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  • Knowing HOW You Learn Can Make School a Lot Easier

    Category(ies): Student Life

    learning stylesPeople process information in different ways

    You need to learn something new. Would you rather:

    • Have someone tell you how to do it?
    • Read the instructions?
    • Get up and try to figure it out using tools that are provided?

    How you answer may give you some clues to how your brain best processes stimuli.

  • How to Spot Medical Billing and Coding Scams

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

    job scamsBeware of job opportunities that over-promise

    Whether you’re already in a medical billing and coding school or are just thinking about enrolling in one, there are some things you should know to avoid scams.

    Because the job market for health claims specialists is growing so fast – and certified government statistics bear that out – the field has become prey to some unscrupulous companies that targeting people who are trying to enter the field.

  • 4 Smartphone Apps Students in Massage Therapist Training Will Love

    Category(ies): Massage Therapy

    massage therapist training appsStudy aids and tools to help your massage practice

    The art and science of massage therapy may seem like the opposite of “high tech.” The human-to-human connection of hands on skin is often what’s appealing about massage.

    However, students in a  massage therapist training program may want to be aware of a few phone apps that could help boost their studies – or even help set the tone for their massage practice.

    Check out these four helpful apps for massage therapy.

  • Medical Billing and Coding: Can You Really Work from Home?

    Category(ies): Health Claims Specialist / Medical Billing and Coding, On The Job

    medical billing and coding working from homeFAQs about working remotely as a health claims specialist

    You may be considering medical billing and coding schools in order to realize a dream of being able to work from home. But you’re probably also asking yourself if you can really make a decent income as a health claims specialist while working remotely.

    Is it all just too good to be true?

    Let’s take a look at what’s really involved in going solo or starting your own business as a remote medical billing and coding professional.

  • The Invisible Personality Trait That Can Help You Land a Job

    Category(ies): Job Search Tips

    how to show employers you're dependableHow to show employers that you’re dependable

    If you’re a Salter student, you probably already know that getting professional training can be key to landing a job as a professional medical assistant, health claims specialist, or massage therapist.

    However, showing off your knowledge and highlighting your skill set will only get you so far once you’re sitting across from a hiring manager. Yes, that means the pressure is on you to land the job.

  • Spa or Clinic? A Look at 2 Different Massage Therapy Career Paths

    Category(ies): Massage Therapy, On The Job

    massage therapist career pathsJobs in this field may vary widely

    Take any two students in the massage therapy training program at Salter, and you may find that they have very different ideas of where they hope their education will take them.

    The beauty of massage therapy is that both students can be justified in their expectations.

    Massage therapy may offer some of the most diverse job options of any course of study at a career training school.

  • 4 Apps to Make Your School Life Easier

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

    apps for studentsGet organized and stay on track with these electronic helpers

    It’s OK to admit it: It would probably be hard to go a day without your electronics.

    Since you’re probably carrying your devices with you most of the time anyway, you might as well use those gadgets to simplify your school life.

    With that in mind, here’s a list of some apps that can make a student’s life easier – both in and out of the classroom.

  • What Harvard Researchers Think Job Interviewers Really Want to See in a Candidate


    what employers are looking for in job interviewsWhat employers are really looking for during a job interview

    If you’re in a training program to become a professional medical assistant, health claims specialist, or massage therapist, you understand that training and experience are critical factors when entering a new career field.

    But research from Harvard University shows that hiring managers may have a hidden motivation when they start asking questions during an interview.

    Of course, they want to find out what you know about the skills required for the position. But they’re also looking for something else: trustworthiness.

    You are not a robot

    According the Harvard study, trustworthiness was best demonstrated when people displayed warmth and competence.

  • Top 5 Job Interview Outfit Mistakes to Avoid


    interview outfit mistakesAppearance blunders than can undermine your interview

    Salter’s Career Services department is all about one thing: getting you prepped and ready to go out and land a job.

    But they can’t go on the interview for you. And they also can’t come over and give you a last-minute once-over before you walk out the door in your interview attire.

    Chances are, you probably already know that you need to dress in more formal clothing than you might wear on the job. For example, a professional medical assistant job candidate shouldn’t wear scrubs to the interview.

    Here are some other things to keep in mind to ensure that you look polished and professional during your job interviews.

    1.  It’s not all about clothes

    Remember, your hands are the most important tools of your new trade – especially if you’re applying for a job as a professional medical assistant or a massage therapist, where you’ll be touching patients as part of your job duties.

