Find out if phlebotomy technician training is right for you
If you’ve ever had your blood drawn for a blood test, you have probably met a phlebotomy technician. Phlebotomists are responsible for obtaining blood specimens, preparing the samples for processing, and observing all safety policies throughout the procedure.
The initial training for a phlebotomy technician career can be completed in as little as six weeks. In addition to the training, you will also need to take exams to qualify you to practice, so it could be a few months until you are ready for the job market. But all in all, it doesn’t take long!
If you are looking for a career in the healthcare field, you may want to consider this career path. Read 5 Things to Know about Becoming a Phlebotomist to find out whether this is a good path for you.
When thinking about your future career, remember that blood testing is a critical part of diagnosing numerous diseases and conditions. Knowing that you are helping others with their health is one of the many rewarding aspects of becoming a phlebotomy technician. If you choose this career, here are some of the things you might be doing on the job:
Phlebotomy technician responsibilities
- obtain adequate and correct blood specimens by venipuncture
- work with all age groups: adults, children, and neonates
- maintain the integrity of the specimen
- prepare blood smears
- label specimens accurately and completely
- collect timed specimens
- promote the comfort and well-being of the patient
- observe safety policies and procedures
- if needed, perform emergency procedures including First Aid and CPR
- deliver specimens to the clinical laboratory
- sort and record specimens received in the laboratory
- centrifuge specimens and prepare samples
- distribute samples to appropriate laboratory sections
- prepare collection trays for specimen procurement
If these responsibilities sound hard, don’t worry! Phlebotomist schools will prepare you with the information and clinical skills you need to handle these responsibilities. Most schools begin with classroom learning first, such as learning about medical terminology and human anatomy. Then you will move to a lab setting where you will learn how to correctly draw blood. You will practice first on models, and eventually will move on to practicing with your fellow classmates.
Some phlebotomist training programs also contain EKG technician training. This additional coursework prepares you to administer electrocardiograms. You will learn to place cardiac leads on patients for monitoring, as well as how to identify normal and abnormal EKG strips and recognize arrhythmias and dysrhythmias.
After you complete you training course, you will need to take a national certification exam before you can practice. Depending on where you live and work, your state may also require a certification exam. These exams are not offered by the school. They are offered by separate certifying agencies, such as the National Healthcareer Association. Typically, you have to sign up for the exam and pay for the exam on your own.
If you are considering this career field, why not look for a school near you? Within just a few months, you could be on your way to a new career path!
The Harris Casel Institute in Melbourne, Florida is proud to offer a Phlebotomy and EKG Technician training program. Contact us online to learn more.