October 23, 2014

Authority Phlebotomy Training Website

If you are looking to get your national phlebotomy training, then Phlebotomist-Training.org is the REAL AUTHORITY resource, please use our forms to apply for the school and email us if you have questions in regards with training for phlebotomy or certification.

Phlebotomy Training – Accredited Schools and Certification

Peter here, I want to mention that you should get your phlebotomy training through schools that are accredited. If you have done your phlebotomy training but looking for some more information before you go for further studies or cross-training. Contact me and I will give guidance.

Steps to Become Phlebotomist

Financial Aid For Single Mothers To Become Phlebotomist

Phlebotomy is thought to be an excellent field to work in for the average single mom. It has often been said that the key to doing better in life is higher education, and that is almost always true. However, the problem comes when a single mom is asked to pay for all of the expenses related to her schooling, as well as to split her time between school, studying, working and her children. The burdens of compensating for either the time she is in school and NOT earning a paycheck, as well as the childcare she may require in order to go to school, are two huge reasons that many single moms don’t go to school. Many people are aware that financial aid exists for most colleges. There always seems to be a co-worker’s family member who got a full scholarship to an upscale university or a friend of a friend who got some textbooks for free. What may not be as well known is how much financial aid there is out there and how easy a lot of it is to get. With proper planning, attention to detail, and a little luck, almost any single mother can improve their lives and the lives of their children. Paying For the School Itself The cost of the actual classes is often the most daunting problem for a woman raising children by herself. Fortunately, the federal government figured out a long time ago that it is a better idea to pay for schooling for a short period of time for single moms, than it is to have them stay at minimum wage jobs with government subsidies for a long time. There are several grants available to help single moms and other low-income family members pay for college and other higher education. The Pell Grant is a grant that is provided by the Federal government. Like all grants, as long as you fulfill certain requirements, you will not have to pay it back. It is literally, free money to go to school with. As of August 2011, the following are some guidelines that you will have to meet in order to receive a Pell Grant. The Qualified Recipient must: 1) Not be in default on any previous federal student aid for. 2) Be in school at least six credit hours for each period of time (semesters, quarters, etc) that you will be getting a Pell grant. This may vary for the different portions of academic measure for some schools. 3) Be a U.S citizen, with a valid Social Security number. 4) Maintain at least a 2.0 average with an acceptable attendance record AND not fail any classes. This is very important because poor grades or a spotty attendance record can adversely effect future financial aid. 5) Meet certain income requirements, which can vary tremendously based on the state of residence, annual income and family size. Many phlebotomy students receive the full amount of the grant, which is up to $5,550.00 for a full year. 6) A criminal history that does not include any drug charges for at least one year. People with multiple drug convictions for sale or possession of drugs may be declared ineligible for any funds or … [Read More...]

Are you ready for the Phlebotomy Exam

Phlebotomy Certification Test Preparation Congratulations! If you have made it to the exam stage of your education then you definitely deserve a pat on the back for a job well done! However, it is not over with just yet you still have to pass the exam prior to receiving your certification. Below are some tips to help you prepare for the exam (note that the below tips should be followed are merely recommended and you should follow with study methods that are right for you): Don’t Pull an All-Nighter What many students have a bad habit of doing the night before the exam is cramming and studying for long periods of time at once. The problem with “cramming” is that even though you may think it will help you retain information for the exam the next day this in fact can have an opposite effect by causing you to not retain any information. If you are still attending classes then try to remember to review your notes and other materials after the class while it is still fresh in your mind. Maintain your notes after each and every class; make sure that the notes are clear and concise so that when you are ready to begin studying you won’t have to waste time trying to search through scraps of paper trying to find the information you are looking for. Prepare and Organize Just as stated above ensure that your notes are easily accessible and easy to read. Once you are ready to begin studying pull together more than just your notes but all of your study materials including books, study guides and anything else you feel can aid you in your studying. Stay On Track and In Order Keep from skipping from topic to topic. Start at the basics and then make your way up from there. If you have already reviewed the definitions move on to the main concepts and leave the smaller details for last. If you have access to a practice test, take this and then review the answer and if you have questions that you got wrong or struggled on then those are the areas to start studying first. Takes Notes to Learn You will find that as you study, taking notes will make the process so smoother. Use a highlighter and highlight the parts in your text book that will aid you in your study and use a separate color highlighter to highlight the really important information in that color. Writing down the information is another good trick to retaining information. However, keep from writing down too much information just stick with the facts. Take Breaks This goes along with the first tip on the list. Keep from studying for long periods of time. Take as many breaks as you can, one 10 minute break every 1 hour to ensure that you keep from getting burned out, expand your studying time for a week or more and spread your studying time out evenly. These breaks will give your brain time to process the information and prepare it for new information. … [Read More...]

