Discover whether this healthcare profession would be a good fit for you
If you’re interested in a career in healthcare, one option is training to become a Multi-Skill Health Technician. Multi-Skill Health Technicians work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, and other healthcare facilities, where they handle a number of different patient care responsibilities. Their job is similar to that of a medical assistant, but they tend to have more patient responsibilities and fewer administrative responsibilities.
If you like to help people, and don’t mind working in a fast-paced setting, this might be a good career path for you to consider. A wise first step is to learn more about the duties this position tends to handle, and the options available to someone who receives this training. Below is an overview of this career choice, based on the frequently asked questions we receive at the Harris School of Business’s Multi-Skill Health Technician training program in Voorhees, NJ.
Primary duties of a Multi-Skill Health Technician
This is a role that works under the supervision of a doctor or nurse. The patient care that a Multi Skill Health Technician may provide can range from basic to advanced. These can include:
- Taking patients’ vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, temperature)
- Drawing blood (phlebotomy)
- Performing basic lab tests
- Doing EKGs (electrocardiograms)
- Removing stitches
Depending on the job and the setting, Multi-Skill Health Technicians might also perform administrative tasks.
Other job titles Multi-Skill Health Technicians have
This position may have a number of different titles. Someone with this training could be a professional medical assistant, a patient care technician, a phlebotomist, a physician’s aide, a nurse’s aide, or an EKG technician.
Settings where Multi-Skill Health Technicians work
There are several settings where these professionals work. In addition to hospitals, Multi-Skill Health Technicians work in physicians’ offices, community care clinics, medical laboratories, and diagnostic labs. People in this role can also perform in-home health care or work in long-term care as well as acute residential care facilities.
Daily interactions for Multi-Skill Health Technicians
The routine responsibilities of the position mean constant interaction with a range of patients, which can be highly gratifying. This is a job that also requires working closely with doctors and nurses, lab technicians, and members of an office staff, including administrators.
Skills Multi-Skill Health Technicians need
This is a role that requires cooperation with other members of a healthcare team to provide care for patients. People who do well in this position have these qualities:
- ability to follow directions accurately
- attentiveness to detail
- cleanliness and tidiness in the work area
- conscientious and caring with patients
- willingness to comfort patients who may be anxious or uneasy (such as before a blood draw or other procedure)
- fine motor skills (to handle needles and other delicate procedures)
If these are skills you possess, or would be willing to learn, this position might be a good fit for you.
Hours Multi-Skill Health Technicians tend to work
Although it depends on the particular workplace, most of the roles in this profession are full time. Some positions may have the opportunity to take longer shifts a few days a week. Given that many Multi-Skill Health Technicians work in facilities that offer around-the-clock care, they may need to work evenings, on weekends, and over holidays.
Salary for Multi-Skill Health Technicians
The pay for these positions will depend on what skills you possess, your level of experience, what kind of employer you have, and where you are located. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics provides an idea of the median salary for this profession, which is under the section medical assistant—a position that undergoes similar training.
Job outlook for Multi-Skill Health Technicians
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that “Employment of medical assistants [such as Multi-Skill Health Technicians will] grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.” This positive rate of growth may be something to consider when choosing a career path.
Training to be a Multi-Skill Health Technician
Professional training programs offer preparation in the technical as well as clinical aspects of this job. Look into the program we offer at the Voorhees campus of Harris School of Business, where you will gain hands-on training in the wide range of roles a Multi-Skill Health Technician can handle, from administrative duties to working with patients. Over nine months, you will take courses that cover theory, care techniques, and laboratory procedures. These include:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Basic Patient Care Skills
- Phlebotomy Clinical Procedures
- Medical Law and Ethics
At the conclusion of your training, you gain field experience on site at a healthcare facility with a 160-hour externship.
Working as a Multi-Skill Health Technician can be an exciting and fast-past career for the right individuals, who care about helping patients and like the flexibility of being able to perform a range of duties.
A good next step is to look into whether you possess any of the Top Traits of a Multi-Skill Health Technician. Then reach out to us for additional information about our program in Voorhees, NJ. We’re eager to help you begin what could be a meaningful new career path!
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