Frequently Asked Questions

General

Will my classes transfer to another school?
Do you issue a 1098T for qualified tuition?

Phlebotomy

What is a Phlebotomy Technician?
How are Phlebotomy Technician roles and responsibilities defined?
What is ASPT?
What is Certification and the recognition of Certification?
Why should I become Certified?
What happens to my Certification if I move to another state?
How do I apply for the ASPT?
What is the cost to take the ASPT?
Why should I take the ASPT?
What can I expect to earn as a Phlebotomy Technician?
Where do Phlebotomists work?
Is there an Externship in the Phlebotomy Technician Program?
Can I perform my Phlebotomy Externship nights or weekends?

Medical Assisting

What is a Clinical Medical Assistant?
How are Medical Assistant roles and responsibilities defined?
What is ARMA?
What is the difference between Registered and Certified?
Why should I become registered with ARMA?
What happens to my registration if I move to another state?
How do I apply for the ARMA?
What is the cost to become a Registered Medical Assistant with ARMA?
What can I expect to earn as a Medical Assistant?
Is there an Externship in the Medical Assistant Program?
Do I have to perform an Externship in the Medical Assistant Program?
Can I perform my Medical Assistant externship nights or weekends?
Do students get paid during Externships ?

EKG Technician

What is an EKG Technician?
How are EKG Technicians roles and responsibilities defined?
What does the EKG Technician Certificate program at Health Training Center teach?
What can I expect to earn as an EKG Technicians?
Is there an Externship for EKG Technician?

General

Will my classes transfer to another school?

We do not imply, promise or guarantee transferability of credits to any other institution. However, we may sign articulation agreements with other schools that provide an opportunity for our students to transfer classes into another school.
Our current articulation agreements: Fisher College accepts up to 9-credits into the associate of science in medical assisting degree program to a graduate of the Health Training Center certificate of medical assisting. Transfer students will receive academic credit for up to 9 credits of college-level courses applied toward the requirements of the associate degree, accepting grades of C- or higher. The transfer credits will only apply to ME 201, ME 205, and ME 213.

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Do you issue a 1098T for qualified tuition?

We are vocational training, not a college or university, and our tuition does not qualify for the educational credits. We do not participate with the United States Department of Education federal student financial aid and loans. Therefore, our tuition is not deemed qualified tuition for federal income tax purposes and therefore we cannot issue 1098Ts. Ask your tax advisor if our tuition qualifies as a job training expense that can be an itemized deduction.

If you would like a print out of tuition paid for the year please email your request to information@healthtrainingcenter.com

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Phlebotomy

What is a Phlebotomy Technician?

A Phlebotomy Technician draws quality blood samples from patients or blood donors and prepares those specimens for medical testing. Many patients have phobias when it comes to blood and needles, and giving blood can be the most difficult part of an office visit. The Phlebotomy Technician must create an atmosphere of trust and confidence with patients while drawing blood specimens in a skillful, safe and reliable manner.

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How are Phlebotomy Technician roles and responsibilities defined?

Phlebotomy Technicians must like challenge and responsibility. They must also be accurate, work well under pressure and communicate effectively. Because they work directly with patients, they must notice and relay any important information gained during interactions to doctors, nurses and laboratory professionals. Typically, Phlebotomy Technicians are responsible for the following: explaining procedures to patients; drawing blood and applying pressure or bandages after blood is drawn; taking blood pressure, pulse and respiration readings; updating patient records; preparing stains and reagents; cleaning and sterilizing equipment and sending blood, urine and fecal samples to the lab for testing.

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What is ASPT?

The American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT) is one of the top certifying agencies in the field of Phlebotomy. While the Certification process is one of the most important roles of ASPT, it also provides continuing education, home study and newsletters, and works with training programs and their instructors to improve the quality of education in the field. Phlebotomy plays an increasingly vital role in health care, and the ASPT works to improve the education and professionalism of the field.

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What is Certification and the recognition of Certification?

Certification is the process by which a non-governmental association or agency grants recognition to an individual who has met certain predetermined qualifications specified by that association or agency.

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Why should I become Certified?

While Certification is optional it is highly recommended as most employers require it. The American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians offers testing that awards the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT). Certified Phlebotomy Technicians must obtain continuing education credits or complete certification management programs to maintain their status. Attaining Certification through the ASPT is a great way to show your dedication to your profession as well as your professionalism. You will be able to present your Certification to potential employers, making you a more desirable candidate for any health care position.

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What happens to my Certification if I move to another state?

ASPT’s Certification is valid nationwide. If you move out of state, your credential moves with you. However, the regulations to work as a Phlebotomy Technician vary from state to state. You can obtain additional licensing information from your state’s health department.

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How do I apply for the ASPT?

The ASPT examination can be scheduled at http://www.aspt.org. Health Training Center is affiliated with ASPT and proctors the exam for ASPT twice per year. We will notify graduated students up to 1 year of graduation of the exam dates.

