How To Become A Mentor At WellSpring

We’re announcing a new referral and mentorship program where active practitioners can earn up to $600 as a WellSpring mentor!

The new program is designed exclusively for active health and wellness practitioners such as massage therapists and personal trainers. Continuing in our tradition, a practitioner who refers a student to WellSpring will receive a “thank you” voucher for $100. Now, with the new program in place, a practitioner who also agrees to become a mentor for that student will earn a mentorship fee of $500.

Don Farquharson, president of WellSpring said, “At WellSpring School of Allied Health, attracting students who are motivated to learn and to work hard to achieve their career goals is critical to the success and longevity of the school. We are particularly grateful when practitioners and friends of WellSpring refer their friends and family members to us. We know from experience that enrollees with an external support system are more successful students and practitioners. With this in mind, we believe the new referral and mentorship program takes the reward for student referrals and sponsorship to a whole new level.”

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click here or contact Bobby or Kristen at our Kansas City campus 816-523-9140 or Angela at our Lawrence, Kan. campus at 785-856-3903.

Mentorship Rules and Qualifications
While the student is in school, the Mentor will --

1.      Check in with the student at regular intervals, but at least once every two months.

2.      Meet with the director of the program at least once, at the midpoint of the program, to discuss the student’s progress and explore how the mentor might provide further support.  If the student is having difficulty this may require more dialog with both the student and the school.

Once the student completes the program, the Mentor will --

1.      Meet with the student once a month for at least three months to help with networking, interview strategy, general industry knowledge and anything else that would help build confidence and help the graduate get established in their new career.

2.      Generally help keep the excitement going through job search and during the early stages of employment.

A Mentor must meet the following criteria:  

1.      They must be a practitioner in the general field of health and wellness.  It does not have to be the identical career field as the student.


1.      Mentors will earn the $100 referral voucher when the student enrolls and completes the first module.

2.      Mentors will be paid the $500 mentorship fee, three months after graduation, provided they have fulfilled all the requirements of the job.


What is a Medical Assistant?

According to the American Association of Medical Assistants, medical assisting is one of the Top 10 fastest growing jobs in the U.S. with a projected employment through 2020 at 689,900 jobs. But what exactly is a medical assistant? Despite being an important part of healthcare, the role of the medical assistant may often be overlooked. However, medical assistants are absolutely necessary to keep a doctor’s offices running smoothly on a day-to-day basis.

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WellSpring medical assisting student checking a patient’s ears.

According to the WellSpring website, “Although the responsibilities of a medical assistant will vary from office to office, most will perform either clinical duties, including recording medical histories, taking vital signs, explaining treatment procedures, preparing patients for their examinations, collecting laboratory specimens and sterilizing medical instruments; or administrative duties, such as completing insurance forms, billing, scheduling appointments, arranging for hospital admissions and managing medical records.”

Medical assisting students typically complete the program in less than a year with courses that focus on anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, laboratory techniques, clinical procedures, pharmaceutical principles, the administration of medications, transcription, record keeping, accounting and insurance processing.

Medical assisting students at WellSpring get hands-on training and mentorship.

Medical assistants interact with a large group of people in their careers including physicians, staff, healthcare professionals and numerous patients. Multitasking is one of their strong points as their responsibilities require them to perform a variety of both clinical and administrative duties.

Those looking into a healthcare career should also be aware of the differences between a medical assistant and a certified nursing assistant (CNA). Medical assisting focuses on skills such as phlebotomy and injections, as well as recording medical and insurance information. With such a broad range of skills, medical assistants are in high demand and can look forward to a wide range of career opportunities. 

If you’re interested in a career in medical assisting, request info here or check out the video below.


Halloween Costume Contest Winners Announced!

We’re excited to announce the winners of our Halloween costume contest!  We took pictures, posted them to Facebook and let fans vote for their favorite costumes. Now, without further ado, here are the winners!

First Place: Ben Akers

Ben Akers took the lead with a whopping total of 45 votes! He wins the grand prize of a healthy gift basket and a $30 gift card!

Second Place: Gretchen Lawless

Gretchen Lawless’ creepy, gory costume took second place with a total of 24 votes. Here’s a secret: the “teeth” are actually false fingernails! Her prize is a $20 gift card.

Third Place: Allissa Hughes

This creative cat-themed costume from Allisa Hughes came in third place with a total of 18 votes. She’ll be receiving a $15 gift card!

Congratulations to all of our winners, and thanks to everyone who wore their Halloween costumes to school and voted! Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for more contests!

Bonus Photo: The WellSpring staff got in on the Halloween action too!


WellSpring School of Allied Health Achieves Historic Enrollments

WellSpring students, alumni and staff have something to celebrate this season besides the holidays. Our enrollments for the fall semester reached an all-time high since WellSpring was founded in 1988! This means more students are choosing WellSpring than ever because of its exclusive focus on health and fitness careers and healthier lifestyles in general.

Check out what massage therapy graduate Brad Max has to say about why he loves WellSpring:

Don Farquharson, president of WellSpring, said, “Our fall enrollment is higher than ever before. This is exciting news for the school and staff, but we have our students and alumni alumni to thank because over 25 percent of these new enrollments came from referrals by students and graduates of the school. We’d like to thank everyone for all of your outstanding work and look forward to another fantastic semester.”

Next semester, students and graduates can also look forward to the launch of our new
nutrition and wellness coaching program, which can be taken by itself or, in the not-so-distant future, combined with the personal training program for an associate’s degree.