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National Academy of Health & Business (NAHB)
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The Real Scoop: Career Colleges VS. Traditional Universities

2017-04-27 by Mark Harrington
Voted best career college

National Academy pf Health & Business. Voted best career college

Have you been asking yourself which college to attend?  Have you ever wondered about the real difference between a vocational (career) college and a traditional university? There are many points of reference available, but it really all comes down to one question.  WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS?

Five differences between vocational schools/career colleges and traditional universities

In general, career colleges teach you skills that you can apply to a specific vocation. Universities teach you theory, critical thinking and analysis in addition to some hands-on information.

Career college programs are shorter–usually less than one and up to two years–than programs at universities, which are a minimum of two to four years.

On average, entry level earnings are a bit higher for those who hold at least a bachelor’s degree as opposed to those with diplomas from career colleges. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2009 individuals with a bachelor’s degree had a median weekly income of $1,025, while those with an associate degree earned $761.

University tends to be more expensive than career colleges.

Graduates of career colleges usually are in an excellent position to land an entry-level position, while university graduates may have better access to higher-level jobs.


Career colleges are highly valuable, especially for those students who know exactly what profession they want to work in and don’t have the desire or time for theoretical academic work.

Career colleges are relatively short and offer employment opportunities in practical fields such as health care or technology. University is ideal for those students who want to immerse themselves in the academic life and whose goal is to enter the professional working life upon graduation.

The main issue to remember is that career colleges teach students a particular vocation or profession, while universities usually don’t.

For instance, having a university degree in business doesn’t make you a businessperson, while having a college diploma as a dental assistant DOES make you a dental assistant.

Ask yourself these questions:

Do you have a specific profession in mind?

If yes, does this profession require a university degree?

Are you interested in independent academic research, critical thinking and learning for its own sake?

Do you have the time and/or financial resources to attend a three or four year program?

Both universities and college diplomas offer solid educational opportunities and credentials that can prepare you for the job market.

The right choice depends on you and your career goals.

For more information on the programs available at National Academy, visit us today!  Be on your way to a successful career today!

Toronto Campus – 416 545 0404

Mississauga Campus – 416 273 6656

Hamilton Campus – 905 521 9991











Becoming a Personal Support Worker in Ontario

2017-04-04 by Mark Harrington


The description of a Personal Support Worker will always vary from job to job but in general, some of the most common duties are:

  • Following a care plan, observing and reporting any substantial findings and/or changes in patient/resident/client’s behavior to the appropriate registered member of the healthcare team.
  • Working under the supervision of a Registered Healthcare Professional such as a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN)
  • Performing tasks delegated to them (only if they are trained to perform the delegated task)
  • Assisting with ambulation, positioning and transferring using mechanical lifts such as a Hoyer lift.
  • Assisting or providing total personal care such as toileting, and bathing.
  • Assisting with eating, dressing and grooming.
  • Assisting nursing staff by answering call bells (In Hospitals and Long-Term care homes)
  • Performing sitter duty or patient-watch for confused patients in clinical care settings.
  • Computer or paper documentation of Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) and other findings.
  • Reporting behavioral and clinical changes to a Registered Nurse, Registered Practical Nurse, Resource Nurse or Manager.

In addition to the basic outline of a Personal Support Worker, there are a number of different employment opportunities across Ontario.  Personal Support Work is a highly employable field with many positions available at various healthcare locations such as hospitals, private healthcare facilities, hospices, retirement and nursing residences, palliative care units and in-home care positions.

For more information about earning your certificate in Personal Support Work and becoming career ready in less than a year, contact National Academy of Health & Business today.

Your College, For Life.  Since 1979.

Toronto Campus – 416.545.0404

Mississauga Campus – 905.273.6655

Hamilton Campus – 905.521.9991

A History of CPR for Students in Healthcare Training

2017-02-15 by upendra

Are you interested in completing a personal support worker certificate

Today, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is taught in healthcare programs around the globe. It’s seen as an effective means to help a person’s body circulate oxygenated blood until the heart can be restarted, and it has proved to be extremely effective. In 2010, it was estimated by Dr. James Jude—one of the creators of CPR—that over two million lives have been saved using this technique.

