How to Stick to Your Resolutions and Goals All Year Long

It’s a brand-new year, and we are now over a month into 2021. We’ve all made New Year’s resolutions for this year; however, making them is always the easiest part. Staying committed to the goals you set for the year is much more difficult.

Maybe you set a resolution to eat healthier and work out more. Or you could have a goal to start a new career by going back to school and attending a career training program. Whatever resolutions you’ve set for 2021, there are several things you can do to help stay focused and on-track to achieving your goals throughout the year. Check out these tips to help you stay committed!

Create a Plan Just for You

The strategies that work for someone else may not be the best solutions for our own needs. We all need a specific plan that is designed to help us reach our goals. To get started, create goals that are specific to you. For instance, if you made a New Year’s resolution to work out more, how many times will you work out per week? What types of exercises will you do to help reach your goals? When and where will you work out? With the answers to these questions, you can create a plan specific to your needs.

Approximately 21 days of repetitive activity helps to create a habit, and 90 days of doing these same activities help to build a lifestyle. As you’re creating a new habit, each time you do something new, it will make things a little easier the next time around. Exercising will not be easy at first, especially if it’s been a while since you have worked out. However, being sore after that initial workout is expected. As time goes on and you continue exercising, you will build endurance and muscle, making things easier. You will get better, and it will eventually come naturally to you.

When we are trying to improve various aspects of ourselves, it may be tempting to try and achieve all our goals at once. But if you create too many resolutions at once, it can be more difficult. Things may become overwhelming while trying to make so many changes at a time. This may demotivate you or cause you to give up easily. If you pick three goals to start with and make them your main priorities, you will be able to reach your goals more successfully.

These days, there’s an app for just about anything you want to do. If one of your goals is to exercise more, then utilizing an app will help you plan your workouts, track your progress, and keep focused. If one of your goals is to choose healthier food options, find an app to help you track meal choices and learn more about which foods are more beneficial. Another goal you may have is to save and budget your money better. Finding an app that helps you track spending can give you better control of your money.

Choose Progress Over Perfection

Change is undoubtedly a process that does not come overnight. The Empire State Building was not built in a day, and the Mona Lisa was not painted overnight. Making strides toward greatness takes time, and that includes achieving our goals. If you’ve created a goal to go back to school and begin a new career, then all the classes you attend, and every test you pass will help you progress to accomplish your goal of getting a new job. It takes time to complete your career training classes, but you will be ready to start your new career when you’re finished.

If we always wait for the perfect moment to do something, we may never accomplish anything. The perfect time does not exist, and things will never be exactly how we want them. If we would like to take a step toward our goals and dreams, then we must venture out and take a leap of faith.

In reality, perfection does not exist. It’s just something that we attempt to achieve that keeps us doing the same things in repetition. For example, if you want to become a vegetarian and one day you slip up and have a piece of meat, this does not mean that you are a failure. Instead, it would help if you thought about what circumstances led to you eating meat and what you can do the next day to improve. Gathering your thoughts and learning from the situation can help you do better next time, changing failures into successful moments and helping us make progress as we go.

Continuing to stay focused on your goals and resolutions can be difficult. It’s so exciting at the start, but as time passes, that excitement can wear off, and motivation can drop. There are some great ways to stay focused throughout the year! For instance, if you are going back to school to start a new career, you could try rewarding yourself with a sweet treat each time you do great on a test. Practicing daily affirmations can inspire you to get the lifestyle you want and keep you on track. Finding words or quotes that motivate you and placing them in a spot to view when you wake up in the morning can help immensely. You could make sticky notes or set up notifications on your phone.

The third option to help you maintain focus is to know why you made your resolutions. Think about what pushed you to achieve these specific goals. What drives you to make these changes? Maybe you started to get a better job that can help improve your lives and your family. Or perhaps you wanted to set an example for your kids, so they can see what’s possible with hard work and dedication. There will be days when you feel like a failure or feel like throwing in the towel, but if you stop thinking about why you started, it can help improve your mindset and keep you motivated.

Get Support of Family and Friends

Support from those around you can make or break your progress toward your goals. If you are surrounded by a strong network of friends and family who offer support, it will be much easier for you to keep your resolutions. Additionally, having someone who can mentor you, who has already successfully gone through the process and made it to where you want to be, can help you on your path to achieving your goals. They can share best practices with you and insight from their own experiences. Intentionally creating this type of network will surround you with positive influence. Build your team of cheerleaders who help motivate you along the way and remember that it’s okay to ask others for help.