  • Thinking about a Career as a Massage Therapist?


    career in massage therapy, massage therapy training programPros and Cons to Consider Before Starting a Massage Therapy Training Program

    Jumping into any new career field should definitely be a “look before you leap” proposition – especially if you’re considering entering a professional training program. After all, investing in your education is a serious decision. Before you do so, it’s important to investigate the career field to find out if you’re going to find long-term satisfaction in the job.

    That means you’ll want to consider several things, including:

    • If your personality is suited to the job
    • Whether you’ll be happy in the daily work environment
    • What the job prospects are after graduation
    • If there’s the potential for long-term career growth

    If you’re considering a career in massage therapy, you might be the kind of person who likes the idea of a job that has you up on your feet rather than behind a desk.  You might call yourself a “people person.” There’s also a pretty good bet that you’re interested in health.

    But what are the downsides? Let’s take a closer look at some of the pros and cons of a career in massage therapy so you can decide for youself.

  • What Do Medical Assistants Do?


    what do medical assistants doVaried duties can make this an exciting career choice

    If you’re thinking about entering a professional medical assistant training program, give yourself a pat on the back for having great timing.

    Changes to healthcare laws may mean that physicians and nurse practitioners have a greater for need qualified professionals to help them.

    There are several additional factors driving the growing need for qualified medical assistants, including:

    • An aging population
    • Increase in rates of chronic disease
    • Shortage of physicians (attributed to rising insurance costs)

    In fact, it’s estimated that employment for medical assistants could increase by 29% from 2012 to 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    What you need to know

    If you’re not already in a medical assistant training program, you might wonder what’s involved.

  • Is Medical Billing and Coding the Right Career for You?


    medical billing and coding A Typical Day For a Health Claims Specialist

    You may have heard that medical billing and coding is a great field to get into right now.

    But let’s be honest: beginning any kind of career training program is a big investment in terms of time, money, and attention. If you’re going to make that kind of commitment, it’s wise to know as much as possible about your choice before you begin.

    A good place to start is with the official numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Right now, that agency forecasts a 22% increase in job prospects for health claims specialists.

    Keep in mind that the numbers only tell part of the story. Remember: you’ll need to show up someplace and actually do this job every day.  That’s why it’s a good idea to set yourself up for success by making sure that your personality aligns well with the daily duties of the job, as well as the work environment.

  • Why It’s Important to Ask Questions During Job Interviews (And What to Ask!)


    questions during job interviewsHow to find out if a job is a good fit for you before you start

    There’s an available job and you’ve been called in for an interview. Your qualifications are an excellent match, so you think you might be able to land the position.

    But hold up a second before you walk out the door for the interview. Remember this: Yes, you need to “sell” yourself a bit during the hiring process, but it’s also important to find out if the job is a good fit for you.

    Sure, you want to land a job right away. But landing the wrong job may be setting yourself up for failure. For example, accepting a job in a company that has an extremely toxic atmosphere may cause you a lot of stress, making it more likely that you won’t stay in the position very long.

    Here are some questions you can ask to get a better feel for what the job will be like on a day-to-day basis.

    What are the expectations for this position?

    This question can help you understand what’s truly required of the job. Nearly every position has additional tasks and responsibilities beyond the obvious. For example, you may be expected to complete certain kinds of paperwork, assist someone in another department from time to time, or put in evening or weekend hours.

  • ‘Should I Go Back to School?’ 4 Strategies that Make it Easier to Answer ‘Yes’


    should I go back to schoolHaving a plan in place makes it easier to balance school and life

    If you’re thinking of going “back” to school, chances are it’s been a while since you’ve set foot in the classroom.

    Still, if you’re interested in a career as a professional medical assistant, health claims specialist, or massage therapist, you’re probably aware that attending a professional training program can be an important first step.

    You may be asking yourself questions that sound like this:

    • How can I go to school and work at the same time?
    • Will I be able to handle the coursework?
    • How can I realistically pay for school when I have other expenses?
    • How do I know if I can get a job when I graduate?

    If those issues are weighing on your mind, you’re not alone. In fact, many Salter students are people who have entered career training after a period of time in the working world.

    Let’s take a look at how you can balance school and life if you decide to take the plunge and go back to school.

  • Messages from the Masters: Some Wisdom from Famous Commencement Speeches for Our Lastest Grads


    fall river graduatoinStudents at Fall River campus donned caps and gowns at conclusion of training

    You couldn’t stop the smiles in auditorium of Durfee High School on April 17th.

