The Healthcare Industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, hospitals have added 19,600 jobs in the first quarter of 2011. For the entire healthcare sector, which includes doctor’s offices and other service centers over 36,000 jobs have been added since the beginning of the year.

To help fill these positions employers are seeking skilled, educated healthcare workers. As of March there were three job postings for every job seeking healthcare worker.  Many well-paying jobs are going unfilled simply because there are not enough workers to fill the positions.

Pharmacy Technician

In an effort to meet this demand for healthcare workers Professional Development at UT offers several healthcare certificate programs. Three programs starting this month include:

Phlebotomy Technician

The Phlebotomist is a vital member of the clinical laboratory team, whose main function is to obtain patient’s blood specimens by venipuncture and microcollection. The field of Phlebotomy has greatly expanded in the past several years, and the role of this integral member of the health care team has recently been brought into much sharper focus.

EKG Technician

EKG Technicians are responsible for performing electrocardiogram tests in order to monitor and record electrical impulses transmitted by the heart. They assist a physician in diagnosing and treating cardiac and blood vessel irregularities.

Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technicians work in pharmacies under the direction of a pharmacist. Their main responsibility is filling prescriptions according to doctors’ orders. Pharmacy Technicians prepare medications for dispensing to patients. This generally includes retrieving drugs in the correct dosage form and strength, measuring the appropriate amount of drug and producing a prescription label.

Check our website often as we start new sessions and add new programs.