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.

Sarah Steiner – Student Highlight

Meet Sarah Steiner, our student highlight feature for this week!

Sarah is enrolled in the Phlebotomy Technician program at Boardman Training Center, preparing for an exciting and rewarding healthcare career!

“I chose BTC because of the shorter program length and no student loans,” says Sarah. When she came to visit the campus for the first time, Sarah had a great impression of BTC. She loved how small it was, how quickly she could complete the classes, and that the instructors can help more and are very hands-on.

Sarah Steiner-Student Highlight

Before enrolling with BTC, Sarah had previously attended a larger university for two years. She had first majored in fashion merchandising and then went back after a few years for medical assisting. She decided it wasn’t right for her and took some time off, working a variety of retail jobs in the past few years. She knew that these were just jobs, and not a career, and didn’t want to be in them for long.

“I chose this program because the medical field has always interested me and I love helping people,” says Sarah. At first, she wanted to complete the Medical Office Specialist program, but after starting her phlebotomy class, she loved it and realized she wanted to start working and doing that right away. Sarah says she may come back for the MOS program one day!

When asked what her favorite part is of attending Boardman Training Center, Sarah said, “The educators are phenomenal, and I love that I didn’t have to take out student loans.” Not having to take out student loans was important to Sarah because she had already taken out a lot when she attended the university.

“My phlebotomy instructor Irene was my absolute favorite. She made me feel very prepared for each test and the NHA,” says Sarah, who’s ideal job after graduation is working as a Phlebotomist in a hospital.

Sarah has always wanted to work in healthcare, and she was referred to BTC by a friend who attended the Phlebotomy Technician career training program as well.

Sarah loves that she is graduating and does not owe loans to anyone for completing the program. She was recently hired at UPMC and starts her new career next week!

In five years, Sarah would like to be a Lab Manager in a hospital setting. She loves the hands-on environment and feels she would be a good leader. She would also like to work with people who have similar interests as her.

Sarah’s advice for anyone just starting the program is to be proactive in getting prepared for the NHA tests and getting help with your resume. “BTC is great for getting you ready for your career,” says Sarah.

Sarah says she would absolutely refer friends to Boardman Training Center! “The teachers are extremely educated in their field and the entire staff will make sure you’re prepared for your career.”

Ready to get on the fast track to your rewarding healthcare career? Learn more about our Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist career training programs! Request information now to get started today!

Ishmael Ragin – Student Highlight

Meet Ishmael Ragin, our student highlight feature for this week!

Ishmael is enrolled in the Phlebotomy Technician program at Boardman Training Center. He began classes in May 2019 to get on the fast track to a rewarding healthcare career.

Before attending BTC, Ishmael went to a larger university and found that it was very big, with a lot of walking around to classes. He had majored in psychology, which is what his mother did, and was following in her footsteps. Ishmael realized that this was not the path for him and became interested in what he could do in the medical field.

Ishmael Ragin-Student Highlight

Ishmael also works in the food industry but wants to have a career and not just a job. He says it’s an easy job, but there is only so far you can move up.

When asked why he chose Boardman Training Center to jump-start his healthcare career, Ishmael said it was because of “the location, class sizes, and the field of choice.”

After his experience at a larger university, Ishmael really wanted a smaller school where he could come and learn. He loves the phlebotomy classes because they are hands-on and not straight out of a book.

“It was something I see myself enjoying,” said Ishmael when asked why he chose the Phlebotomy Technician career training program. He wanted to go somewhere that enabled him to gain employment in the local area, because his family is here.

Ishmael says that his favorite parts of attending BTC are “the people, classmates, teachers, and instructors.” He has made a lot of friends in his classes and really gotten to know his instructors.

“Phlebotomy is my favorite class because it’s so hands-on and informative,” said Ishmael. So far in his student experience at BTC, Irene has been his favorite teacher.

After graduation, Ishmael would like to work as a Lab Technician or a Phlebotomy Technician in a hospital or lab setting. He has already begun looking at jobs to start his career in the medical field after he completes the Phlebotomy Technician career training program.

