Q&A With Irica Williams, Lead Phlebotomy Instructor
Our instructors are the face of our U.S. Colleges campuses. They interact daily with our students – educating, teaching, and providing hands-on experience to help them build a successful future. Irica is the Lead Phlebotomy Instructor for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician I Program at our Anaheim campus. We asked her a few questions about her career and how she helps students succeed in their own career journey.
CAN YOU BRIEFLY DESCRIBE WHAT YOU TEACH IN YOUR CLASS?
I am the Lead Phlebotomy Instructor at the Anaheim Campus. I teach students the art of drawing blood as well as customer service and satisfaction. I also stress the importance of communication, emergency procedures and safety techniques. My job is to motivate and excite every student about the laboratory field as well as help with NHA Preparation, tutoring and scheduling for the National Exam.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED INTO THIS CAREER FIELD?
My career journey began at Long Beach Community Hospital where I was trained in Phlebotomy, Microbiology, and Send-Outs. I then moved in my career path to Irvine Regional Hospital in the Pathology Department/Micro and Phlebotomy. I have had additional opportunities in the field, including Phlebotomy Supervisor and Lead positions in Out-Patient Laboratories. I obtained a certification from Cal State Long Beach in Forensic and Crime Scene Analysis, and also hold a certification in Medical Laboratory Technician/Phlebotomy. All of these experiences have led me to the passion of teaching others about the laboratory field and all of the great opportunities available to individuals.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU WISH EVERY STUDENT KNEW BEFORE STARTING THIS PROGRAM?
I wish every student would come in prepared and confident in their goal choices and ready to commit to the program.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST PIECE OF ADVICE TO HELP GRADUATES SUCCEED IN THIS FIELD?
Make yourself stand out by creating a great resume and learning interview techniques. My advice also includes studying hard and taking notes while in class.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?
My favorite thing about my job is watching the students’ progress and become successful in the field.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL BUSINESSES AROUND THE CAMPUS?
My favorite business would be the Block on Orange filled with several dining spots and entertainment.
WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES U.S. COLLEGES STAND OUT FROM OTHER SCHOOLS?
I have worked for 5 years with the most supportive staff. We have the best Instructors in California with several years of expert experience in the medical field. Our staff is complete including a great Externship coordinator and Employment Placement Advisor.