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What is the cost to take the ASPT?

The fee to apply for and take the exam is $85.00.

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Why should I take the ASPT?

Phlebotomy technicians who become ASPT Certified report higher earnings and more promotion opportunities. Benefits to becoming a nationally Certified Phlebotomy Technician include enhanced their self-worth, improved job satisfaction, increased knowledge, and the ability to make a positive impact on patient care. Employers trust that with ASPT Certification, the Certified Phlebotomy Technicians they work with have met predetermined qualifications proven by a passing the ASPT exam.

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What can I expect to earn as a Phlebotomy Technician?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics includes data on Phlebotomists within its clinical laboratory technician’s category (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes319097.htm). As of May 2010, there were nearly 6,400 clinical laboratory technicians working in Massachusetts. In the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA, region there were 4,150 clinical laboratory Technicians working, which was among the highest national employment figure for this occupation. If you plan to work in Boston, December 2011 data from Salary.com showed that Boston-based phlebotomists earned a median annual salary of $29,730.

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Where do Phlebotomists work?

Phlebotomy Technicians work in numerous environments. Besides working in a medical clinic or hospital lab, Phlebotomists may work for mobile labs visiting nursing homes, hospices, assisted living or patient’s home to draw blood for those incapable of travelling to a lab. Many Insurance Companies hire Phlebotomists to draw blood from insurance applicants. In this case, Phlebotomists would either meet patients at their place of employment or at their home. Many companies now require blood tests for employment as well.

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Is there an Externship in the Phlebotomy Technician Program?

Yes. Health Training Center provides a 120 hour, full time, daytime, weekday Externship for all graduates in the Phlebotomy Technician Certificate Program. This Externship is required to receive your Certificate and is provided after the successful completion of the classroom and lab coursework.

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Can I perform my Phlebotomy Externship nights or weekends?

No. It is Health Training Center’s policy to provide the Externship on a fulltime, day time, weekday basis. Phlebotomy Externships are offered at busy Phlebotomy sites, in order for graduates to acquire as much drawing experience as possible. Most patients requiring blood tests must fast for their blood test and schedule their blood draw in the morning. This is the time that Phlebotomy sites offer their Externship opportunities, as they are busy, need extra help and can offer extensive experience. Although Phlebotomy Technicians do work at night, these sites are not available to provide Externships.

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Medical Assisting

What is a Clinical Medical Assistant?

Clinical Medical Assistants are part of the clinical aspect of healthcare that performs clinical tasks to support the work of medical doctors and other health professionals in a medical office, clinic, and medical facility environment. Medical Assistants are among the highest jobs in demand today and are replacing LPNs.

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How are Medical Assistant roles and responsibilities defined?

The Medical Assistant’s duties include preparing patients to be seen by the doctor, explaining upcoming medical and diagnostic procedures and rooming patients, taking their vital signs, preparing and positioning them for their exams, setting up instrument trays, perform skin, allergy and pregnancy tests, monitoring screening and therapeutic devices, assist during examinations, maintain equipment, performing necessary injections and removing sutures and dressings. Proper medical office practice dictates that a Medical Assistant remains with a patient that has just received any form of medication, undergone allergy testing, is acutely ill, has seizures, pain, bleeding, or fainted to observe, monitor and minimize trauma to the patient. These incidents and the outcome must be charted in the patient’s medical record and reviewed by the supervising physician.

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What is ARMA?

The American Registry of Medical Assistants (ARMA) is a duly incorporated and chartered non-profit, National Registry of and for Qualified Medical Assistants. Its purpose is to register and advance the professionalism of the qualified Medical Assistant; to provide, through publications and their website, updated medical and social information of interest to the Assistant; and to be of service to its members whenever possible. All additional benefits of Registration are brought to the attention of the Registrant from time to time through the ARMA publications and directives. (www.arma-cert.org)
A Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) is one that has met the educational, learning, and working standards required by the ARMA as a fully qualified member of a Medical Team. Once becoming a Registered Medical Assistant, one must complete a minimum required 12 Continuing Educational Units (CEUs) per year and submittal of the annual renewal form and fee. CEUs may be obtained at the Medical Assistants place of employment and are also available through ARMA. Health Training Center is a pre-approved affiliate institution of ARMA. Medical Assistant graduates who complete the Program will be automatically eligible to become a RMA.

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What is the difference between Registered and Certified?

The Medical Assistant may choose to be Registered (RMA) or Certified (CMA). These designations merely depend on the organization to which she or he belongs. There is no qualitative difference between the two credentials of “Registered” and “Certified” title. All are a national credential that acknowledges the member as qualified to perform clinical duties of a traditional Medical Assistant.
Neither federal nor state governments currently require a Medical Assistant to be either Certified or Registered in order to perform Medical Assisting duties. No Medical Assisting certifying or registering organization has control over state laws and regulations. However, many physicians and medical facilities are requiring Medical Assistants to be Certified or Registered through either a state or national agency.

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Why should I become registered with ARMA?