When asked where he would like his life to be in five years, Ishmael said he would like to be the highest paid professional in the field. He is interested in potentially going into medical coding eventually. He says he will go as far as he can in his career with the phlebotomy certification.

When asked if he would refer BTC to a friend, Ishmael responded, “Yes. It’s just as informative as a university but has the class size that makes it easier to learn.”

Are you looking for a career training program to get you on the fast track to a rewarding healthcare career? Learn more about our Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, Cardio Phlebotomy, and Medical Office Specialist training programs today. Classes are starting soon, so request information now to get started!

Patti Foster – Student Highlight

Meet Patti Foster, our student highlight for this week!

Patti is enrolled in the Cardio Phlebotomy career training program at Boardman Training Center and is super excited to get on the fast track to a great healthcare career!

Patti Foster-Student Highlight

“I have enjoyed all my classes at BTC. I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite. I love them all,” said Patti.

Before enrolling with BTC, Patti attended a larger university but says that Boardman Training Center is her favorite school that she has attended.

After being laid off from a job, Patti wanted something new that would give her career a boost. “I’ve worked in the medical field for years and I wanted to advance my career,” said Patti.

This led her to coming to BTC for a visit and meeting with Nikki Granger, Admissions Advisor. “Nikki really helped me make my dream happen,” said Patti. “I chose BTC because of Nikki. I had inquired and she was the most helpful,” Patti continued.

At BTC, we work with each student individually to create a plan that leads to future career success. With our WE CARE school environment, we encourage and empower each student to achieve their full potential.

When asked what her favorite part of attending Boardman Training Center is, Patti said it’s the instructors because they make learning fun.

After graduation, Patti wants to pursue a career as a Medical Assistant or maybe even become an instructor at BTC!

Patti has had an amazing experience at Boardman Training Center and says she would absolutely recommend BTC to others because the staff is great, the class sizes are smaller, and the instructors are always available to help you.

Are you ready to take the next step toward a fulfilling and rewarding healthcare career? At Boardman Training Center, we offer fast track programs to get you in a new career in months, not years.

With personalized attention, small class sizes, flexible financing options, and the opportunity to sit for professional certifications, BTC has just what you need.

Learn more about our Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, Cardio Phlebotomy, and Medical Office Specialist career training programs and request information to get started today!

Jenn McCauley – Student Highlight

Meet Jenn McCauley, our student highlight feature for this week!

Jenn is enrolled in the Cardio Phlebotomy program at Boardman Training Center and is having a great experience while on her way to a great career in healthcare.

“The instructors genuinely care about my success and go above and beyond to make sure I understand all the concepts and clinicals,” said Jenn.

Jenn McCauley

Prior to enrolling with BTC, Jenn attended a larger university for engineering. She had a pretty good experience there, however, she had to take many classes that did not pertain to her specific major. Jenn also worked at Home Depot and is the mom of an 11-year-old.

Looking to get into the medical field as a career change, Jenn chose Boardman Training Center for the fast-track classes that allow students to start their careers in months, not years.

“I chose BTC for the price, class size, and location. I also thought that the class length was appropriate,” said Jenn.

So far in her experience at BTC, Jenn’s favorite class has been EKG because she loves the analytical and mathematical side of it.

When asked about her favorite teachers at Boardman Training Center, Jenn said, “I love Sandy because of her PowerPoints and life experience stories. I love Dave for the tidbits of quick ways for memorizing the facts and how it all works together. I love Irene for her compassion and thoroughness with phlebotomy, and always going above and beyond to help.”

After she graduates from BTC, Jenn would like to work in a lab testing blood samples or work as a telemetry observer at a hospital. As part of her five-year plan, she would love to move to a state by the ocean and work in a hospital doing EKGs.

When asked if she would refer Boardman Training Center to friends, Jenn responded, “Yes, because it’s a great education with great teachers!”

Are you looking for a school with fast-track programs to get you into the healthcare field in months, not years? At Boardman Training Center, we can help you make it happen with small class sizes, personalized attention, flexible financing, and a WE CARE classroom experience.

Learn more about our Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, Cardio Phlebotomy, and Medical Office Specialist programs and request information today to jump start your way to a great healthcare career!

