Mikalena Grewe – Student Highlight

Meet Mikalena Grewe, our student highlight feature for this week at Boardman Training Center!

As a current student in the Cardio Phlebotomy program, Mikalena is completing her healthcare training classes, preparing for a new career that will allow her to help people and make a difference every day.

“I chose BTC because of the one-on-one environment you get. The classes are smaller, so each student is more likely to have one-on-one help from the teachers. I was also happy with the pricing of the classes and the classes they offer being a steppingstone into the medical field to be able to further my career one day,” said Mikalena.

Before enrolling with BTC, Mikalena was unsure of what to do and what direction she wanted to go. She had previously attended a larger university after high school, and while she loved the college environment, she wasn’t in love with her major of high school education. Education allowed her to help students but didn’t give her the same feeling as working in the medical field.

“I was struggling to decide if I wanted to further my education at a university, taking out more student loans and not knowing where in the medical field I wanted to be, or going back to a career center and being a CNA again,” said Mikalena.

Mikalena Grewe-Student Highlight

After deciding that she wanted to pursue a career in healthcare and choosing to enroll with Boardman Training Center, Mikalena started school in the Cardio Phlebotomy career training program.

“I picked the Cardio Phlebotomy program because of how much education I would receive, and by having certifications in both EKG and phlebotomy, I would have better job opportunities,” she said.

While enrolled in the Cardio Phlebotomy program, students have the opportunity to train for a new healthcare career in only 24 weeks, practicing hands-on skills that will be used on the job. Performing EKGs, drawing blood, and carrying out venipuncture procedures are just some of the hands-on skills students learn in this exciting program.

At Boardman Training Center, we love providing our students with a supportive and caring environment that feels more like a family than a school.

“My favorite part of BTC is that after so many weeks, the students in your classes and the instructors start to become a family. You are working together to help one another become successful in the field. Each student and staff member is rooting for you. I have met people I hope to have in my life for years to come,” said Mikalena.

So far, Mikalena’s favorite class has been phlebotomy. Due to COVID-19, the classes have been broken into groups, and her instructor Nikki has been great. “She is always encouraging and willing to help whenever students need her,” said Mikalena. She is also very thankful for Sandy, her instructor for the intro class. “Even after intro ended, I’ve been able to text her to ask questions or call when needed. I’m grateful that BTC has such amazing teachers.”

After graduation, Mikalena hopes to work in a hospital as a phlebotomist. in five years, her goal is to save enough money to go back to school to become a CT or MRI technician.

When asked if she would refer Boardman Training Center to a friend, Mikalena said, “Yes, I would refer a friend to BTC because of the affordable price and the friendly people they would meet along the way.”

Are you looking for a career that allows you to help others daily? Do you want to fast-track your way to an exciting new career in healthcare? Then Boardman Training Center could be the perfect choice for you!

With career training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, Medical Office Specialist, we can help you get started on your path to a new career today! Request information now to get started!

Shaun McCune – Graduate Highlight

Meet Shaun McCune, our graduate student highlight for this week at Boardman Training Center!

Like many students who attend BTC, Shaun wanted a quick and affordable way to get the training he needs to begin working in the healthcare field. “I was considering going into the medical field, and BTC offered an affordable way to start working in this field. I also prefer having live, on-campus classes instead of a purely online course,” said Shaun.

Shaun enrolled in the Cardio Phlebotomy program at BTC and is on the fast-track to starting his new career. When deciding on which program to attend, Shaun thought both EKG and phlebotomy seemed interesting, which is what led him to the Cardio Phlebotomy classes that include both. Shaun also thought that completing training in multiple areas sounded like a great way to keep job prospects open.

Before enrolling at Boardman Training Center, Shaun attended a larger university and earned a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance. While Shaun learned a lot more than he expected about music and guitar, he said he could not make a good living with that degree.

Shaun McCune - Graduate Highlight

Shaun also worked at a shipping facility before deciding to attend BTC. He enjoyed the job there but did not want to pursue a career in freight services. Instead, he wanted to start a career in the healthcare field.

When asked what his favorite part of attending BTC was, Shaun said it is “getting to know the instructors and staff who have been very open to my questions and future possibilities.”

Shaun said that Mrs. Irene was a very engaging teacher, and EKG has been a super interesting topic to learn about, adding that he has found that cardiac rhythms have similarities with his music training.