In the 1800s there seemed to be limited hope amongst medical professionals that an effective method for keeping the body alive during cardiac arrest was possible. A physician at the time even declared “We are powerless against paralysis of the circulation”. However, it wasn’t long after that declaration that the invention of modern day CPR began to unfold.

Are you interested in beginning healthcare courses? Read on to learn more about the history of CPR.

The Need for a Procedure like CPR Was Formally Recognized in the 1700s

Amsterdam is a city famous for its beautiful canal waterways. In the eighteenth century the canals were the main mode of transportation for those living in the city, and as an unfortunate result, hundreds of drownings occurred every year. To help combat this problem, a group of elite individuals came together to form the Society for Recovery of Drowned Persons in an effort to develop a standard for treating people after they had been pulled from the water.

The society came up with seven recommendations that were meant to stimulate the body’s functions. While students in a PSW course will definitely not use all of the steps today, some of them are reminiscent of modern day CPR.

The first four techniques recommend by the society, warming the person, repositioning the head to evacuate water from their body, putting pressure on the abdomen, and breathing into the person’s mouth, are used in different variations today. However, outlandish recommendations like bloodletting and tickling the person’s throat are no longer in use.

The Concept of CPR Was Created in 1960 and Used by Those with Healthcare Training

After the recommendations made by the society in Amsterdam, there weren’t many major developments in resuscitation for quite a while. However, at the turn of the twentieth century everything started to change.

In 1904 the first described chest compressions were recorded. But it wasn’t until 1958 when the discovery of chest compressions and their effectiveness was formalized by William Bennett Kouwenhoven, Guy Knickerbocker, and James Jude at John Hopkins University. The discovery happened by accident while they were performing defibrillation on dogs and noticed that when pressure was applied forcefully to a dog’s chest it created a pulse. Realizing what they had discovered, the three started conducting a study.

By 1960, they reported that out of 20 patients who underwent chest compressions while in cardiac arrest, 14 survived. In a meeting with the Maryland Medical Society in 1960, the researchers proposed the new life-saving technique. Peter Safer, an anesthesiologist who separately discovered the efficacy of breathing for a patient in 1956, specified in the meeting that the two techniques (mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and chest compressions) would be most effective at saving lives when used together. Thus CPR, as students in healthcare training know it, was born.

CPR is now taught across the world

CPR is now taught across the world

How CPR Was Adopted Around the World and Used by Pros With Healthcare Training

To bring life-saving CPR to the world, Jude, Knickerbocker, and Safar all set out on a tour around the globe to speak about the topic. In 1962, a short film called the “Pulse of Life” was created describing the procedure. The video has been used in thousands of classrooms to teach individuals in all types of careers how to perform effective CPR. Finally, in 1963 the American Heart Association formed a CPR committee and CPR was formally recognized as an effective means of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Are you interested in completing a personal support worker certificate?

Contact the National Academy of Health and Business today!

A message from the President of National Academy

2015-09-23 by Mark Harrington


As one of the most established career colleges in Ontario with over 40 years of experience in the education field, we remain committed to our students’ career goals and their continued success. Collectively, our instructors have decades of real world experience and it is our mission that each student benefit from this. As a college, it is also our commitment to provide students with unlimited career services and educational training throughout their career.

Mark Harrington, President
National Academy of Health & Business
Since 1979


Information Sessions for Displaced Everest Students at National Academy

2015-03-02 by Mark Harrington

National Academy, one of Ontario’s most established career colleges since 1979, can offer assistance to any students negatively impacted by the recent closure.

National Academy will offer advanced standing and financial assistance to ensure that students can complete their education without additional delays. We have programs running and starting shortly in Healthcare, Business and Law.

