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Six Traits of a Great Physical Therapist Assistant

Posted on Fri, Mar 20, 2020

A Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) provides hands-on care to patients with a wide range of conditions. As a PTA, you will lead a patient through a plan of care set by a licensed Physical Therapist, delivering the personalized treatment a patient requires after an injury or illness in order to return to the maximum level of physical function.

The work is challenging and rewarding. It takes a unique individual who has the ability and dedication to keep a patient on what may often be a painful regimen of exercise in order to achieve desired goals. Seeing a patient three times a week creates a personal partnership with the PTA. It’s the kind of relationship that when difficult therapy results in physical progress, the PTA and the patient share the joy of achievement.

We at Nebraska Methodist College recognize six traits that are key to a great PTA. Our Physical Therapist Assistant program is designed to nurture each of these traits through education, experience and mentoring.

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Topics: allied health career, lists, physical therapist assistant

Which Healthcare Career Path is the Best One for You?

Posted on Sat, Jan 11, 2020

Research shows that from 2016 to 2026, the healthcare occupation sector will grow by 18%, outpacing job growth in the general economy by 12%.

Are you interested in becoming a part of a team of healthcare professionals?

If so, the path to a healthcare career is paved with opportunity. It's also wider than you might expect. Before you head down this journey, it helps to narrow your focus and find your niche. 

We created this guide to help you explore different options and discover the one that suits your interests and talents. Read on for the practical advice to use as you navigate the healthcare career opportunities out there.

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Topics: healthcare education, allied health career, health professions

How to Choose the Best Respiratory Therapy Program for You [Worksheet]

Posted on Fri, Jul 12, 2019

You’ve done your career research. You know you want to be a respiratory therapist.

But do you know what to look for in a respiratory therapy program? How to tell if it will be worth the money, let alone the time and effort? Which factors could help you decide between two programs that appear to be the same?

To help you take a deeper dive into what sets one respiratory care program apart from another, we’ve prepared a comparison worksheet for you to download, print and use.

Based on a questionnaire template created by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) for use by prospective students, this worksheet will help you organize the program information that's crucial to your success.

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Topics: allied health career, health professions, respiratory care

6 Personality Traits of a Good Respiratory Therapist

Posted on Fri, May 31, 2019

 

“Can you go into a room and brighten somebody’s day?”

That’s the first question LaToya Sharp, a registered respiratory therapist, asks when someone wants to know what it takes to make it in this career field.

“Helping someone with breathing problems to feel better, laugh, share, or just smile makes me feel like I’ve kicked the winning field goal for my team,” LaToya says. “You must be sensitive to the individual person’s experience and truly care. That’s when you know the respiratory field is for you.”

Experts say there are at least six key qualities required to be a good respiratory therapist. Do you have what it takes?

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Topics: allied health career, health professions, respiratory care

Respiratory Therapy Could Be the Second Career You Should Have Tried First

Posted on Fri, Mar 29, 2019

Justin Druskis, 32, didn’t set out to become a respiratory therapist. Three years ago, he didn’t even know the career field existed. He just knew he was unhappy at work.

“I had a master’s degree in international business and was a director for a real estate development firm,” Justin said. “Yet I sat behind a desk wondering why I was miserable.”

Talking this over with a buddy of his, Justin said, “You’re always happy with your job. Tell me exactly what it is you do and why you like it so much.”

Turns out, Justin’s buddy is a respiratory therapist.

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Topics: alumni spotlight, allied health career, health professions, respiratory care

NMC’s ACOTE-Accredited Master of Occupational Therapy Program Will Help Meet Growing Demand

Posted on Tue, Feb 13, 2018

 

Do you know which health profession is among the most in-demand and fastest-growing careers in the nation?

From 2016 to 2026, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 24 percent growth for the occupational therapy profession. An additional 31,000 occupational therapists (OTs) will be needed by 2026.

Nebraska Methodist College is helping to meet this growing need with its new Master of Occupational Therapy program, which recently earned five-year accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

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Topics: allied health career, occupational therapy

LaToya Called to Healthcare Career While Taking Care of Son

Posted on Mon, Sep 25, 2017

You’ve been by their bedside.

Maybe it was your grandpa or your mom. Maybe it was your brother or your daughter. But you were there for them.

Life threw you a curveball, and you rose to the challenge. You became their caregiver. 

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Topics: allied health career, student spotlight, respiratory care

PTA Program Natural Step for Exercise Science Majors

Posted on Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Exercise science can be a popular major for college students who have a passion for sports and wellness. But what if your exercise science degree plan isn’t working out?

Maybe you were planning to go to physical therapy school, and you found it was so insanely competitive to get in that you needed a Plan B. Or, maybe you realized that the job outlook with a bachelor’s degree wasn’t what you thought it would be.

What do you do now?

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Topics: fitness, allied health career, health professions, physical therapist assistant

Bachelor’s Popularity Skyrockets in Respiratory Care Field

Posted on Wed, Nov 23, 2016

For years, the entry point and the typical education among Respiratory Care practitioners has remained the Associate’s degree.

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Topics: allied health career, health professions, respiratory care

Multispecialty Sonography Program The Perfect Fit for Ishah

Posted on Fri, Oct 28, 2016

For Ishah, a second year Multispecialty Sonography student at Nebraska Methodist College, the dream of becoming an imaging specialist doesn’t have a typical start. Many people grow up with their sights set on this in-demand job, doing everything they can to become the person who conducts imaging procedures on pregnant stomachs, internal medical issues and more.

Ishah’s choice was a little more practical.

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Topics: allied health career, student spotlight, sonography

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