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Becoming a Phlebotomist

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Phlebotomists are trained personnel who extract blood from clients according to a doctor’s order, for blood donations or diagnostic tests. A phlebotomist is also entailed to give subcutaneous or intramuscular injections, but this type of skill is included in a more advanced training for phlebotomy that may be acquired from a technical or career school. In a few countries and states, there are even licensed phlebotomists who can administer Heparin and flush IV lines. These abilities are being given to trainees at a more intensive level of training.

How can an individual be a phlebotomist?

The initial step in being a phlebotomist is by getting the proper education and training from any accredited and legit vocational college or technical school. This training program may last for about a semester or a year depending on the course of your choice. Once you have a diploma, a licensure exam must be passed for professional certification. Always remember that a GED or a diploma from high school is needed in order to start this training for phlebotomists.

Other trained phlebotomists go on and study to later on become CMAs or certified medical assistants. These CMAs may be given several duties and they are usually employed in a doctor’s office or in hospitals. Someone who is skilled in phlebotomy may also continue his or her education and acquire a degree in becoming a laboratory technician. These clinical technicians can draw blood and they may test it, too. In many cases, blood that is drawn may be tested at the site or transported to a laboratory.

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How can a person be a certified phlebotomist?

Taking  a certification exam is yet another move into being a registered phlebotomist. To fully become one, an individual will need:

  • A certificate from the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians or ASPT
  • To pass a comprehensive test that focuses on areas in the scope of phlebotomy. This must include stuff from the areas of anatomy, the circulatory system, physiology, and of course, phlebotomy techniques.

One must also be equipped with appropriate training because it is a valuable asset that may be acquired from a post-graduate internship at clinics, doctor’s offices, and hospitals.

Depending on your location, certification may not be really needed, but it comes highly recommended by several healthcare experts due to the fact that employers require their applicants to have a license. Phlebotomists who have the right training and certification will surely have an edge among others when it comes to job placement.

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One Response so far.

  1. alieakub says:

    If you live in Indianapolis you can give TB tests and read them

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