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Newport News Celebrates First Phlebotomy Graduates

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Adult Education, Centura College, Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy


On December 7th, 2015, the Peninsula campus launched their first phlebotomy course. A six week course fast paced, with a load of information. Everyone was excited. The phlebotomy students endured the rigorous course, persevered, and finally completed the main objective, which was to pass their certification. When test time came, everyone was nervous and anxious. They closed their eyes while the computer tallied their scores, and upon opening their eyes to view their scores, everyone was filled with delight, as they all had passed. They rejoiced as if they had won the Super Bowl! It may not have been the Super Bowl but this was a memorable time that made them all feel like winners. They can all proudly say, “I am a Certified Phlebotomist Technician”. Here at CPEN, we are all proud of their accomplishment.

You might be asking,

So what does a Phlebotomy graduate do?

Few people probably know the term phlebotomist, but it’s the health care professional who draws blood and ensures the proper amount is taken and that all blood is properly labeled and stored. Whether you have been a patient or a blood donor, you have seen a phlebotomist. Anyone who chooses this field has to be comfortable with blood, needles, databases, test tubes and blood vials. You will draw blood, verify the patient’s or blood donor’s identity, label the blood and enter patient information into a database. You’ll assemble and maintain equipment as well to prevent infections or other complications. Phlebotomists also tend to reassure nervous patients who don’t like needles, and some of them will explain what they are doing for patients who are interested.

Phlebotomy technicians are becoming very high in demand, and that oppertunity is increasingly steadily. This is partly because of locations (such as hospitals which are open 24 hours) require three shifts of phlebotomists on staff. That means that if you are flexible about the hours you work, you will probably find even more opportunity in this field.


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Do You Need Training to Be a Medical Assistant?

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Medical Assisting

Do You Need Training to Be a Medical Assistant?

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Do you really need formal training to become a Medical Assistant?

Changing careers in today’s economy can be a scary and difficult process for anyone, but when a job doesn’t pay enough to support a family anymore, that change becomes necessity. Increasing pay without increasing hours spent at a job can also be fairly hard without formal training, a college degree or industry certification. Thankfully, there are programs out there such as medical assisting training that can be completed while working another job and still pursuing a career that you love in the medical field. And with the growth in the medical industry at an above average rate and the average pay for medical assisting being well above the minimum wage, a change to the medical field could be a viable option for changing career fields. And training to be a medical assistant is a great place to start!

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How to Become a Medical Assistant in 15 Months or Less

Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Medical Assisting

How to Become a Medical Assistant in 15 Months or Less!

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How to Become a Medical Assistant FAST!

Big changes are under way in American society. Citizens are aging. And, as they do, they will require more medical care and attention. Their increasing needs alone are driving the promising future of health care job opportunities. Ranking high on the list of opportunities are positions in Medical Assistance – a 29% increase is expected before 2022 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  So you want to learn how to become a medical assistant, keep reading! …Read More Here

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Is Tech Making the Medical Assisting Field Better or Worse?

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Medical Assisting

Is Technology Making the Medical Assisting Field Better or Worse?

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How has technology changed the medical assisting field?

Medical Assistants come from all backgrounds – working single mom or dad, high school grad or GED, and just about anyone unhappy with their income or insecure about their future. Among the attractions is the promise of solid money and increasing job opportunities. But with this growth also comes a flood of technological advances that promise to make the field better, more efficient and more accurate.  But is that what’s really happening?  Is technology really making the medical assisting field a better place to work? …Read More Here

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The Ugly Truth About Medical Assisting

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in Medical Assisting

The Ugly Truth About Medical Assisting

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Medical Assisting is not all Glitz and Glam – but it can be a good living!

It’s easy to see the bright side of medical assisting: it provides professional employment in a desirable environment with decent pay. On top of that, you can expect a very healthy job market for many years to come. Yet being a medical assistant also means having a job that can sometimes be quite demanding, and it’s often not glamorous. It is a job, and any job has its pitfalls and difficulties. If you are deciding whether medical assisting makes a promising career for you personally, it’s important that you examine the ugly truths of the profession.

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What’s the Current Job Market for Medical Assisting Professionals Look Like?

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Medical Assisting

The Current Job Market for Medical Assisting Professionals

What's the Current Job Market for Medical Assisting Professionals Like? | Centura CollegeMedical assistants play an intricate, behind-the-scenes role in many medical facilities. They are the people who take medical histories, deal with patients, and serve as the first line of communication between patients and the medical facility. With that being said, medical assisting is still a fairly new field, and many people wonder what medical assistants really do, and whether or not the field is one that could provide long term job security.

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