    Students in the professional medical assistant, health claims specialist, and massage therapy training programs at Salter’s Fall River campus happily took a big step in life – up to the podium to receive their graduation certificates.

    While the sea of blue caps and gowns represented the cohesiveness of this latest batch of Salter grads, it’s important to remember that under each mortar board sat a student with a story all his or her own. For some people, the school journey was seamless. Others may have had to juggle school with other responsibilities, such as work or children. Some may have even questioned if they’d be able to stick it out for the length of the program.

    Now, going forward, it’s up to each Salter grad to continue to create their own life narratives.

    In the spirit of starting them off on the right foot, here are some inspirational sentiments from famous graduation speeches. We hope they inspire our graduates, students, and perspective students to find their wings and soar!

  • Why Time Off Matters: Engaging in Your Passions is Like Rocket Fuel for Your Soul


    school down timeWhen balancing work and school, down time becomes even more important

    When someone asks you how you are, do you often find yourself answering “busy?”

    You’re not alone. Many students in Salter’s professional medical assistant, massage therapy, or health claims specialist training programs are juggling a lot, including school, home and caregiving responsibilities, jobs … the list goes on.

    But believe it or not, scheduling some time to relax and unwind may be key to staying on track with your over-arching life goals.

    Why is that? Allowing your brain to switch gears to something enjoyable and relaxing can allow you to “recharge.” That way, when you’re ready to work or study again, you can approach those tasks with more enthusiasm.

    Here are some other productivity tips that might Salter students might find useful.

    1.  Don’t be ruled by your electronics

    Successful people use technology to their advantage, but they make sure that they don’t wind up being slaves to their digital masters.

  • Shh … Use this Secret Trick to Feel More Confident During Job Interviews


    power pose job interviewResearch reveals “power poses” that can change your outlook

    Let’s get real: Nearly everyone gets nervous during job interviews no matter how well-prepared they are.

    But there’s some good news from people who are in the midst of hardcore job hunting.

    Research from Harvard University shows that people who stood in a “power pose” prior to job interviews not only felt more confident, they were also rated higher by hiring managers than other candidates.

    Woman Woman had the right idea

    So what is a power pose? The Harvard researchers refer to it as the “Wonder Woman pose.” Imagine a person standing with their legs about shoulder-width apart and placing their hands on their hips.

  • Online Job Hunting: Tips for a Smarter – and Safer – Job Search


    protect your information while job hunting onlineDon’t expose your personal information to the wrong people

    If you’re a student nearing graduation at Salter, you’ve probably already stopped by Career Services to discuss job hunting approaches to put your education to work.

    Chances are, you’ve also probably started an online job search. 

    While applying online can be efficient, there are also some things you need to be aware of to protect yourself.

    Yes, most job listings are probably legitimate, but it’s still a good idea to be on the lookout for red flags that could indicate a scam. Remember, exposing your personal information to the wrong people could make you a target for identity theft.

    Here are some things to think about.

    1. Don’t get too personal

    The way the online marketplace operates, it’s helpful to post your resume on job sites so potential employers can find you.

    That said, be sure to double-check any resume you’re posting to ensure that it doesn’t include any proprietary info (i.e., social security number, bank info, etc.). It’s also a good idea to verify the security of any websites you are posting to, so you can be certain your resume is being placed into good hands.

  • Medical Assistants’ Critical Role in Assessing Patient Health


    vital signs medical assistantTaking vital signs involves more than meets the eye

    What’s the first thing that happens when you enter a doctor’s office?

    Often, someone takes your vital signs. If you’re interested in beginning a professional medical assistant training program, you’re probably aware that the person responsible for that task is a medical assistant.

    But did you know that these vital-sign duties may be even more meaningful than they appear?

    Professional medical assistants are doing more than using instruments to gather information for physicians. As the first practitioner many patients come into contact with during a visit to a medical facility, medical assistants are often responsible for using their skills and training to make critical first-assessments of patient health.

    Let’s take a closer look at how checking vital signs is a vitally important part of a medical exam.

  • Career Training Choices for People Who Don’t Like School


    career training for people who don't like schoolCareer-focused education is nothing like high school

    Were you the head cheerleader in high school? Captain of the football team? President of the debate club?

    Most people weren’t. The fact is, there are probably a lot of people walking around feeling pretty happy the high school experience is over.

    If you’re one of them, the thought of entering a training program to prepare for a career may be less than appealing.

