.

  • 4 Apps that Medical Assistant Students Might Want to Check Out

    Category(ies): Professional Medical Assistant

    study apps for medical assistant studentsUse mobile technology to boost your studies

    Is your smartphone your best friend? It’s OK, we won’t tell.

    A lot of us are glued to our technology these days. If you’re the kind of person who wouldn’t dream of leaving the house without your smartphone, you might as well take advantage of some of the latest apps to help you with your studies.

    And if you’re in the professional medical assistant training program at Salter, you might be pleasantly surprised that there are many apps designed specifically for people in your field.  

    Here are a few free or low-cost suggestions to get you started. (Note: We aren’t endorsing any of these apps. Just consider them a starting point for your own searches.)

  • Thinking of Going Back to School? 3 Things to Consider

    Category(ies): Professional Medical Assistant, Health Claims Specialist / Medical Billing and Coding, Massage Therapy, Pharmacy Technician

    thinking of going back to schoolSmart questions to ask before enrolling in a career training program

    Are you ready to get to the next level in your career? Going back to school to learn new job skills can be a good move. But if you’re already in the working world, you may wonder how to juggle your job and your studies.

    Here are three real-world considerations to think about before starting a professional medical assistant, medical billing and coding or massage therapist training program.

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