“I have been fortunate to have already landed an EKG Monitor Tech position at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown. Gaining hospital experience while having full-time hours and benefits is a big plus,” said Shaun.

In the future, Shaun hopes to continue his training in the healthcare field by going into cardiac sonography. He believes that having experience with EKGs is very applicable to diagnostic imaging of the heart. Shaun also feels that there is something satisfying about working with rhythms and sound waves.

When asked if he would recommend Boardman Training Center to a friend, Shaun said, “yes, especially if the individual wants to go into medicine but does not know where to start.” For example, Shaun said that someone who wants to go into nursing could start working in healthcare as a phlebotomist and then find an employer that offers tuition assistance to complete a nursing program.

“I found the teachers and staff to be very supportive and flexible. They are extremely helpful with the hands-on, stressful elements of phlebotomy. They are very passionate about seeing me achieve my goals and start a new career,” said Shaun.

Just like Shaun has done, you can start your path to a new medical field career with healthcare classes at Boardman Training Center! Explore our healthcare programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist today.

With small classes, flexible financing, and personalized support, BTC can help jump-start your new career. Request information now to get started!

The Best Time to Start a Career Training Program is Now

Many lives have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Countless people are facing a difficult time getting a job, while some are still adjusting to homeschooling their kids. For others, this pandemic has brought about many other life changes.

Numerous people have faced disruptions to their jobs this year and making a decision on the next step to take can be difficult, especially with the ongoing uncertainty. You might be unsure of what steps to take to begin a new career that has better job security or what the best alternatives are for career training.

Even though things may feel somewhat overwhelming, taking the next step forward will help you get ahead in your career and reach your goals. If you want to begin a career in the healthcare industry, there’s no better time than now to start a career training program. This week, we’re giving you insight into why it’s best to start now!

Train for A New Career

Throughout this pandemic, we have gotten a closer look at jobs that are essential, and working in healthcare is one of the key categories for essential work. These healthcare workers are on the front lines, fighting for the safety and health of all. Doctors, nurses, medical office specialists, phlebotomy technicians, and many others in the healthcare industry have devoted themselves to helping people affected by the pandemic.

Becoming an essential healthcare worker and selecting a career in the medical field can increase your job security in the short and long term. Preparing for a new healthcare career through training can help you be successful as an essential worker in the medical field.

Besides increased job security, attending a healthcare training program and starting a job within that industry gives you the opportunity to connect with people on a daily basis and help make a difference in their lives, giving you a more fulfilling career.

Finish Your Degree Sooner

Need another great reason to start your career training program right now? The sooner you begin a training program, the sooner you will be able to finish. It can feel like a big step to take. You may feel a little overwhelmed and like you are not ready. However, the longer you wait, the more time it will take to start your new career.

Initiating your new career sooner will allow you to start working and earning money faster. With each passing day, you are losing money that could have been earned, if you made the decision to start your healthcare career training now.

At Boardman Training Center, our healthcare training programs are designed to help you fast-track your way to an exciting new career. With our healthcare training classes that are completed in just weeks, you prepare for a career in the healthcare field much faster than traditional universities.

Stay Closer to Home

Because the COVID-19 pandemic is still present, there are many people who are nervous about whether they should go away to college. Being far from family members and interacting with people from different locations are major concerns at this time.

In spite of these concerns, there are still opportunities to begin a healthcare training program that is closer to your home. When you choose a program that will let you complete your healthcare courses within a small-school environment, while staying closer to home, it will give you better peace of mind for your concerns. In addition, you will have more help from family and friends, providing you with much-needed support systems.

When you are closer to home and attending a smaller school, you will also have the opportunity to network and create relationships in your local medical community and with potential employers.

Start Your Career Training at BTC

At Boardman Training Center, we are devoted to your success while you’re a student, and even after you graduate. Our WE CARE family atmosphere and supportive teachers will set you up for success in your exciting new career. With services offered to students like academic advising, career advising, and personal advising, we empower you to reach your full potential and achieve your career goals.

Explore our healthcare training programs in  Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist to start your path to a new career with BTC! Request information to get started now!

Kharley Calabrese – Student Highlight

Meet Kharley Calabrese, our Boardman Training Center student highlight feature for this week!

