So you want to be a phlebotomist? That’s good! Lots of people start their healthcare careers as phlebotomists. However, you may want to consider medical assistant or dialysis technologist as well. Here’s why:
Phlebotomists draw blood. While it is a useful skill, many employers are looking for more versatile employees.
Medical assistants can work in hospitals, doctor’s offices, or nearly any other medical context. Because the role is so versatile, medical assistants are some of the most in-demand members of the healthcare team.
Dialysis technologists can work in hospitals, dialysis clinics, cruise ships, and other locations. The need for dialysis technologists is increasing drastically, which means good job security.
Phlebotomists only get one certification: phlebotomy.
- electroencephalography (EKG/ECG)
- medical assisting.
MCC’s curriculum is structured so you can get certified in phlebotomy and EKG before you even finish the program, giving you a chance to start working in healthcare right away.
MCC’s Dialysis Technologist Training Program prepares students for the premier dialysis certification: Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CHT) from BONENT. Additionally, students are trained in phlebotomy, and prepared for two phlebotomist certification exams.
Get One Step Ahead
Beginning your healthcare career can be intimidating, and becoming a phlebotomist seems like a logical first step. If you think about your career as a ladder, being a phlebotomist is one of the lower rungs. Why not climb a couple of extra rungs up from the start? Medical assistant and dialysis technologist are just that extra step.
Both programs at MCC include a module on phlebotomy, so you can even work as a phlebotomist while you’re still in school.
Because jobs for medical assistants are so varied, you can easily maneuver from medical assisting into a wide range of further advancements. You could go into medical imaging, surgical technology, or lots of other things, and your experience as a medical assistant will make you a much more qualified candidate that employers will love.
Dialysis techs can also work in a variety of contexts, and gain lots of valuable healthcare experience. Dialysis techs can advance into supervising or chief technician positions, and many go on to become nurses or fill other upper-level healthcare positions.
And you might as well take the extra step now, instead of later.