Finding an accountability partner, like a friend with the same resolution as you, can also have a significant impact. Partner with them to keep each other motivated and on the right path. Spend time daily or weekly speaking with each other to check up on progress or any issues you both may encounter. Having someone you can talk to can help you stay committed.

Reach Your Career Goals with BTC

Now you know exactly how to stay motivated and focused on your goals and resolutions all year, so let Boardman Training Center get you on the fast-track to a new career! With healthcare training programs in exciting areas like Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist, we have just what you need. Request information now to start your path to a new healthcare career!

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!

Thankful for Our Students in 2020

At Boardman Training Center, our goal is to empower and encourage every student to achieve their career goals. From the minute you walk through our doors, to the day you graduate, we work hard to help you prepare and train for a meaningful, fulfilling career.

Our healthcare training programs are designed to give you the knowledge, skills, experience, and certification preparation needed to excel in your new career. We offer career training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist that can be completed in months, not years.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’re sharing what we at BTC are most thankful for: our students!

Check out some of our favorite student moments!

Hands-On Training

Students enrolled in our healthcare programs receive hands-on training to learn essential skills they will use on the job in their medical careers. Check out some of our students as they practice these real-life skills!

Earn Professional Certifications

Congratulations to all our BTC students who have worked hard and passed their certification exams, becoming certified professionals! Check out some of these great students!

Student Experience

We love creating a positive and supportive environment for our students to learn in as they complete their healthcare training classes! Check out some of the fun our students have had this year!

Join Us Today

Are you ready to get on the fast track to a new career as an essential healthcare worker? With our healthcare training programs, small class sizes, flexible financing, hands-on training, and student support, BTC may be the perfect choice for you! Request information today to get started!

The Benefits of Choosing a Small School

With a clear idea of the career path you want to take, it’s time to make that idea come to life. For most career opportunities, you will need formal training to be eligible for jobs in the career field of your choice.

There are many options to attend school and complete a career training program to help you on your new journey. You could select a larger university, try an online college option, or attend a small school. Each option will offer a different learning experience for students.

For a lot of people, attending a small school can make a big difference in their success story, during their career training program, and after graduation. Keep reading to find out more, as we share the benefits of selecting a small-school environment to get the training you need in preparation for your awesome career path.

Small Class Sizes

A direct benefit of being in a small-school environment is linked to the class sizes. On average, there are fewer students in each class in a small-school setting. This means there won’t be large lecture halls filled with 300+ people just listening to the lecturer talk.

When you attend a smaller school, it allows you to connect more with your instructors and classmates, and you will not be just seen as another number in the crowd. People will actually know your name and get to know you on a more personal level.

If you select a career training program that prepares you to work in a certain field, such as the Medical Office Specialist program here at Boardman Training Center, you will learn hands-on skills that will be beneficial to you as you begin working in your new career. The more practice you get with these hands-on skills, the better you will get at them.

Students who choose Boardman Training Center to train for a new career will also prepare to sit for professional medical certifications* while in their healthcare training program.

Personalized Attention

In addition to enjoying smaller classes, another great benefit of completing your career training at a small school, is that you will get personalized attention, which will help you do your best as you complete your program.

In a large university setting, you would be in classes with hundreds of people, and would get very limited time to interact with your instructors, because there isn’t enough time for professors to connect with every student. On the other hand, a small-school setting where teachers have more time for each student, allows you to receive the one-on-one interaction you need to excel in your classes.

At a small school, teachers are also more available outside the classroom, which means you will get direct assistance and help when you need it.

At Boardman Training Center, we offer a small-school environment designed to help you every step of the way. You’ll be part of our BTC family that engages you with personalized attention, while helping you reach your career goals. With our WE CARE approach to career training, your teachers will support and encourage you along your journey to a new career.

Student Support

As a student in a small-school environment, an additional benefit you will enjoy is the opportunity to get further assistance and support as needed while completing your career training classes. At Boardman Training Center, we provide academic support like tutoring and study services that will help you in your healthcare classes.

Other services provided in addition to great academic support, are the career services offered that help you get a head start in the job application process to begin your new career. Helping students create resumes and cover letters are just one example of the valuable career services offered here at Boardman Training Center.

Students who choose a small-school learning environment will have lots of opportunities to create lasting relationships with their classmates and instructors, on a personal and professional level. This gives you a stronger support system as you train and prepare for your new career path. Smaller schools also give students the option to be closer to home and get support from family and friends, which can be extremely helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join the Boardman Family

If you’re searching for a small school to help you succeed on your path to a new healthcare career, then Boardman Training Center could be a great fit for you. We provide a supportive family environment that gives you the necessary knowledge, skills, and certifications to be successful on your new career path.

