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  • 4 Apps for Professional Medical Assistant Students

    Relevant Campus(es): Manchester; Sanford
    Category(ies): Professional Medical Assistant

    apps for medical assistant studentsLet your smartphone be your study partner

    How many times a day do you check your smartphone?

    If you’re like many people, you probably couldn’t answer the question, other than to say “It’s a lot.”

    Since you probably have your phone with you most of the time anyway, you might as well enlist its help with your program of study.

    With that in mind, here are some apps that students in the professional medical assistant training program may want to check out.

  • How to Write a Cover Letter for a Medical Billing and Coding Job

    Relevant Campus(es): Manchester; Sanford
    Category(ies): Medical Billing and Coding / Health Claims Specialist, Job Search Tips

    medical billing and coding sample cover letterStep-by-step template for creating a letter that helps you stand out

    Congratulations to the recent Seacoast grads from the medical billing and coding program!

    You finished your health claims specialist training, you’ve written your resume, and now you’re ready to go out and apply for a job in the medical billing and coding field.

    But hold on! Have you written your cover letter yet? Yes, even if you already have all of your pertinent information on your resume, a cover letter is still necessary.

    And it’s more than just a formality. In today’s competitive job environment, a cover letter is a prime opportunity to explain to potential employers exactly why they should hire you instead of the competition – even if you’re new to the field.

    Let’s a take a look at what a sample medical billing and coding cover letter might include.

  • Find Out What Science Says About Massage Therapy and Health

    Relevant Campus(es): Manchester; Sanford
    Category(ies): Massage Therapy

    massage therapy training3 recent studies that demonstrate surprising benefits of massage

    Many people are already aware that massage therapy can be an effective way to deal with stress. However, new research shows that massage have other positive health benefits that go far beyond relaxation.

    Of course experienced massage pros, such as our Seacoast massage therapy training program staff, could’ve probably already guessed that massage can be beneficial for a variety of conditions.

  • Don’t Get Tripped Up By HIPAA: 10 Things Professional Medical Assistants Need to Know

    Relevant Campus(es): Manchester; Sanford
    Category(ies): Professional Medical Assistant

    medical assistant trainingHow to ensure that you maintain patient confidentiality

    If you’re a student in the professional medical assistant training program at Seacoast, you’ve most certainly heard a lot about HIPAA. Perhaps you’ve even heard the term “HIPAA violation.”

    Sounds scary, doesn’t it? It can be, considering HIPAA violations may be accompanied by big fines.

    But maintaining appropriate work habits can help ensure that you don’t unintentionally cause a HIPAA violation.

    Let’s take a look at what HIPAA is and what your role is in staying HIPAA compliant during your externship and on the job.

  • ICD-9 v. ICD-10: What it Means to Medical Billing and Coding Specialists

    Relevant Campus(es): Manchester; Sanford
    Category(ies): Medical Billing and Coding / Health Claims Specialist

    medical billing and coding trainingHealth claims specialists are getting ready for big changes this October

    ICD-9. ICD-10.

    If you’re in the medical billing and coding training program at Seacoast, you’ve probably heard a lot of talk about the upcoming switch to ICD-10.

    However, if you’re just starting to look into medical billing and coding careers, it’s possible that those terms just have you scratching your head.

    In any case, fear not. Seacoast is here to take the mystery out of those acronyms, whether you’re new to the health claims specialist world, completing your externship, or already out in the professional marketplace.

  • Quiz: What Type of Learner Are You?

    Relevant Campus(es): Manchester; Sanford
    Category(ies): Student Life

    what type of learner are youFind out how your brain best processes information

    Imagine this: You have to assemble a piece of furniture. Would you rather:

    1. Have someone read the instructions to you as you go?
    2. Read the instructions yourself?
    3. Ignore the instructions and try to figure out what to do by looking at how the parts might fit together?

    How you answer may give you some clues to how your brain processes information. Keep in mind, one approach isn’t better than another. But knowing how your brain prefers to receive new information can be helpful while you’re studying to become a professional medical assistant, massage therapist, or medical billing and coding professional.

    Take the following quiz to get a better feel for how your brain works. Then find out how to tailor your study habits so you can retain more information.

  • Are You Cut Out to Be a Professional Medical Assistant?

    Relevant Campus(es): Manchester; Sanford
    Category(ies): Professional Medical Assistant

    medical assistant training3 questions to ask yourself before entering the field

    Looking for a career in healthcare? There are plenty of options with a variety of duties. However, if you’re “cut out” for it, you may find the field of professional medical assisting to be a satisfying career choice.

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for medical assistants is expected to increase by 29% in the next few years, which is much faster than the average of all other occupations.

