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  • Is Medical Assistant a Good Career?

    Relevant Campus(es): West Boylston

    Two students in the Medical Assistant training program at Salter College practice proper patient transfer techniques.

    No college necessary for becoming a medical assistant

    If there’s one career field where you know you’re making a difference in the world, it’s the field of healthcare. Healthcare workers help patients receive the care they need to get healthy and stay healthy. Working in healthcare doesn’t mean you have to become a doctor or a nurse. There are dozens and dozens of different career paths within the field of healthcare—many of which don’t require a college degree. This article looks at what it means to become a Medical Assistant.

  • MA Student Uses Her Family’s Experience to Enhance Learning

    Relevant Campus(es): West Boylston

    This exceptional Medical Assisting student spoke to her class about her daughter’s medical struggles and success

    Kissee Richards, her mother (and Salter College student) Maria Calle, instructor Dr. Phillip Wong, and Kissee’s sister (also a Salter College student) Jaheema Cole

    Maria Calle is a unique Salter College student. She comes from the island of St. Croix, and her daughter Jaheema Cole is also a student in the Medical Assisting program. But Maria is also a truly exceptional mother, who has spent more than a decade helping her daughter Kissee Richards with a serious medical condition caused by a hemangioma.

  • Medical Assisting Students Test Homeostasis in Goldfish

    Relevant Campus(es): West Boylston

    Learning about the effects of insulin and temperature on these live animals proved surprising and interesting

    Jaheema Cole and Sabrina Chamberlin, two Medical Assisting students with their goldfish, part of an experiment they designed for A&P II Lab.

    Goldfish played a prominent role in a recent Anatomy and Physiology II class for Medical Assisting students Jaheema Cole and Sabrina Chamberlin. They obtained several fish for a lab experiment, exposed the fish to a number of conditions with varied glucose levels and temperatures, and then observed their reactions.

  • How Hard is It to Become a Medical Assistant?

    Relevant Campus(es): West Boylston

    Young African American woman in a Medical Assisting program class.

    Certain qualities are important to have as a medical assistant

    Are you looking for medical assistant schools in Massachusetts? If you are thinking about a new career in this field, you might be wondering “Is medical assistant a good career choice for me?” Choosing a career field is an important decision in your life. How do you know if the career you are choosing will be a field that you enjoy? How do you know if you’ll be good at it?

    This article looks at some of the traits, qualities, and qualifications of becoming a medical assistant. Take a moment and see if you think your strengths, interests, and abilities line up well with this career field. If they do, you may be one step closer to the start of a new chapter in your life!

  • Heart Healthy Diet Tips for American Heart Month

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    Close-up of different heart-healthy foods; including salmon, whole oats, blueberries, vegetables and nuts.

    Making smart eating choices in February can improve your cardiac health

    February is American Heart Month, and what better time to do all you can to minimize your chances of heart disease—the nation’s leading cause of death. You probably already know to stop smoking, exercise more, see your doctor, and drink in moderation. But do you know the secrets to eating for a healthier heart? Not to worry—we’ve got you covered.

  • FAQs about Culinary Arts School

    Relevant Campus(es): West Boylston

    Students cooking in a well-equipped, professional Culinary Arts program kitchen

    A career in the food industry offers several challenging and interesting options

    If you enjoy cooking and like working with food and different flavors, perhaps you should consider a career in the culinary arts. This profession requires a combination of creativity and technical skills that can lead to a satisfying hands-on work experience. Salter College offers a Culinary Arts training program at its West Boylston campus.


  • Tips for Talking with Your Teen About a Career

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    A mother and daughter have a friendly discussion about her interests and what she would like to do after high school.

    These suggestions can help you guide young people towards sound choices about the working world

    If you live with a teen, then you know how hard it can be to get their attention, let alone engage them in conversation on a topic outside their area of interest. Asking “What do you want to be when you grow up?” comes naturally to many adults, but it’s not likely to inspire someone in high school to talk openly about their interests, fears, and aspirations. The last thing you want to do is to make the young person you care about more stressed out, or for them to shut down.

  • Presentations Boost Students’ Learning as Medical Assistants

    Relevant Campus(es): West Boylston

    Matthew Cloutier, a student in the Medical Assisting program at Salter College, presenting a power-point presentation on Parkinson Disease vs. Multiple Sclerosis to his classmates.

    Comparing and contrasting diseases is an effective way to learn

    At Salter College’s West Boylston campus in Massachusetts, Dr. Phillip Wong teaches an “Anatomy and Physiology” class in the Medical Assisting program that involves more than just lectures and discussion. Dr. Wong requires that each of his students does research on two diseases and then make a presentation to the class about what they’ve learned. “It’s a truly engaged kind of learning,” Dr. Wong says, “that provides the students with new approaches to the subject matter.”

  • Resume Boosters—While You’re Still in School

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    College student shakes hands with a volunteer coordinator, while his mother looks on.

    Get a head start on doing the things that look good on a resume

    For anyone in school—whether you’re in career school, vocational school, or college—it’s never too early to start thinking about your resume. Sure, you won’t actually need your resume until you’ve got your degree, but there are lots of things you can be doing right now to make your resume look great in the future.

  • The Benefits of Learning in a Simulated Medical Office

    Relevant Campus(es): West Boylston

    Two Salter College students work together to complete tasks using SimChart electronic medical records simulation software from Elsevier, a partial screen grab from the software is also shown

    Medical Assisting students get hands-on experience with critical industry software

    The ability to navigate Electronic Medical Records (EMR) software is a vital component of working as a Medial Assistant. This is why Salter College provides a course as part of its training program that essentially creates a Simulated Medical Office through the wonders of technology.

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