The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics defines phlebotomy as the collection of blood samples from patients by specialized lab technicians. A phlebotomist usually draws blood samples from patients under the direction of a doctor; they also keep all necessary supplies stocked and make sure that all needles to be used are sterile.

Furthermore, phlebotomists also maintain records, generate reports and even process incoming orders. To prevent the spread of infections, safety measures must be implemented. Phlebotomists may be required to work on weekends, evenings and holidays, if they work in a facility that operates 24/7.

How to Become a Phlebotomist

Follow the following steps to become a phlebotomist.

1st Step: Get A High School Diploma

A high school diploma is the minimum academic requirement for becoming a phlebotomist. Students who take a number of science classes in school will be able to lay the perfect foundation to pursue this line of work later on. Furthermore, developing related work skills such as report generation and multitasking will also prove to be beneficial.

2nd Step: Hands On Training

You don’t need to complete a post-high school education to have a career as a phlebotomist. It’s however worth noting that such a qualification will go a long way in paving the way for your certification, and job opportunities. Techniques and concepts in phlebotomy, CPR, first aid allied health are all covered in phlebotomy certification programs.

Phlebotomy training in a medical setting is available; however, those who participate in a certification course get the opportunity to enrol  for an internship. To secure certifications and subsequent employment, a certain level of formal training is necessary. Internships and training courses provide participants with the necessary skill set and knowledge needed to start work in the field, as they are carried out in a medical setting.

3rd Step: Seek Certification

Certified phlebotomists enjoy access to a wider selection of job opportunities, career advancement, and a higher level of job security in addition to the fact that they are usually more appealing to employers. The ASCP (American Society of Clinical Pathology), AMT (American Medical Technologists) and ASPT (American Society Phlebotomy Technicians) all run phlebotomy certification courses.

Whether it’s through hands on training or an academic course, all organizations demand that applicants have some training in the working environment in addition to a high school diploma. In four states aspiring phlebotomists also have to seek certification by passing an exam that tests their understanding of medical terminology, phlebotomy procedures and techniques, infection control, specimen collection and safety practices according to  Phlebotomy Examiner. This may be rolled out further to more US states and will stand you well in such an instance.

A career in this area can be a great addition and is something that can really benefit you for the long term.

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