Becoming a Phlebotomist

Tara Tandon By Tara Tandon, 25th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Phlebotomy is a sensible and practical field to enter. With many flexible options for study and a relatively short time to complete certification, it can be a secure option for many.

Choosing the Right Kind of Phlebotomy Education

Usually the only requirement needed for an applicant in a phlebotomist program is a high school diploma or equivalent. The first part of the journey to becoming a phlebotomist begins with selecting the right kind of training and education. The course should be accredited by a formally recognized institution. One practical way for you to address this is by contacting potential employers in your region and asking them directly about their requirements, preferences, and standard that they adhere to. This will save you time if you choose the right course. You will not waste any time and there will be no need to have additional requirements given to you later.

There is a good deal of variation in the different types of courses and institutions that offer them. Your research should involve accessing them according to the curriculum, which should include training in a variety of workplace settings. This way, you will be more likely to stand out to potential employers.


What is Involved in Phlebotomy Coursework?

A certificate can be obtained in as little as three months or less. Otherwise, you may opt a more advance training, working towards an Associate’s degree, which may take two years to complete. Generally, half the coursework is science and the other half is practical. Some topics include acquiring health care specific vocabulary, understanding legalities, and knowledge in relation to the actual circulatory system and blood vessels.
It is a bonus to also find a program that helps with post graduation job placement, and works with your individual schedule.

You can find full time, part time, and online courses. Online courses often offer video conferences to give a hands on feeling to the participants. The only down side to this is that it may be considered incomplete on its own without being trained under direct supervision by experts in the field, who are a valuable asset to a beginner, helping them to fine tune their technique and approach.

At the end of the course, there is an exam that accesses competence which often has a written component. Oftentimes this is a one time exam, but in other cases, organizations require regular exams on an ongoing basis to maintain the certified status. The purpose of this is to make sure the phlebotomist stays current on advances in science and technology in their field. A student may also be required to take part in a certain amount of clinical hours and practice a certain amount of venipunctures. Lastly, some potential employers may require some on the job training hours before becoming fully hired.


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author avatar Tara Tandon
Wikinut is an experiment for me with variations in tone and subject matter. I just want to understand what people who come here like to read, so I'm trying lots of different things.

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author avatar Mohammad Zeeshan
28th Jul 2013 (#)

Very nice.

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