  • Why Massage Therapy Can Be an Effective Headache Buster

    Relevant Campus(es):

    massage therapy for headachesHow bloodflow affects head pain

    Certainly, most people have suffered from occasional headaches. However, not all headaches are the same. In fact, there are many different types of headaches that may be caused by any number of different things.

    The good news is that students in massage therapist training programs may have a secret weapon in fighting headaches – and even preventing future headaches.

    Let’s take a look at how massage therapy can tackle head pain.

    Two types of headaches that respond to massage

    Vascular headaches and muscle tension headaches are especially receptive to massage therapy.

    But how can you tell what type of headache you’re dealing with? Vascular headaches usually feel like a pounding or throbbing sensation in the head.

  • Better Decision Making: 4 Strategies that Work

    Relevant Campus(es): Sanford

    decision making strategiesPracticing prioritization through daily rituals can help

    Ever felt like you had so much on your mind that you can’t decide what to have for dinner, never mind what to do with your life?

    You’re not alone. Researchers from Columbia University estimate that most people have to make around 70 decisions per day. That can result in “decision fatigue,” making it hard to prioritize what you need to do.

    When students are juggling work, life, and school, it’s important to be able to make the right decisions to get the most out of your professional medical assistant, dental assistant, massage therapy, or medical billing and coding training program.

    Here are a few techniques you can try.

    Fall back on a routine

    Leave yourself enough mental stamina to tackle big decisions by turning smaller decisions into routines.

  • Thinking of Getting Into Massage Therapy?

    Relevant Campus(es): Sanford

    career in massage therapyMassage program directors dispel myths about careers in massage therapy

    “One of the biggest misconceptions about massage therapy is that the market is saturated,” says Matt Robinson, Massage Therapy Program Director at Seacoast’s Sanford campus(pictured left). “But that’s not true. We actually get a lot of calls from employers who can’t fully staff their businesses.”

    Rick Lane, Massage Therapy Program Director and Clinic Manager at Seacoast’s Manchester campus, echoes that sentiment. “There are more jobs for us to fill right now than there are students coming out of schools.”

    Does that mean that a career in massage therapy is one of the best-kept secrets in terms of job opportunities in New England?

    We can’t say that for sure, but we do know one thing: Employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that demand for massage therapists is expected to grow by 23% between now and 2022, which the agency states is “much faster than average” compared to job growth in other fields.

  • 3 Ways a Study Group Can Set You up For Success

    Relevant Campus(es): Manchester; Sanford

    study groupWhy working with peers can boost your study habits

    Chances are that one of the reasons you decided to enroll at Seacoast was that your time is at a premium. That is, you saw the value in working in a focused way so you can complete your coursework as quickly as possible.

    To make even more effective use of your time and to get the most out of your Seacoast experience, you might want to consider forming or joining a study group.

    Working with other students in your same program of study can not only save you time, it can help you retain the new information you’re learning as part of your professional medical assistant, dental assistant, massage therapy, or medical billing and coding training program.

    Here are three things you can do to make your study group efficient.

    1. Divide the work

    Break down assignments into parts and have each person tackle one area. For example, if you’re studying medical terms, assign a group of words to each person. You can determine word groups alphabetically, by body part, or practice area.

  • What Do Medical Assistants Do?

    Relevant Campus(es): Manchester; Sanford

    what do medical assistants doEverything you wanted to know about medical assisting but were afraid to ask

    Thinking about becoming a professional medical assistant? Congratulations! According to numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it’s a great time to get into this growing field.

    However, before you enroll in a medical assistant training program, you probably have some questions you’d like answered. And let’s face it … some of the questions may be a little bit embarrassing. Any career in the medical field has the potential to encompass some less-than-delicate situations.

    But the fact is, 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.

    If you're wondering "what do medical assistants do?" we’ve got you covered! Here are some of the most common questions people have when considering this career:

  • What NOT to Wear on a Job Interview

    Relevant Campus(es): Manchester; Sanford

    what not to wear on a job interviewDressing for success can be a complicated endeavor

    Seacoast’s Career Services wants to help you get a job! They’d love to help you prepare in any way possible – but there’s one thing they can’t do.

    They can’t come over and help you get gussied up for your job interview.

    But that doesn’t mean you’re entirely on your own. Keep these things in mind when getting ready for your next job interview.

    Think about your hands

    Remember, if you’re touching patients as part of your job duties, your hands are the most important tools of your new trade. Professional medical assistant, massage therapy, and dental assistant students, yes, we’re talking to you!

    Make sure that your hands are clean and that your nails are well groomed. Women may want to avoid bright nail polish and trim down extremely long nails.