Discover our healthcare training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist to get started on your journey to a successful healthcare career. Request information today!

 

 

*Certification is contingent upon passing the corresponding industry certification exam.

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!

5 Steps to Starting an Essential Healthcare Career

Healthcare workers are essential, and there’s no better time than now to start your career as an essential healthcare worker. With the continued growth of the healthcare field, it could be a great career option for you.

Figuring out the right path to starting an essential healthcare career can be confusing, so we’re sharing the steps with you!

Step 1: Choose a specific healthcare job

The first step to starting your career as an essential healthcare worker is to choose which specific job in the medical field you want to pursue. Today’s healthcare industry has a variety of career paths available for those who want to enter this exciting field. You could become a phlebotomist, medical assistant, medical office specialist, nurse, or even a doctor.

As you think about the specific job you want to do, there are a few questions to ask yourself that will help guide you to the right job choice.

  • What part of healthcare am I interested in?
  • What are my strengths and what am I good at?
  • What relevant experience do I already have?
  • How long do I want to attend school before I start working?

Choosing a career that you’re interested in and that aligns with your strengths will make your work more enjoyable. We all want to love going to work every day, so these questions are important to answer for yourself.

5 Steps to Starting an Essential Healthcare Career

Deciding how long you want to attend school before you start working will also help guide you toward your perfect healthcare job. For example, if you want to start as a phlebotomist, you can get the training needed within months, but if you want to be a doctor, you will need to spend many years in school.

Step 2: Pick a training program that meets your needs

Now that you’ve decided which specific healthcare job you want, it’s time to choose a training program that prepares you for the position. The type of training you will need varies for different jobs, so do your research to see what is required for the job you want.

Most healthcare roles require you to be trained in the specific area you will be working in and some require professional certifications to show you are qualified. As you research the different options for schools and training, look for ones that provide you with everything you need to get started.

At Boardman Training Center, our healthcare training programs prepare students for exciting medical careers in just weeks, so you can get on the fast track to your dream healthcare career. If you want to start your quickly, without spending years in school, our career training options may be a great choice for you!

Step 3: Gain the skills and knowledge to succeed

You have chosen your dream healthcare job and decided on a training program to get you there, so now it’s time to get the skills and training you need. While some schools are different, you will most likely need to complete a campus tour and meet with an admissions advisor. This is where you will learn more about the school, the program, and anything else you will need to be successful.

While attending your chosen training program, you will gain the knowledge, skills, and experience that you need to prepare for a career as an essential worker in healthcare. If you decided on a program that offers preparation for medical certifications, you will also prepare to sit for your certification exams.

We offer a variety of healthcare training program at Boardman Training Center to get you on the fast track to an essential healthcare career quickly. With career training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, and Medical Office Specialist, you can gain the skills needed and start your healthcare career in just weeks.

Step 4: Apply for jobs and start your essential healthcare career

After completing your career training program to become an essential healthcare worker and passing any necessary certification or licensing exams, you’re ready to apply for jobs and start your career! You could work at a hospital, doctor’s office, clinic, laboratory, blood center, or other healthcare facility.

To prepare yourself for the job application process, make sure your resume is up to date with all the new skills, knowledge, and certifications you have gained. Be sure to include other relevant experience and education as well.

Having a friend help you practice your interview skills and building relationships with people in your local healthcare community are also great ways to set yourself up for success while applying for jobs.

Step 5: Start now with BTC

Now that you know the steps to take to start your career as an essential healthcare worker, you’re ready to begin! With small class sizes, personalized attention, hands-on training, and certification preparation, we have just what you need to get started today.

Learn more about our healthcare training programs and request information now!

Katarina Lewis – Student Highlight

Meet Katarina Lewis, our student highlight for the week!

Like many people who want to start a career in healthcare, Katarina felt she needed to earn a professional medical certification to get a job. She chose Boardman Training Center to get on the fast track to a great healthcare career by preparing for a certification in just weeks.

“I heard a lot of good things about BTC and I really liked how quick the program was, which allowed me to become certified and find a job in a very reasonable amount of time,” said Katarina.

Katarina has always been interested in the medical field and chose the Cardio Phlebotomy program because she felt it would give her the hands-on experience she was looking for in a career training program.

Before enrolling at BTC, Katarina attended a larger university and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She says it was a great experience and she learned a lot, but she still needed a medical certification before she could get a job in healthcare.

