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.
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.
Watching doctors and nurses race through the hospital to save a patient’s life, you find yourself wondering if that’s what it’s really like to work in a hospital. It certainly looks like drama, tension and mysterious, life-threatening illnesses lurk around every corner. Does your favorite medical TV show get hospital jobs right, or is it taking liberties with the truth?
As a pharmacy tech you will be able to enjoy the many benefits of being involved in the medical field, but without having to spend several years working your way through college coursework.
The healthcare industry offers a variety of compelling careers, no matter what your skills and interests may be. The best part? They all come with appealing benefits that just might pique your interest. Read on to discover seven compelling reasons to consider a career in the healthcare industry.
You don’t have to exit the athletic arena to enter the working world. In fact, your experience in sports is excellent preparation for becoming a physical therapy assistant (PTA). After consulting with physical therapy experts, we compiled a list of reasons why former athletes would excel as PTAs.
What do your medical records contain? How long are medical records kept, and who sees them? We compiled a list of common questions patients have about their medical records. Keep reading to learn more about this key component of effective, modern healthcare.
You've heard about them in the news lately, but what are opioids, exactly? And how have they so radically transformed the landscape of America? Keep reading to learn more about the drug behind this alarming epidemic.
Whether you're heading to school for the first time or you're taking the leap and switching careers, you're probably looking for an option that can get you in the field quickly. This list of healthcare jobs offers a snapshot of 11 in-demand careers that will allow you to start getting paid to make a difference in just two years or less.
Surgical technologists go by many titles: Surgical tech, operating room technician, scrub tech or surgical assistant. But regardless of what you call them, they all play an integral role on the operating room team. Learn about some appealing perks of playing this role.
Prescription drugs play an important role in our modern, technologically advanced world. But what are the disadvantages of widespread prescription drug use? Should we be concerned about the significant number of people relying on medicine to cure their maladies?
Essential oils are all the rage these days, but are they really safe? We enlisted some experts to provide some insight into the answer. Read their advice before jumping on the essential oil bandwagon.
If you’re thinking of pursuing a medical lab technician career, it’s always good to learn as much as you can about the role. To help with this, we compiled a list of insider tips and insight from the medical lab professionals who know there’s more to the job than what you’ll find in a help wanted ad.
Medical terminology is notoriously complex. To help you de-mystify these terms, we created a handy “cheat sheet” that breaks down common medical word roots, suffixes, prefixes and modifiers.
Whether the idea of working in the medical field has been a long-time dream placed on the back burner or a newly-sparked interest, a medical assistant career can be a great place to get your start in the healthcare industry. We know you don’t take this decision lightly, so we’ve compiled this list of reasons why there’s no better time than now to become a medical assistant.
What surgical procedures are surg techs focusing their talent on most often? Keep reading as we take a closer look at nine common surgeries and procedures techs may assist with throughout their careers.
To help you steer clear of the physical therapist’s office, we’ve asked PTs about some of the common mistakes people make in their workout routines and what you can do to avoid them.
If you’re at all curious about pharmacy technician duties and what you can expect on the job, than you’re in the right place. Read on for a duty-by-duty explanation of the work you can look forward to as a pharmacy tech.
You can learn a lot by scanning through a medical assistant job description. But that’s only scratching the surface of what these professionals really do. We'll reveal all the facts on what you’ll find in the job description, as well as some insider insight you won’t find.
You've heard that community health workers positively impact our society, but what does this work actually look like in action? Join us as we take a closer look at a few of the many ways these professionals benefit our communities day in and day out.
Radiology is an appealing field for many—but when it comes down to choosing a radiology career path, there are questions that still need answering: What’s the difference between radiologic technologists and radiologists? How can you know which career path is best for you?
Instead of scouring the web for bits and pieces of information, we compiled government data and insight from MLT experts to provide you with this thorough guide of how to become a medical lab tech in four steps.
You’ve heard this job title before, but you don’t want to jump into a career unless you have a solid idea of what you’ll be doing day-in and day-out. Physical therapist assistant duties vary widely, including some surprising tasks you may not have expected. Learn more about the daily responsibilities.
To help you in your research, we used government data and expert insight to identify six important steps for getting started in this profession. Use this list to help you create your own plan of attack.
Where do medical assistants work? Would your employment options be limited to just clinical settings? You’ll be happy to hear that the answer is no. Keep reading to learn about the various work environments you could find yourself in as a medical assistant.
