If you’re looking for a rewarding career in the healthcare industry which allows you to help people feel better, consider a phlebotomist career. At Harris Casel Institute, we can prepare you for an exciting career as a phlebotomist with the industry-knowledge and job skills you need to be successful in this field.
Like many jobs in the healthcare field, now is a great time to begin a career as a phlebotomist. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment in this field will increase by as much as 27% by 2022*, much faster than the average for other occupations. Hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and other locations will need phlebotomy technicians to perform blood work.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm (visited October 17, 2015).
What is a phlebotomist?
Phlebotomists primarily draw blood from blood donors and patients, which is used for different kinds of medical laboratory testing. In medical and diagnostic laboratories, patient interaction is often only with the phlebotomist.
Phlebotomy technicians must identify and label samples they’ve drawn and enter them into the health facility’s database. Because of the sensitivity of the work, as a phlebotomist, you must keep your work instruments clean and sanitary in order to avoid causing infection or other complications.
What will you learn in phlebotomy training?
The Phlebotomy curriculum at Harris Casel Institute includes the study of safe and efficient work practices in obtaining adequate and correct blood specimens by capillary or venipuncture on adults, children and neonates. This training also includes four clock-hours of HIV/AIDS training.
During training you’ll learn how to:
- Maintain the integrity of the specimen in relation to the test to be performed
- Prepare blood smears
- Label specimens accurately and completely
- Collect timed specimens
- Promote the comfort and well-being of the patient while performing blood collection
- Observe safety policies and procedures
- Demonstrate knowledge of the correct application and use of medical instrumentation modalities for performing an EKG
At completion of the program the student will be eligible to take the National Health Career Association Certification for Phlebotomy Technician (CPT). Graduates are encouraged to take the National EKG Certification exam.
Are you ready for a career in a growing field?
For help getting started in a new career, call Harris Casel Institute. We can help you take the first step toward an exciting new career. For more information about our Phlebotomy Technician program, call today, 321-676-4066!