To become a phlebotomist, you must finish high school and complete a training program. The training program includes study in anatomy, blood collection procedures, proper storage and handling of blood samples and safety precautions. There are more than 200 accredited phlebotomy training programs at community colleges and vocational schools nationwide.
Many employers will hire only phlebotomists who have successfully passed the certification exam. To take the exam, you must complete a training program and demonstrate 100 successful venipunctures and 25 skin punctures.
The National Phlebotomy Association requires 200 hours of training, which includes clinical experience. Students also must pass the national certification exam with a score of 70% or better. Continuing education is required to maintain certification.
Phlebotomy is the science and art of obtaining blood specimens from patients for laboratory analysis. Specimen accessioning is the multi-tasked step for processing these laboratory specimens.
The Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences offers a certificate program in phlebotomy and specimen accessioning which is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). The program is composed of two courses.
Part I consists of theory and student laboratory practice in specimen collection, processing and storage, laboratory safety, anatomy and physiology of body systems, and legal responsibilities of the phlebotomist. Successful completion of Part I is required for admission to Part II.
- Part II consists of phlebotomy practice on mannequin arms and electronic devices, followed by clinical rotation consisting of 120 hours and a minimum of 100 successful venipunctures and/or capillary punctures of clinical practice. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical sites.
Upon successful completion of Part I and Part II, students are awarded a Certificate and are eligible to take the National Certifying Examination in the Phlebotomy Category to become a certified phlebotomist.
Phlebotomists work in hospitals, private laboratories, clinics and physician's offices under supervision. In some settings, phlebotomists may also process, store and ship various medical specimens, instruct patients on sample collection, perform clerical duties related to record keeping of laboratory tests as well an enter and retrieve data using computers.
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