What is information governance and what role does it play in health information technology? Familiarize yourself with this important aspect of the field by hearing from the experts themselves.
Join us as we take a closer look at why these coding systems are important and the most common medical coding systems: CPT, ICD-9 and ICD-10. Keep reading to gain a fundamental understanding of each.
You’re also impressed by the faster-than-average growth rate and above-average earning potential that surgical technologists enjoy. But how do you know if you’ll actually be good on the job? Find out if you have these inherent qualities that lend themselves well to the profession.
From customer service roles like scheduling and checking in patients to the more frontline medical jobs that include assisting doctors and nurses, there are many medical office jobs to consider. We compiled some information to help you get to know each of these positions.
Where do people turn when they face issues? How do communities thrive when its members have such diverse needs? Believe it or not, there is a career field equipped to assist in all of these important areas. The multi-faceted field of social services is there for people in times of hardship. But what is social services, exactly?
What is a surgical technologist, and what does this career involve? We interviewed a professional in the field and collected government data to give you a closer look at this healthcare career. Read on to discover if you’re ready to pursue this important profession.
You’ve heard about companies implementing corporate wellness programs and feel like that could be the perfect use of your abilities and interests. But what is corporate wellness and what do you need in order to work in this growing field? Keep reading to find out.
Where do physical therapist assistants actually work? It turns out these professionals are employed in a variety of environments. Keep reading to discover the diverse options.
The job may sound pretty straightforward at first, but there is actually a lot to lab work beyond beakers and test tubes. Learn about seven things you may not have guessed about this behind-the-scenes healthcare career.
Being a medical assistant is about more than job-specific skills that can be taught. You must also have the right combination of people skills if you want to succeed. We’ve compiled a list of medical assistant attributes you probably already have as a mama! Read on and prepare to turn those healthcare dreams into reality.
It’s evident that these medical professionals are a vital part of the OR team, but the question remains: What does a surgical technologist actually do? Keep reading for a behind-the-scenes look at the surgical technology duties that take place before, during and after a surgical procedure.
Medical coding is a commonly overlooked career in the medical field. If you’re asking yourself, “What is a medical coder?” you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to take a closer look at this growing medical career.
It may have been a few years since your days on the playing field, but the skills you learned there can actually be transferred to a rewarding career in the medical field. We compiled this lineup of six careers in medicine that are perfect for sports enthusiasts like yourself.
You can probably guess that these professionals perform administrative or clerical tasks in hospitals or clinics, often at the front desk in the context of a customer-facing role. But what are some of the more elusive aspects of this career? Check out this article to gain some important insight into the true job description.
What is it really like working in a hospital? Is it the right healthcare environment for you? Join us as we examine the good and bad aspects of hospital employment.
Holiday dinner parties don't always go to plan. And while your dinner may be foiled, your holidays ruined, your guests disgruntled and your hor d'oeuvres burned, no matter what folly unfolds you can be certain there will always be a medical code for whatever you and your guests should ever encounter.
A health and wellness degree can allow you to capitalize on the opportunities in healthcare and benefit the lives of patients. But what can you do with a health and wellness degree specifically? We identified some of the top opportunities available in the field.
Instead of scouring the web for bits and pieces of information about clinical documentation improvement, here’s your chance to get the whole picture in one place. Take a few moments to learn from CDI insiders, get a bearing on CDI basics and start to explore how this growing trend will affect your future career.
Learning the ropes as a medical coder may not be a walk in the park, but it’s not rocket science, either. We asked experts in the field to provide their insights on the challenging aspects of mastering medical coding and what may not be as hard as you think.
Radiology is more than just x-rays! Ready to learn more about the exciting opportunities in this field? Here are just a few of the specialties in radiology you could choose to focus on in your career as a radiologic technologist.
Picture today a surgical scene: sterile room, bright lights and instruments clean. Patients today know they’ll be safe. But lo, long ago, this was not the case. Join us as we walk through the not-so-neat history of surgery.
Surgeries weren’t always so neat and clean. They didn’t always have such happy endings. In fact, surgeries weren’t even considered relatively safe until less than a hundred years ago. Take a walk with us through the history of surgery!
There are plenty of benefits of electronic health records for both healthcare providers and patients alike. Keep reading to learn just some of the ways EHRs are making changes for the better in the healthcare industry.
