Medical Technology Certificates

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Bunker Hill Community College Division of Workforce and Economic Development is offering two value-added medical certifications.

While these programs are intended to add value certifications to a licensed CNA or CNA student, they can be taken independently. We recommend students take EKG + Phlebotomy together to maximize career opportunities. Please contact Jack Chan at jchan@bhcc.edu if you have questions about eligibility or enrollment. Both the Phlebotomy and EKG Technician programs are TOP and MassHire approved. They also qualify for the Rapid Recovery & Reemployment (R3) grant funds. To determine if you qualify for R3 funds, please contact commed@bhcc.edu and someone will contact you to determine your eligibility for financial assistance.

 Hybrid Medical Technician Certification Programs

  1. The online portion of these hybrid courses is self-paced. A course instructor and mentor are available to assist as needed.
  2. To complete the course on time, students must spend a minimum of seven hours per week to be successful. Upon successful completion of the course, students may elect to request an externship placement from their course instructor or mentor. The externship is 40 hours and is optional. Externships provide students with practical experience.
  3. The tuition includes an e-book and The National Workforce Career Association (NWCA) test voucher, which enables you to take the career credentialing national exam. This highly desirable, portable credential enhances your resume and signifies that you have the skills employers demand. You should plan on taking the NWCA exam as soon as you complete the program.
  4. Your course start up instructions and e-book will be emailed to you within ten days of the course start dat

Both the Phlebotomy and EKG courses are approved for Rapid Recovery & Reemployment (R3) grant funds. To determine if you qualify for financial assistance for either course, please contact Lateia Johnson at lmjo8989@bhcc.edu.

 

 Phlebotomy Technician Program With a Clinical Externship

Phlebotomists are employed throughout the healthcare system— and the demand for phlebotomy technicians is higher than ever! This program prepares you to collect blood and other specimens from clients for laboratory analysis. The course covers process and procedures; safety protocols, quality assurance and precautions; venipuncture skills; terminology; and related anatomy and physiology.

The program includes a clinical externship opportunity to learn the profession in the field. You will have to request an externship placement near the end of your course to participate. After completing the program, you’ll be able to sit for the NWCA exam, which is included in your tuition.

This 90-hour hybrid course option allows you to take the "classroom" portion remotely via pre-recorded sessions. You will have access to online course support, if needed. Most students will complete their certification in 8-16 weeks. Although listed as Asynchronous (self-study), an instructor will be assigned to teach the class once enrollment reaches six or more students. Should this happen, classes will meet over Zoom Tuesdays and Thursdays for an hour to an hour and a half between 6 pm – 9:30 pm. These Zoom sessions are not mandatory, but it will be beneficial to your studies if you want to participate. You will still maintain your self-study schedule and need to complete all of the online quizzes and final to successfully complete the class.

With six or more students, in-person labs will take place on campus near the end of the program. There are four lab sessions with each session being 3.5 hours in duration, 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. You will receive communication about in-person labs if they are going to be offered. For the in-person lab experience at the main campus, students are responsible for buying a daily parking permit to park their vehicle on campus. The daily rate is $10. Students must only park in Lots 1 or 2. Go to the APP store using your mobile phone and search for ParkMobile. Download the free ParkMobile app and enter Zone # 5850 to buy the permit. Students must use their BHCC email to buy the permit. If your lab is held at the Chelsea campus, do not use the ParkMobile app. Specific parking instructions for the Chelsea campus will be emailed to you.

NOTE: In-person labs may be cancelled if COVID-19 regulations restrict in-person learning.

Once you register and pay, you will receive your course start-up instructions and e-book within ten days of the listed course start date. You may begin the online course as soon as you have received your materials. Should there be an instructor assigned to your cohort, you will receive instructions and a link to join the Zoom sessions.

Once you successfully complete the course, contact Learner Support to request to take the NWCA (CPT) exam.

 Frequently Asked Questions

To qualify for this program, you need to have earned your high school diploma or have an equivalent like a GED or HiSet. You should also possess a 10th grade English reading level.

Your tuition includes an e-book, course support, and the NWCA (CPT) exam.

