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Health Science Certificates

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With a variety of short, structured online and hybrid programs, Labouré College of Healthcare can help you become certified in EKG, phlebotomy, or gerontology. Both EKG and phlebotomy certificates enable graduates to sit for national or state exams to become licensed or credentialed. 

Interested in more than a certificate? These credits are transferrable into the Associate of Science in Health Science program. 

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What is an EKG Technician?

We've all seen this image - on tv, in movies, or in real life; it represents the electrical rhythm of the heart. In short, it shows a heartbeat.

As an EKG Technician - or electrocardiogram technician - you'll learn the skills required to administer noninvasive tests to assess the cardiovascular system of your patients. 

In the 7-credit certificate program, you will study the heart, circulatory system and conduction system, in addition to learning about and working with EKG equipment for proper lead placement and reading of EKG waves. 

Program completers can sit for a national EKG certification exam. 



What is a Phlebotomy Technician?

A phlebotomy technician, or phlebotomist, is a clinical team member responsible for drawing blood and procuring specimens for diagnostic testing.

In this 9-credit certificate program, you will be introduced to the clinical laboratory and phlebotomy with an exploration of how these areas contribute to the healthcare system. You will learn by a combination of academic and practical applications and finish your program with a clinical practicum at an healthcare facility. 

Program completers can sit for the American Society of Clinical Pathology Phlebotomy Technician Certification Exam. 


What is gerontology?

Gerontology is the study of aging and care for older adults. This is the fastest growing patient population, with elder care making up a significant portion of the US healthcare system. 

In this 9-credit certificate program, you will explore healthy aging from bio-psycho-social perspectives, and gain insight into your own aging and the competencies needed to work with older adults. You will also explore health disparities, an area critical to understanding risk factors that impact aging and health equity. 

You can complete the certificate in gerontology in a 100% online format. 

Continue to expand your knowledge and skills with the Associate of Science in Health Science at Labouré.

“Graduates of this major take many career paths in clinical and nonclinical roles. Students in this major are prepared for nonclinical roles that require critical thinking, information analysis and leadership skills. Positions may include medical manager of a hospital department or claims reviewer at a clinic. Graduates also may work for an insurance or pharmaceutical company, research laboratory or community agency.”
- USNews.com

Common Questions:

Will I be able to find a job?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 14 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 1.9 million new jobs. Healthcare occupations are projected to add more jobs than any of the other occupational groups. This projected growth is mainly due to an aging population, leading to greater demand for healthcare services.

Is this program accredited?

Labouré College of Healthcare is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514 (781) 425 7785
E-Mail: info@neche.org

How long is the program?

EKG can be completed in 1 semester. 

Phlebotomy and gerontology can be completed in 2 semesters. 

How will I communicate with my professors?

Many professors find they know their online students better than their face-to-face students because of the social dimension of online learning. Students also find that online classes provide more personalized attention.

You can look forward to dynamic communication between professors and students as daily and weekly classroom and community ties are encouraged within the online environment. Frequent and personal communication, including discussion boards and live “Online Meeting” classes and chats, will create a bond essential to your success. Professors also use weekly announcements and assignment feedback to further ensure access to the professor’s daily presence and availability to support classroom instruction.


What if I have never taken an online class? Will I be successful?

If you can answer “Yes” to the following questions, you are probably prepared to enroll and succeed in an online course. If you cannot respond “Yes” to all of these questions, you may want to consider enrolling in a hybrid course, which is a combination of an online and on-campus traditional course.

1. When you need help, are you comfortable approaching a professor to ask for clarification?

2. Are you comfortable with a self-learning environment?

3. Do you have good time management skills? Will you be able to schedule your time effectively and to stay on task to complete assignments outside of class?

4. Are you self-disciplined and self-motivated?

5. Do you have the ability to read and follow written instructions?

6. Do you have (or are you willing to obtain) access to the internet at home?

7. Do you have good computing skills including:

  • Using keyboard and mouse
  • Managing files and folders: save, name, copy, move, backup, rename, delete, check properties
  • Software installation, security, and virus protection

8. Do you have strong web browser/internet skills (connecting, accessing, using browsers) and ability to perform online research using various search engines and library databases?

9. Do you have the ability to use online communication tools, such as email (create, send, receive, reply, print, send/receive attachments), discussion boards (read, search, post, reply, follow threads), chats, and messengers?

10. Do you have strong software application skills such as:

  • Using word processing (ie Word), PowerPoint, and Excel 
  • Knowledge of copying and pasting, spell-checking, saving files in different formats
  • Sending and downloading attachments

11. Do you have the equipment and software outlined in the College catalog?

How can I access tutors, academic advising, career services, or support for learning differences?

Online students have all the same college-wide support services as on-campus students. The Student Success Center (SSC) uses live real-time meeting technology tools to provide online students with opportunities to extend and deepen their classroom learning experiences.  You will have real-time access to academic advising, academic coaching (focused on learning strategies), academic tutoring (focused on course content), basic skill strengthening (e.g., focused on Mathematics, Writing, or Critical Reading), career counseling, and/or short-term personal counseling.

The SSC also offers specialized assistance to online students with learning differences, including advocacy, learning strategies, and, when appropriate, reasonable accommodations such as extended time on exams, note-taking assistance, enlarged print, and support in accessing digital audio texts, readers, and/or assistive technologies.

Accessible on-campus and online, the SSC strives to be a warm and welcoming community of learners dedicated to fostering student growth and success.

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