Benefits to becoming a registered Medical Assistant may include enhanced self-worth, improved job satisfaction, increased knowledge, and the ability to make a positive impact on patient care. Employers may trust that with ARMA registration, the registered Medical Assistant they work with have met predetermined qualifications proven by being approved by ARMA.

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What happens to my registration if I move to another state?

ARMA National Registration is valid nationwide. If you move out of state, your credential moves with you. However, the regulations to work as a Medical Assistant vary from state to state. You can obtain additional licensing information from your state’s health department.

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How do I apply for the ARMA?

Once you complete the academic classes and externship requirements, Health Training Center will send you your school transcripts, a school approved ARMA application with authorized signature and embossed with school seal. You complete the application and send to ARMA with a copy of your transcript, proper required ID and copy of your Social Security Card and a copy of your Medical Assistant Certificate and the required annual fee. Health Training Center is a licensed affiliate school with ARMA. Therefore, once our students graduate from the Medical Assisting Program, any ARMA work requirements and testing are waived for eligibility to Registration.

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What is the cost to become a Registered Medical Assistant with ARMA?

As of 2012, the fee to register is $70.00 for the first year, $30 per year thereafter. You must perform your required CEUs and renew your Registration annually. Once you become a member, you will receive your wallet certificate and other ARMA identification. You will also receive the Registry Connection publication periodically. This publication keeps you up to date and offers CEUs.

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What can I expect to earn as a Medical Assistant?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median annual wage for medical assistants was $29,370 in May 2012. Employment is expected to grow by 31 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand will stem from physicians hiring more Medical Assistants due to routine administrative and clinical duties so that physicians can examine more patients. See additional salary information at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Medical Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm

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Is there an Externship in the Medical Assistant Program?

Yes. Health Training Center provides a 160 hour, full time, daytime, weekday unpaid Externship for all graduates in the Medical Assistant Certificate Program. This Externship is required to receive your Certificate and is provided after the successful completion of the classroom and lab coursework. You will be assigned an Externship Coordinator to assist you with your placement regarding scheduling and geographical area. It is our goal to place students as quickly as possible and to assign Externship sites as close to the student’s requested starting point as possible.

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Do I have to perform an Externship in the Medical Assistant Program?

Externships are a required extension of your classroom training and an important component of your clinical labs. Students should perform at the Externship as if it were a paid position. Attendance, professionalism, and clinical skills are evaluated by the Externship. In order to receive your Medical Assistant Program Certificate, a successful Externship must be performed. Without your Certificate, you cannot become a member of ARMA and cannot be registered as a Medical Assistant.

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Can I perform my Medical Assistant externship nights or weekends?

No. It is Health Training Center’s policy to provide the Externship on a fulltime, day time, weekday basis. This enables our graduates to experience the busy medical office environment giving them the most diverse and comprehensive experience.

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Do students get paid during Externships?

No, Externships are a key component in your training and are part of the Program. It should be noted, that although Health Training Center cannot guarantee, many of our medical facilities externship sites hire our students upon completion of their Externship.

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EKG Technician

What is an EKG Technician?

EKG (Electrocardiography) technicians are trained to monitor cardiac health and stress levels in patients. They work in health clinics, doctor’s offices and hospitals, usually performing under the direct supervision of licensed cardiologists.

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How are EKG Technicians roles and responsibilities defined?

An Electrocardiograph Technician records the actions of the heart through a graphical tracing of the electrical activities that occurs during heart beats. Records derived from the electrocardiograms are vital in diagnosing any ailments as well as ensuring the progress of the patient.

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What does the EKG Technician Certificate program at Health Training Center teach?

Students are given instruction regarding the anatomy of the heart and functions, conduction system, as well as abnormalities that could be associated with heart problems. Students will be given instruction on how EKG machines work, how to operate, adjust and perform EKGs on patients. Students will also be given instruction how to identify the readings of an EKG and interpretation of the results. Holter monitors are also discussed.
Our EKG Technician course also includes a Heartsaver CPR class that encompasses adults, children and infants and A.E.D CPR. If students already have an active CPR that meets the requirements of the Institute, this class may be waived.

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What can I expect to earn as an EKG Technicians?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, was $52,070 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $27,830, and the top 10 percent earned more than $80,790. Taking certain variables into play such as location, experience, job demand and extended training payscale.com puts the median salary for EKG Technicians to be $28,000 per year.
Choosing any career in the medical field is often times a wise decision. However, with RN’s and nursing aides being taught in hospitals how to perform basic EKG procedures, job opportunities for technicians who only specialize in the EKG field may have fewer job opportunities. If you are considering pursuing a career as an EKG Technician, you may have higher prospects in finding jobs and keeping them if you combine EKG with Phlebotomy to become a Cardio-Phlebotomist.

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Is there an Externship for EKG Technician?

No. The EKG Technician course is comprehensive enough that no Externship is required. However, in most Medical Assistant Externships, EKGs are performed by the student.

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