Yes. You may reach out to Learner Support to ask course content questions. Please visit the Learner Support center to look through Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that address the most common Learner issues. Here, you can also submit a Support Ticket that will be assigned to a Learner Support team member and we'll get in touch right away to help. If you need help immediately, please contact us at 877-261-1484 or info@edu2.com

The online portion of the course is approximately 90 hours and most students will complete their certification in 8-16 weeks. If you want to finish the online portion of your studies in 8 weeks, be prepared to spend a minimum of 11.25 hours per week persisting in the course. If you want to complete it in 16 weeks, then you are looking at spending about six hours per week studying. The more hours you spend studying in the course per week, the sooner you will finish. This does not account for in-person lab times and externship.

While neither the in-person lab nor the clinical externship is required, they are both beneficial. We highly encourage taking advantage of both. Or, you may choose to do one of the two.

This program includes a 40 hour clinical externship opportunity. To be eligible for the clinical, students must successfully complete the 90 hour program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening, and meet other requirements.

  • Identify patients correctly
  • Verify orders
  • Talk with patients and donors so they are less nervous about having their blood drawn
  • Assess the patient prior to collection to ensure there are no contraindications to performing the procedures
  • Prepare the patient appropriately for each procedure and inform the patient of the procedure
  • Perform the procedure properly using the correct equipment and supplies
  • Label specimen containers properly
  • Assess the patient after the procedure
  • Perform quality control functions
  • Enter patient information into a database
  • Transport specimens correctly and in a timely manner
  • Prepare/process the samples for testing/analysis
  • Assist in laboratory testing procedures
  • Assemble and maintain medical instruments used in procedures
  • Wash glassware and clean equipment and facilities
  • Print/collate/distribute laboratory requisitions and reports
  • Answer phones
  • Practice customer service

A credential from National Workforce Career Association (NWCA) demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of an entire content area, industry or area of expertise. An NWCA credential indicates to prospective or current employers that an earner has passed an extensive, rigorous exam which thoroughly tests the competency and skills of the earner. This Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) credential is designed to document the knowledge base for phlebotomists who work in a variety of settings, including those who are a part of the laboratory team, paramedics, and point-of-care healthcare workers.

This credential is appropriate the healthcare workers who assist in patient care by taking blood, urine, and other body fluid samples so that they can be analyzed by a medical lab to assist the physician or other provider in clinical decision making for diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of health parameters. Phlebotomists work in hospital labs and those of other residential facilities (long-term care facilities, specialty hospitals, urgent care facilities, psychiatric facilities) in ambulatory and outpatient settings (physician offices, clinics, home health care agencies, hospice agencies, prison health clinics, school-based clinics, dialysis centers, screening centers, durable medical equipment suppliers, HMOs, community health centers, specialty practices, rehabilitation settings, sports medicine settings, drug testing centers), and in mobile settings (mobile vans for blood donations, mammography, workplace testing, forensic toxicology labs, etc.)

You will need to contact Learner Support.

Please visit the Learner Support center to look through Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that address the most common Learner issues. Here, you can also submit a Support Ticket that will be assigned to a Learner Support team member and we'll get in touch right away to help. If you need help immediately, please contact us at 877-261-1484 or info@edu2.com

Areas of assessment include the phlebotomist’s role and profession, infection control and safety, quality assurance, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, phlebotomy equipment and procedures, point-of-care testing, and special populations and procedures. This credential documents development of skills for healthcare professionals who collect blood, urine, fecal specimens, seminal fluid, sputum, and other body specimens. They collect, label, package, transport, use lab equipment to test, enter data into computers, report on, and store body fluid specimen. Phlebotomists are employed in general medical and surgical hospitals, specialty hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, ambulatory health care services, physicians offices, insurance carriers, state government offices, home health care services, blood donation facilities, and other facilities.

Exam Structure Overview

Number of Questions in Exam: 60
Total Time: 60 minutes
Overall Passing Score: 70%
(All sections require an individual passing score of 70%)

You are eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) Exam if you have a certain amount of sticks. You should be able to get the sticks during the hands-on labs and/or externship. If you miss the labs, then the only opportunity to get the sticks in will be on the externship or at your job. You are on your own to register and pay for this exam. It is completely up to take this exam as a second national exam would just look better on your resume, but not required.

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