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Phlebotomy Training & Degree Programs for Phlebotomists

Phlebotomy Training Diagnosing various health problems sometimes requires drawing blood for analysis. Whether in a clinic or hospital, this procedure is often performed by someone with phlebotomy training. The phlebotomist uses a variety of skills and techniques to obtain the best specimen. As a phlebotomist, your main responsibilities are to draw blood from patients either for testing samples or for use by a blood bank.

Skills and training

Becoming a phlebotomist begins with phlebotomy training. There are one year phlebotomy programs offered through vocational/technical schools awarding diplomas as well as 2-year associate's degree programs offered at community colleges. In addition to earning your phlebotomist certification, some states require you to be licensed or registered. State departments of health, boards of occupational licensing and your preferred college should be able to give you more information regarding the regulations in your state.

Certificates and Organizations

While phlebotomy training can happen "on the job," employers will be more likely to hire you if you are a certified phlebotomist. Check your state's requirements in order to ensure you have the proper training and credentials for certification. Currently there are more than 50 phlebotomy courses accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) is another organization, which approves programs for certified phlebotomists.

Salary & Outlook

Salaries for a certified phlebotomist range from $19,000 to $48,000 per year, with the average salaries falling in the $25,000 per year range. The Bureau of Labor Statistics finds jobs in the healthcare field to be growing faster than the average through 2012. If this trend does continue, phlebotomists can expect to see an increase in their prospects as well as a satisfactory career as a result of phlebotomy training. Getting an education in phlebotomy could be a good investment in a promising career.

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