  • Seacoast Offers Free Financial Aid and Computer Help to Community

    Relevant Campus(es): Manchester; Sanford

    seacoast career schools open house

    Attendees Can Apply for FAFSA Aid During Session

    Running a successful career training school is a two-way street, according to Seacoast Sanford Campus Director Ron Maziarz. “The community has always supported us. This is our way of giving back to the community,” he says.

    He’s referring to a special open house being held at the Sanford campus on June 17th. In addition to the regular open house activities, the campus will be offering two free educational sessions to the public.

    Demystifying financial aid

    The first session is “How to Complete a FAFSA – No Matter Which School You’re Applying To.”

    The Director of Financial Aid from Seacoast's Sanford Campus, Leigh Sullivan, will be available to help attendees fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • 3 Surprising Mistakes That Could Land Your Resume in the Trash Heap

    Relevant Campus(es): Manchester; Sanford

    get your resume past electronic scannersGetting past electronic gatekeepers requires specific strategies

    In today’s job search, the first “person” you have to impress is actually not a person at all.

    Why is that? Because many companies are now relying on electronic systems to sort through incoming resumes.

    That means your resume will be scanned for certain keywords and phrases that match what the company is looking for. Any resume that doesn’t have a certain percentage of keyword matches is going to be sent to the trash heap before it ever gets seen by a hiring manager.

    So yes, you should use a certain amount of strategy in preparing a resume that will get past the electronic gatekeepers. However, keep in mind that you also have to write for humans.

    How can you balance these two seemingly opposite objectives? Here are three mistakes to avoid – and what you should do instead.

    1.  Not using the right keywords

  • Checking Out Professional Medical Assistant Schools in NH or ME?

    Relevant Campus(es): Manchester; Sanford

    medical assistant training programs in ME or NHWhat to consider when choosing a career training program

    Thinking about entering a training program to become a professional medical assistant?

    If you live in New Hampshire or Maine, there are some things you should keep in mind when choosing a medical assistant training program.

    Making a decision on which school to attend can be challenging. Here are some things to consider when choosing which program may be best for you.

    What is a professional medical assistant?

    The first thing you should know that is medical assistant training programs are geared toward preparing students to work in busy medical settings, including medical providers’ offices and hospitals.

  • A Dose of Inspiration Michelle Obama, Steve Jobs, and J.K. Rowling for Our Latest Batch of Seacoast Grads

    Relevant Campus(es): Manchester; Sanford

    commencement speechesWords of wisdom from famous commencement speeches

    At Seacoast, nothing makes us happier than sending our latest group of graduates out into the world. (Well, almost nothing … we do love those “I got a job!” calls from former students.)

    As Seacoast students well know, completing their training programs to become professional medical assistants, health claims specialists, massage therapists, and dental assistants at our campuses in Sanford, ME, and Manchester, NH, is only the first step.  Armed with the tools of their trades, it’s then up to each and every individual to use those tools to start a new career.

    In the spirit of starting off on the right foot, here are some inspirational sentiments from famous graduation speeches.

  • How to Turn That Little Voice Inside Your Head Into a Friend Instead of a Foe

    Relevant Campus(es): Manchester; Sanford

    confidence boosterInstant confidence boosters that can change your day – or your life

    Ever done any of these things?

    • Avoided starting something new because you were afraid you might fail
    • Put off a project or assignment because you weren’t sure how to get started
    • Failed to adequately prepare for something, so you’d have a ready-made reason to fall back on if you didn’t do well

    You’re not alone. Self-doubt can cause all kinds of counter-productive behaviors, including engaging in damaging self-talk that can chip away at self-esteen.

    The good news is that you can learn ways to tackle these confidence killers and boost your self-esteem in the process.

    Let’s take a look at what some researchers have found out about confidence and how you can use this information to your advantage.

  • The Secret, Un-Asked Questions Interviewers Really Want Answered During Job Interviews

    Relevant Campus(es): Manchester; Sanford

    job interview questionJob qualifications are only one piece of the puzzle

    If you’re thinking about going to school for professional career training to be a professional medical assistant, dental assistant, massage therapist, or medical billing and coding specialist, you already know that being qualified for the job you want is key to starting a new career.

    But research from Harvard University shows that interviewers are interested in a whole lot more than your skills and experience when they start asking you questions.

    What they want to see: trustworthiness.

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

    So how can you come across as both warm and competent … while also maintaining eye contact, avoiding fidgeting, and demonstrating your professional knowledge?

    Relax, people. It’s actually easier than you might think.

  • Be a Giver! Why May is the Time to Donate Blood

    Relevant Campus(es): Manchester; Sanford

    donate bloodAmerican Red Cross puts out call for donations before summer

    If you’ve ever donated blood, you know how good it can feel to literally give part of yourself to help someone else. You may even be aware that you can give blood every 56 days, and have made it a regular part of your routine. (If so, thanks!)