Katarina Lewis-Student Highlight

After graduating with her bachelor’s degree, Katarina started Cardio Phlebotomy classes at BTC one month later, because she wants to earn a certification and get finished with school as soon as possible.

Katarina is currently working as a Radiology Clerical Associate at Mercy Health-St. Elizabeth. In this role, she looks up test results and makes sure they are good, and then communicates the results of any that are not good to the next level up. She plays an important role in the healthcare team, working with patients, doctors, technicians, and nurses.

While attending Boardman Training Center, Katarina has had a great student experience. “The teachers are always here to help the students, which you can’t always find at other schools. They want you to succeed,” said Katarina.

Mike Giles from EKG has been Katarina’s favorite teacher because “he brought real-life stories to class every day, which made it entertaining and helped us learn the material.”

After graduating from BTC and earning her professional healthcare certification, Katarina hopes to work as a phlebotomist at an outpatient lab or a hospital lab. She says she is not too picky about her job, as long as she enjoys it.

In five years, Katarina wants to be working at a hospital or medical practice as a physician’s assistant. She considers the Cardio Phlebotomy program at BTC a stepping stone that is allowing her to achieve her ultimate goal of becoming a physician’s assistant, and she is thankful for the experience she has gained here.

When asked if she would refer Boardman Training Center to a friend, Katarina says “yes, the instructors are great but so are the admissions team. They make you feel welcome from the start.”

Katarina has some words of advice for incoming students at BTC. “Keep an open mind about the programs. Be patient with the process of learning everything and putting those skills to actual use. EKGs and punctures take time, but you will get it. Don’t feel like you’re the only one that doesn’t understand because there are others too.”

Do you need a professional healthcare certification to start your career? Want to get on the fast track to qualifying for your dream healthcare job? Let Boardman Training Center help you achieve your career goals with our healthcare training programs that are completed in just weeks!

We offer small class sizes, personalized attention, a WE CARE family atmosphere, hands-on training, and flexible financing options to help make your career dreams a reality.

Learn more about our Cardio Phlebotomy, Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, and Medical Office Specialist programs and request information 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.

We’re Here for You Through COVID-19

As we all adapt to dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and the new normal, life has changed for each and every one of us in the last few weeks. From having our daily movements restricted, to homeschooling our kids, to the heroes on the front lines who are courageously battling the virus, we have all been affected.

At Boardman Training Center, we want our students, our community, and our future students to know that we are here for you and will support you in every way we can. We’re all in this fight together and we will get through it together.

Supporting BTC Students

At BTC, we think of ourselves as a family, and not just a school. Throughout this difficult and uncertain time, we continue to stay committed to our purpose, to empower change by creating opportunity.

We’re committed to supporting and serving our BTC family of students during the COVID-19 pandemic by offering live online classes that allow students to continue receiving the education and training necessary to begin a rewarding healthcare career. With this online remote classroom instruction, students can continue to work toward achieving their career goals.

In Ohio, educational institutions are considered essential businesses, so students can travel to campus to get distance learning materials or other related essential services. At the BTC campus, we’re taking every precaution necessary to ensure our facilities are sanitized and are operating under social distancing requirements. We understand that many students cannot travel to campus, so instructors are available to assist students remotely with anything they need.

Supporting Our Community

While we continue to support our students throughout this time, we are also highly invested in the local healthcare community and remain dedicated to serving it as best we can by providing the local workforce with qualified medical professionals.

With healthcare career training programs including Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist, BTC graduates are on the front lines battling the COVID-19 virus by providing critical support to physician’s offices, hospitals, and clinics.

We pledge to continue to support community members and local healthcare teams by training and preparing critical healthcare workers who are essential during the pandemic.

Supporting Future Students

There have been many people and families negatively impacted because of COVID-19 and the mandatory restrictions on non-essential businesses. Many people have been laid off or lost their jobs and millions around the country have already applied for unemployment benefits.

We are a school with the purpose of empowering change by creating opportunity, so we believe that it’s our responsibility to help people get retrained, enabling them to go back to work. To allow people to begin working toward a meaningful healthcare career, we are now offering virtual campus visits for all potential students. We hope this will provide the opportunity for those who have been negatively affected to start their path to a more secure career.

This time of uncertainty can be especially hard for high school seniors who are making decisions about what to do after graduation. We encourage all high school seniors to explore our career training programs that allow you to get on the fast track to a successful and rewarding healthcare career.

Learn more about our Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist programs and contact us today to schedule a remote admissions meeting.