On Nov. 30-Nov. 15, Midland College students enrolled in the dual-credit patient care technician program took the National Health Careers Association phlebotomy certification exam, according to a press release.
Ninety-two percent of students cleared the exam in this very first attempt.
“Congratulations to the amazing teachers – Stephanie Gilbreath and Macy Day,” MC Dean of Health Sciences Dual Credit and Continuing Education Wendy Wood-Collins said in a press release. “Never has a group of students received more support and encouragement and it paid off. A 92 percent pass rate is definitely something to celebrate!”
The Midland College Patient Care Technician Program is a dual credit program where high school students receive both college and high school credit. These students are seniors at MISD high schools and started the program last year.
In the spring semester, she passed the Certified Nurse Aide exam, and this year, in addition to the Phlebotomy Certification Exam, she will take the EKG Technician Certification Exam and the Comprehensive Patient Care Technician Certification Exam.
“Once these students pass all certifications—by the time they graduate high school, they will not only have 15 hours of college credit, but they will be eligible for employment as a patient care technician,” Wood-Collins said in a press release. “They will have skills beyond that of a nurse’s aide, with a wide range of patients from pediatrics to emergency room and critical care. Many of them choose to continue their education in health care fields such as nurses, respiratory care technicians, and radiography. Technicians, paramedics, and even physicians by taking health care courses in high school, these Students can explore the many exciting career opportunities available in the healthcare industry.