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Newsletter February/March 2012

by admin on May 3, 2012

News, Information and Career Advice

February/March 2012

Train for a Hot Job in the Allied Health Field with Blackstone

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that healthcare and the allied health fields are expected to generate more new jobs than any other industry over the next several years.

As Baby Boomers age there will be a need for more home health care services, residential care facilities and nurses to staff them. Medical group practices and integrated health systems are predicted to become larger and more complex, resulting in an increased need for office and administrative support workers. High job turnover, additional anticipated retirements in the industry and the slowing number of foreign healthcare workers being allowed to enter the country also contribute to the growth of this sector.

One of the appealing aspects of working in healthcare and the allied health fields is that many occupations offer a part-time schedule, allowing for more flexibility. Also, a lot of shift work is available because most healthcare establishments operate around the clock and need staff at all hours. Students preparing for an allied health career with Blackstone can train for their new occupation in under a year, allowing them to enter this growing field faster.

The number of new positions in the following allied health occupations is expected to grow by approximately 30 percent over the next few years:

  • Pharmacy Technicians: Pharmacy Technicians help licensed pharmacists provide medication and other health care products to patients. Under direct supervision, they compound and dispense medical prescriptions and may perform clerical duties to assist the pharmacy function. Most pharmacy technicians receive on-the-job training, but employers favor applicants who have formal training/certification or previous experience. The average annual salary is approximately $35,000.

  • Medical Office Assistants: Medical Office Assistants take on a variety of administrative duties in a medical practice. They may work in doctors’ offices, hospitals, or medical clinics coordinating patient schedules, handling financial paperwork, interacting with patients, and more. Medical Office Assistants may earn up to $36,840.

  • Physical Therapy Aides: Physical Therapy Aides are important members of the rehabilitation team who help prepare patients for treatment under the direction of a physical therapist. They may be responsible for the operation and maintenance of equipment, as well as administrative tasks. The average annual salary is $26,661.

  • Dental Office Assistants: Demand for dental care will rise due to population growth, greater retention of natural teeth by middle-aged and older persons, and greater awareness of the importance of dental care. Dentists will need hygienists, assistants, and front desk personnel to help with increased workloads. Dental office assistants greet patients, coordinate schedules, manage financial paperwork, and complete other administrative tasks. The average annual salary is $30,222.

Blackstone Launches e-Books

This month, Blackstone is beginning its transition to e-books in an effort to make its programs and courses even more portable and to enhance the online learning experience. The first courses to undergo this change are the Advanced Paralegal Courses. E-textbooks will be offered through VitalSource, one of the most popular and user-friendly e-textbook platforms for higher education. With VitalSource, students can change the page layout to suit their reading needs and easily search for keywords, tables and graphics throughout the text. Other great features, including highlighting and note tools, will help students to make the most of their studies. With e-textbooks, students have the ability to work online or off…wherever it is convenient! They can download their textbook to a personal computer using VitalSource Bookshelf for offline reading. Or they can access their book online through any device with a modern browser and Internet connection. Since the textbook, study guide and exams are all accessible at home or on-the-go, the coursework can truly be completed anytime, anywhere.

At Blackstone, we are always working to make our courses fit the needs of our students. Delivery of e-books is much faster than that for traditional books, meaning that students can really get a jumpstart on their studies. Not only are e-books better for the environment, but they help us to keep costs down – a benefit that we can transfer directly to our students. Even though e-books are fully portable and easily searchable, students have the option to print any sections they may want for future reference. The advantages of using e-books, which may be as simple as resizing font for an easier reading experience, will constantly be evolving. Click here to learn more about the benefits of VitalSource e-books.

Daylight Saving Time

Most of the United States begins Daylight Saving Time (DST) at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and reverts to standard time on the first Sunday in November. In the U.S., each time zone switches at a different time.

During DST, clocks are turned forward an hour, effectively moving an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. In the U.S., 2:00 a.m. was originally chosen as the changeover time because it was practical and minimized disruption. Most people were at home and this was the time when the fewest trains were running. It is late enough to minimally affect bars and restaurants, and it prevents the day from switching to yesterday, which would be confusing. It is early enough that the entire continental U.S. switches by daybreak, and the changeover occurs before most early shift workers and early churchgoers are affected.

For the U.S. and its territories, Daylight Saving Time is NOT observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, and Arizona. The Navajo Nation participates in the Daylight Saving Time policy, even in Arizona, due to its large size and location in three states.

The phrase Daylight Saving Time is inaccurate, since no daylight is actually saved. Daylight Shifting Time would be better, and Daylight Time Shifting more accurate, but neither is politically desirable. This spring, remember to move your clocks an hour forward on Sunday, March 11.

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Did You Know?

Valentine’s Day is celebrated in February, but how much do you know about the month of February? Test your knowledge with the following True/False questions…

1. February has 28 days in leap years.

2. February was named after a Latin word that means love.

3. At one point in history, February was the last month in the calendar.


4. In leap years, February starts on the same day of the week as August.


5. In common years, February, March, and November all start on the same day of the week.


6. The birthstone for February is the amethyst.


7. February has two birth flowers, which are the Viola (plant) and the Primrose.


8. Once every four years February has four full 7-day weeks.


9. February and January were the last 2 months to be added to the Roman calendar.


10. February is the only month of the year that can pass without a single full moon.


Answers: 1.False 2. False 3.True 4.True 5.True 6. True 7. True 8. False 9. True 10. True


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