Kharley is currently enrolled in the Medical Office Specialist program and has already completed the Cardio Phlebotomy program to get on the fast track to a new career in the healthcare field. She chose these Boardman Training Center programs for many reasons that are important to her and her future.

Kharley says she chose to complete cardio phlebotomy and medical office classes “to get better job opportunities, such as better pay and benefits, and also because I have always loved the health field and helping people.”

Before enrolling at Boardman Training Center, Kharley attended a larger university for hospitality management but then realized that field did not have the opportunities she was looking for, especially in the local area. The cost of tuition was also too high.

In addition to attending college, Kharley also works at a restaurant while completing her healthcare career training at BTC. “I always thought maybe the restaurant I worked for would be a good career, but then I realized I was settling for less,” said Kharley.

Kharley Calabrese -Student Highlight

As Kharley realized that she wanted more for herself than her current job could offer, she made the decision to take her career to the next level by preparing for a job in the medical field.

She chose Boardman Training Center to fast-track her way to an exciting new career for a variety of reasons. “The prices were affordable, and the classes were great for my work schedule. Also, the classes were smaller, which is better for learning,” said Kharley.

Kharley is having a great experience as a student at BTC while completing her healthcare classes and training for a new career. “It is like my home away from home! The teachers are awesome and so are my peers,” said Kharley.

So far, Kharley says that Irene and Sandy have been her favorite teachers because they care about the students and make sure all your concerns and questions are answered.

After graduation, Kharley wants to work as a MA in a physician’s office or hospital. In five years, Kharley would love to have a well-established career in the medical field and possibly furthering her education.

When asked if she would refer BTC to a friend, Kharley said, “yes, because it’s affordable, the programs give you great job opportunities, and the instructors and staff are amazing!”

Do you want to take your career to the next level with more opportunities? Are you looking for a more fulfilling career that allows you to help people every day? Make the move and join us at Boardman Training Center! With a supportive educational environment, small class sizes, and flexible financing, we have just what you need to get started.

Explore our career training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist. Request information now to advance your career with BTC!

Charity Unruh – Student Highlight

Meet Charity Unruh, our student highlight for this week!

After graduating from high school, many people are unsure of what to do next. With so many options and career paths available to choose from, it can be hard to decide which one fits you best. Charity, our student highlight this week, experienced this as well.

“I was trying to decide what I wanted to do but couldn’t. I knew I had always wanted to do something in the medical field,” said Charity. When she was younger, her grandpa had cancer and had to have a lot of surgeries. In helping take care of her grandpa, she discovered that her niche in life was helping people. Her grandpa’s hospice nurse even told Charity that she is a natural nurse.

Charity’s mom is a pharmacist and she learned a lot about the medical field from her.

Before attending Boardman Training Center, Charity took a year off from school after high school to figure out what she wanted to do. She was originally going to go to college for nursing, but the cost of tuition was very high and unaffordable.

Charity Unruh-Student Highlight

“I chose BTC because it was affordable. I liked that it is a small facility with small classes. Also, I could tell right away that the staff cares about their students,” said Charity of her decision to attend Boardman Training Center.

Charity is currently enrolled in the Medical Office Specialist program at BTC and is on the fast-track to starting her career in the medical field.

“I chose my program because I’ve always been fascinated with the medical field. My grandpa is the one who inspired me by helping take care of him when he had cancer,” said Charity. Also, her grandpa always told her that she would be a nurse.

When asked what her favorite part is of attending BTC, Charity said, “it’s that everyone here is so close knit, like a family. I also love that the staff goes to every length to make sure their students succeed.”

EKG is Charity’s favorite class in the Medical Office Specialist training program at BTC because she has always been fascinated by the heart.

Charity says that she would love to specialize in cardiology after graduating from BTC, because the cardiovascular system is her favorite and fascinates her the most. This goes back to Charity’s high school anatomy class when she dissected a pig’s heart. She was immediately intrigued and knew she wanted to work with the heart.

“In five years, I would like to have made a difference in as many peoples’ lives as I possibly can,” said Charity. She would even like to assist in heart surgeries one day.

When asked if she would refer Boardman Training Center to a friend, Charity said, “I would most definitely refer BTC to a friend. The staff is incredible, and it feels like I’ve created a second family by attending BTC.”

Charity truly loves training for a new medical career at BTC and says that it has been phenomenal for her. She couldn’t imagine her life if she had not come here for school.