Job descriptions are designed to give you a taste of the technical aspects of a job, but they just can't capture it all. Take a look at five important things you won't find in the radiologic technologist job description.
Many of the same characteristics that make you a great parent can translate directly into a career as a physical therapist assistant (PTA). If you see yourself in this list, you just might have what it takes to be a successful PTA!
If you're intrigued at the thought of a medical career, but get squeamish around a little blood, you're in luck! There are a handful of medical jobs without blood to choose from.
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.
Do you possess the natural qualities of a physical therapist assistant? If you recognize yourself in the characteristics we describe here, you may have just found your dream career!
We consulted some medical pros who are no strangers to the OR and asked them about the precautions taken when patients are awake on the surgical table. Here’s what we learned.
If you’re ready to trade your going-nowhere job for a career with plenty of perks, you’ve come to the right place. Read ahead to check out the enticing benefits of being a radiologic technologist—and see if they sound like something you could get used to!
If you’re thinking you can’t capitalize on this opportunity because you’re not “tech-savvy”, think again! HIT employers are seeking candidates with a wide variety of traits and abilities – many of which have nothing to do with technical expertise. Keep reading to see if you have what it takes to excel in health information technology careers.
If you’re interested in getting on the fast track for a career in healthcare, but you don’t want to be in school for years and years, you probably already know that a job as a medical assistant would be ideal for you. Take a look at our 5-step guide to becoming a medical assistant and get ready for the career of your dreams!
So what is a pharmacy technician, anyway? What do they do besides hand out prescriptions to parents with sniffling children? If you’ve ever admired the astute pharmacy techs behind the counter and wondered if it would be the right career fit for you, read ahead for a glimpse behind the counter.
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?
United States of Medication: What Our 10 Most Common Prescription Drugs Reveal About America's Health
With overall prescription drug use on the rise, what does it mean for our national health? And what do our most common prescription drugs reveal about our nation’s health? This infographic takes a closer look.
You’d be right to think the career outlook for PTAs is optimistic. But what exactly do they do, and what does it take to become one? We broke down everything you need to know about this promising field to answer those very questions
As you can see, sun safety is no joking matter! But that doesn’t mean you have to spend your summer indoors. There are several ways you can protect yourself and your family from the harmful effects of the sun. Keep reading to learn about seven sun safety habits you should incorporate into your summer routine this year!
Federal healthcare laws can be confusing, but it’s essential for every healthcare professional to be familiar with them. We’re demystifying six healthcare regulations you need to know. Thanks to this breakdown from our experts, you’ll be prepared to act within the law in the healthcare field.
Before taking the next step on your path towards a new career, you need to have a solid understanding of what it entails. That’s why we compiled this basic guide to help you decide if becoming a radiologic technologist is the right choice for you.
It’s a big year for the Zika virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the virus a public health emergency — and predicted up to four million infections this year alone. Mosquitoes are the main culprit behind the spreading virus, though it can also be transmitted through sexual contact. With the 2016 Summer Olympic Games set for Rio de Janeiro — the epicenter of the outbreak — all eyes are turning to the unnerving epidemic.
Learn who's who in a hospital with this infographic guide to medical jobs.
Whether you’re interested in workplace health for yourself, your employees or as a future health and wellness professional, this resource is for you. Familiarize yourself with what’s working for other companies and learn how you can help foster a healthy workplace.
Becoming a medical lab technician (MLT) would allow you to take advantage of the exciting career growth in healthcare while also capitalizing on your love of science. You’ll be making a difference in a technical, behind-the-scenes job. Hear one student's story about making the transition.
The American Medical Association (AMA) voted to support a ban on direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical ads. What implications does this have on the pharmaceutical industry and what are the experts saying? Find out!
Members of the Senate health committee released a bipartisan mental health bill in early March. This legislation will carry with it a number of implications for those suffering with mental illness and for healthcare providers alike. We outlined what healthcare professionals need to know.
Join us as we take a look at some of the most bizarre ICD-10 codes in medicine today – because you never know what you might encounter at work some day!
Many radiology job titles sound similar, even though they refer to different job duties and career paths. That’s why we did the research to compare five popular radiology careers so you can determine the best option.
