Do I have to be a doctor or
nurse to get a phlebotomy certification?
No. With the critical shortage of doctors and nurses in today's
medical profession, more and more hospitals, clinics, laboratories,
and other healthcare businesses are relying on medical assistants
and other technicians to take care of minor tests. Blood and
urine specimen collection, monitoring of vital statistics, and
other critical but relatively simple tests are usually handled
by medical personnel other than the doctor.
A phlebotomist is a laboratory technician that is responsible
for the collection of blood specimens for a variety of tests.
This certification is typically received during the course of
study to become a medical assistant, but it is possible to be
certified without the full medical assisting training.
Do I have to enroll in medical
school to get a phlebotomy certification?
No. With the demand for trained medical personnel, most medical
certifications besides doctors and nurses can be received in
a community college, technical school, or even through online
training programs. These schools offer a variety of options,
including day or evening classes, some internet classes, or
correspondence school. Due to the nature of the phlebotomy certification,
it will be necessary to attend some classes at the school.
How long does it take to get a phlebotomy certification?
The length of time for the training will vary depending on how
rigorous a class schedule you chose, whether you take online
classes, and whether you take other certification classes concurrently.
How much does a phlebotomy certification cost?
The cost for the examination itself will vary depending on whether
it is taken at the school or through an official certification
board. The fees can range anywhere from $75-$105 or more, and
will usually require additional training and exams throughout
your career. If you cannot afford the tuition, many schools
will offer financial aid. In some cases, you can even apply
for government loans and grants.
Is it hard to get a job with just a phlebotomy certification?
The field of phlebotomy is expected
to expand by as much as 20% over the next ten years. This is
due in part to the doctor and nurse shortage, but it is also
due to the fact that more and more Americans are becoming increasingly
aware of their health and the need for early detection of a
host of diseases. Phlebotomists are critical in the detection
of various forms of cancer, AIDS, HIV, diabetes, and any number
of potentially life-threatening conditions. With a phlebotomy
certification, you can work in a hospital alongside top doctors,
which may help you if you aspire to advance in the medical field.
Or you can assist in a medical laboratory, a clinic, a specialist's
office, a mobile health clinic-just about anywhere healthcare
professionals are found.
How do I sign up for training?
The first step is to find a school in your area that offers
the certification. Some schools do not offer it as a separate
program, but most areas of the country will have a college or
technical school that will offer certification in a host of
medical programs. If you plan to continue your medical training
to be a medical assistant or beyond, it would be best to start
with a school that offers the higher training.