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Category: Career Tips

Is MIS a Good Career Choice?

The U.S. government job outlook data indicates that, from a pay and/or job growth standpoint, MIS (management information systems) is a good career choice for the right professionals. Computer Information Systems Jobs are Growing. O*NET OnLine, using jobs data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014), reports that employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 15-21% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Pay for Computer Information Systems Jobs The median annual wage for computer and information systems managers, according to the same source, was $127,640 in May 2012. Experience, certifications, job title, location and other variables help determine what professionals in this field actually earn. Get Started Today. Get more information about the online bachelor's in Management Information Systems at Virginia College by completing the Request More Information form now. Learn more about Management Information Systems

Category: News

Richmond's Culinard shines at Elby Awards

Category: Career Tips

How Much Do Medical Assistants Make? What about Growth in this Job Field?

Medical Assistant Salaries The median annual wage for medical assistants is $29,370. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. In this case, the top 10 percent earned more than $42,760 and the lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,540.* Most medical assistants work full time. Some work evenings or weekends to cover shifts in medical facilities that are always open. Medical Assistant Job Growth Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients. * What Kind of Work Does a Medical Assistant Perform? An increasing number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities need support workers, particularly medical assistants, to do both administrative and clinical duties. Medical assistants work mostly in primary care, a steadily growing sector of the healthcare industry. In addition, federal health legislation will expand the number of patients who have access to health insurance, increasing patient access to medical care.* Take the First Step Toward a Successful Healthcare Career Now! If you think you might enjoy a healthcare career, discover more about the Medical Assistant program at Virginia College. Complete the Request More Information form now! *Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, published December 17, 2015. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth. For information about program accreditation, certifications and specific class requirements, please refer to the college catalog of the campus nearest you. Learn more about the Medical Assistant Diploma/Certificate - 48 Hour Program Learn more about the Medical Assistant Diploma/Certificate - 60 Hour Program

Category: Career Tips

Medical Assistant Duties

Medical Assistant Duties Medical assistants work with doctors, nurses, office staff and other medical professionals to give patient care, keep accurate records and perform other clinical and administrative tasks. Medical assistant jobs can be found in doctor's offices, hospitals, labs or testing facilities. Medical Assistants: The Heartbeat of a Medical Practice In many medical practices, medical assistants are involved in just about every aspect of operation. They perform a lot of duties like greeting patients and other front office jobs such as updating insurance information. They also do clinical work with the patient, like taking vital signs such as blood pressure, temperature, weight and pulse. They may perform lab duties such as drawing blood and testing for strep throat and other conditions. In some states, medical assistants may help the physician by giving injections or assist the doctor with procedures like wound care, suturing and biopsies. After a patient visit, a medical assistant might call in prescriptions or follow-up with patients to make sure the plan of care is on track. Medical assistants often access or input data into Electronic Health Records. With so many varied and interesting duties, it's no wonder some people call medical assistants the "heartbeat of a medical practice." How Much Do Medical Assistants Make? What Kind of Job Growth Can I Expect? Virginia College Prepares You for the Real World of Work Many graduates from the Medical Assistant program at Virginia College have success in the work world because we provide them with realistic, hands-on training by instructors who have real-world experience. Everything we do is designed to help you succeed—in school and in your career. Start your career on the right track in the Medical Assistant program at Virginia College. Complete the Request More Information form now! Learn more about the Medical Assistant Diploma/Certificate - 48 Hour Program Learn more about the Medical Assistant Diploma/Certificate - 60 Hour Program

Category: Press Releases

Virginia College Named No. 3 Best for Vets by Military Times Magazine

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – February 3, 2015 – Virginia College has recently been named No. 3 among career and technical colleges in the 2015 "Best for Vets" rankings by Military Times magazine. The rankings assessed schools that responded to Military Times' detailed survey, and based on responses to the survey and Education Department data, the schools were evaluated on their culture, student support, academic policies, academic quality and financial considerations. On average, vets made up about 13 percent of the enrollments of the colleges that responded to the survey. "Virginia College is honored to be ranked third as Best for Vets among career and technical colleges in the country," said Mike Betz, General Manager of Military Student Initiatives at Education Corporation of America, parent company of Virginia College, Golf Academy of America and Ecotech Institute. "Our military population and genuine support of our military student body is proof of our commitment to these students. We want the best for all of our students and strive to make each of their educational experiences as positive as it can be." Through its Military Student Center, the school offers a go-to resource for military personnel looking to pursue an education at Virginia College and provides assistance in planning their educational experience, as well as explaining benefits offered by Virginia College. "With this center, we ensure individualized assistance to our nation's most deserving heroes. We consider ourselves privileged to have the opportunity to help channel their military training into a promising career in the private sector," added Betz. Those eligible for military benefits include active-duty members serving in any of the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, retired military, guardsmen, reservist military personnel and anyone eligible for U.S. government veteran benefits. Military-friendly benefits offered at Virginia College include military scholarships such as the Patriots Service Scholarship, Post 9/11 Scholarship Program and the Armed Forces Recognition Scholarship. Military service members may also transfer up to 75 percent of required credits from other accredited schools, military training and programs such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). The school has also enacted a military-friendly deployment policy with many programs available completely online. This award adds to past military awards that Virginia College has received including "Top Military School" by Military Advanced Education, Yellow Ribbon School by the Department of Veteran Affairs and "Military Friendly" school by G.I. Jobs magazine. For more information about Virginia College or its military services, visit vc.edu. About Virginia College and Education Corporation of America Birmingham, Ala.,-based Education Corporation of America (ECA) is a leader in the post-secondary career school market with current enrollment of over 18,000 students. Holdings include Virginia College, founded in 1983, a private institution of higher education that offers non-degree and associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in 27 different cities in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. ECA also offers classes online via vc.edu/online and operates Golf Academy of America schools in California, Arizona, South Carolina, Texas and Florida, and Ecotech Institute in Colorado. These schools are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) which is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). For more information, contact Diane Worthington at diane.worthington@ecacolleges.com or (205) 329-7911.

Category: Success Stories

Success Story: Luis - Chef

Category: Career Tips

How Much Do Sonographers Make?

According to O*NET OnLine, using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, both job growth and median pay are strong for ultrasound technician professionals. This agency lists an associate's degree in the field — similar to the Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from Virginia College — to be the level of education acquired by many in this occupation. Jobs for Ultrasound Technicians are Growing O*NET OnLine reports that employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is projected to grow 22% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Median Pay for Ultrasound Technicians The median annual wage for diagnostic medical sonographers, according to the same source, was $67,530 in 2014. Experience, certifications, job title, location and other variables help determine what professionals in this field actually earn. Get Started Today An in-depth education in ultrasound technology can lead to a solid medical career. Get more information about the Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from Virginia College by completing the Request More Information form now. Learn more about the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Virginia College

Category: News

Fort Pierce’s Culinard and Mobile’s Kitchen on George Get TV Exposure

Category: Success Stories

Success Story: John - Network Engineer