In a few easy steps you can learn how to become a phlebotomist. We will cover each step individually and the choices that come with each step in the process. The latest government data shows amazing growth for future phlebotomists with a 27% expected growth through 2022! The time is now to become a phlebotomist. Phlebotomy training classes are ready for you! Be it online or at one of the many accredited schools where you can get yourself ready for certification.
How to Become a Phlebotomist
Becoming a phlebotomist can happen faster than you may think! Follow the steps below and you can get started on the path to an exciting career change today!
What are the Requirements for Becoming a Phlebotomist?
- Have a H.S. diploma or GED equivalent
- 120 hours of accredited training in a classroom
- 1,040 hours of applicable work experience that is within 3 yrs while doing a wide range of formal phlebotomy duties
- graduate from an accredited phlebotomy program
How do I Choose a School That Works for me?
Picking the right school is critical for your success. Accreditation is the most important thing. Enrolling in an accredited school or program is absolutely essential.
If you have concerns or questions about your prospective school, the U.S. Dept. of Education or a any regional accreditation agency are great resources.
The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences – NAACLS, American Certification Agency for Healthcare Professionals – ACA, and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies – NCCA are the leaders in national accreditation for phlebotomy schools across the country. These organizations set the standards for which future phlebotomists are trained.
Make sure to verify if your state has licensure and accreditation standards as well. There are some states that do have their own accreditation standards. Just make sure your training is accredited and you will be on your way. To check accreditations, check your respective state licensing board’s list of accredited schools or use our state by state list here.
Do I Have to be Certified?
Only California, Nevada and Louisiana require a phlebotomy certification. But, it is highly recommended for your career potential that you do regardless of where you live.
The national certifying bodies are listed below.
|National Association||Phlebotomist Title Awarded|
|The National Healthcareer Association||Certified Phlebotomy Technician – CPT (NHA)|
|The American Society for Clinical Pathology||Phlebotomy Technician – PBT (ASCP)|
|The American Medical Technologists||Registered Phlebotomy Technician – RPT (AMT)|
|The National Center for Competency Testing||National Certified Phlebotomy Technician – NCPT (NCCT)|
|The American Certification Agency||Certified Phlebotomy Technician – CPT (ACA)|
What Will I Study To Become A Phlebotomist?
When you study to become a phlebotomist there will be a vast array of subjects to study for your career. Phlebotomy consists of the areas of study that are listed below. As stated they are all very pertinent to your career in phlebotomy.
- Anatomy/physiology, the circulatory system, what the typical blood draw sites are in the veins and in the arteries, and blood composition
- Blood drawing (Venipuncture) procedures
- All safety procedures which will include infection control and unprotected needle stick prevention
- How to handle blood specimens with proper blood collection
- Patient point of care
- Quality work and assurance
- High working standards
- Maintain patient privacy
What Skills Will I Need To Be a Phlebotomist?
Below are the skills needed to become a high quality phlebotomist.
- Good manual dexterity
- Good vision
- Ability to stand for long periods of time while working
- Excellent attention to detail
- Ability to follow procedures every time
- Ability to make people feel comfortable while having blood drawn
Follow These Steps to Become a Phlebotomist!
As we have laid out, becoming a phlebotomist does not have to be difficult. Commit to these steps and you will be on your way to your new career as a phlebotomist in as fast as 16 weeks!