4 Tips for Passing the Phlebotomy Exam

Phlebotomy Exam: Test Taking Tips and Practices Do you suffer from anxiety when it comes time for you to take a test? This is not unheard of; even the best students are worried about doing badly on the test and affecting their score. This anxiety is also known as “test-anxiety”. Those trapped in the anxiety can sometimes feel that there is nothing they can do keep from being anxious. However, this is untrue. Below you will find some tips and practices designed to help lower your anxiety and ensure that you keep your test scores up. Of course to start you will need to ensure you have a good night’s sleep the day before the test, keep from studying the day before the test and a good breakfast before you go to take the test. Preview the Entire Test First Before you begin answering questions, go through and review the directions, look at the various types of questions asked on the test. Are they multiple choices, fill in the blank, short essay or a combination of all of them? Figure out which ones will provide you with the most points. Relax, Relax, Relax Take a minute to just breathe. Close your and give yourself a mental pep talk, tell yourself that you are prepared for this and that you will pass and get a great score, move on to getting your certification and to a rewarding career in phlebotomy. Pace yourself don’t speed through the test you will have plenty of time. Answer the Easy Questions First Start with the questions that you already know the answers to. This will boost your moral and you will feel more confident with the rest of the test. This will also help you save time to work on the harder questions. Take your time answering the more difficult questions to ensure that they are answered correctly. If you have any questions on how to properly answer the questions or need a clarification of the rules then be sure to ask the instructor to clarify the directions. Many students are nervous to ask for clarification but it is better ask then it is to guess what you are supposed to do. 3 Steps to Getting Past the More Difficult Questions If you run across a question that appears too difficult here are 3 steps you can take to answer them: 1. Re-read the question and underline any keywords in the answers. 2. Use a process of elimination to cross out the ones that you know are wrong. 3. Look at the answers with the underlined keywords and you will feel better about your selection. Review the Test Once you have completed the test go over the test and make sure you answered every question. Try and keep from reviewing the answers you gave so you don’t second guess yourself. Make sure you have your name and any information the instructor asked you to include. Typically many of the exams have a 1 hour time limit. You won’t get any extra points for finishing early so be sure to pace yourself and use your time wisely. … [Read More...]

Phlebotomy Exams What Is Expected

As you will know as you move along in your training, in the phlebotomy field there are several options that will open up to you. You can take the phlebotomy classes at a community college, university (added onto your current schedule) or at a technical school. You should speak with a counselor at your current school to find out what is needed to add it to your curriculum. Some other areas where you can receive training includes clinics and hospitals, you will typically find these classes advertised in the newspaper, on the hospital website or you can grab a phone book and contact them to directly to find out if they have this type of class. Once you have finished training you have two options: you can choose to be certified through a professional medical association or you can choose to not be. If you chose to be certified then you will need to take the certification exam, which is turned in to the medical association to be graded and analyzed. Do I need to be certified to become a phlebotomist? No, there are actually only 2 states in the United States that make it a requirement to have certification. You should check with your states Department of Health Services if your state requires you to be certified. What is the difference between a training certificate and taking the exam for certification? When you see and advertisement for a training program advertised as a “phlebotomy certificate program”, this means that once you have completed the training then you will have a certificate of completion that will show your potential employer that you have successfully completed a training program. Unfortunately, the certificate is often confused with certification that is only obtained once you have completed the exam administered by an official medical association. If you try to gain employment you may be asked to show them your certificate of completion. While you may be able to gain employment with your certificate, having certification through a medical association then is seen as more legitimate. How should I prepare for the exam? There are several options you will have to take to prepare for your certification exam. Your options will also depend in the medical association you are planning on being certified by. There are numerous associations you are able to obtain your certification through, they include: American Medical Technologists (AMT) National Healthcareer Association (NHA) National Phlebotomy Association (NPA) American Certification Agency (ACA) American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT) National Allied Health Professionals (NAHP) National Credentialing Agency (NCA) National Center for Competency Testing Certification (NCCT) While you are preparing for your exam it is recommended that you purchase a study guide or review book that correlates to the association you are taking the exam from. These can … [Read More...]

How to Find A Phlebotomy Organizations

As you may have come to find out, there are a number of organizations that offers programs and courses for phlebotomy students and professionals. Yet not all of the organizations that you will find in your search will have the same reputation as the other more reputable organizations, these are the ones that you will have to look out for since you may waste much of your hard earned money to become a member and obtain a certification that may not be recognized by a potential employer. Each organization must meet the standards set forth by the CLSI (Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute). Once you have waded through the sea of training programs then you will need to do your research and find an organization that fall within the following criteria: Accredited (approved) by the NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences) Makes use of the materials and exams that follows the standards set forth by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute Uses an outside certification agency for graduates Phlebotomy Certification Requirements It should be noted that every agency (all 10 within the United States) may have a different set of requirements that will need to meet in order to qualify to become a professional certified phlebotomist. Below are some of the general requirements that you must have in order to qualify: The ACA (American Certification Agency) provides 2 types phlebotomist certifications: Phlebotomy technicians Phlebotomy instructors Eligibility requirements for phlebotomy technicians: 100 clinical hours 100 venipuncture’s 10 dermal punctures (25 for the state of Louisiana) Eligibility requirements for phlebotomy instructors: Must have their certifications as a phlebotomists or as a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse A written exam is not required for potential instructors Must show proof of experience as a phlebotomists (at least 3 years) 1 year of teaching experience The AMT (American Medical Technologists) Requirements: Graduated from a program that has been accredited by the United States Department of Education Enroll into a phlebotomy program that offers 120 hours of both clinical workshops and instruction Alternatively to the 120 hours, completing at least (in the last 3 years) 1,040 hours of experience in the field as a professional A minimum of 50 venipunctures (successful) A minimum of 25 skin punctures Many students find the American Medical Technologists (AMT) provides a great deal of benefits to those that apply. These benefits include having a download of their handbook, outline of the phlebotomy exam, practice tests and materials for you to use as a reference. NCCT Requirements The NCCT (National Center for Competency Testing) provides certifications for donor phlebotomists and regular phlebotomists. They both require the following: High school diploma or … [Read More...]

