Obtaining phlebotomy training in order to become a phlebotomy technician
As a Phlebotomy Technician you will draw blood from patients using venipuncture and micro collection techniques. You will also be required to collect other specimens as required.
You’ll have a wide range of work places to choose from. Hospitals, clinics, labs, and doctor’s offices have an increased need for phlebotomy graduates. So, what is the training program all about?
The Certificate Program
As a full time student you can complete the course in as little as three months, but there are programs which allow you to study at your own pace and there are no deadlines for these courses (online).
The certificate course consists of:
- CPR and First Aid
- Anatomy and Medical Terminology
- Introduction Labs/Communication
- Internship program
There are some other “general education” classes we haven’t included in the list, these will be discussed with your admissions counselor.
Schools – Onsite or Online
Education is of great important to employers these days and choosing the “right” school for your situation is imperative to getting a good education.
There’s a lot of job shifting going on these days and these career changes can be stressful, especially if the student has to work. This is one reason students must choose the school the wish to attend carefully. There is also another factor – continuing education.
If you have any aspirations of advancing your career then you must choose a school that is accredited. Accreditation is important for two reasons, one is for advanced degrees. If you wish to use the credits you earned from phlebotomy training, then you must graduate from an accredited institution. The next reason is for situations that might happen such as an emergency or need to relocate. In these situations you’ll probably need to change schools and having attended an accredited school makes relocating to another school easy. On the other hand, attending a non-accredited school leaves you holding the bag if a transfer is necessary. This means…your time and money was wasted.
Both onsite and online schools offer the same curriculum, so that’s not an issue. But what is an issue is schedules and tuition. Online schools compared to onsite schools are much more flexible when it comes to schedules. There are no deadlines or rigid time frames for the classes, you learn at your own pace.
The main question from students is, how can you learn to draw blood online? This comes when you do your internship, or as some call it “externship.” Much of the course at the start centers on an introduction to skills and anatomy. Later you will practice the actual skill of drawing blood.
With an aging population comes the need for more labs and clinics doing blood work for this aging society. There are other reasons phlebotomists will be in demand in the coming years. So, the phlebotomy training program you choose will be the foundation for any further training you decide on doing in the future.