Phlebotomy Training Programs and Requirements
Phlebotomist training programs prepare students to collect blood samples for medical use using venipuncture and micro-techniques. Accredited training programs are available to get students ready to work in this field.
Phlebotomists usually complete a training program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Programs normally lead to a certificate of completion. Potential phlebotomy students must have completed a high school education (or its equivalent), successfully pass a background check and have current immunizations. Phlebotomists will train to converse comfortably with patients in order to allay concerns over the procedure, draw blood and make sample micro-collections.
- Prerequisites: Current immunizations are required before beginning the program
- Program Length: 6-16 weeks
- Other Requirements: Clinical practice is required
Certificate of Completion in Phlebotomy
An accredited phlebotomy training program typically lasts 6-to-16 weeks and includes at least 42 hours of classroom training and 120 hours of clinical experience. Clinical experience is obtained through assignment at various training sites, where students are supervised by experienced technicians. Students complete courses in subjects such as:
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
- Medical terminology
- Health care law
Continuing Education Information
During the course of accredited phlebotomy programs, students complete eligibility requirements and prepare for a certification examination, which is offered by several agencies, including the American Medical Technologists, the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians and the National Healthcareer Association. Most states do not have specific licensing requirements for phlebotomists, but most places of employment do require certification.
As part of the preparation for the phlebotomy certifying examination, hands-on workshops are sponsored by some certifying agencies. They usually last 1-3 days and are for current experienced phlebotomists, practical nurses or medical assistants who seek to improve their phlebotomy skills. Such programs cover all aspects of phlebotomy and update attendees on current laws.
Some phlebotomist certifying agencies require 5-6 continuing education hours per year in order to maintain certification. However, others only require current employment in the field and a recertification fee. The American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians work with health care facilities to provide cross-training for phlebotomists in such career fields as EKG technician, drug collection specialist and paramedical insurance examiner.