Tips on How to Land a Phlebotomy Job

Finding employment full and part time is available for all who have their certification in phlebotomy. If you have a schedule that does not permit you to work a full-time schedule either because of family needs to because you are still in school then you may wish to look into part-time employment. A common misconception is that if you are only going to be working part-time then it does not require you to have the same level of experience as someone who is able to work a full-time schedule. Below you will find information on working as a professional phlebotomist part time. What Are the Job Requirements? When you are making your rounds applying for a position at a hospital, they tend to hire phlebotomists that have had some type of previous experience. If you trained at a hospital then that hospital would be more inclined to hire you then they would someone coming in to their facility for the first time. So in looking for a job this may be the best place for you to start. It should also be noted that before your training if there is a hospital you would like to work at you should start your training there. Not all programs may be accepted so it is important to pay close attention to the job ad and if it is not specified in the ad, contact the hospitals HR department to get this information. What Type of Hours Do Part Time Phlebotomists Work? If you are flexible in your hours then there are a number of hospitals that will see you as a desirable candidate. If you are employed at the hospital part time you may have to work around 20 hours to 30 hours a week. It is important to note that this may change weekly depending on their need. What Type of Duties do Phlebotomists do? Just as if you were working full time as phlebotomist you would be performing the same type of duties while working part time. These duties also include working with patients by taking blood samples also known as venipuncture. It is important while working as phlebotomist to realize that you will be working with patients that may find it difficult to get a shot or small children. Depending on where you work you may have to work with patients that show signs of mental instability. Lastly, the main thing to remember is that regardless of full time or part time status you will have the same amount of work as a full time employee. The only difference is that you will be working less. … [Read More...]

Phlebotomy in the Red Cross and Other Non-Profits Groups

If you have already made the decision to seek out a career in phlebotomy then you will learn that phlebotomy by definition is a profession in which you will draw blood from patients for the purpose of assisting physicians diagnose illnesses and diseases. As you will learn phlebotomist play an important role in throughout the entire medical field. Through the development of the profession it is not only a profession supported by government agencies but by different organizations many of them are non-profit organizations and one of the more well-known organizations is the Red Cross. This is an organization that has worked rigorously to develop specialized training courses for phlebotomy students. In the Red Cross the training program they develop courses that will provide the phlebotomist with higher range knowledge and skills needed to function successfully in their organization. Phlebotomist should see working with the Red Cross as something special and realize the difference between working in other positions. Here are some of the differences that phlebotomist may encounter while working: Your work schedule while working with the Red Cross will mean that you no longer have a set number of hours that you work each day. Professional phlebotomist will tell you that you have to be ready at a moment’s notice to travel and this could happen at any point during the day. For some people it is an attractive side of the job while for the others it can appear to be difficult and inconvenient. Anyway the job promises to be interesting as it stipulates communication with many different people every day. This is why psychology is one of the general courses of study during your phlebotomy program; with that said you should be prepared to learn all of the basics that go along with the medical professions which includes medical terminology, human anatomy and the basics of blood just to name a few. You will also have knowledge of how to operate the tools that professional phlebotomist work with on a daily basis. Unfortunately, many in the phlebotomy field do not pay close enough attention to how important their job is within the medical profession. Hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities would be able to successfully treat illnesses and diseases of their patients without the help of a professional phlebotomist. The tasks that you perform while working with the Red Cross no matter how trivial are a vital role that you play and the people that you assist on a daily basis. This does not just apply to the Red Cross; it also pertains to multiple organizations that require blood samples and tests to be done on a regular basis for health insurance purposes. Much like phlebotomist that work with patients in hospitals you will be working with patients around the world from a variety of different backgrounds and lifestyles. The same challenges you face with patients that have a fear of needles you will have to work with within non-profit … [Read More...]

Resume Tips for Phlebotomy Professionals

Once you have graduated from your phlebotomy program you are not alone once you begin looking for a job. The state of the economy has made it difficult for many to get a job. However, the medical field is a field where medical professionals are still in high demand. This does not mean that your resume should be basic, it is quite the opposite in fact, since there are many people vying for the same position you need a resume that will put you ahead of the rest. Your resume is the only deciding factor as to whether you are hired for a job or not, your resume will also determine whether or not you have an interview. Below are some resume tips to help ensure your resume is not simply passed over. Tip #1 Have an Objective The portion of your resume when you state your career goals as well as what makes you the best for the job at hand aside from the many professional phlebotomists that have applied for the job. While writing up your objectives you will take this time to mention any skills you have and make sure it pertains to the job you plan on applying to. Tip #2 List Any and All Skills In this section you will list any and all skills you have that you have that you feel is important to the position. If you worked in a different position in the medical field be sure to list the skills you used to perform your tasks on a daily basis. This portion of your resume is what is looked at the most by employers, aside from showing them how much experience you have, it also shows them how much training you will need if hired on. The healthcare facilities that are busier will tend to want someone that has some type of experience in the field so that they can save time that training takes away. Tip #3 Provide a List of References A references section should ALWAYS be listed. While it is often best to have at least 1-2 personal references you should have 1-2 professional references. The professional references should be people that have a strong knowledge of how you work in specific situations. If you do not have a previous employer you may want to consider adding a teacher or even your phlebotomy instructor. List anyone that you have known for at least 1 year. Also refrain from listing people that you are unsure that you should mention to others. Tip #4 Contact a Professional Resume Writing Services Lastly, if you feel that you are able to revamp or build a resume on your own, then you should look to enlisting the help of professionals who make it their job to make sure you look good on your resume for the potential employer. While some services can be expensive, you can always negotiate a price. The price typically depends on the type and length of the resume. Once they have completed a draft of the resume they will send you the rough copy for approval, as well as ask you some personal questions so they can create a resume that will make the HR department and the potential employer take notice. … [Read More...]

