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Multi-Skilled Technician Program Focuses on Patient Care

multi-skilled technicianThe Multi-Skilled Health Technician program is offered at the Voorhees campus of the Harris School of Business

Are you interested in becoming a multi-skilled technician in the field of healthcare? Are you curious about the job responsibilities of someone in this position? A multi-skilled technician is qualified to conduct a number of functions in patient care, such as taking vital signs, administering EKG’s, analyzing EKG rhythm strips, collecting blood specimens, and more.

What is the difference between a medical assistant and a multi-skilled technician? While a good deal of the training overlaps, there are several areas where the training is different. A multi-skilled technician receives more training in patient care than a medical assistant, but less training in medical office administration. Multi-skilled technicians also learn not only how to administer an EKG, but also how to read and analyze the rhythm strips.

At the Harris School of Business, we offer the Multi-Skilled Health Technician program at our Voorhees, New Jersey campus. The course is divided into four modules. In the first module, students learn about the anatomy of the human body. They also study aseptic techniques (to prevent infection) and begin to learn phlebotomy (blood drawing). The second module focuses on cardiac care. Students learn about functioning of the heart, the process of administering an EKG and how to read EKG rhythm strips, and common pharmaceuticals used with heart patients.

The third and fourth modules cover nonclinical matters that are important to the multi-skilled technician, such as legal issues, ethics, confidentiality, malpractice, and legislation. These modules also focus on the overall role of the technician in the healthcare setting. Toward the end of the fourth module, students are placed in an externship. Externships are unpaid jobs where students gain real-world experience in their field.

Job Titles for Multi-Skilled Technicians

Students who successfully complete their multi-skilled technician training typically search for jobs in hospitals and medical offices. The job titles differ from institution to institution. Depending on the job requirements, some of the job titles that may fit your training might include:

  • Multi-skilled technician
  • Multi-skilled health technician
  • Phlebotomist
  • Electrocardiogram technician
  • Nurses aide/nursing aide
  • Nurses assistant/nursing assistant
  • Physician’s aide
  • Patient care technician
  • Professional medical assistant
  • Medical assistant

If you are interested in the multi-skilled technician program at the Harris School of Business, you can read more on our programs page. Or just give us a call at 1.800.510.7920.

The Harris School also offers other career-focused courses. Some of our core programs include massage therapydental assistant training, health claims specialist (medical billing training), and medical assistant programs. To learn more, visit our programs page. Your new career path could begin at Harris!