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Oct
28
Submitted by
Amy Allen

DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY

Casa Loma is excited to share that all current graduates in our DMS program are eligible to sit for the primary exam with the ARRT in Sonography. No waits, sit for the national recognized credentialing examination proceeding graduation. A single exam and immediate results. Contact admissions today!

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING

Casa Loma is excited to share that all current graduates in our  MRI program are eligible to sit for both the ARMRIT and MRI primary exam with the ARRT. No waits, sit for the two well known national recognized credentialing examinations proceeding graduation. Contact admissions today!

 

Sep
04
Submitted by
Amy Allen BSRS, RT (R)(M)(MR)(ARRT) Director of Imaging

Casa Loma College - Imaging programs continue to explore ways to continually improve and meet the needs of our imaging community. The Diagnostic Medical Imaging and Magnetic Resonance Imaging programs were granted American Registry Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) recognition. All students graduating after January 20, 2014 are eligible to sit for the applicable primary credentialing exam with the ARRT. This is including graduates as of January 20, 2014, existing students not yet graduated and potential future candidates.

Graduates prior to January 20, 2014 will have to re-enroll into a bridged program at Casa Loma College to be eligible. The details are still being worked out and are not yet available. The college website will be updated with the information as soon as it is available. A notice of invite will be sent out to graduates via email for information sessions with the Imaging Director. While waiting, please be sure Career Placement has your updated status and contact information.

What does this mean?
It means all imaging students who graduate after January 20, 2014 can sit for the ARRT applicable credentialing examination. DMS students can sit for the DMS Primary examination and MRI for the Primary MRI examination with the ARRT.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography students:
All CLC graduates after January 20, 2014 with an Associates of Science -DMS degree are eligible for the ARRT DMS primary examination. This is a single primary credentialing examination; it is made up of 360 questions. There are 40 unscored piloted questions added. The questions are broken down into the following categories: patient care, physical principles of ultrasound, abdominal procedures, OBGYN procedures and general or superficial structures and procedures. This means that graduates without BS degrees, do not have to wait for a year of experience required for the ARDMS to sit for a credentialing exam. With the AS degree as a gradate from CLC, graduates are eligible to sit for the ARRT exam immediately. Graduates passing the ARRT examination are automatically eligible for the ARDMS exams.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging students:
All CLC graduates after January 20, 2014 with an Associates of Science - MRI degree are eligible for the ARRT primary MRI examination [in addition to the ARMRIT exam]. The ARRT primary MRI exam is a MRI primary credentialing exam, graduates are still ONLY MRI educated and prepared. Graduates are NOT eligible for any other ARRT examinations. It is suggested that all graduates sit for both ARMRIT and ARRT MR Examinations; improving marketability in your specialty by having the two most notable credentialing exams. The ARRT exam is a single primary credentialing examination; it is made up of 200 questions. There are 20 unscored pilot questions added. The questions are broken down into the following categories: patient care, imaging procedures, sequence parameters and options, data acquisitioning and processing and physical principles of image formation.

Exam preparation:
The ARRT has a very thorough outline as part of the application handbook (for both DMS and MRI); this can be found online at https://www.arrt.org/Handbooks The outline literally breaks down each “category and how many questions are covering what material”. However, hard copies have been requested and will be available at the information sessions with the Imaging Director. Schedule will be soon announced on the CLC website, classrooms and via email.

What if I graduated before January 20, 2014?
Graduates who graduated prior to January 20, 2014 are not eligible for the ARRT examinations in either specialty yet. The Imaging Director Amy Allen is currently working on the CLC requirements for eligibility. Graduates will have to prove academic and clinical competency to be signed off as eligible for the ARRT primary exams. This will include re-enrolling and completing a bridged program for interested candidates.

The details once released will be posted on the CLC website and an email announcement will be sent to all graduates for information sessions with the Imaging Director. In the mean time, all graduates are to be proactive about ensuring Career Placement is aware of their status, interest and updated contact information. This will assist in ensure you are invited to the information sessions with the Imaging director for question and answers. Please hold your questions until the information is released and sessions scheduled. Graduates will not be individually addressed at this time by any department. We look forward to assisting in continuing your education, one step at a time!

 

Feb
19
Submitted by
Casa Loma College

Habitual Excellence: Casa Loma’s 2012 Valedictorian

Everyone wants that professional job. That’s why we enrolled in our program; why we took on the debt; the workload; the grueling schedule that   demands us to be present in both body and mind, no matter how much sleep we got the night before; why we cling to every single detail so we will not miss anything on the test.