Phlebotomy Patients Tips to Help You Through

One of the most challenging areas of the phlebotomy field is pediatric phlebotomy. In pediatric phlebotomy you are typically working with patients that are 18 years of age or younger. The reason for the difficulty in this field is the fear that many younger children have of having their blood drawn. Once the patient has reached school age most of the time the only hurdle you face are the excessive questions about how the procedure is to be performed. Most of the time once the questions are answered the patients fears will cease (for the most part) and you will be able to continue on with the process uninterrupted. More than like (professional phlebotomist that have been in the field for a long period of time will tell you that the most heard question is will the procedure hurt. Aside from that some of the questions from the patient and the parent that you should be prepared to answer include: Are you going to be doing the procedure? What is going to happen? How long will it take? Where are you going to be drawing the blood from? Why do I need to have this procedure done? If you are training for a career in the phlebotomy field then you will have to be prepared to answer these questions and numerous others. If you have patient that is a little older does not mean that they deserve any less compassion for their fear of needles and having their blood drawn then you would give a younger patient. You phlebotomist class will typically cover the information on how you should properly handle these types of patients, and patients of all ages for that matter. In pediatrics you will deal with: Newborns Infants Toddlers Pre-school aged children Elementary and middle school aged children The challenges that you deal with are both physical and psychological. The psychological challenges that tend to be seen in smaller children are: Their fear of strangers Anxiety in the instances in which they are separated from their parent or legal guardian Limited speech Fear of being in pain Your patient will be sure to express their fear physically and vocally. On the physical side, the common concerns include: Allergies to medication Low blood volume Choking on the bandage There are complications that tend to be more serious when performing venipuncture procedures that include: Damage to the tissue The insertion area becoming infected Hemorrhage Blood loss Injury and bruising from child restraints If you are performing a blood draw then you should keep in mind that when you have to work with small children. Keep eye contact and listen to them when you speak to them. Maintain sensitivity to their needs and the needs of their parents throughout the entire procedure. Be honest to your younger patients, telling them that a procedure won’t hurt when it may does not build the trust that you want with patient as a professional … [Read More...]

Top Phlebotomy Organizations

In the phlebotomy field there are 3 leading associations that many professional and student phlebotomists alike turn to. These associations are also the ones that student phlebotomists send in their exams to, to be graded and analyzed. These associations include: · American Phlebotomy Association · American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians · National Phlebotomy Association The benefits to know about the organizations above is that not only do they provide you with the information needed to help you study for the phlebotomy exam (including study material), job placement information and assistance to assistance with continuing education programs. The ASPT (American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians) The American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians has been in the business of providing phlebotomists with certification since the early 1980’s. They offer the exam that tests the knowledge and the skills of all current graduates and the future phlebotomists entering into the field. They also offer a number of guides to help you prepare for the phlebotomy exam. These guides can be found online via their website and they can be manually uploaded to your computer so that you will have the ability and the availability to access it whenever you need to review the information you learned in the classroom. You can also order manuals via their online form the cost typically ranges from $31-$61. Contact Information for the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians: PO Box 1831 Hickory, NC 28603 Tel: (828)294-0078 Fax :( 828)327-2969 Email: office(at)aspt.org The NPA (National Phlebotomy Association) The NPA is an organization that has noted for being one of the oldest in the industry. The National Phlebotomy Association is an organization that has been around in the late 70’s. More than 14,000 phlebotomists (and counting) are taking or have taken the exam administered by the National Phlebotomy Association. They also have a hand in offering training programs throughout the United States in various phlebotomy programs in community colleges, universities and vocational schools. They ensure that students get the education they need to prepare them for their exam and obtaining certification. They also make sure that their students are offered every chance to succeed by offering practice classes for phlebotomy students who need to have an update on the information they learned. They also work with the school themselves to ensure that they received the proper accreditation needed to be a recognized organization by employers and hospitals. Contact information for the National Phlebotomy Association: National Phlebotomy Association 1901 Brightseat Road Landover, MD 20785 Phone: (301) 386-4200 Fax: (301) 386-4203 naltphle(at)aol.com The APA (American Phlebotomy Association) Lastly but not least, the APA (American Phlebotomy Association) is another resource for phlebotomy students to take advantage of. … [Read More...]

