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A student in the Healthcare Technician certificate program practicing her skills with a mock patient.

Prepare for a career in health care in as little as little as 10 months! Healthcare technicians draw blood from patients and prepare specimens for testing or storage. They also perform EKGs (electrocardiograms) on patients to record and monitor their heart rate and rhythm.

Why Choose NECC?

With the Healthcare Technician Certificate, you will be prepared to seek a job when you graduate. You will also be able to apply your credits to earn an Associate Degree in General Studies: Health Specialization. (Some of our students do both and get great jobs while continuing their education!) With this program, you will:

  • Choose from the program concentrations; Phlebotomy and EKG, EKG and Nursing Assistant, or Phlebotomy and Nursing Assistant
  • Develop the communication, customer service, and problem-solving skills you need for a successful career in health care
  • Gain real-world experience in a phlebotomy externship

Because of NECC

You will be able to pursue a job as a healthcare technician, phlebotomist, or EKG technician. You will be able to:

  • work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, or medical and diagnostic labs
  • transfer your credits to earn your Associate Degree in General Studies: Health Specialization


Courses and Requirements


Program Pathway

A pathway is the most efficient sequence of courses semester-to-semester recommended for students to complete their degree. The Healthcare Technician Certificate has three pathways.


By Phone

By Phone

Cheryl Charest, Program Coordinator


By Email

By Email

Cheryl Charest, Program Coordinator

In Person

In Person

Come to an upcoming information session on either the Lawrence or the Haverhill campus and get all of your questions answered.

Stop by one of our Lawrence or Haverhill campus Career Planning and Advising Centers and meet with an enrollment counselor.

Required Documents

Technical Standards
Healthcare Technician Program Handbook (PDF)

Additional Information

Student Learning Outcomes - Healthcare Tech Cert

Student Learning Outcomes – Healthcare Tech Cert

  • Diagram med terms, label word parts and give definitions.
  • Describe structure of human body and ID body systems.
  • Recognize body planes, cavities and major organs and systems.
  • Explain procedures to patients and communicate information to staff.
  • Understand messages from patient.
  • Comprehend verbal and written instructions.
  • Develop effective resume.
  • Demonstrate professionalism.
  • Provide good customer service skills.
  • Practice Safety OSHA Infection Control methods.
  • Collection and process specimen.
  • Requisition EMK, QC and QA.
  • Collect hematological specimens.
  • Evaluate and critique skill level and professional skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Professional Liability and HIPPA.
  • Protect Patient Rights and Safety.
  • Demonstrate awareness of Controversial Ethical Issues.
  • Use various Application Software.
  • Prepare an Electronic Spreadsheet.
  • Work with DB Management Software.
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