We have a passion for people and a willingness to help. We have a goal that we set for ourselves … to successfully complete our program. But ultimately, we want that career… that job. We know that the job is where we will be able to put our skills, knowledge, and training to use; where we will show our patients what real care is all about; where all this schooling will have paid off, both symbolically and literally. The career, the job, is why all this is worth it.

The final hurdle of your quest to become a professional in your field is breaking into that first healthcare job, and turning this almost completed goal into a profession is often a tough one. Casa Loma instructors know this. Yet they also know that students successfully do it, and have gone on to work in incredibly rewarding careers in healthcare, just like they set out to do.

On December 19, Vocational Nurse instructors invited graduates who successfully navigated the jungle of job hunting to come and talk to current Casa Loma students about what worked for them, and what challenges they faced. Both Patricia Colin and Krikor Nalbantian, graduates of the Vocational Nurse Program in Van Nuys, took time to address the soon-to-be job seekers about what gives a candidate a leg-up in the job market, and what they did that proved successful.

The graduates also stressed the importance of staying fresh on the material learned in the program. This will help tremendously with the NCLEX Exam – do not forget what you learned. Colin said she did practice questions every day in the time between graduation and the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination).

When it came to the questions about getting employment, she was frank with the students. "It depends on the work you put into getting a job," she said. "It’s not just applying to things online; it might mean actually going out to places in person."

Colin also said that she noticed she got many more responses to applications when she included a cover letter with her resume and application.

As students become graduates, and graduates move to take the next step to becoming employees, it’s important for them to do as much as possible to stand out as a candidate that will make the best employee in a healthcare organization. It’s also important for students and graduates to use the resources that Casa Loma provides through its career services.

Students are encouraged to develop relationships with clinical sites and career services representatives while they are in school and turn those relationships into employment once they graduate.

 

Nov
05
Submitted by
Joe Roos

Casa Loma's App list for budgeting and note taking

Budgeting

A budget isn’t just important for being a student. It’s important for life. Keeping a budget is a cornerstone of financial success, and a way to gain control over finances. But it can be time-consuming … Until now. Apps are available for smartphones that make budgeting easier and more convenient than ever. Here is a look at the top apps for budgeting.

Mint.comMint.com Personal Finance FREE
Mint is an iPhone and Android app that allows you to keep a budget with minimal effort. The service connects to your bank accounts to see what you have been spending money on. To use it effectively, users will want to set up a budget realistically and check into the app throughout the week to see how they are doing.

 

PocketMoneyPocketMoney $4.99
PocketMoney is our second budgeting app for iOS and Android. The app is easy to use and powerful. The intuitive technology in this app makes entering information very easy. It has all the same features as HomeBudget including sync and photo receipts. The big advantage this app has over other apps like HomeBudget is the desktop app component. The app also integrates with other apps like MPG, CheckPlease, BillMinder, and several others that use the iReceipt protocol. However, be aware that with in-app purchases for some of the functions, it can get expensive.

HomeBudget with Sync $2.99
HomeBudget with Sync is Casa Loma’s number 3 budgeting app. This iOS and Android app makes tracking a budget within a family incredibly efficient. Users can set up recurring bills, attach photos of receipts, get bill reminders, categorize budgets, and set up multiple accounts such as cash, credit, savings, and checking. Families can sync the budgets over 3G or Wi-Fi. This functionality lets families share and use up-to-date information.

Note Taking

Note taking is an essential part of being a student. Well-organized notes may help you understand material better, save time, and maybe even do better on exams. We’ve searched the internet to find the best apps organizing your notes, and possibly your life. Here is a look at the top apps for note taking.

EvernonteEvernote Free
Available for Windows/Mac and on all mobile devices, this free application allows you to collect files of all kinds in “Notebooks”. A browser-extension, “Web Clipper” makes the process of capturing information from the internet easier. This app is especially useful if you are just beginning a research project and are not really sure how to organize your notes, images that you find and research.

SpringpadSpringpad Free
Web and mobile phone-based application for organizing notes, pictures, multimedia files into notebooks. This app makes it easy to organize your notes and other thoughts. Once you set up some basic categories, Springpad will organize clipped web pages and photos. You can also use the app to save information on products you’re shopping for and be alerted when the price drops. Mobile apps are compatible with iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

SimplenoteSimplenote Free
Simplenote excels at organizing your notes using tags and makes them searchable later. Simplenote apps for the web and iOS make them accessible anywhere. Dozens of apps exist that work with Simplenote for Windows and Mac as well. Premium features are available at additional charge, but all basic functions are free.


 

 

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