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 system
- Lymphatic system