Phlebotomy Training and Career Guide

Phlebotomy Training Guide

Phlebotomy Training and Certification Guides for all 50 States!

Congratulations on your decision to start a new career as a Phlebotomist!

Medical employment positions (such as Phlebotomy) are projected to grow rapidly for the next 10-15 years. Why? An increasingly aging U.S. population means an increase in need for medical workers.

So how does one become a Phlebotomist?

It can be quite confusing figuring out what you need (and what you don’t need) to become certified as a Phlebotomist. There is a national certification program, but many states (including California) have their own state requirements. We have create helpful training guides for aspiring Phlebotomists in all 50 states. Click on our interactive map below to find out the Phlebotomy certification requirements in your state:

So…What is a Phlebotomist Anyway?

You’d be surprised how many people have never heard of phlebotomy before. But chances are that if you’ve ever had blood drawn for medical tests, it was either by a nurse (nurses also require phlebotomy certification as part of their education) or a Phlebotomist.

A Phlebotomist is a specially-trained medical technician that draws blood from patients. The first part of the name Phlebotomy comes from the Greek word “phlebo“, which means “pertaining to a blood vessel”. You may have heard of a similar-sounding term called “Phlebitis“, which is the medical term for an inflammation of the veins.

The second part of the name “-tomy” means to make an incision.

Phlebotomist Job Description:

In a nutshell, a Phlebotomist’s primary duties involve performing venipunctures and collecting blood samples. Most states require someone with a phlebotomy certification to perform these tasks, although nurses and doctors will also receive phlebotomy training as part of their education. 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.

Find Your State Requirements for Phlebotomy Certification Below:

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 phlebotomists 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.

Check out our state-by-state information guides above for more information about getting part of your education done online.

Phlebotomy Resume

You’ve become certified as a Phlebotomist. But how do you write a resume to apply for a Phlebotomy job? We have a handy guide to help you write a professional-looking resume for your job hunt.

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…

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