Call us in Toronto (416 545 0404); Hamilton (905 521 9991) or Mississauga (905 273 6656).

Alternatively, visit our website ( and fill out a Request Info form.  An experienced counselor will be in touch shortly.

Please also note that we will be holding daily information sessions for former Everest students at all our locations during the week of Monday, March 2, 2015.

  • Come check out our campus and course offerings.  Discover why National Academy has been one of the leading career colleges since 1979.
  • Find out how National Academy can help ensure that you complete your education without further delay.
  • Discover your financial solutions.
  • Answers to any other questions you may have.  National Academy has experience with training completion so we are well positioned to help guide you.

If any of the following time slots do not fit your schedule, please call your nearest campus to schedule a one-on-one appointment.

Monday, March 2.         2:00pm-3:00pm (Mississauga, Hamilton, Toronto)

Tuesday, March 3.        2:00pm-3:00pm (Mississauga, Hamilton, Toronto)

Wednesday, March 4.   2:00pm-3:00pm (Mississauga, Hamilton, Toronto)

Thursday, March 5.       2:00pm-3:00pm (Mississauga, Hamilton, Toronto)

Friday, March 6.            2:00pm-3:00pm (Mississauga, Hamilton, Toronto)

We look forward to welcoming you.

Everest Students: National Academy Can Help

2015-02-20 by Mark Harrington


National Academy of Health & Business (‘NAHB’), one of Canada’s leading career colleges since 1979, would like to extend its full support to any students or staff impacted by the closure of all 14 Everest College locations in Ontario.

With locations in Mississauga, Toronto and Hamilton, National Academy will offer use of its facilities including computers, printers, and career advice to any Everest students or staff.

Inquiries or appointments can be directed to each individual campus: Mississauga: 905 273 6656; Toronto: 416 545 0404; or Hamilton: 905 521 9991.

National Academy of Health & Business is registered as a private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005. The college has been providing Healthcare, Dental, Business and Law Enforcement training since 1979.

For more information please visit:


National Academy of Health & Business

Phone and email:

Mississauga: 1.888.306.0991

Toronto: 416 545 0404

Hamilton: 1.888.446.4649

A must see…

2015-02-18 by Mark Harrington

National Academy of Health and Business upcoming start dates

2014-12-15 by Mark Harrington

We have been asked to set out our upcoming January start dates (see below) – one of the most popular months of the year to begin College.

Feel free to click on any of the links below or call to speak with one of our experienced career counselors for more information on how you can begin training towards your career of choice as well as which funding option best suits your situation (including Government Assistance, to those who qualify). Let us help you get your 2015 off to the right start!

Many of our programs also offer afternoon, evening and/or weekend training schedules.

Why National Academy?

  • All of our programs take less than a year to complete.
  • All of our programs qualify for Government assistance, to those who qualify.
  • We have been a registered career college since 1979, making us one of the most established colleges in Ontario.
  • All instructors have real world experience.
  • Our support team guide you through your entire education process, including making sure that you’re career ready by the time you graduate. We do not stop working with our students until they get a job!
  • Unlimited upgrade training and career service support throughout your entire career (at no charge).

Mississauga campus: 1 888 306 0991

Hamilton campus: 1 888 446 4649

Toronto campus: 1 866 797 6312

January, 2015 Start Dates

(Additional Starts Dates Also Available)

Mississauga Campus Hamilton Campus Toronto Campus
Dental Assistant (Level 1 & 2) Diploma

Day, Evening and Weekend Classes.

Starts January 26, 2015

Dental Assistant (Level 1 & 2) Diploma

Day & Afternoon Classes.

Starts January 12, 2015

Dental Assistant (Level 1 & 2) Diploma

Day & Evening Classes.

