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Welcome Anthony Medrano

A big Casa Loma College welcome to Mr. Anthony Medrano. Anthony is a December 2014 graduate of our MRI program. With both ARMRIT, ARRT (MR) certifications under his belt, Anthony has been working 3 ½ years as an MRI Technologist at MDI in Thousand Oaks.  He recently came aboard as one of  two MRI Clinical Coordinators. He will be...

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Skills of a Physical Therapist Assistant

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program has been designed to prepare students to enter the occupation of physical therapist assisting with the ability, knowledge, and skills necessary to successfully perform all of the essential functions expected of entry-level PTA’s. On the job the PTA will instruct, motivate, safeguard and assist patients as they practice exercises or functional activities; observe and monitor patients during treatments to compile and evaluate data; confer with physical therapy staff or other healthcare professionals to discuss and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying or coordinating treatment.

Below are some of the abilities, attitudes, and skills required for successful practice as a Physical Therapist Assistant:

Communication: PTA’s communicate regularly with patients verbally and written. PTA’s must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients, patients’ families, and other professionals.

Compassion: PTA’s have to be able to empathize with patients who are struggling, often both physically and emotionally. They have to understand how the patient is feeling, and use that information to decide how to motivate that patient best (and, often, the patient’s family).

Critical Thinking: PTA’s need to critically think and adapt to changes in patient status quickly.

Detail Oriented: PTA’s have to keep detailed records of patients’ illnesses, injuries, and exercise programs. They must carefully track patient progress and note patient status to the physical therapist. To keep track of all of this, PTA’s must be organized and focused on the details.

Multitasking: PTA’s must perform multiple tasks at once. They typically assist with many patients at one time and must be able to prioritize their duties.

Physical Stamina: PTA’s perform a number of tasks that require physical strength and dexterity. They must be on their feet for long periods, bend and kneel, and move patients. PTA’s should also be comfortable being physically close to and touching another person.

Skills of a MRI Technologist

The MRI Technologist must independently perform procedures with efficiency and skill. The Technologist must have a thorough knowledge of anatomy and the ability to make judgments about the MRI pulse sequencing, gradient magnetic fields and anatomic slice orientation. Knowledge about magnetic fields, electromagnets, atomic structure and computers is essential. Patient care responsibilities require knowledge of sterile technique, administration of contrast media, ability to handle emergency procedures and routine performance of venipuncture. The MR technologist needs to effectively work with claustrophobic patients and be constantly aware of magnetic safety of patients, self and co-workers

Following are some of the skills and traits of an MRI Technologist:

Confidence: You need to be confident in your unique combination of talents , skills and education and have the confidence to provide patient care without second guessing your decision

Interpersonal Skills: The ability to discuss complex information with patients as well as gathering important details about the patient’s history; communicate and receive written and verbal instructions and carry them out using proper channels of communication; use accurate verbal and written communications to interpret clinical data, obtain and document relevant clinical information, and comprehend and carry out physician requests

Intellectual Ability and Emotional Stability: Exercise independent judgment and discretion in the technical performance of MRI procedure; perform mathematical problems quickly and accurately; and, work efficiently in stressful situations

Adaptability and Flexibility: Ability to adapt to the changing industry and stay ahead of current developments in the field as well as the flexibility to go with the flow within the department and adapt to the ever changing circumstances given to the Technologist

Technical Skills: The ability to operate the MRI scanner, coils and equipment to perform diagnostic procedures in a manner consistent with MRI safe practices and maximum image quality

Physical Requirements: Sufficient strength and fine motor coordination to assist in moving patient from stretcher, wheelchair or bed to and from MRI table.

Skills of a Ultrasound Technologist

Ultrasound Technologist are professionals who do an excellent job and are well liked to because of their personality and professional skills and traits. An exceptional sonographer is one who rises above the job specifics and becomes a true inspiration to others.

Although working as a sonographer is challenging, if you have what it takes, it is an incredibly fulfilling and rewarding career.

Following are some of the skills and traits a sonographer should possess.

Compassion and Interpersonal Skills are essential to a Ultrasound Technologist. They must carefully explain procedures to their patients and must be able to discuss technical details and examination results with the physician and other medical personnel.

Technical Skills and Eye Hand Coordination is essential to the Ultrasound Technologist as ultrasound is one of the most operator dependent. If you pick up use of electronics and have excellent eye-hand coordination, gaining the technical knowledge should come easier to you.

Detail Oriented is critical to the role of the Ultrasound Technologist. Ultrasound Technologist must understand the intricate details of the human anatomy as well as the specialized function of ultrasound equipment. Being alert for abnormalities in an image may mean the difference between accurate diagnosis and an inaccurate one.

Physical Strength and knowledge of proper body mechanics is critical to a Ultrasound Technologist. Ultrasound Technologist are on their feet most of the day and may scan upwards of eight or more patients per day. In addition Ultrasound Technologist prepare exam rooms, move ultrasound equipment from room to room, and assist patients in positioning themselves onto the table.

Mental Strength gives the Ultrasound Technologist the ability to display emotional stability, maturity, judgment and empathy for others. Ultrasound Technologist will come across dire health conditions among the images they capture and they must be able to remain professional with the patients even in the most difficult of situations.