4 Must Have Phlebotomy Classes

In the health care system medical professionals in the field of Phlebotomy play a vital role in the health care system. They work alongside nurses and physicians and other professionals on a medical team by collecting samples from patients to be used in testing and transfusions. As you may have learned in your earlier research of this career is that you must have the proper education and clinical skills necessary to perform your job in this field accurately and efficiently. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employers looking to hire a phlebotomy professional look for candidates that have the proper education, training and skills due to the high and constant demand for their services. Below you will find some the top classes that you must attend to ensure you have the information to have a successful career: 1. Infection Control and Safety Precautions A course that you as a student of phlebotomy need to take will cover infection control and safety precautions. As a professional phlebotomist you will be working daily with patients’ blood and their other bodily fluids that could potentially expose you do pathogens. While working it is best to look at all of the possible risks you are exposing yourself to. I for example, if you are not careful you may accidentally stick yourself with a needle that is contaminated, thus opening yourself up to infections. You will learn how to clean up hazardous material, how to correctly dispose of sharps (needles, razors, etc.) into a designated sharps disposal box and you will learn about the proper protective wear (gloves, goggles, smock, etc) and equipment and how to handle them properly. 2. Medical Terminology There a terms for virtually every aspect of the medical field, from parts of the body, illnesses, diseases, tests and so much more. When reviewing the paperwork for the labs and the testing results form the sample, patient records and more. You will need to have an understanding of the various codes and how to incorporate them into your own report. 3. Working with Patients The courses that you take in working with patients are often mandatory regardless of where you take the program. You learn how to build trust and a positive relationship. You will be working with patients that are uncomfortable with having blood work done. You need to ensure that you provide them with services that are professional yet compassionate to their situation. 4. Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Code of Ethics As a part of a professional medical team you will be working with sensitive information and as a phlebotomist you must be prepared to closely follow a standard set of ethics when it comes to patient privacy and other conflicts of interest. In this course you will learn about the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act and how it protects the privacy of patients and that if you fail to follow the laws set forth by HIPPA you are … [Read More...]

Top 5 Questions to Ask Phlebotomy Schools

If you have made the final decision to go ahead with your journey in becoming a phlebotomist then it is important that you ensure you have the proper education, skills and training to ensure you can perform your job accurately and effectively. Below are the 5 questions to ask yourself when you are in the decision making process of where you plan to obtain your training to successfully earn your phlebotomy certification: 1. Is the school accredited? It is not only if the school is accredited, who are they accredited by? When it comes to a school’s accreditation this generally ensures that the training and education you are receiving from the school will be recognized by your potential employers. You would be devastated if you spent your money to complete the training only to find out that you are unable to get a job due to the fact that the school was not accredited by a recognized accrediting agency. 2. How long does the program last and what type of scheduling do they offer? Depending on the state you live, no school will be the same. The length of time it takes you to complete your course can vary and it depends on the class schedules. You will want to ensure that the amount of time allotted to you during the course will work well within your current schedule. This is especially important for those that currently work a full time job, have a family or both. 3. How do you feel comfortable being at the school? When choosing a school it is important to feel like you will “fit” in to the environment. Does the staff seem pleasant to you? Do you see yourself going to the school, taking classes, interacting with fellow students and staff? Do you see it as a place where you can finish your entire education there? If so, then you could be potentially very happy with your choice. 4. What types of courses are provided to you at the school? Thoroughly review the course material provided to students. This will ensure that the material being given to you in the classroom will provide you will accurate information on how to become a phlebotomist and perform the job to the best of your ability once you graduate and enter into the career field. You can sometimes find this information located on the programs website. If you notice that the information provided is scare or substandard then it may not be a program you will want to become involved in. 5. Can you afford the costs and do they offer any type of financial aid? The cost for obtaining your education can be a turning point in the decision process. When considering the school find out if they offer any type of financial aid and how you would apply. You will want to look very closely at the information they provide you so that you will not have to pay any fees that may be hidden in the fine print. … [Read More...]

Phlebotomy Training and Certification

The health care field is growing in leaps and bounds. As a result, the medical community is constantly looking for individuals with specific skill-sets to perform certain tasks. Working with highly trained individuals makes it easier to streamline the healthcare process, ensuring patients receive the best attention and treatment possible. One of the most crucial specialized support roles within the healthcare field is the role of the phlebotomist. The phlebotomist is responsible for collecting blood samples from patients so that they can be analyzed by the medical lab and doctors in order to diagnose, monitor, and treat illnesses and diseases. Some phlebotomists collect urine and fecal samples at the same time, depending on the needs of the patient and his medical team. Phlebotomy Training Requirements Becoming a phlebotomist doesn't take a lot of time, which is why this field is a great starting point for anyone looking to break into the medical community. You may choose to become a phlebotomist for life or you may use your experience as the basis for future advancement within the field, allowing you to continue working while you work towards your next goal. The requirements you need to fulfill in order to become a phlebotomist will vary depending on the state in which you live. Some states require individuals to obtain a specific phlebotomy certification because of their exposure to needles and hazardous wastes. Other states are less specific about their requirements, allowing individuals to obtain training through the Red Cross or on the job. Almost all states require, at a minimum, a high school diploma. Let's take a look, for example, at the state regulations in California. Phlebotomists in California, according to new laws adopted in early 2003, are required to have a high school diploma or GED. They must also have 40 hours of classroom lecture instruction, 40 hours of practical training, and documentation of 50 completed venipunctures along with 10 skin punctures. Where to Get Phlebotomy Training Formal training to become a phlebotomist can be obtained in a couple of different ways. The two most common are through vocational schools or through adult career training schools. Programs may vary in length from as little as three months to as much as one year. So how does one determine which type of training program to complete? You'll need to take a couple of things into consideration. The first is your short-term goals. Do you need to get to work right away? Do you have little time for training? If so, you'll want to lean towards one of the career program schools offering shorter training periods. Your education in a shorter program will be geared towards giving you the basic knowledge you need to succeed in the field along while fulfilling your state's mandated experience requirements. Once you have a job, you'll be better positioned to go back and obtain additional continuing education later on. If you have a … [Read More...]

