An increasing number of career training schools now offer combination programs, which lead to cardio-phlebotomy technician diplomas that should be of particularly high interest to medical assistants.
Through instructor led classroom instruction cardio-phlebotomy students become proficient in setting up electrocardiograms and learn phlebotomy skills, which is a step up from earning just a simple, basic blood-drawing certificate also offered through various sources and on the job training.
So, why not learn both? After all, we are talking about two closely interrelated aspects of the circulatory system, the heart and the vascular (blood) system, where one cannot exist without the other. Blood drawing and heart monitoring services often go hand-in-hand in healthcare and many medical offices provide this service daily. Medical assistants who strive to advance in their career should seriously consider this as an option.
Cardio-Phlebotomy Technician Training
Cardio-phlebotomy students are instructed in anatomy and physiology of the heart and blood vessels and practice heart rhythm monitoring via electrocardiogram (ECG) and venipuncture skills (blood collection) from infants, children, adults and the elderly, and often are introduced to basic central line flushing techniques. Typically, such programs also include CPR and 1st aid training to teach students how to respond to emergency situations. Graduating from one of these programs at community college or vocational training institutions opens doors to rewarding job opportunities in the medical field. We highly recommend that anyone interested in becoming a phlebotomist also considers the cardio-phlebotomy option when researching schools and available career training programs.
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