Even in these tough economic times the Healthcare industry is thriving. There are many different career opportunities available in the healthcare industry, all you need is the proper training. You can learn about some of the healthcare fields here.
What does a Phlebotomist do?
Phlebotomists are allied healthcare professionals who draw blood from patients for testing, transfusions, donations, and research. They are vital members of a medical laboratory staff. Phlebotomists clean, sterilize and prepare the equipment for the procedure. A phlebotomist must have the skills to interact effectively with patients in order to explain the specific procedure to them and take their vitals prior to drawing blood. A phlebotomist is also responsible for updating a patient’s blood history and medical record. Phlebotomists generally work in doctor’s offices, hospitals, laboratories or blood banks.
What kind of certification will I need?
Each individual state decides their licensing specifications, but most states do not have any mandatory requirements. Typically, employers prefer a phlebotomist who has completed a training program that results in a diploma or certificate offered at an accredited college or university around the country. Phlebotomists may also receive their CPT (Phlebotomy Technician Certification) which is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCAA).
What kind of salary can I expect to earn?
Phlebotomists receive an hourly range from $12 to $13* yet an increased pay scale is available for those with advanced experience and certification.
How long will I be in school?
Phlebotomists must have obtained their high school diploma or GED and are encouraged to complete a one to two-year vocational training
*Information from American Medical Technologists.