Even though high school was not her thing, Charity says coming to BTC was different because they take care of you here. She doesn’t know what she will do when she leaves BTC because it has become a second home to her.

“Give it a shot. Look into it. Honestly, if you enroll here, you will not regret it. It will be like you have a second family,” said Charity, giving her advice for anyone considering enrolling at BTC to train for a new healthcare career.

Do you want to start a career in the medical field with the opportunity to help people on a daily basis? Or maybe you are just graduating high school and are unsure of what to do next, just like Charity was when she graduated. Boardman Training Center is here to help you take the next step toward a successful and fulfilling healthcare career.

We offer career training programs in a variety of healthcare areas, including Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist. Explore these exciting programs and request information today to get started on your path to a great career!

How to Choose the Right Career Training Program for You

We all excel at something we enjoy doing or things we are naturally talented in, so selecting a career path that is similar to our talents or the things we enjoy, will help create a more fulfilling career. There are many different options to choose from and sometimes this can be a little mind-boggling as you try to make the best decision.

There are some important steps to take when planning your career path. Setting time aside to create your career goals and finding out the job requirements, as well as searching for the most relevant and helpful training programs, are the right steps to get you into the career of your dreams. This week, we will look at some options that will help you make great career decisions.

Set Your Career Goals

There may be a goal you have in mind, like starting a career as a nurse, or you may require further guidance to help you figure things out. If you are undecided, here are a few questions to help with your thought process, as you create your own personal goals.

  • Why do you want to start a new career? Think about what fuels your passion to work within that specific field. Does motivation come through your family members? Would you like to improve your future or way of life? Are you self-motivated? Or are there other reasons?
  • What are you looking for in a new career? To decide which goals are a best-fit, it is important to understand what you would like to achieve from your career path. Would you prefer a high paying salary that gives you better security? Do you need more flexible working hours to create a better work-life balance? Are you motivated to work in a field where you are able to help others? Is working from home a top priority?
  • What areas are you interested in? Do you have any natural talents that will help you on your career path? Are you into technology? Do you enjoy interacting with others? Whatever your decision, select something that you excel at naturally.
  • Do you plan to continue advancing your career? Creating a plan of action will help you get to your chosen career path and advance. You can begin with the basics, then work your way up in the working world.
  • Where do you want to be in five years? You need to visualize where you want to be in the long run. In order to meet your career goals, you must have an idea of the end result. Would you like a new car or a dream home? Maybe you want to start a college fund for your child? Visualizing these results will continue to motivate you as you go.

Once you’ve completed your list of answers, you will be on the right track to creating a future you will thrive in. Always remember the goals you set should be SMART goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely.

Take a look at this SMART career goal example: I want to start a career as a phlebotomy technician in Boardman within one year.

Determine Your Needs

You’ve successfully determined your goals, and now it’s time to think about what you need to achieve them. Each career path is different and will have different training requirements to help you get there.

In this stage, examine the job descriptions for the careers you are interested in pursuing. If you want to become a medical office specialist, take a look at the vacancies within your city for that role. What educational background do candidates need to have in order to apply? Is a license or certification mandatory? Do they require previous experience? When you are done reviewing the job descriptions and requirements, make a list of the things that are most relevant. This list is exactly what you need to qualify for the job.

It’s important to take note of the job qualifications, and it’s equally important to understand the option that works best for you. Here are some additional questions to help guide you.

  • What is your learning style? Everyone retains information in different ways and the way we remember this information is linked to our specific learning style. Some people learn better when they hear about a topic, while others are more attentive when they are reading. Some prefer to learn with the practical approach of completing a task and seeing the outcome themselves. Finding your learning style will help improve the career training choices you make.
  • What is your personality type? Our personality traits also affect how we retain information. Try taking a personality test like the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator. This could help you learn more about yourself and how you can best utilize your learning style.

You now have the checklist of requirements you need in order to choose the best career training classes for you.

Research Career Training Options

Now it’s time to research the variety of career training program options that are available and choose the one that fits you best. In order to understand the options, you need to explore the programs that will help you meet your career goals and work with your specific learning style.

