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The Ins and Outs of Transferring Credits at Bryant & Stratton College

Not happy with your current college? Want to transfer to a new alma mater?

The process for transferring credits to Bryant & Stratton College can be easy and quick, with an entire staff at Bryant & Stratton dedicated to making that transition as smooth as possible.

“We like to be very transfer friendly for these students and we can have a very short turn around if they can provide us with a transcript,” said Chris Gaiser, Bryant & Stratton College Online Dean of Student Services.

The registrar’s office has one lucky employee who spends everyday, all day, evaluating transfer transcripts to insure that as many credits as possible are transferred in from the previous school. In fact, each campus has a registrar who works with transfer credit evaluations. An academic advisor then creates a schedule for the new student to help them reach their graduation goals as quickly as possible. Read More…

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How Do Online Classes Work?

In many ways, online degree programs are very similar to traditional learning – you learn the same concepts, and you study from similar materials. But a common misconception about the difference between online and traditional education is that the student engages in less interactions with instructors and classmates. In fact, online learning might just be more interactive. If you are considering getting a degree online, here’s what you can expect from the online classes at Bryant & Stratton College. Read More…

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Instructor Blog: Tips on Effectively Using Persuation in the Workplace

Bryant & Stratton College is focused on preparing students for the workforce, and workplace capabilities are one way of doing that. Workplace capabilities are listed on each supplemental syllabus, and one of the workplace capabilities listed is persuasion. Why is this a valuable skill and how will it be accomplished in your courses?

Along with the obvious examples of persuading an employer to hire you or give you a raise, persuasion is often seen in more subtle, common examples. When working on a project, you may want to persuade your co-workers to select your approach.  You may want to propose a new technology and procedure.           Read More…

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The Most In-Demand Jobs Requiring Certificate Programs

The most in-demand jobs in the today’s market usually call for applicants to have completed a certificate program. Fortunately, online certificate programs make it possible for single parents, full-time employees, and those just entering the job market, to complete a certificate and/or degree according to their own schedule. Here are examples of jobs in high demand that can be attained by completing a certificate program:
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Debunking Myths about Administrative Assistants

Most people are familiar with the role of an administrative assistant. But there are many misconceptions about the skills, training and level of responsibility that come along with the job. Administrative assistants don’t just answer the phone and take notes; they handle a wide variety of tasks that are absolutely essential to daily office operations. Here are some of the most common myths about administrative assistants, debunked. Read More…

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Career Overview: Medical Reimbursement and Coding

It is not about billing customers.

That is what professors in Bryant & Stratton’s Medical Reimbursement and Coding degree program say many new students think of when they think medical coding.

But crunching numbers is not how graduates in this field will spend their days.

Instead, reimbursement and coding specialists immerse themselves in understanding biology and medical terminology. They have to understand how the body works, what diagnosis is linked to that body part and then learn to correctly code those so that insurance companies can accurately pay each claim.

Students will pick one of two tracks to study: hospital (inpatient) or physician’s office (outpatient).

Once the claims are coded, the billing side of the operation then submits the claims. Depending on the size of the employer, there may be a separate department for each step in the process, meaning employees may only code or only bill. In a smaller physician’s office, a much smaller staff may be tasked with the entire process.

This field also offers a huge ability to work from home and potentially work for yourself, completing coding assignments for different physicians. However, that requires experience and becoming well-known in medical circles.

Basic facts for Medical Administrative Assistant and Medical Coding, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (for 2012, the last available data)

Median Pay: $34,160 per year ($16.42 per hour)

Number of jobs, nationwide: 186,300

Rate of job growth: 22 percent per year

What will you study: physiology, biology, HIPPA laws

Growth Opportunities: Some doctors will hire experienced employees without credentials, if you have any dreams of moving up in the industry, or working from home as a contractor, you have to become credentialed and work toward earning more certifications to add to your degree.

