Phlebotomists represent clinical laboratory technicians who are trained in collecting blood samples for medical use. They do this using micro-techniques and venipuncture. Generally, most phlebotomists work in clinical laboratories, doctor’s offices and hospitals.
Phlebotomists usually are required to complete a training program of 6- to 10-weeks in drawing blood. This prepares graduates acquired trainers for entry-level positions. The requirement for any potential phlebotomy student is that he or she must have completed a high school education, such that they have passed the exams and have current immunizations. Phlebotomists must have the ability to converse comfortably with patients over the procedure.
Phlebotomy course programs are accredited by the (NAACLS); National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences and this leads to completion certificate. Phlebotomy students, after graduation may carry out all the tasks of phlebotomists required in clinics and hospitals. This also includes drawing blood and assembly of sample micro-collections. This system depends on blood and includes transfusion to various diagnostic tests, where these phlebotomist technicians draw and handle blood.
A phlebotomy technician can acquire experience only with hands-on training. A phlebotomist is given formal training at many technical schools and they vary between eight weeks to six months. They acquire training to handle blood safely and to focus on the disposal of used sharps. Blood is a biohazard and is a risk if it is not handled correctly by a phlebotomist.
These programs are mostly less than one year, and allow you to acquire basic skills. For this, you must apply as a phlebotomist and as a career you will be required to draw blood in many numbers of ways, using different equipment and techniques. In fact, besides the theoretical training, you can also have hands on practice in laboratories or hospitals.
On completing a phlebotomy training program, you can become certified. Actually, getting certification is not theoretically mandatory to start practicing phlebotomy. Yet, as a routine practice most employers will expect you to have certification prior to starting to work. In fact, there are advanced certifications allowing you to develop the range of activities you perform as a phlebotomist, and then increase your salary.
In the United States, certifications in phlebotomy are offered mainly by:
- (NHA) National Healthcareer Association.
- (ASCP) American Society for Clinical Pathology.
- (AMT) American Medical Technologists.
Few states like Louisiana and Nevada needs a certified phlebotomist, while California looks for certified and licensed phlebotomist and they also pay high salaries.