‘Phlebotomy’ as the name itself indicates, consists of cutting the veins and drawing blood in the crude sense. It is the process of drawing blood from ones veins through making incisions. Its origins date back to the ancient times when it was more commonly referred to as bloodletting. Today Phlebotomy consists of other activities like drawing blood for blood transfusion, for storage purposes so that it can be used for future endeavours, for testing purposes to check for infections and other kinds of diseases. There are many opportunities today for phlebotomists in different fields. But it is imperative that they undergo the proper schooling and training in phlebotomy and also get a proper certification which then makes them eligible for applying for various kinds of jobs. The education and training part can be done in any of the good schools in the country. The certification is the important part because each school also offers to train you for the certification apart from the schooling. Hence it is important to have knowledge of the different kinds of standard certifications available. Let us take a look at some of the programs available:
Why do you need Certification?
Many people may wonder as to why a certificate is necessary in the first place. Many phlebotomists feel that hands on experience should be enough for any kind of job. But the fact of the matter is that most of the companies, hospitals and other healthcare organisations prefer to take a student who has some kind of authenticity since a phlebotomists work could be risky and may cause fatal accidents if not done properly. Hence a certificate would complement your existing skills and help in achieving a better job.
How to get a Certificate?
A phlebotomy student can get his certificate through any of the various organisations in the field. The three main and recognised organisations are the American Society for Clinical pathologists, American Society of Phlebotomy technicians and National Phlebotomy association. The requirements for this certificate include graduating from high school, at least 40 hours of classroom study and 100 hours of practical training and blood collections. Apart from these there are also specific requirements like 100 venipunctures, and 5 successful punctures. Generally the school at which the candidate undergoes his education also train him for the process of certification. The education in the schools typically involves Anatomy, physiology and blood flow. Other aspects like keeping records and testing for infections are also taught at the schools. In the certification test these are the topics on which both the theoretical and practical knowledge are tested.
The above mentioned certification course is well suited for phlebotomists who are pursuing the course full time. These people typically do not have any experience and apply for the certificate directly from their school. Unlike these people Phlebotomists who are working and wish to get a certification can also apply for it through online institutes. There are many such online colleges available. These colleges provide all the required theoretical knowledge in field like venipuncture, equipment and record storage etc which are crucial for a phlebotomist. These courses can vary in duration from 6 months to about 2 years. They also offer practical knowledge of the course. These courses are typically for people with hands on experience in the field. The online exam has many questions with varying levels of difficulty. Proper and focused preparation is needed for this exam.
To summarize, it can be said that a certificate increases the chance of getting a job in the market and helps the person to excel at it. Hence depending on the convenience of the student, he can apply for any of the above mentioned certification.