Thankful for Our Students

At Boardman Training Center, our purpose is to empower change by creating opportunity. We strive to help each and every student that walks through our doors by providing them with the knowledge and skills to succeed in their career.

We offer fast track training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist to give students the best possible start in their careers. We are honored to provide these healthcare training program to students, so they can start their careers in months, not years.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we want to share what we are most thankful for at Boardman Training Center: our students!

Check out some of our favorite student moments from this past year!

Hands-On Skills

As part of our healthcare training programs, students learn hands-on skills like phlebotomy, vital signs, patient care, and more. Check out our students practicing these valuable career skills!

 

Earn Professional Certifications

Congratulations to our students who passed their national healthcare certification exams, making them more valuable to employers!

 

Student Experience

At BTC, we like to have fun while preparing students for meaningful healthcare careers. Check out the awesome experience our students are having while training for successful careers!

Community Involvement

Getting involved in the community with events for BTC students, staff, family, and friends is important to us. Check out some of the exciting events from this year including our Halloween Trunk or Treat, Spirit Week, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

 

Join Us Today

Are you ready to fast track your way to a great healthcare career? Join us at Boardman Training Center for hands-on learning, small class sizes, and personalized attention. Request information now to get started today!

Eileen Syfert – Student Highlight

Meet Eileen Syfert, our student highlight for the week at Boardman Training Center!

Have you ever felt like you wanted a more fulfilling career, one that allows you to really make a difference and help people? This is exactly how Eileen felt before deciding to begin fast track career training at BTC.

Eileen Syfert

After helping her grandfather for a year, it sparked Eileen’s interest to work in the medical field and do something worthwhile with her career.

Additionally, Eileen traveled to Europe for three months and visited Norway and Sweden. This was a great experience and gave her some time to reflect, which really put things into perspective for her. Eileen knew she felt lost in her career but didn’t know exactly what she wanted to do.

Before enrolling with Boardman Training Center, Eileen attended a community college for criminal justice and worked for a criminal defense attorney as a legal assistant, but she didn’t like sitting at a desk all day and wanted something that would allow her to get up and move around more.

“I choose BTC because I wanted a new, more fulfilling career, and everyone here was extremely helpful, positive, and encouraging,” said Eileen. After coming to the Boardman Training Center campus and meeting with Nikki, BTC Admissions Advisor, Eileen realized there was nothing stopping her from enrolling in school, and she signed up the very next day.

Eileen chose the Cardio Phlebotomy program at BTC as a way to break into the healthcare field.

“I thought the programs here would be the perfect introduction into the healthcare field. I felt like I could make a difference and have more purpose at work,” said Eileen.

So far, phlebotomy has been Eileen’s favorite class. She says that drawing blood is exciting and a nice balance of challenging and fun.

When asked what her favorite part of attending fast track training classes at BTC is, Eileen said, “I love that I feel valued and heard as a student. Anytime I have an issue, the instructors go above and beyond to help me overcome the issue.”

Eileen says she feels a sense of belonging at Boardman Training Center and has already recommended the school to others. One person has already signed up and will be starting classes soon!

Are you ready to start a fulfilling career in the healthcare field where you get to help people and make a difference every day? Boardman Training Center offers fast track career programs to get you into your dream job in just weeks. Call (330) 729-9244 or request information now to get started!

How to Create Your Personal Brand

Your personal brand can help you get noticed and put your career on the fast track, but how do you create an awesome personal brand?

With personal branding, you have the opportunity to create and maintain a specific image of yourself. Just like companies brand themselves to be known for things like providing a great customer experience or having great products, you can brand yourself to be known for anything you want.

Organizations all around the world have been utilizing the power of branding for many years, and a great example is Apple. Have you ever thought about why you know it’s an Apple commercial, even before you see the logo? Or that feeling you get when walking into an Apple store? Or why products made by Apple always have the same look and feel? You know your having an Apple brand experience, even before seeing the logo, because they have branded themselves so well.

How to Create Your Personal Brand

You can use this same power of branding to advance into your dream career, but how do you do it? Read on as we share our five steps to creating a strong personal brand!