    However, keep in mind that training to become a professional medical assistant, health claims specialist, massage therapist or pharmacy technician can be very different from your high school experience. In fact, it can be downright fun.

    Here are three ways professional training at Salter may surprise you.

  • EKG Quiz on How to Get a Clear Readout: Can You Pass the Test?


    professional medical assistant trainingAccurate readings help physicians assess patients’ medical conditions

    Administering electrocardiograms to assess heart function is a common job duty for professional medical assistants, as anyone enrolled in Salter’s professional medical assistant training program can tell you.

    Electrocardiograms, commonly referred to as ECGs or EKGs, help physicians detect and diagnose coronary heart disease, heart failure, arrhythmia, and other heart conditions.

    A proper readout from an EKG can be a critical diagnostic tool to help ensure that doctors are able to make appropriate diagnoses. If you’re a professional medical assistant, or training to become one, see if you can answer these questions about how to get an accurate EKG reading.

    [This information comes courtesy of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).]

    1.  True or false: Interacting with the patient during the procedure isn’t important


    A clear readout is hard to come by if you have a patient who can’t remain still. Keep in mind, some people may be nervous about the procedure, or they may be experiencing chest pains.

  • 5 Things to Know about Starting a Career as a Massage Therapist


    massage therapy trainingWork setting and job outlook are important considerations

    Maybe you’re kicking around the idea of becoming a massage therapist. If so, it’s likely that you’re the kind of person who would enjoy a job that has you up on your feet rather than behind a desk, that you’re somewhat of a “people person,” and that you’re interested in health.

    However, before beginning any new career endeavor, it’s a good idea to closely examine what the “boots on the ground” view of your potential new career field may be like.

    Let’s take a closer look at the world of the massage therapist.

    1.  A variety of potential work environments

    Massage therapy offers some relatively diverse options in terms of job settings. Some massage therapists work in medical settings (i.e., practitioners’ offices or hospitals), sports therapy centers, hotels, day spas or resorts, or they may opt to develop their own client lists and work in people’s homes.

  • 4 Things You Can Do to Get a Better Night's Sleep



    It’s not hard to see how getting more sleep could be beneficial in helping us focus at school or work. We’ve all heard about the numerous studies that have shown how getting enough sleep not only has multiple health benefits, it can help us think more clearly and avoid silly mistakes (like putting our phones in the fridge).

    But, let’s face it, there are many things that can distract us from getting to bed on time. Perhaps it’s that favorite TV show that comes on at 10 p.m. or the friend you just need to catch up with online who lives in a different time zone.

    So what you can do to set yourself up for sleep success? Here are four things you can do to get a better night’s sleep.

    Turn off your screens one hour before bedtime

    We all love our computers and our smartphones. Unfortunately, looking at a glowing screen is stimulating to your brain and sends a signal to your mind that it’s time to get going and wake up.

  • 4 Reasons Why Internships and Externships Can Give You a Competitive Edge in the Job Market



    If you’ve ever thought about changing careers but weren’t sure if you could pull it off, here’s some inspiration for you: Some of Salter’s Fall River students are about to make the next big leap into the career pool.

    Students in the professional medical assistant training programhealth claims specialist (medical biller and coder), and the massage therapy training program at Salter’s Fall River campus were recently recognized for completing their coursework. (Check out our Facebook page to see some more photos of the ceremony.)

    Next step: professional, on-the-job training through Salter’s internship and externship program.

    Why does Salter require students to complete on-the-job training before graduation? Here are four important reasons.

    1.  Professional experience

    Internships and externships allow graduates to enter their job searches with professional experience.

  • Is Bad CPR Better Than no CPR? Your Role in Emergency Health Situations


    professional medical assistant training programYour response should depend on your training

    Quick thinking and staying calm: They’re often the two keys to providing effective help in emergency medical situations.

    As students in Salter’s professional medical assistant training program know, using CPR -- which stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation -- can save a person’s life if they suffer a heart attack or experience another situation in which their breathing or heartbeat has stopped. In fact, one of Salter’s former students was recognized by the town of New Bedford after using her training to help a heart attack victim at a restaurant in 2013.

    However, even if you haven’t received CPR training yet, it’s important to remember this advice from the American Heart Association (AMA): Bad CPR is better than no CPR.

    Better odds of survival

    The AMA states “On average, any attempt to provide CPR to a victim is better than no attempt to provide help.” That’s because the sooner CPR is started, the greater chance that the victim will survive the incident.

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