If you want to be trained as a phlebotomist, there is no shortage of places that will be willing to teach you. Four-year colleges, community colleges, vocational colleges, and medical schools, as well as specialized institutes that teach skills required of nurses and medical technicians, all have courses in phlebotomy certification that can help prepare you for your phlebotomy certification exam.
An accredited college is the best place to get training. You’ll have access to a highly qualified staff of experts who will be able to train you in state-of-the-art techniques and pass on the latest knowledge required for a working phlebotomist (which will also be the knowledge that you need to pass your phlebotomy certification exam). You will have the best study materials and advisors who will be able to suggest which agencies you should become certified under. These advisors will also be able to help you prepare for the exam and suggest sources of loans if you are not able to afford the exam fees.
Often, the agencies that offer the phlebotomy certification examinations also offer courses that will help you prepare for the exam and continuing education courses to help you maintain your certification. Here is a list of certifying agencies that also offer courses in phlebotomy and/or continuing education programs:
- American Medical Technologists (AMT)
- National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT)
- American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
- National Phlebotomy Association (NPA)
- The American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT)
- National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
In most cases, it will be necessary to provide documentation of your training experience before you can take the phlebotomy certification examination. Generally, you will also need practical laboratory experience in order to quality for certification, typically six months of full-time work at a clinic or hospital performing phlebotomy procedures on a regular basis. This will also need to be documented before the certification exam, usually with a letter signed by a supervisor. As we’ll discuss elsewhere on this Web site, a phlebotomist has many different duties, and you’ll need to study all of them. Some can be learned on the job, but the more of them you master during your training, the better your chances of becoming certified – and of finding a high-paying position in the field – will be.
- Phlebotomy Overview (PDF)
- Areas Of Study For Phlebotomists
- Skills Required Of A Phlebotomist
- Duties Of A Phlebotomist
- Performing Blood Work
- Filling Out Requisition Forms
- Labeling Phlebotomy Samples
- Phlebotomy Supplies
- Working With People
- Training And Certification Online
- How to Obtain Technician Certificate Guide (California)