There are a few steps in learning the basics of how to become a phlebotomist. You will need to pass formal phlebotomy training with a portion of clinical laboratory training.
The educational aspect of becoming a phlebotomist can be done in an online phlebotomy certification. Lastly, you will need to pass the phlebotomy certification examination. Below are some answers to key questions that may be raised in the steps to become a phlebotomist.
How to Become a Phlebotomist
First thing to do is to pick an accredited phlebotomy training program. You can take half the course online or in a traditional classroom setting but the clinical portion must be done in a laboratory setting.
Are There Prerequisites to Become A Phlebotomist?
- H.S. Diploma or Equivalent
- Minimum 120 hours of accredited phlebotomy training
- Minimum 1,040 hours of healthcare field work experience within three years
- Graduate from accredited phlebotomy training
Choosing a School is Key to Becoming a Phlebotomist
Accreditation is essential when getting a certification or a degree. With the influx of online schools and for profit education you must be aware of your schools accreditation, for it is what deem them a worthy school to get a degree or certification from. We have a feature in the left that shows accredited phlebotomy training in your area. Check the NAACLA (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences) website or the ACA (American Certification Agency for Healthcare Professionals) website for more information.
Remember that California and Louisiana are the only two states that require a phlebotomy certification for becoming a phlebotomist. Even if your state does not require a certification, it is recommended that you do for the potential growth of your salary potential as a phlebotomist.
What do I Study To Become A Phlebotomist?
Phlebotomy is more than just drawing blood. It is a strong combo of the the skills listed below and the duties listed below combined with excellent patient point of care skills. It is no secret that a lot of people fear needles and at least get uncomfortable in the process. Some even faint. So, to say you need good people skills and care skills to be a phlebotomist is an understatement. Here is some of courses you will take and skills you will learn while becoming a phlebotomist.
- The circulatory system and physiology of the human body
- Venipuncture procedures (adults and children)
- All safety procedures
- Collection procedures and protocols
- Patient point of care
- QA and standards
- Necessary patient privacy
Skills Needed to Be A Phlebotomist
To be a phlebotomist you must be able to stand and walk a lot. You must also have good manual dexterity and coordination. If these are some of your traits and you get formal accredited phlebotomy training than you will be on your way to becoming a phlebotomist!