The truth is that careers in healthcare are as diverse as the benefits they offer. Whether you’re good with numbers, you’re highly organized or you’re a technology aficionado, there are careers in healthcare that could perfectly suit your skill set. Familiarize yourself with five types of healthcare careers you’ve probably never considered.
While we see the fantastic results of the HIT workforce, it can be hard to picture what a job in HIT actually looks like. Who stands behind the HIT curtain? What is a health information technician, anyway? We did some research and spoke to professionals in the field to get the real story. Read on to sneak a peek behind the scenes and step into the shoes of an HIT professional.
No one wants to sacrifice their well-being for their career. It’s important for anyone considering a job in healthcare to understand the effects of radiation and what the industry is doing to protect its workers. We’ve done the research and spoken to a radiology expert to get all the answers you’re looking for. Find out the truth about radiation effects and what you can do to stay safe!
Before you get too swept up in all of the hype, you still have some questions: What is Zika virus exactly? And as it encroaches closer to home, what does it mean for you? We’re here to answer your most commonly asked questions. Here’s what you need to know about the Zika virus.
We identified five healthcare career paths that you can get started on without earning a degree—at least for the time being. Keep reading to get acquainted with these in-demand opportunities that will allow you to start making a difference while earning a paycheck.
You don’t want to pass up an opportunity to diversify your expertise and make yourself even more relevant to employers. But you’re probably wondering where to start. There are countless HIT certifications out there today, and sorting through the alphabet soup of acronyms can be overwhelming. That's why we did the work for you!
We are fixated with falling in love – and for good reason. What you’re feeling isn’t just in your head – your entire body reacts with a ripple effect of health benefits when you’re in the throes of love. Learn about the health benefits you can expect in your next whirlwind romance.
The American Cancer Society recently updated their recommendations on how often and at what age women should get mammograms. Curious about what this means for you? Read on to learn more about this life-saving procedure and the options available for testing.
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.
With the population aging, hoarding – a problem that emerges with force in elderly communities — is becoming increasingly prevalent. Many times the nurses, home aides and healthcare professionals who work closely with elderly patients end up at the frontline for recognizing hoarding signs and behaviors. Check out this article to learn about this devastating disease and find out how you can step in to help a hoarder seek the treatment they need.
Wellness blogs are great way to stay informed and be inspired when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. From nutrition and fitness to spiritual and mental health, these websites are full of useful resources to help boost your well being.
We compiled our readers’ favorite posts from the past year to give you a taste of what we’ve been up to. Enjoy the best of the best of 2015!
This list combines government data and professional insight to provide you with a behind-the-scenes look of working in a pharmacy. Keep reading to determine if this work environment appeals to you!
These days, most people realize that health and wellness is based on more than just your diet. But developing a holistic, healthy lifestyle is easier said than done. But it is possible to have a healthy holiday season! Despite what it seems, the holidays are a perfect time to implement some healthy habits and encourage your loved ones to do the same.
If anyone deserves a spectacular gift this holiday season, it’s these hardworking folks! But that doesn’t mean they’re easy to buy for. If you’re stumped on what to buy the soon-to-be healthcare professional in your life, you came to the right place. These practical present ideas will make this season as a student a bit easier and a lot more fun!
Hospitals are one of the most dangerous places you can work. Does this mean you need to choose a new career path? No! It just means you have to be aware of the hazards and know how to prevent them. Keep reading to learn how you can stay healthy and safe in a healthcare work environment.
We identified six healthcare careers that are perfect for your outgoing personality. Take a look and see if you can picture yourself working in one of these direct patient care jobs for extroverts.
Before you decide to pursue a career as a community health worker, you need to know the ins and outs of the job. We connected with a variety of community health workers to give you a realistic view of the profession. Keep reading for a sneak peek into this rewarding healthcare career.
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).
How can one possibly keep a pulse on the current developments in technology and healthcare? The best answer is to follow healthcare blogs specializing in tech. If you work in HIT or are just interested in the field, you’ll want to keep tabs on some of the top healthcare blogs. Here are 10 we think are worth keeping tabs on.
It’s the last hurdle standing between you and your future career: the pharmacy technician exam. You’re confident that the knowledge and hands-on training you acquired in school has prepared you to pass the test, but you still can’t help but feel nervous. Get some expert advice to help you ace the exam.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could capitalize on the exciting opportunity in healthcare without losing almost a decade of valuable time in school? Well you’re in luck! We identified five growing medical field jobs you can land in four years or less. Keep reading and you may just stumble upon your future medical career!
