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Steps to Securing a Clinical Site
The MedCerts Career Services team is here to support and partner with you in locating a site to complete your clinical requirements, as well as finding a job in your new field. We can assist when you are struggling to find a location, but it’s important to remember that students are ultimately responsible for finding their clinical sites. Please see the Clinical Handbooks in the Resources section at the bottom of this page for all of the details for completing your requirements.
Here is what you need to know and what you can expect as we work together:
Tips for Identifying and Securing a Clinical Site:
Clinical site opportunities can be either unpaid volunteer positions or paid employment positions, depending on the site and their needs. Some healthcare facilities may prefer to hire you and give you the supervision you need to complete your clinical requirements upon employment. The following are some recommendations from the MedCerts Career Services team that you can utilize as you begin the process of locating and securing your clinical site.
• Network with friends and family to see if they have any connections to healthcare facilities.
• Healthcare professionals have many connections to a variety of facilities, and they may be able to refer you to their colleagues.
• Utilize social networking platforms (social media, Twitter, Facebook) to let people know that you’re looking for a clinical site to complete your hands-on certification requirements.
• Consider volunteering or job shadowing at a hospital or clinic while going through your program, to build relationships there and make some key connections. (Remember that job shadowing does not count towards completing your clinical log as the requirement is to be done by the student on live persons.)
• Develop and polish your resume. Writing a resume may sound daunting, but the resources in the Resume section of the Career Center will help you to get started. When you’re ready, you can send your resume to a Career Coach for feedback. Just submit an Ask a Career Coach form to request assistance!
• Identify the appropriate department and person to approach, which may include the education department, volunteer department, or someone in human resources.
• Prepare customized cover letters for each site you approach. A cover letter is a way to briefly introduce yourself to the employer and share your goals. The letter is a chance to demonstrate your professionalism and clarify your clinical requirements. See the Cover Letter section of the Career Center for more information.
• Email or hand deliver your resume and cover letter.
• Communicate promptly and professionally with the site.
• Dress professionally for the meeting or interview (Look your best!)
My name is [Student Full Name], and I’m a student at MedCerts (www.medcerts.com). I’ve recently completed a training program to prepare me for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) certification and the Certified EKG Technician (CET) certification through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). I’ve passed my exams [or I’m planning to take my exams soon], and I need to complete 30 venipunctures, 10 capillary sticks, and 10 EKG readings to fulfill the certification requirements.
Would it be possible to complete these requirements at your clinic? If required, MedCerts can sponsor me by providing a Certificate of Insurance with a signed Affiliation Agreement. You can reach me at [phone number] to discuss the details of my requirements.
Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to talking with you soon.
[Student Full Name]