Becoming a Certified Phlebotomist and EKG Technician

EKG Technician

Because there is a lot of crossover between the two jobs, many professionals become certified as both a Phlebotomy and EKG Technician (CET).

Working in both positions not only provides these individuals with more employment opportunities, but often higher pay as well.

Best of all, for those already considering becoming a phlebotomist, some training programs offer the option of including EKG certification training with their studies – meaning they can become eligible for both certification exams simultaneously!

What is an EKG Technician?

Like a phlebotomy tech, a CET assists physicians in diagnosing and treating patients by monitoring blood flow. Whereas the phlebotomist does this by drawing samples for testing, the EKG tech uses electrocardiograms to take electrical images of the heart.

An EKG technician is generally responsible for the following during a typical shift:

  • Interviewing patients and recording their health history
  • Setting-up and maintaining EKG equipment
  • Recording and analyzing EKG images
  • Assisting physicians and nurses with additional patient care tasks

Why Phlebotomists Pursue EKG Certification

As mentioned above, many certified phlebotomy technicians choose to add an EKG certification to their resumes at one point or another. The motivations for this will vary from one individual to the next, but generally include some combination of financial and security motives. These usually include:

  1. Increasing one’s appeal to prospective employers
  2. Seeking higher pay
  3. Adding mobility in the job market

Which Programs Offer Both Certificates?

In addition to programs provided nationally by the American Red Cross, many phlebotomy schools offer an option for an EKG certificate. The additional study required typically fits within the confines of the existing coursework, and can be completed within the same period of time (usually about six months).

To find out whether or not the program you’re considering currently has this EKG technician training option, and whether or not the certification course is accredited by the National Healthcareer Association, it is recommended that you contact a representative from the school directly.

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