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Debra Cascio

Debra Cascio is an undergraduate admissions counselor at National University, who works with prospective students just starting their journey into health care. To Deb, the best part of her position is learning about students' dreams and what influenced them to go into their chosen field. She grew up in Villa Park, Illinois, and is currently finishing up a degree in general studies from Columbia College in Missouri.

Recent Posts

Massage Therapy

How to Make a Successful Second Career in Massage Therapy

Did you know that 82% of massage therapists began in the field as a second career? Mark McCray broke out of a stressful career and into massage therapy after graduating from the certification program at National University of Health Sciences in 2002.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018
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Massage Therapy

The Overall Benefits of Massage Therapy and Why We Need More Massage Therapists

What comes to mind when you hear the term “massage therapy”? Candles? Relaxation? Aromatherapy? Spa days? Luxury? Medicine?

If you’re like many Americans, the word “medicine” may not even be on the list. However, research by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) shows that 50 percent of Americans sought a massage for health-related reasons in the last year.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017
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Integrative Medicine Trends, Biomedical Science, Graduate School Resources

8 Careers You Didn’t Know You Could Pursue with a Biomedical Science Degree

Biomedical sciences (BS) are the foundation of knowledge for all health care professionals, and as such, an undergraduate degree in this field is surprisingly versatile and can prepare you for a wide range of career and post-graduate educational options. In a biomedical sciences course of study, you’ll learn about everything from human anatomy and physiology, to genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, nutrition, kinesiology, and more. Not only can a BS degree be a stepping stone to traditional medical school, there are an increasing number of medical research, nutrition science, and biomedical engineering careers available to BS graduates.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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Biomedical Science

Why a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Sciences Can Help Prepare You for a Health Care Career

According to U.S. News & World Report, over half of the "100 Best Jobs" are health care related. So while a career in health care can be lucrative and rewarding, one challenge is choosing the specific profession that's right for you.

How and where should you go to school to pursue the required education? What kind of career opportunities will there be after you graduate? These can be overwhelming questions for anyone.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
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Massage Therapy

4 Massage Therapy Specializations Worth Considering

For many health care providers, incorporating massage therapy into their practices is a new and effective way to help their patients maintain health or recover from illness. Patients understand the value of massage. After all, almost 40 million adult Americans had a massage at least once between 2014 and 2015 according to the American Massage Therapy Association Consumer Surveys. However, what many people don't know is that massage therapists often specialize in specific areas of practice.

But why choose to specialize?

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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Massage Therapy

5 Reasons to Get a Massage Therapy Certificate in Your Gap Year

Your last semester of high school can be simultaneously exciting and terrifying: on the one hand, you’re about to graduate, and the world is going to open up to you in an entirely new way. On the other hand, the adults in your life are constantly asking what you’re planning to do with your life after graduation.

If you’re one of the growing numbers of people who have decided to participate in a gap year, you’ll have more time to figure out your future. By taking a year-long break after graduating high school, you have a wonderful opportunity to explore your options and maximize your personal growth before heading to college. An excellent option during this time is to pursue a massage therapy certificate, which will benefit you in the five ways described below.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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