Welcome to Your Ultimate Resource for Phlebotomy Training and Career Guide!
First off, congratulations on choosing the field of Phlebotomy as your next career! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics careers in medical fields like Phlebotomy and Home Health Care are projected to be some of the fastest growing occupations in the United States for the next ten years. You are joining an employment field that is rapidly growing in demand!
What Does a Phlebotomist Do?
So…what does a Phlebotomist do exactly? The job description is actually quite straightforward: you perform venipunctures and collect blood samples. That is the job in a nutshell. However, the day-to-day responsibilities of a Phlebotomist are much more varied.
Drawing Blood – Phlebotomists will draw blood from patients for medical testing. They do this through skin punctures (sometimes called a fingerstick), venipunctures (drawing blood from the veins) and arterial punctures (drawing blood from the arteries). There are different levels of Phlebotomy certification, with some Phlebotomists only permitted to do some types of punctures. Our state-by-state training guides will explain these different certification levels and help you decide which level is right for you.
Other Duties – A Phlebotomist’s daily duties also involve properly identifying the patients, drawing blood into the correct tubes (different tubes will have different additives based on the types of tests being ordered), explaining the procedure to the patient, properly taking care of the puncture site, and explaining post-puncture care to the patient. A Phlebotomist is also frequently responsible for placing orders (per the Doctor’s requisition) and delivering specimens to the laboratory.
If you’re afraid of blood, then this career is definitely not for you! But if you’re not, then you can take pride in the fact that you are providing a valuable service in helping patients and doctors better understand their personal health situation. In fact, part of what makes a good Phlebotomist is being able to keep your patients calm and relaxed as you take their blood samples. Not everyone likes needles!
Where does a Phlebotomist Usually Work?
One of the benefits of getting trained and certified as a Phlebotomist is that you have a skill set that you can take to various workplaces. Hospitals, Walk-in Clincs, Blood Banks, Laboratories and Nursing Homes are just some examples of places where you can find yourself working.
Do Certification Requirements Vary By State?
While many states will recognize certification from one of the National Phlebotomy agencies, some states have their own training requirements for working in that state. If you’re thinking of working as a Phlebotomy technician in a new state, you should definitely use our interactive map below to review the specific requirements for certification in that State.
What’s the Best Place to Get Proper Training?
There are hundreds of schools that offer Phlebotomy Technician training programs. Some major Universities like the University of California Irvine will offer training programs, as will community colleges, medical colleges and vocational schools. We have created a cool directory of schools where you can search for colleges offering programs in your area. We have also teamed up with Campus Explorer, which provides a more up-to-date and detailed listings of schools and colleges in your area.
Keep in mind that you should always look for reviews of colleges and schools before you enrol. Not all schools are created equal, and choosing the right school could make a huge difference in the quality of your education.
Can You Get Phlebotomy Training Online?
Many people prefer to get their education from the comfort of their own home. In some states it is possible to do the theory-part of their education online, but for obvious reasons aspiring Phlebotomy Technicians need on-the-job practice puncturing skin, veins, and arteries (depending on the level of certification you are seeking). However, many colleges and vocational schools have been offering either online-only or hybrid online-classroom training programs for aspiring Phlebotomists. Check out our online Phlebotomy guide for more info.
Find Your State Requirements for Phlebotomy Certification Below:
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
How To Apply For a Job in the Medical Field:
So you’ve attended a college or vocational school, passed all the tests, and then became certified as a Phlebotomy technician. But how do you write a resume for a job like that? We have put together a straightforward step by step guide to building a resume to help you impress your potential employers.Click here to view our Resume guide.
What It’s Like To Work as a Phlebotomist:
This is a very informative video that explores what it’s like to work as a Phlebotomist. Just be aware that there are graphic depictions of blood in this video. However if you can’t stand blood, becoming a Phlebotomist may be a challenging career choice…