How to become a Phlebotomist

The field of phlebotomy is one of the most booming fields of the healthcare industry which has gained the attention of a large number of students who wish to establish themselves in this field. It’s not only the lucrative career options in this field but also the job profile and the career prospects which has led to a drastic increase in the number of students opting for this field.

Who can become a Phlebotomist?

The first mandatory requirement for being a phlebotomist is to tolerate the sight of blood, able to puncture skin for blood collection, and handle samples without feeling nauseating.  The course content should be so well imbibed that blood judgment for special need for every patient is assessed and acted upon accordingly. The samples should be well preserved till test is carried out on them. Blood samples temperature and additive requirement to be fulfilled as the case may be. The apparatus required for every blood test specimen has to be selected and used. The testing results get influenced by all these factors and a thorough training for the job is necessary by taking courses offered in this field.

Selection of Training Institutes

Selection of institute for a recognized program is a time consuming process. It is done after evaluation of the different institutions conducting phlebotomy courses. The search can be made through online browsing with positive results after viewing the directory of institutions in this field. Search is possible through location and zip code as well. The shortlisted institutions nearer to your location cater well to specific requirement of the candidate. Moreover the classroom sessions and hand-on training clinics should be close enough for commuting. The option of online courses is also available however clinic training is given at recommended clinics.

Primary Requirements

The courses for becoming a Phlebotomist are offered by vocational and technical institutes as certification or diploma depending on the length of the course.  The minimum qualification for admission is a high school diploma or GED. The granting of certification can be called by different names such as Associate of Arts, associate of science, degree in health care or a diploma. Degree at the University requires additional inputs for higher qualification not mandatory but preferable.  The Course and training emphasis is on inculcating professional skills in blood drawing and fit the candidate in job specification. The course inculcates quantities in the personality of the candidate of amicably and technically sound assistance to doctors and nurses associated with hospitals, clinics and labs diagnosing disease through blood test.

Accrediting Agencies

Several accrediting agencies conduct training programs. For instance, The National Accrediting Organization for Clinical Lab Sciences or NAACLS search displays 59 institutions located in different parts of USA. The institutions contact details are given and contact can be established with them. The duration of the course is lasting from one semester to one year. The fees structure varies accordingly. Accredited institutions make you eligible for financial aid application and get a good start on graduation. Timely financial assistance which some institutions offer to candidates lessens the load of paying tuition. In a commonly laid out program the course is of 10 week along with 80 hours of practical training and a final examination for awarding of the certification to successfully qualifying candidates. Some institutions make internship compulsory to all. Exams are conducted by American Society of Clinical Pathologist, the American Medical Technologists and the American Association of Medical Personnel.


Significance of Practical Skills

All courses and training puts emphasis on scientific study of the human body. Anatomy and physiology including cell composition are thus part of the course. Infected blood and tissue in disease handling information is also part of the course content apart from venipuncture training. Blood taking is done on patient with pre-existing health problems. CPR and First Aid is part of the program. Thus expert mind set quality control of blood samples, legal issues involved in the profession computer savvy communication and psychological handling of the patient are taught to aspiring candidates. All blood samples are to be labeled and test results not intermixed is the duty of the Phlebotomist. The blood has to taken out by firm hands so as to reduce needle-stick injuries.

People aspiring to make a career in this field should take care of these points in order to make a successful career in the field of phlebotomy.