We answer your questions about this flexible medical career
As the population ages, more and more people need health care. If you like to help people, do well in a hectic work environment, and have an interest or aptitude for medical terminology, why not consider becoming a multi-skill health technician? Multi-skill technicians, as the name implies, perform multiple tasks, giving them the flexibility to find a variety of jobs in numerous settings.
What do multi-skill health technicians do?
Unique in the medical field, multi-skill health technicians are equipped with a variety of skills, including:
- Drawing blood
- Performing basic lab tests
- Removing stitches
- Conducting electrocardiograms
- Taking vital signs
- Performing administrative work
With so many abilities, you will find multi-skill health technicians in such jobs as: EKG technicians, phlebotomists, nurse’s aides, physician’s aides, or patient care technicians. Many find the job rewarding because they interact directly with patients. They may also interact with physicians, nurses, office staff, labs, and administrators.
Where do they work?
Multi-skill health technicians may work in many settings, such as hospitals, medical labs, private practices, community care clinics, long-term care and acute residential care facilities, and in-home health care settings. Many of the positions are full time. If you are looking for alternative hours, multi-skill health technicians who work in hospitals may have evening and weekend hours for around-the-clock staffing.
What is the job outlook?
“Employment of medical assistants [such as a multi-skill health technician] is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations,” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
How do I train to become a multi-skill health technician?
A multi-skill health technician training program, like the one at the Harris School of Business’ Voorhees Campus, can teach you the clinical and technical skills you need before you enter the job market. Our program covers all aspects of your potential roles — from assisting patients to administration — in a nine-month program.
Courses offered include Medical Law and Ethics, Anatomy and Physiology, Electrocardiography, Phlebotomy Clinical Procedures, and Basic Patient Care Skills. The program is divided into four modules to cover all areas of patient care procedures and theory and clinical procedures, including EKGs and lab tests. After students complete their studies, they get the opportunity to use their new skills during a 160-hour externship at an area health facility.
While multi-skill health technicians have many roles and responsibilities, they have the reward of an exciting, fast-paced career where they get to help people in need. If you think this career may be for you, see if you share the Top Traits of a Multi-Skill Health Technician.
If you are ready to start your journey to become a multi-skill health technician or are interested in exploring other career training programs, please explore the options, request information, schedule a tour at one of our campuses, or call a career advisor at 1-800-510-7920.