Phlebotomy Certification Courses
How To Become A Phlebotomist
The person who does phlebotomy is called a phlebotomist. Phlebotomy is a process of making an incision or puncture on the skin or on top of a vein to extract blood for examination and diagnostic reasons. Being a phlebotomist requires formal training because breaking the skins integrity is a sensitive procedure and patient’s wants assurance that the individual who punctures them is knowledgeable and licensed. That is why proper education is essential to know the different styles / strategies / techniques and the purpose or reason behind the procedure. Knowing the basic and core concepts will build competency and confidence necessary to perform phlebotomy.
Compared to other members of the medical health care team, a phlebotomist is considered to be the most at risk when it comes contracting diseases since they often make contact with bloods and other bodily specimen’s that makes them more prone to viruses and diseases such as HEPA B, Human Immunodeficiency Virus and the likes.
The common school requirements for admission in the phlebotomy training program are the following:
- 18 year of age by the time he/she finishes the training program
- High School Diploma or GED certification
- Clean background, no history of criminal or substance abuse cases
- No physical or psychological impairment mmunization ( Hepatitis B, Rubella, Varicella,)
- Negative TB result
A formal training is necessary to become a phlebotomist. Once the candidate completes the coursework from an accredited and recognized school by the National Phlebotomy Association or the American Society for Clinical Pathology or the Association of Phlebotomy Technicians, he/she will be eligible to that the National Certified Phlebotomist Technician Examination.
Certification and Licenses
There are three types of certifications:
- Limited Phlebotomy Technician – does skin puncture in order to collect blood.
- Certified Phlebotomy Technician I – the one who does venipuncture and skin puncture to extract blood
- Certified Phlebotomy Technician II – can do skin puncture, venipuncture and arterial puncture to draw blood (Specialized Phlebotomist)
To meet the criteria for the certification and licensing the applicant needs to perform 50 venipuncture and 10 skin punctures in order to meet the qualification to take the CPT I examination while there is an additional 20 arterial punctures for CPT II.
Jobs and Salaries
A bright future waits for those that are licensed and certified phlebotomist. A certified and licensed phlebotomist will have no problem in seeking employment because according the latest information, there will be an increase in demand for health care worker ( medical assistants, phlebotomist, emergency medical assistants and etc ) by 14% from 2006 to 2016. A phlebotomist can choose from a wide range of work area, they can get a job in hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers, care homes, community health centers, laboratories and research facilities. Most employers want to hire a phlebotomist that is respectful, has good work ethics, steady hand and most especially a person who can build rapport easily because interaction with the patient is important as you perform the procedure to make them feel comfortable and at ease.