  • Does the program train you for the specific job you want? Do you recall that list you made based on job descriptions? We created it for this question. Take that list and do a comparison of the career training programs you are considering. Does it provide you with the knowledge and skills required? Do you prepare for professional certifications? Does the program timeframe align with your career goals? Will it help you advance in your career?
  • Is the school aligned with your needs? The next step to take, is to determine which school will be the best institution to meet your needs. Here are a few questions you can ask for guidance. Is there a dedicated admissions advisor that will help you understand the requirements for the application process? Are flexible financing options offered? Is the teaching style aligned to your learning style? Do students get personalized instruction?
  • What support is offered to students? You need to be aware of how the school will support you as a student and also after you’ve completed your career training. Here are a few questions to ask. Is the environment supportive for students? Is additional help and tutoring offered if needed? Are there any services available that will continue to be offered even after graduation?

When you have reviewed the options, assess the pros and cons by making a list to help you decide. After you’ve evaluated the career training options, you can confidently make a selection that will allow you to have a successful career.

Get Started Today

After going through these steps, you’ve created your career goals, figured out your needs, and decided on which career training program you will attend. So now you’re ready to get started on your journey to a new career!

If you want to begin a career in the exciting field of healthcare, Boardman Training Center may be perfect for you. We offer fast-track career training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist.

Request information and our friendly admissions advisor will work with you to design a career training plan just for you!

Nicole Habeger – Student Highlight

Meet Nicole Habeger, our student highlight feature for the week!

Nichole has worked in healthcare for many years and is attending the Cardio Phlebotomy program at Boardman Training Center. She chose this program because caring for others is important to her.

Before deciding to attend BTC and get on the fast track to an exciting new career, Nicole attended larger universities, but decided that they were not worth it for her. In high school, she also attended a local career and technical center, earning her STNA.

Nicole has many years of experience in the medical field, as she worked eight years at a retirement home and one year at a local hospital. Eventually, Nicole decided to try working in a different field, but she soon discovered that a career in healthcare is what’s right for her.

Nicole Habeger-Student Highlight

“I tried to get out of the medical field and very soon discovered it is what I need to do. I am a caretaker through and through,” said Nicole. She has little cousins and loves them like they are her own kids. She is always there for them and helps with anything they need.

“It seems like a great place. I fell in love with phlebotomy at the hospital and they offer it here,” said Nicole when asked why she choose Boardman Training Center to prepare for an exciting career in the healthcare field.

Nicole said her favorite part of attending Boardman Training Center is “the smaller classes and the personalities of all the instructors and directors. They truly care about everyone who walks through that door!”

When asked what her favorite class is so far at BTC, Nicole said that phlebotomy is her favorite because she loves drawing blood.

After graduation, Nicole wants to work as a phlebotomist or in a medical office so that she has the opportunity to help other people. With so many years of experience in healthcare, Nicole knows she has a lot of directions she can go in her future career, and she would like to pursue more positions in a lab setting.

Nicole would like her life to be comfortable and happy in five years. She would like to get married and start a family, and does not want to struggle living paycheck to paycheck.

Nicole said she would absolutely recommend Boardman Training Center to a friend! “I truly believe this is the best money I’ve ever spent. They set you up for success. They will do everything in their power to make sure everything is suitable for your needs. If there is anything they can do to make your life a little easier, stand back because they will all do their best to help,” said Nicole.

Now that she’s on her way to an exciting new career in healthcare, Nicole said she is very thankful that she was able to start the Cardio Phlebotomy program at BTC. She enjoys previous graduates coming into visit the teachers and giving pep talks to the classes.

When asked if she has any advice for others thinking of attending healthcare career training classes at BTC, Nicole said, “Nikki is persistent. If she sees something in you, she is not going to let you walk away easily. Just ask questions, because if you have questions, chances are that someone else does. Never be afraid to talk to your instructors. Don’t give up! They won’t let you anyway!”

After she completes her cardio phlebotomy classes, Nicole would like to enroll in the Medical Office Specialist career training program at Boardman Training Center to continue to advance her skills in the healthcare field.

Are you looking to start an exciting new career in the healthcare field? Or maybe you already work in healthcare but want to advance your career by gaining specific knowledge and skills? Whatever your career goals, Boardman Training Center offers healthcare training classes to help you get there.

Explore our career training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist and request information to get started!

BreannaMarie Slaven – Student Highlight

Meet BreannaMarie Slaven, our student highlight for this week!

