Staying Healthy During Accelerated Training
Dec. 6, 2016
Concorde takes great pride in its accelerated programs, its accelerated health care training. It’s one of the greatest advantages we offer prospective students – getting you into a rewarding health care career as quickly and effectively as possible.
There are different challenges and stresses that come with accelerated health care training, however. You might complete the program in a shorter period of time. But that doesn’t mean you’re learning less. In fact, you’re learning the same amount of material as in a traditional program, just in a more compact – and intense – format.
Handling such an intense course load is manageable. In fact, it’s very doable, as proven by the hordes of students that successfully complete courses and programs each and every term. It simply requires some tools and strategies that, when adhered to, make successfully completing accelerated health care training not only possible, but probable.
Have a plan for accelerated health care training
“This is a topic I know all too well as I am back in school myself,” said Josh Alvarez, Director of Student Affairs at Concorde’s campus in Miramar, Fla. “In order to stay healthy during an accelerated program, a student must have a plan. If not, they are certain to feel overwhelmed.”
What does Alvarez mean by a plan? Four simple steps can make the difference between success and failure.
- Create a schedule – Set aside a good chunk of time to study. This is super important for those who have a family, Alvarez said.
- Set short-term goals for yourself … like week to week – “Each week, I set a goal to accomplish an amount of work,” Alvarez said. “I then pace myself to achieve that goal by week’s end. I do not procrastinate and cram.”
- Detach – Steps 1 and 2 should allow for some much-needed “you” time. This is important to keep your bearings and avoid feeling consumed with school.
- Starbucks is your friend – “If you like coffee as much as I do, Starbucks is a great place to study,” he said. “I try and get there around 7:30 a.m. on a Sunday, order some coffee, and get to work. It’s a nice combination of study time and you time.”
Keep your eyes on the prize
Zane Wilson, MBA, CPC, Director of Student Affairs at Concorde’s campus in Portland, Ore., disagreed with indulging in caffeinated beverages, however.
“There is typically a crash that takes place after these types of beverages,” he said.
But, he does agree on making a plan. Time management and maintaining a life balance are of the utmost importance. Wilson also encourages speaking up when feeling overwhelmed by stress. Get advice and counsel from those you trust. And, always feel free to lean on your Student Affairs department.
It’s as simple as that. Well, it might not be quite that simple, but the point that a little organization can go a long way toward taking the stress off should be given due consideration. Have a well-oiled plan, execute the strategy and take a little time for you away from school, and you’ll find yourself through your accelerated health care training program quickly and successfully and well on your way to the rewarding health care career for which you’ve always dreamed.