Step 1: Align your personal brand with your professional goals

In order to create an awesome personal brand, the first thing you must do is decide exactly what you want your personal brand to be. This will be your brand identity and figuring it out is an important first step because everything else will be built on it.

Here are some questions to ask yourself to figure out exactly what your personal brand should be:

  • Why are you creating a personal brand?
  • What are your professional goals?
  • What do you want to be known for?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What are your strengths?

After answering these questions, you should have a good idea of what you want your personal brand to be. For example, if you’re a student trying to break into the medical field, some of your answers could be to start your career in healthcare and become known as an expert in your local medical community.

Step 2: Choose your platforms

Due to the growth of mobile devices and social media, personal branding is easier now more than ever. We can all create and promote our personal brands from anywhere, at any time. With so many options, it can be a challenge to decide which specific social platforms to use. Should you start with Facebook or Instagram? Or are LinkedIn and Twitter the better choices?

To decide which social platforms to use when creating your personal brand, you need to answer this one question: Who do you want to see your brand and which social channels do they use?

For this step, it’s really that easy. As an example, if you’re a medical student who wants potential employers to see your personal brand, then Facebook and LinkedIn are where you should be.

Step 3: Network with other professionals

After you know what your personal brand is going to be and which channels to focus on, the next step is networking and starting to build relationships with others. The best way to begin is by following people and accounts relevant to your field. Commenting when you have something relevant to add and liking their posts are great ways to continue building these relationships online.

Local healthcare leaders, potential employers, industry organizations, and medical experts are all great examples of people to follow. Feel free to share their posts, as long as they align with your personal brand. For example, if a potential employer shares a relevant blog post, you can share it to your page too.

Step 4: Share your knowledge and expertise

Showcasing your knowledge and expertise by sharing content on your chosen social media channels is the best way to build your personal brand. Some examples of great content to share are photos, videos, infographics, articles, status updates, and story posts.

When creating content, consider your audience and the things they would be interested in or want to see. For our medical student example, photos and videos of hands-on skills like performing EKGs or taking vital signs would be perfect content to share.

Step 5: Be yourself

When creating your personal brand and working to advance your career, always remember to be yourself! Even on social media, people connect with other people who are genuine and authentic, so let your great personality shine through.

Put Your Career On The Fast Track

Now that you’ve created your personal brand, take the next step toward your career with healthcare training from Boardman Training Center. Request information now to get started!

Sarah Borngesser – Student Highlight

We are excited to feature our student highlight for the week, Sarah Borngesser!

Sarah is enrolled in the EKG Technician and Phlebotomy Technician programs at Boardman Training Center. She started classes in September 2018, and she loves BTC and the positive atmosphere that you feel as soon as you walk in the door.

Sarah Borngesser

Before deciding to attend classes at BTC, Sarah says she was working at a call center and pretty upset with her life, because she wasn’t doing anything for her future. “BTC gave me meaning to my life,” says Sarah.

“I chose BTC because it was a small campus, close to home, with small class sizes and career-driven classes,” says Sarah. After meeting with Nikki Granger, Admission Advisor, she knew BTC was the right choice.

Sarah had previously attended a university in Florida for a short time, but says it was very stressful, with big classes and a lot of people.

At Boardman Training Center, Sarah is on the fast-track to a great healthcare career with small class sizes, personalized attention, and short-term programs.

Sarah has worked in the front office in healthcare and always wanted to get more into the clinical aspects of the medical field. She chose the EKG Technician and Phlebotomy Technician programs to get the experience needed for her hands-on healthcare career.

“My favorite part of attending BTC is the staff. I love Stephen because he makes learning easy and fun, and Nikki has always helped me too,” says Sarah. Medical Assisting is her favorite class because she loves the hands-on, clinical part.

Sarah’s parents are very supportive of her! Her mom has worked in the healthcare field for 30 years as a medical assistant. As a child, Sarah would go on car rides with her mom while she traveled around to draw blood from patients, and always thought it was very exciting!

Sarah recommends BTC to everyone and is always sharing her positive experience with others. “I was not happy with my life before attending BTC, but they made me feel like what I want to do is possible,” says Sarah.

Ready to take the next step to a better future with fast-track healthcare programs? Request information now to get started!