BreannaMarie has always wanted a job in healthcare because working in the medical field runs in her family. Her mom has always worked in healthcare and her aunt is a phlebotomist, and she even has cousins who are doctors and nurses.

“I choose BTC because my cousin went here and she couldn’t help but brag about how good the school is and how friendly the environment truly is,” said BreannaMarie. She chose the Phlebotomy Technician program because her aunt is a phlebotomist and she wanted to follow in her footsteps.

Before enrolling in a fast track career training program at BTC, BreannaMarie attended a larger university. She says it was nice, but it didn’t give her what she wanted from a university.

BreannaMarie Slaven-Student Highlight

After growing up in the south, BreannaMarie moved to New Castle about a year ago. After moving to the local area, she began working in healthcare and trying to find her way for what she wants to do with her life.

BreannaMarie currently works at Homemakers Healthcare where she goes to people’s homes and checks in on them.

When BreannaMarie first came into Boardman Training Center, she wasn’t sure what all she wanted to do. She wants to eventually get into nursing and thinks the short-term career training at BTC will help get her there.

“My favorite part is how everyone helps you feel welcome and helps you reach your goals. Everyone helps you build your confidence up more,” said BreannaMarie.

BreannaMarie says she felt welcome as soon as she walked in the door and that BTC is the best school she has ever come to. She loves Nikki and Irene so much. She says she was not confident when she came here but they brought her out of her shell so much.

When asked who her favorite teacher is here at Boardman Training Center, BreannaMarie said, “I honestly don’t have a favorite teacher because they are all so helpful. They have made me want to reach my goals and have all played a role in my life that I will treasure forever.”

BreannaMarie already has a job lined up where her aunt currently works for after she completes the Phlebotomy Technician career training program at BTC. She says her ideal job is to work in a doctor’s office or even a hospital.

“I would like to move further into the healthcare field in the next five years,” said BreannaMarie. After a year or so of working she wants to continue her education. “It never hurts to have a lot under your belt,” she said.

BreannaMarie says she would recommend Boardman Training Center to friends. “Absolutely I would recommend BTC because they will help you as much as they can. I have never been to a school that showed you they want you to succeed as they do here. This is the best school I’ve been to,” said BreannaMarie.

BreannaMarie has some great advice for others. “Never give up on life! Just keep swimming!”

Do you want to get started in the exciting field of healthcare? Explore our fast track career training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, and Medical Office Specialist. Request information now to get started today!

How to Start Your Journey to Becoming a Phlebotomy Technician

You’re ready to take the next step in your career and become a phlebotomy technician, but how do you do it? What training do you need to start a new career as a phlebotomy technician?

At Boardman Training Center, we love helping students achieve their career goals and dreams. Our purpose is to empower change by creating opportunity, and we take pride in doing this for each and every student.

Keep reading as we share the four steps you can take to become a phlebotomy technician!

How to Start Your Journey to Becoming a Phlebotomy Technician

Step 1: Choose the Right Phlebotomy Program for You

The first thing you must do to become a phlebotomy technician is choose a career training program that’s right for you. Enrolling in a program that fits your specific needs will increase your chances of success in the program and in your career. As you research various options for getting the training you need, be sure to choose one that provides exactly what you need to start your career. A quality phlebotomy technician program should include:

  • Training in phlebotomy best practices
  • Developing hands-on phlebotomy skills
  • Preparing for a phlebotomy certification exam

In addition to choosing a quality phlebotomy training program, you should also look for a school that provides a positive student experience and a supportive educational environment. Small class sizes, personalized attention, and caring teachers will help you succeed in your classes.

Step 2: Learn Hands-On Skills

Phlebotomy technicians are essential to the healthcare team because they perform critical patient procedures and help create a positive experience. If you’ve ever had to have blood drawn, you know how important it is to have a well-trained phlebotomy technician performing the procedure.

Learning about the various techniques and gaining hands-on experience in drawing blood is what will set you up for success when you start your career. At Boardman Training Center, our Phlebotomy Technician program is designed to give you the exact knowledge, skills, and experience you need to become a phlebotomy technician.

Best practices for phlebotomy technicians, various procedures for specimen collection, and different types of skin puncture techniques are some of the valuable skills students learn in BTC’s Phlebotomy Technician career training program.