Educational Requirements for Phlebotomy Technicians

What are the educational requirements for phlebotomy technicians? For those that are getting their certification as a phlebotomy tech, you will have to first complete extensive training in the field. The training you get is required in order for you to obtain any type of certification and is a requirement in order for you to obtain employment at various medical offices. It should be noted that some private employers will provide you with a means of obtaining an education in this field while working in another area of the office. The type of training you receive will be different depending on the school you enroll into a training program at. Below you will find information on the general courses you will cover (please note that the names may be different than the courses offered at your school). Computer and Technology Training Since many of the larger medical facilities make use of computers to help keep track of patient records and other important data, it is required that phlebotomists entering into the field have a significant amount of knowledge in computers. This knowledge can be found in computer training course which may cover the following: Data entry Tracking and creating reports  Updates documents and patient medical history records Safety in the Laboratory Phlebotomist must have the ability to adapt to various areas of the lab which includes being comfortable with the equipment used in the lab along with the safety procedures. You may be required to clean and dispose of spills that may be hazardous. This is important for not only your safety but for the safety of those on your team. Taking Blood Samples & Composition Depending on the patient and the test being performed you will learn how the collection will need to be taken. An example of the patient differences would be if you have an adult patient you will have one approach and if you are would working with a child patient you will have to have a different approach. You have to have an understanding of the procedure to get the sample taken in a way that is quick and painless for the patient. You will also need to learn how to work with the patient if they are nervous or unsure of the process by answering any questions that may have. When it comes to composition you have to be able to understand how the blood sample you have the possibility of being affected. These possible threats by pathogens will be taught along with the teaching of the various components in the sample. Anatomy of Humans Many training courses will include a focus on the anatomy. As part of your job you will be working with a vein which is a vital part of the human circulatory system and how it functions. This will aid you in the collection of the sample and the increased chance you have of collecting the sample with little to no issues. You will also cover the some of the following:  Skeletal and muscular system  Urinary tract  Respiratory … [Read More...]

An Introduction into the World of Phlebotomy

What Is Phlebotomy? Phlebotomy is a much needed area in the medical field. Professional Phlebotomist draws the patient’s blood for use in medical tests so that physicians are able to properly diagnose illnesses and diseases. It is the job of the phlebotomist to perform and learn the following tasks: Draw the blood Manage blood draws and patient information Store blood safely so that outside issues will not disrupt the process In training you would learn how to properly obtain blood, transport or prepare it for transport and perform laboratory tasks and test the blood samples. Learn and understand how the blood test works, possible abnormalities that may or may not be present and how blood samples are to be handled (additives and storing temperature). Have an understanding of the various methods in which specimens are to be taken. While it may seem like a lot, it is important to note that all of the above aspects will need to be followed so that you will have the ability to handle various cases as they arise. Phlebotomy Techniques What many fail to understand is that Phlebotomy is simply drawing blood from a patient when this is not the case. There are several methods or techniques that need to be learned when collecting samples. Venipuncture This is a procedure when used in the collection of blood from the veins and is one of the most typical methods used by professionals in the field. Professionals are taught about the various veins throughout the body and the ideal areas where blood can be drawn effectively. They are also taught the methods in which to prepare the patient for having their blood drawn. The most common vein is in the forearm, and this is known as the “anti-cubical vein”. It is the vein that is closest to the top/surface of the skin. The general amount of blood required to perform an accurate test is 5-25 mm. however, the amount depends on the type of test that needs to be performed. Training In order to have a successful career in Phlebotomy in the medical field, one has to have professional training in the field. In order to enroll in a training course you have to have at least a high school diploma or GED. Training can be found at any of the following: Vocational schools Universities Community colleges Hospital Medical labs Online schools Research is required in order to find an institution that provides you with the courses required to understand the basics of phlebotomy and the advanced subjects. The actual length of time in the program will vary depending on the state you live in. The typical amount of time for these programs is 2-4 months and involves drawing numerous samples in various hands-on training in the courses. For those looking at a career in the Phlebotomy field there is an increase in the demand for phlebotomy professionals in labs, private practices and other medical facilities. The pay is good and the … [Read More...]

Phlebotomy Earnings and Outlook

If you are looking at a career in phlebotomy you would be entering into a field with outstanding amount of job growth that is expected to increase as the years pass. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the growth within the field is expected to have a steady increase over the following 8-10 years. Once you have completed all of the required training in the field, there are various opportunities that you will find in a medical facilities that include hospitals, clinics, private practices and laboratories. Phlebotomy Job Prospects Employment in the field as a technician is said to also improve by 16% through the year 2018. It is important to note that this increase may become more rapid as other areas in the medical field continue to grow. As the increase for other medical employment areas grow so will the demand for research labs and medical tests, this is also due to the increasing age of the baby boomer generation and the creation of more advanced laboratory testing. Modern Technology Technology is an area in the medical field that will continue to improve and these improvements will directly impact the field of the phlebotomy technician field. There are two ways technology will impact the industry: Diagnostic screenings will mean more exams will need to be done which will mean more employment opportunities will open and the need for well-trained phlebotomists. It should be noted that there is a downside to the advancement in technology. As the technology advances it would mean that the currently employed medical professionals will be able to easily execute the tests on their own which would mean that there would be no need to have the tests outsourced to those skilled specifically in the phlebotomy field. It may be in the best interest for you to train and educate yourself in various areas within the medical field. The environment that phlebotomy will still remain a much desired area for employment is in major hospitals another various organization and private laboratories. Job opportunities in the phlebotomy will tend to be very favorable each year since there are more job openings then there are new phlebotomy technicians being certified. This seems to be an ongoing trend in the field. Private practices will not be the only area for growth possibilities. It is predicted that with the large amount of individuals entering into retirement, over the next 10 years or so, the need will continue to grow in the private sectors of the medical field. The number of opportunities available to you will also depend on the area you live in and if you are willing and/or have the ability to relocate to where the need is much greater. You will find that larger cities tend to have greater need than those in more rural areas. In conclusion, the information above should provide you with some insight into the future outlook your career as a phlebotomy technician. This is a field that may offer up a variety of opportunities for … [Read More...]

