Becoming a Phlebotomy Technician can lead to a life-long career Phlebotomy training is a “value-added” elective for students in Nursing and Emergency Medical Services and Pre-Professional majors such as Pre-Medicine and Pre-Inhalation Therapy.
In_the past, many phlebotomists were trained on the job. Now, short courses of six to twenty weeks are provided in hospitals, community colleges, technical or vocational schools, adult education and ROP.
Phlebotomists collect blood specimens for laboratory analysis. Proper collection and handling of specimens is the critical first step toward providing the Physician with information that can aid in diagnosis and treatment. Persons considering a career in Phlebotomy should have good hand-eye coordination and good interpersonal skills.
Approved Phlebotomy Technician programs contain at least 100 hours of clinical practicum and culminate in a postsecondary certificate. Prerequisites: High school diploma or equivalent.
After completion of the Principles of Phlebotomy course and a Phlebotomy Clinical you will be eligible to sit for a number of Phlebotomy certification exams. The Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) offers certification as a phlebotomy technician, granting the designation PBT. Certification requires high school graduation (or equivalent), phlebotomy training and/or experience as a phlebotomy technician.