Phlebotomist’s assistants work with phlebotomists in the acquisition and processing of blood samples from patients. The role of the phlebotomist’s assistant is very similar to that of a full phlebotomist, but is performed under the supervision of a phlebotomist and, in many cases, does not require the same phlebotomy certification. (Note that certification is not necessary for phlebotomists in most states, but it is often a qualification imposed by employers before they will be willing to hire you.) As a phlebotomist’s assistant, you will have a lower salary than that of a full phlebotomist, but you will also need less training and can often learn on the job rather than paying tuition to take a college course in phlebotomy (though a training course of some kind is usually required).
Why would you want to become an assistant phlebotomist? Because of the lower salaries, it may be easier to find a job as an assistant phlebotomist. And, because of the lower training and certification requirements, you won’t find the up-front expenses too prohibitive.
Furthermore, the assistant phlebotomist’s position can be a stepping stone to becoming a full phlebotomist (which, in turn, can be a stepping stone to becoming a registered nurse). It will allow you to take your medical education a little bit at a time, so that you can earn the money that will pay for your future training and certification. Furthermore, it will give you valuable experience and will look good on your resume when it comes time to move on to a better-paying position. Hospital administrators will be impressed by your hands-on laboratory experience and will be likely to hire you over less experience personnel.
Most of all, it will give you a foot in the door to the world of medical technology, which is what you need if you are going to make a career in the health-care world.