Phlebotomy Classes Online What You Need To Know

Are you too busy with family and work that makes you unable to attend a traditional phlebotomy training program? As long as you have access to a computer and connection to the internet then you will be able to get certified from the comfort of your own home or virtually any location. Online training and traditional training is conducted to help you to acquire the skills necessary for you to obtain a fulfilling position in the field. Training not only prepares not only you the student but: Medical techs Nurses Doctors Health professionals What Is Needed to Enroll? In order to enroll in an online phlebotomy course you will need to look over your choices wisely and ensure that the institution you choose will provide you with the best education at a decent price. Aside from that the online school should have the following: 1.Proper certification 2.Recognized and approved by a well know certifying organization (i.e. ASCLS, American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science). This information should be located directly on the institutions website. If it is not then you should contact them directly to get this information. Online courses will make it possible for you to obtain instructions online instead of going into a traditional classroom. Many of the online programs offer the students online tutorials and videos. Many of the videos and tutorials teach you how to accurately perform procedures in the laboratory which includes venipunctures and sticking the finger for a blood sample. However, it should be noted that you will need to attend hands on training at a medical facility. Some of the other topics you will cover in your online program just as you would a traditional program include: Lab basics Guidelines for infection control Guidelines for proper procedure Safety measures The basics on blood Performing a venipuncture The basics of medical terminology Communication within a healthcare facility Preparing samples to be sent to the lab Legal case studies Communicating with patients and handling difficult patients and even how to work with smaller children that come in for testing. You will be required to take the same exams and certification testing just as you would at a traditional program. You must know and understand how the customer service process works; this is beneficial to you and the company you are employed with. If the customer was happy with your level of professionalism during their visit then they will continue to come back for testing if they need it or possibly refer your services. These types of online program are ideal for those currently working in the medical field such as: Nurses Medical assistants Paramedics Interns Licensed practical nurses Registered nurses Students Physicians Even researchers that wish to broaden their options and add to their career within the … [Read More...]

Free Phlebotomy Training Is it Possible

If you are looking for a position that offers stability, decent pay and chances for advancement, then phlebotomy may be the profession you are looking for. Certification will be one of your best choices in when searching for a potential employer. The other factor a potential employer may consider aside from education is the level of training you have gained. In order to obtain your certification you will need to enter into a phlebotomy program as this will improve your chances of passing your phlebotomy exam at the end of the course. Training and education can be expensive, but it is possible to find low cost or even free training. However, it should be noted that even though there are the advantages of saving money in free training the advantages of obtaining training through a paid training program has its advantages as well and they should be considered first if your budget allows. Where to Look For Free Training One the first areas that you may find free training programs in by searching your states unemployment office, they may have a list of programs at your local community colleges or vocational schools. Many of the training programs provide the same level of quality as the paid programs. If you are not unemployed you can easily speak with the nurses and even the other phlebotomists from the assisted living and/or nursing homes in your area. You may even find that they will assist in your getting your training, however, they may require that you work for them once you have completed training or be training is completed. Rehabilitation centers are another place that you may want to ask for sponsorship. If you currently have experience in the medical field you can ask your current employer if they offer such a program to help you pay for training in full or at least partial. Online Training Programs Some online programs offer free training. They provide you with the flexibility you need to learn at your own pace. It should be noted that they may lack the hands-on training you will need to help you get a better of idea of the phlebotomy career. While you may not be able to find training that is completely free, there are various websites that provide practice tests and exams to help you pass the actual exam once you get to that point. You may also be able to find assistance through the various articles found on the websites (like this one) and through the various forums where you can speak with other students about some issues you may be having in the program. Sometimes you may be lucky enough to be able to ask questions of a current professional in the field, especially if the forum holds a question and answer event for you to attend. Check at your local library for videos, books and other sources for self-training. This can be difficult as you will not have the ability to ask the questions you need to ask, however, this is a way for you to get in touch with the field prior to paying a fee to attend a program or … [Read More...]

Venipuncture What You Need to Know

What is Venipunture? The process in which blood is drawn from a vein in order to provide a sample for testing is known as Venipuncture. It is also a process used for providing medication and/or starting an infusion. This process can be performed by different medical professionals in hospitals, private practices and other medical facilities that include: Laboratory technicians Licensed practical nurses Registered nurses Why Is This Process Needed? More often this procedure is asked of by physicians for help in diagnosing illnesses and diseases or for a simple evaluation procedure of the patient’s health. As you may have already learned in school, blood is the bodies main component in moving waste and nutrients through the body. The various components that make up blood indicate how healthy the patient is or what illnesses they may be suffering from. What Are The Risks Of the Procedure? No vein is created equal; they come in various shapes and sizes. It is not uncommon for professional phlebotomists to have a difficulty in finding a vein. This can cause numerous attempts to puncture the patients vein. Some of the other risks include some of the following: Fainting Bleeding excessively Infection The Proper Techniques to Follow As you will learn once you enroll in a phlebotomy program there are several techniques that need to be followed to ensure accuracy in the labs and effective health management. It must be understood the various factors such as the condition of the patient’s skin, poor sampling and contamination from outside sources can affect the integrity of the lab results. Below are in detail about the factors mentioned above: When handling blood or any other bodily fluids a level of infection control MUST be maintained. This means that prior to collecting a sample from the patient it is important that you wash your hands thoroughly and dry them. If they become dirty at any point during the process they should be discarded immediately. Prior to drawing blood identify the patient, ask them their name, date of birth and compare their answers to the information located on their chart and/or lab order form. Many private practices require patients to provide another form of identification. Look over the patient order form or report to confirm the test that needs to be done on the patient. This often tells you how much blood needs to be drawn. Have the labels and color coded containers ready. Once the blood has been drawn place the label on them immediately to avoid confusion later. If you notice damage to any of the tubes prior to the draw do not use the tubes, simply discard them per your companies or employers instructions and use un-damaged tubes. The seals found on the top of the tubes should not be torn or punctured in anyway. Be sure to answer any questions the patient may have about the process, prepare their skin for the process with bedadine. Allow skin … [Read More...]