Starts January 26, 2015

Early Childcare Assistant Diploma

Starts January 5, 2015

Early Childcare Assistant Diploma

Starts January 26, 2015

Early Childcare Assistant Diploma

Starts January 26, 2015

Physiotherapy Assistant Diploma

Starts January 26, 2015

Physiotherapy Assistant Diploma

Starts January 5, 2015

Physiotherapy Assistant Diploma

Starts January 26, 2015

Police Foundations Diploma

Starts January 26, 2015

Police Foundations Diploma

Starts January 26, 2015

Police Foundations Diploma

Starts January 19, 2015

Community Services Worker Diploma

Starts January 5, 2015

Community Services Worker Diploma

Starts January 5, 2015

Community Services Worker Diploma

Starts January 26, 2015

Personal Support Worker Diploma

Day & Evening Classes.

Starts January 12, 2015 (day & evening)

Personal Support Worker Diploma

Day & Evening Classes.

Starts January 26, 2015

Accounting & Payroll Diploma

Starts January 26, 2015

Accounting & Payroll Diploma

Starts January 26, 2015

Accounting & Payroll Diploma

Starts January 5, 2015

Supply Chain and Logistics

Starts January 26, 2015

Business Administration Diploma

Starts January 26, 2015

Medical Laboratory Technician Diploma

Starts April 20, 2015

Office Administration Diploma

Starts January 26, 2015

Business Management Diploma – New

Starts January 26, 2015

Pharmacy Technician Diploma

Starts January 26, 2015

Medical Laboratory Technician Diploma

Day & Evening Classes.

January 26, 2015



Medical Office Assistant Diploma

Day, Afternoon & Evening Classes.

Starts January 26, 2015

Supply Chain and Logistics

Starts January 12, 2015




Have you seen our Bus or Subway signs in Toronto? Take a pic and win $400!

2014-12-08 by Mark Harrington

National Academy of Health & Business has secured a Toronto city bus and internal Subway signs. Help them track it down.

The college is giving away a $400 grand prize and three $20 Tim Horton’s gift cards. How to win:

1. Find the bus (see pictures at
2. Take a picture of the bus.
3. Upload the picture to National Academy’s facebook page ( or email to

The top three entries will be re-posted on the National Academy facebook page and the picture with the greatest number of ‘likes’ will win $400.

Contest closing: January 31, 2015 (early bird entries are eligible for additional prizes).


Celebrating 35 Years of Career College Excellence: The National Academy Difference

2014-10-20 by Mark Harrington

This past month, National Academy of Health and Business had the pleasure of celebrating its 35th anniversary as a Private Career College, becoming one of the oldest and most trusted career training schools in Ontario.  “The secret to our success, and most importantly, the success of our students, is The National Academy Difference”, explains Mark Harrington, President of National Academy.

The National Academy Difference is simple. Once you become a National Academy student, you become part of the NAHB family.   With a strict focus on high quality education and small class sizes, NAHB goes above and beyond to ensure that all students of the Academy feel welcome and appreciated.

The National Academy Difference

For 35 successful years, the college has consistently strived to provide:

  • High quality education, leading to a stable a rewarding career
  • Instructor-led training who all have real-world experience
  • Life time career service assistance for alumni
  • Unlimited upgrade training through the career of all graduates
  • Small class sizes under 20
  • Tutoring
  • Other free services such as: daycare assistance, accommodation assistance, health insurance, financial budgeting assistance, and much more

Understanding the importance of finances when it comes to education, National Academy stops at nothing to ensure that students are supported every step of the way.  Many financial options are available including:

  • Pay as you learn interest free payment plans
  • Government assistance, to those who qualify
  • Second career funding options, to those who qualify
  • Traditional bank loans
  • Guaranteed financing to partner institutions

The National Academy Difference has always been felt amongst our faculty, administration and students, but even more so at this memorable time.  As National Academy embarks on the next 35 years, we encourage you to visit our Facebook ( and YouTube accounts ( and see for yourself, the evidence and success of The National Academy Difference.

For more information, or to visit one of our three campuses in Mississauga, Hamilton or Toronto, please visit us or call 1.888.306.0991



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