More and more prospective stidents look for a phlebotomy and EKG training program. While they are quite distinctive careers, the reason why some colleges offter combined training classes in phlebotomy and EKG, is that some phlebotomists may be required to perform EKG tests as well.
Do you need an EKG training?
Many ekg technicians or phlebotomists would tell you that EKG interpretation is easy and you don’t need any kind of certifcation and you should not waste your time and money on combied cardiovascular and phlebotomy training course. Yet, the same they say about training programs for phlebotomists and then they complain that they cannot find any jobs.
Longer phlebotomy and EKG training courses, not short or one day on-the-job traing courses, are prefferable to your employers. You can find those courses offerred by your local community collages and usually they cost several hundreds of dollars, depending the state where you live.
Why longer phlebotomy/EKG training courses are better?
If you do get trained in a community college, they should have in hospital practical training in drawing blood. This is essential for you when you will look for a phlebotomy job in the future, as most HR or hospital supervisers want to see you have enough experience in drawing blood. The same applies for cardiology technicians as well, though been and EKG is easier.
EKG Technician and/or Phlebotomy Technician
Finding your first job in a hospital or plasma units will be your biggest hurdle without prior experience. While most hospitals require you at least one year “in hospital” experience, if you show enough diligence and willing to work, you may overcome this.
Having a certification in both phlebotomy and EKG it may help you get your first job easier either as an EKG technician, phlebotomy techinician, lab assistant or hospital donor unit assistant. Then, once you have enough experience on the job, you can look for better phlebotomy or EKG jobs.
On The Job Training as a phlebotomist or EKG technician
If you already work in a hospital such as hospital aid or other nursing duty, you can have on-the-job training either as a phlebotomist, either as an EKG. Sometimes you may be offerred both. This way you may save money on the phlebotomy/EKG training. Sometimes, hospitals offers money for outside training.