Professional Resources: To learn more about careers as a medical reimbursement and coding specialist, check out these professional associations related to the field. Each of these organizations can help you find information, connect with mentors and research job opportunities.

The Professional Association of Healthcare Coding Specialists, http://www.pahcs.org/

American Health Information Management Association, http://library.ahima.org/xpedio/groups/public/documents/web_assets/bok_home.hcsp

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Staff Spotlight: Senior Admissions Representative Elizabeth Evans

Sometimes things around the office can get a little hectic, especially for our admissions team. Between helping students get into class, speaking with interested students who are ready to enroll and handling any other responsibilities each day, our admissions representatives have a lot on their plates.

That’s why Senior Admissions Representative, Elizabeth Evans can be found at the river by her house from spring to fall relaxing with a fishing pole in the water.

“I love to go fishing,” she said.  “Well, I love to sit on the bank and pretend I know how to fish. There’s something relaxing about ending the day watching the sun set over the river.”

Elizabeth also shares something in common with each and every one of our online students, she took online classes with Bryant & Stratton College as well. She enrolled in a Paralegal Certificate program just over a year-and-a-half ago and lived the life of an online student as she worked towards completion.

Of the many lessons she learned, the one that stood out the most to her was the importance of knowing your day-to-day schedule each week. She noted that having a plan of attack for each day and week will ensure that you manage your time properly and get all of your work done in a timely manner.

“As an online student you’re faced with new tasks and responsibilities that you didn’t have previously,” she said. “But if you’re prepared from the get-go, you’ll know exactly when you will have time to get work done and will be set up for success.”

Elizabeth’s first-hand experience as an online student has paid off in each and every relationship she forms with students. She said that working closely with her students is her favorite part of her job and playing such a large role in a stranger’s life is extremely rewarding.

For over three years Elizabeth has been helping guide students towards their educational goals. Hopefully you’ll have a chance to build a relationship with her just like so many students before you.

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Workplace Capabilities: Perseverance and Problem Solving

One of the workplace capabilities listed on each supplemental syllabus is perseverance. Perseverance requires a level of patience and maturity. In the long-term, perseverance is what allows someone to complete a degree. However, in the short-term, it is what helps us work through the smaller obstacles that can ultimately derail a career path.  Perseverance means going through the sometimes frustrating process of working through technical issues, continuing to grapple with tough course material, and completing projects when there is every possible distraction.

What will perseverance look like in the workplace? It will mean attempting to resolve issues with challenging co-workers, spending time researching a case or file, and being able to stay focused on long-term goals such as a promotion. Thinking about how your coursework will help you cultivate perseverance will be a great strength to showcase in an interview. Being able to specifically demonstrate focus on long-term goals will make you that much more appealing to future employers, and more confident in your own abilities. Read More…

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Career Overview: Medical Administrative Assistant

If you are looking for a career that includes a wide range of duties, a medical administrative assistant degree is a great choice. The list of tasks each day will be widespread and may change according to the type of doctor you work for. Medical administrative assistants do patient intake, schedule appointments, basic office paperwork, organize files and may even expand into billing and coding.

Students at Bryant & Stratton attend a type of billing bootcamp at the end of their degree program to prepare for the medical and billing specialist exam. The best part is, the entire expense is covered by the university. If students pass, they will be certified as medical and billing specialists and will be able to earn more money on their first job with that certification and their associate’s degree. Read More…

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The Difference between Associate Degree Programs and Certificate Programs

Many students enter the continuing education arena with the belief that an associate degree program and a certificate program are the same thing. While associate degree programs may prepare a student to obtain certification in their chosen area or career field, it is not the same thing as a certificate program. In general, an associate degree is a very broad term, encompassing a varied educational platform. Certificate degrees are extremely focused in their objective(s) and are related to a specific job or career niche.

Besides this general difference, there are three main differences between the two: the requirements to begin the program, the length of time towards completion, and the number of transferable education units earned at the end of the program.
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