    But if you’ve never given blood, now is a prime time to make your first donation.

    Why is that? According to the American Red Cross, blood donations often slump in the summer. The reason is obvious: People are on vacation, school is out of session … and those regular opportunities to donate at blood drives aren’t as plentiful or well attended.

    To prepare for the seasonal decline, the Red Cross is asking eligible donors to step up and donate now.

    How do you know if can donate blood?

    As frequent donors can tell you, each blood donation is preceded by a brief medical exam to ensure that you’re eligible to donate.

  • How to Be On Time, Every Time (Yes, Even if You’re Chronically Late Now)

    Relevant Campus(es): Manchester; Sanford

    chronic lateness3 Strategies to cure chronic lateness

    We all know that one person (or maybe it’s even you… ) who rushes in 10 minutes after everyone else has arrived, usually spewing excuses and explanations such as “You wouldn’t believe the traffic” or “I couldn’t find my keys.”

    But here’s the thing: While being a few minutes tardy to a social event is no big deal, it obviously looks less-than-professional in the workplace. Of course, over time, it can become a serious problem and can even get you fired.

    If you’re going to invest the time and money to go to school, it’s important to make sure you set yourself up for success once you land a job as a professional medical assistant, dental assistant, massage therapist, or medical billing and coding specialist.

    So if you’re one of those people who is always on time, pat yourself on the back. But if not, here are three things you can to do to stop living life as if you’re playing beat the clock all day.

    1.  Forgive yourself

    If you’re chronically late, chances are your probably beat yourself up about it. But focusing on berating yourself isn’t going to solve the problem. In fact, it could actually make the issue worse as you focus on the problem – being late – rather than the solution of being on time.

  • Massage Therapy Students Practice Their Skills on Boston Marathon Runners

    Relevant Campus(es): Manchester; Sanford

    massage therapy training programManchester students get opportunity to work with high-performance athletes

    This is Rick Lane’s 10th year at the Boston Marathon – but not as a runner. “We’ve been going to the marathon to perform post-event sports massage with the athletes since I started here in 2005,” says Lane. He’s currently the massage therapy training Program Director and Clinic Manager at Seacoast’s Manchester campus.

    This year, approximately 20 current and former Seacoast students enjoyed a road trip to Boston. There, they helped support runners who ran the marathon to raise money for cancer research as part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC). DFMC is the largest charity group to participate in the marathon.

    When DFMC team members completed the course, they were escorted to a conference room at the nearby Copley Place Hotel, where they treated to free massages by students from area massage therapy schools.

  • What is Medical Billing and Coding? Is a Career as a Health Claims Specialist Right for you?

    Relevant Campus(es): Manchester; Sanford

    what is medical billing and codingHere’s what you need to know before starting a medical billing and coding training program

    You’ve probably heard that a career in medical billing and coding is a good job option. And it can be – for the right type of person with the right skill set.

    A person entering the field of medical billing and coding as a health claims specialist should have appropriate training, strong attention to detail, and be proficient at administrative tasks.

    You’ll also need to consider the job outlook for the field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical billing and coding could see job growth of 22% between 2012 and 2022, which is much faster than the average job growth for other fields.

    Let’s take a look at some other aspects of the job so you can consider for yourself if this is the right career choice for you.  

  • Pros and Cons of a Career in Massage Therapy: What You Need to Know

    Relevant Campus(es): Manchester; Sanford

    massage therapy careerJob outlook is positive according to U.S. government forecasts

    Are you the kind of person who would enjoy a job that has you up on your feet rather than behind a desk? Are you a “people person?” Are you interested in health? If so, then a career as a massage therapist might be good option for you.

    However, before beginning any new career endeavor, it’s a good idea to closely examine what the pros and cons of your potential new job.

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

    1.  Work environments can vary

    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.

  • Why a Little Goofing Off is Critical to Productivity

    Relevant Campus(es): Manchester; Sanford

    productivityTips for using time wisely when balancing work and school

    Doing more with less is an attractive concept, but it can be difficult to pull off – especially when you’re trying to more stuff in less time.

    Many students in Seacoast’s professional medical assistant, massage therapy, health claims specialist, or dental assistant programs are juggling a lot: school, home and caregiving responsibilities, jobs … the list goes on.

    While it can seem overwhelming, there are some tweaks you can make to your routine that may help you use your time more effectively – and even get some time to relax and unwind (it’s more important that you think).

    A recent article in Business Insider pulled together some tips from high-achieving people. Here are a few that could be useful to Seacoast students.

    1.  Put electronics in their place

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

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