Certified Phlebotomy Technician II

What many phlebotomy students do not realize is that there are a number of states that do not have a set of official guideline or regulation for those that practice phlebotomy, except for the state of California. According to the State Department of Public Health in phlebotomists working and living in the state of California are required to do the following: 1. Enroll and attend a training program from an accredited phlebotomy program 2. Have a considerable amount of experience in the field 3. Once they have completed their training they must pass the certification exam There are 3 levels of certification that can be obtained and they include: 1. LPT (Limited Phlebotomy Technician) 2. Certified technician I 3. Certified Technician II Educational Requirements and Basic Coursework 1. High school diploma or GED Biology Chemistry English Computer science Algebra Geometry Foreign languages, this is optional however it would be helpful since the medical career involved helping patients from various backgrounds. Phlebotomy Technician I The requirement for obtaining this certification includes: 1. Attend an approved program by the Department of Public Health. Speak with the department’s counselor to get a list of the approved programs. 2. You must have a minimum of 20 hours within the basic classes mentioned above 3. 20 hour minimum in advanced courses 4. If you currently have over 1,000 hrs. of experience working on the job then you only need to make sure that you have completed the advanced coursework requirements. After Graduation Congratulations! Just because you have graduated does not mean that you have completed your requirements. There are requirements for those that have recently graduated (these must have been completed on patients) to successfully hold their phlebotomy technician certification: 1. You must perform 50 venipunctures 2. 10 skin punctures 3. Take and successfully pass the written form of the phlebotomy exam 4. Complete an additional 20 hours of advance course work Phlebotomy Technician II 1. The 20 hours must be completed just as your other coursework for phlebotomy; through a program approved by the Department of Public Health. 2. You will not be able to be admitted into the advance courses until you have submitted proof of your phlebotomy certification I. 3. On-the-job experience: minimum of 1,040 hrs. 4. 20 supervised arterial punctures: this punctures must be supervised by one of the following: Licensed Medical Doctor Physician Assistant Registered Nurse (CLB) Clinical Laboratory Bioanalyst CLS (Clinical Laboratory Scientist) RCP (Respiratory Care Practitioner) 5. Successfully pass the written exam from a certifying organization in your state. When you apply you need to submit your certificate of successful completion from your training program. 6. When applying you … [Read More...]

Phlebotomy Careers Taking it to The Next Level

Virtually any career in the medical field is in high demand and this includes phlebotomy. However, if you have been in the field and are currently looking to make a change in career then any easy switch may be becoming a cardi-phlebotomy tech. they are often seen as the ones on the front line of health care to ensure that the patient will have the ability to live a happy, healthy life. What Does a Cardio-phlebotomist do? Aside from the typical duties called upon you to perform the same general duties as a regular phlebotomist such as drawing blood and performing general venipuncture duties, cardio-phlebotomist technicians also provide other on their medical team with an EKG (Elektrokardiogramm). Cardio-phlebotomist can be found working in a variety of healthcare facilities such as hospitals and private practices (clinics, lab testing facilities, etc.). For those that are interested in pursuing a career as a phlebotomy technician must have a high degree of interest in the health care field, have knowledge of physiology and the human anatomy. The general skills still apply such as patience and compassion for the patients that they work with on a daily basis. Students first entering into the field will have to have a training course on CPR and have the ability to learn other skills that could save the life of a patient. Education and Training A career such as cardio-phlebotomy can be very rewarding. When it comes to training for this career you should expect to spend from as much as 24 months to as little as 9 months in a training program to the ends and outs of the field in its entirety. Some of the courses in the cardio phlebotomy program will include some of the same ones found in the phlebotomy career. These courses include: Human anatomy Physiology (circulatory, respiratory, urinary, etc) The composition of cells and blood in the body Skeletal system Muscular system Once you have successfully completed your education in cardio phlebotomy, depending on the rules that govern your state you may have to complete and pass your states licensure exam. Work Environment As a cardio phlebotomist you may find yourself working in either a hospital, private clinic or in a public health care facility even retirement homes. You may find your scheduling vary slightly, however this is generally a 8 hour day starting from 9am (or sooner) to 5pm (or later). Sometimes you may find that certain days may be extended and some weekend may be required. As you move forward in your career you will find it is a fast paced field. As the baby boomers and others in the population begin to age health care professionals will be needed to fill the areas they are lacking in the most. Employers are looking for individuals that are educated and skillful in their duties especially when working in a professional medical environment with nurses, physicians and other in the medical team. Salary If you choose to work in a … [Read More...]

Online Guide To Phlebotomy Training & Certification

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