Step 3: Prepare for Certification

In addition to learning and practicing hands-on skills, a quality phlebotomy program will prepare you for a professional phlebotomy certification. Many employers prefer candidates who hold a certification because they know that you have met the high-quality standards to earn and maintain the certification.

Earning a phlebotomy certification can make you more marketable to potential employers, such as hospitals, labs, physicians’ offices, clinics, blood centers, surgical centers, and more. Healthcare employers want professionals with a high level of skills, and a certification lets them know you can get the job done!

Students who enroll in BTC’s Phlebotomy Technician program prepare for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)* exam from the National Healthcareer Association. Since students have the opportunity to prepare for this exciting certification while completing the phlebotomy program, they are ready for career success after graduation!

Step 4: Start Your Phlebotomy Technician Career with BTC

Since you now know the exact steps to start your journey to becoming a phlebotomy technician, it’s time to take the first step! There are many benefits to choosing BTC to start your path to a phlebotomy career. We offer a short-term Phlebotomy Technician program that can be completed in just weeks, so you can start your new career quickly. You will gain essential knowledge, hands-on skills, and valuable experience, while also training for a professional phlebotomy certification.

We offer a supportive school environment, personalized attention, small class sizes, and flexible financing options to help you start your exciting new career.

Make the move into a fulfilling healthcare career by requesting information for our Phlebotomy Technician program today!

*Certification is contingent upon passing this industry certification exam.

Jodi Roberts – Student Highlight

Meet Jodi Roberts, our student highlight feature for this week!

Jodi recently decided to pursue her goal of working in healthcare by enrolling in the Cardio Phlebotomy program at Boardman Training Center. Working in healthcare is something Jodi has always wanted to try since she was younger, because it enables her to help people.

Jodi Roberts-Student Highlight

When deciding what school to attend to get the healthcare training she needed, Jody chose Boardman Training Center because it was recommended to her by a friend.

“I work with a former student. She recommended BTC. She had good things to say about the school and the instructors,” said Jodi. After hearing about BTC from her coworker, Jodi called the very next day and set up an appointment to come visit the school.

Jodi said she chose the Cardio Phlebotomy program because she “thought it sounded very interesting to draw blood and other specimens, and I wanted to help people.”

At first, Jodi just was going to enroll in the Phlebotomy Technician program, but after meeting with Nikki Granger, Admissions Advisor at BTC, Jodi decided to go with Cardio Phlebotomy. Jodi thought that learning additional skills, such as EKGs, would make her more marketable when applying for jobs in the medical field.

Previously, Jodi attended a larger university, and says while the teachers were good, the class sizes were a little too big. At this time, Jodi wasn’t sure what she wanted to do and didn’t have a set major. She decided to take a semester off to figure out what she wanted to do.

After getting married, staying home with her kids for a few years, and working part-time, Jodi decided she wanted to do something different, and was ready to make her move into the healthcare field.

When asked what her favorite part is of attending BTC, Jodi said it’s “the people. The instructors are very helpful. The other students also do whatever they can to help. The hours also work really well with my work schedule.”

Phlebotomy has been Jodi’s favorite class and Irene has been her favorite teacher while at BTC. “Some students learn at a different pace, and Irene gives a lot of individual attention, and addresses what you need to work on,” said Jodi.

After graduating from the Cardio Phlebotomy career training program, Jodi would like to work in a walk-in lab setting. She would prefer this instead of working in a hospital, as the hours would be better for her.

In five years, Jodi would like to be doing phlebotomy full time and have her own health insurance. She would love to do some traveling with her husband, including Alaska for him and the South to get some sunshine for her!

Jodi said she would refer Boardman Training Center to others who want to start a career in healthcare. “I like the small class sizes. The hours work great for people who work. They really want you to succeed. They help you with what you need to work on,” said Jodi.

When Jodi first began the Cardio Phlebotomy program, she was nervous, but she says she is not nervous anymore because her instructor was able to help her. “You get a lot of individual attention,” said Jodi.

For potential students who are considering enrolling in career training classes with Boardman Training Center, Jodi has some advice. “Just do it. They will work with you and you can do more than you think you can. Make sure to study!”

Are you ready to jump-start your successful healthcare career? With small class sizes, personalized attention, hands-on training, and flexible financing options, BTC has just what you need. Learn more about our Cardio Phlebotomy, Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, and Medical Office Specialist programs and request information to get started