Career Outlook of a Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant is one of the fastest growing healthcare fields in the country! New research findings, technologies, and discoveries in the medical profession all add fresh and ever-changing dimensions to this industry. People looking for a challenge and variety, and who want to make a difference by helping people, can accomplish all that and more as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

Physical Therapist Assistants have been ranked #4 in best health care support jobs according to the 2017 US News and World and World Report. With an aging Baby Boomer population and a larger insurance pool — among other factors— an increasing number of Americans are turning to physical therapy. As a result, PTA’s are in high demand. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 2016–2026 job growth at 31%— compared to just 7% growth for all occupations averaged for the same 10-year period.

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA’s) are the only health care providers besides Physical Therapists trained and licensed to provide physical therapy. PTA’s provide physical therapy services under the direction of a physical therapist in the assessment, treatment and prevention of physical disability resulting from injury, disease, pain, birth defects and other health-related condition

PTA’s have a wide choice of employment opportunities ranging from hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools, sports facilities to include fitness and wellness-oriented programs. PTA’s most often work regular business hours, providing more ability for a balanced lifestyle. PTA’s can derive great job satisfaction by helping clients regain function, manage pain and prevent injury and disability.

Career Outlook of a MRI Technologist

The healthcare field is one of the biggest and most rapidly growing fields today and the career outlook for the MRI Technologist is excellent!

US News and World Report ranks MRI Technologists as #17 in The Best Health Care Support Jobs and #78 in the 100 Best Jobs. And, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of MRI Technologists is expected to increase by about 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

Hospitals will remain the primary employer for MRI Technologists; however, more and more technologist are also finding employment in medical and diagnostic laboratories, physician offices and outpatient care centers.

The benefits of pursuing an MRI career are plenty, including a high salary, in-demand nature of the career and the opportunity to work closely with patients and co-workers in a highly respected setting. As the population of the US gets older and the field of magnetic resonance imaging continues to grow, so do the opportunities.

Career Outlook of a Ultrasound Technologist

The healthcare field is one of the biggest and rapidly growing fields today. The again population has been the primary reason for the growth spurt of this filed. As the baby boomers grow old, there will be an increasing number of people who will need special age-related care. In addition, federal health insurance reform has increased the number of individuals with access to health insurance.

Ultrasound Technologist have been ranked by US news and World Report as #2 in Best Healthcare Support Jobs and ranks as #26 in the top 100 best jobs! Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to increase by about 17 percent through 2026 — faster than the average for all occupations.

Ultrasound imaging technology is expected to evolve rapidly and spawn many new sonography procedures, enabling sonographers to scan and image areas of the body where ultrasound has not traditionally been used.

Hospitals will remain the principal employer of diagnostic medical sonographers. However, employment is expected to grow more rapidly in offices of physicians and in medical and diagnostic laboratories. Health care facilities such as these are expected to increase in number because of the strong shift toward outpatient care, encouraged by third-party payers and made possible by technological advances and less expensive ultrasound equipment that permit more procedures to be performed outside of hospitals.

Considering taking Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program will give you the chance to have high-demand jobs countrywide. Being in the ultrasound technology entails many benefits money wise, career wise and self-fulfillment.

       

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I am currently an active student in the DMS evening program. The instructors, Mr. Dhillon and Dr. Arthur, are fantastic, extremely knowledgeable, and always willing to help their students improve and succeed whether in lab or lecture class. You do learn a lot within the 2 year program and are expected to know all the information in order to pass the exams so expect to make time to study your books and especially (most importantly) learning how to scan! Practice is key!

Aside from the program, the school staff are all very friendly and willing to help out with anything you need! All in all, it's really up to the student to make use of their time here and take advantage of the resources offered at CLC. My youngest brother graduated from Casa Loma College and currently has a great job so I know it's within my reach to succeed in my future career.

I am a recent graduate of Casa Loma's Physical Therapist Assistant Program. The PTA program here is top notch. The faculty and staff really care about you and want you to succeed. I got accepted into 2 PTA programs and I chose this one after having my interview and seeing how passionate they were about Physical Therapy and teaching. I am so glad that I chose this program over the other. You get personalized teaching throughout the program because of the low student to teacher ratio. I felt that this helped me refine my skills to succeed.

The faculty also gets you prepared for your clinical rotations. My Clinical Instructors said that our school did a really good job preparing me for my rotation and that Casa Loma has a good reputation for PTA's. I was able to perform at a high level as a PTA during my rotation thanks to the faculty.

I feel more than ready to succeed as a PTA after my schooling here. I was able to pass my boards on my first try and I was able to get a job immediately after I graduated. I have nothing but great things to say about this program! I absolutely loved it here!!!

I started to inquire from this institution doing my best to get into the PTA program, staff members were very friendly and accomodating. I did my requirements with very little hope because of my financial situation, but the administration knew I really wanted to do this and I got accepted as a student after going through all the tests, procedures, and interviews. Financial department did what they can to pull out all the necessary resources for me to approved for student loans, professors are very adept and knowledgeable in their field of expertise as well. After graduating, they worked with the students nonstop through grueling long review classes before taking the boards to ensure students will do exceptionally well.

Long story short, I started with nothing... I graduated, passed my boards, became a licensed profession. I am currently doing Home Health and I couldn't be any happier. I owe my success to each and everyone from this prestigious institution.