Your medical assistant resume can make a big impression on employers—if you know which skills and experiences to highlight. We spoke with hiring and resume experts to find out how you can make your medical assistant resume stand out from the crowd.
Medical administration duties can range from data entry and insurance billing to taking X-rays and assisting in patient care. We combed through government information and job-analysis data to identify some of the most common medical administration duties. Keep reading to see if this sounds like the career you’ve been seeking!
This career path might be your chance to land a stable job and income to support your family. It’s time to make your move . . . but you’re not quite sure where you’re going. Where do medical coders work, anyway?
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. Learn more to find out which is the right fit for you!
Perhaps friends or family have referred you to this field because of your altruistic personality. The idea intrigues you, but you still want to know: What is human services, anyway? We gathered some expert insight to answer that very question. Keep reading to learn more about this rewarding career field and find out if it’s the right fit for you.
Luckily there are as many career paths in the healthcare industry as there are personality types, which means you have options even if you prefer working alone. Get the scoop on three ideal healthcare jobs for introverts like you.
It’s important to know that not all healthcare careers involve direct patient care. There are in-demand opportunities in the field that allow you to work behind-the-scenes while still having a positive impact on people’s health. Becoming a medical lab tech (MLT) is one of those opportunities.
Despite advancements in medicine and surgical techniques, retained surgical items continue to be a problem in the medical community. Read on to learn how items get left behind, what the cost is for the community and what you can do about it.
For MAs, it’s all about job-specific tasks and great people skills. We used government information and real-time job analysis data to identify the medical assisting skills in highest demand.
Obviously spending holidays away from your family is not ideal, but it’s an unfortunate reality of the profession. Before you turn your back on the idea, we have some insight that might change your mind. We polled the pros to identify some little known benefits of working on a holiday.
Pharm tech jobs are expected to increase by 20 percent through 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). With the right training, one of those jobs could be yours. We’ve scoured job postings and spoken to industry experts to bring you the trifecta of skills, education and certification you need to be a marketable pharmacy technician.
To help you gain a better understanding of some HIT career opportunities, we connected with some healthcare pros who are working in satisfying, often-overlooked positions. Find out how they got where they are today. Who knows? You may find yourself following in their footsteps!
If you’re looking for career benefits, you’ve picked a great field to explore! Whether you’ve been interested in becoming a pharmacy technician (pharm tech) for some time or are you’re just starting to look into the position, you’ll soon discover there are a handful of benefits that begin even before you launch your career. Learn about six advantages to becoming a pharm tech.
This field hosts a variety of positions that call for a variety of skillsets. We consulted the U.S. Department of Labor to identify four in-demand jobs in healthcare administration that are perfect for those hoping to enter the industry. Learn a bit about the duties of each and what it takes to excel in these careers.
Healthcare is an ever-evolving field. Stay ahead of the curve by learning all about healthcare’s latest buzzword: meaningful use. We spoke to HIT experts to unravel the mystery of what meaningful use is and what it means for your healthcare career.
We identified five common health and wellness jobs and analyzed their job postings advertised throughout the past year. This interactive map illustrates the states with the most potential for health and wellness professionals.
Becoming a medical assistant isn’t for everyone, but there are a handful of benefits for those who are willing to put in the work. We identified 12 of the top advantages with the help of Denise Stead, national coordinator for medical assisting at Rasmussen College.
A healthcare certificate program may be the perfect route for you. Earning a healthcare certificate is a great way to get your foot in the door of the healthcare industry so you can start gaining valuable experience sooner and at a lower cost.
If you have a flair for science, an eye for detail and you love the idea of solving a medical mystery that could help save a life, you may be destined to become a medical lab technician! But before you sign on the dotted line, we gathered government data and some expert insight to give you behind-the-scenes look at this career.
If you’re thinking about becoming a medical lab technician, there’s more to consider. A career is not just about the job itself. You also have to take into consideration the cost of living in your area and what opportunities are available to you. Check out our medical lab technician salary map to see where you have the most promising earning potential.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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?
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.
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!
Are you eager to learn where your health information education can take you? This informative webinar will answer your health information career questions.
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.
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.
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.
Human services professionals are offered a unique opportunity to make a direct difference in a variety of people's lives - ranging from young children, teenagers, adults, and families.
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.
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.
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...
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.