Phlebotomists draw blood in hospitals, doctors’ offices and clinics. This program prepares you with the basic clinical training needed as a Phlebotomist. KMR can also prepare you to take the National Healthcareer Association Phlebotomy Board Exam in which you can become a National Certified Phlebotomy (CPT). All of KMR’s Training’s complies with National Healthcareer Association & Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools guidelines to better prepare you to become a Phlebotomy Technician.
Advantages to Obtaining Phlebotomy Certification
Phlebotomy is a medical field that is growing in need. More and more people are choosing to become phlebotomists due to the job and salary outlook for this career. If you are thinking about phlebotomy as a career choice, there are a number of things that you should consider. Becoming certified offers many advantages. You can obtain phlebotomy training and certification through a number of schools and although certification is not necessarily a requirement, it does offer its advantages.Those pursuing phlebotomy training and certification can expect a much higher salary than phlebotomists who are not certified. By ensuring that you obtain your certification you can expect to start your career making much more per year than many non-certified phlebotomists who have been working in the field for many years. Phlebotomy certification also helps you to learn the field better. Those pursuing certification can expect to spend eight to twelve months in phlebotomy school where anatomy, venipuncture techniques and medical laboratory administration as well as other needed topics are covered. This puts you in a much better position for a higher paying job than those who have not obtained formal phlebotomy training. Finally, phlebotomy certification gives you the opportunity to be awarded more jobs. Those with certification in this field will find it much easier to find a good paying job than those who do not. In the United States, Florida and Louisiana are the only two states who currently require phlebotomy certification in order to be legally employed in this field. Even for those states that do not require formal education, obtaining certification helps you to open doors in your career that would be closed without the proper training. Passing the mandated certification examination shows employers that you are serious about your career and that you possess the knowledge needed to properly perform your duties as a phlebotomist.
Salary and Job Outlook for Certified Phlebotomists
Phlebotomy is a career choice that is growing in popularity. In choosing whether or not to pursue phlebotomy training, you should first consider the job and salary outlook for this profession. While phlebotomists certainly do not earn as much per year as doctors you can make quite a comfortable living depending on the facility where you work and your region.
The base or starting salary for average phlebotomists is typically around $25,000 per year. An hourly wage breakdown shows approximately $10 to $14 per hour. Keep in mind however that with the right phlebotomy school and certification behind you, these numbers could easily increase to $40,000 per year or more. You should also note that the type of facility you work for will help to determine your salary. Private practices typically offer a lower rate of pay than hospitals but there is an exception to every rule. Doctors in your local area may feel that it is important enough to have their own phlebotomist on staff that they will gladly pay a bit over the average salary. You will need to do your own research and find out what doctors, hospitals and other facilities are paying in your area on average.The job outlook for this field is rather positive. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the field of phlebotomy will continue to increase at least by ten percent each year until 2014. An increase in population as well as other factors all play in to the estimated need for future phlebotomists.Your own job outlook will depend on where you plan to live and work. Smaller, rural areas may have less of a need for certified phlebotomists than larger metropolitan areas. Again, research into the field and into your own local area needs is important in determining if this is the right career path for you. In order to become nationally certified as an Phlebotomy Technician, CPT, you will have to achieve a minimum passing score of 70% on the certification exam and prove competency performing an live venipunctures and capillary sticks.
Phlebotomists are proficient in: collecting, transporting, handling and processing blood specimens for analysis;recognizing the importance of specimen collection in the overall patient care system; relating the anatomy and physiology of body systems and anatomic terminology to the major areas of the clinical laboratory, and to general pathologic conditions associated with body systems; identifying and selecting equipment, supplies and additives used in blood collectionrecognizing factors that affect specimen collection procedures and test results, and taking appropriate actions within predetermined limits, when applicable;recognizing and adhering to infection control and safety policies and procedures; monitoring quality control within predetermined limits;recognizing the various components of the health care delivery system;recognizing the responsibilities of other laboratory and health care personnel and interacting with them with respect for their jobs and patient care; demonstrating professional conduct, stress management, interpersonal and communication skills with patients, peers and other health care personnel and with the public; demonstrating an understanding of requisitioning and the legal implications of their work environment; applying basic principles in learning new techniques and procedures;recognizing and acting upon individual needs for continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence.
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- The applicant must be at least 18 years of age.
- Must have high school diploma or GED Or Enrolled in a GED class with the provision to receive GED within 12mos
- Must present an approved photo ID
- Must be in good physical and mental health.
- Must have a TB skin test within one year of onsite clinical date. If skin test was positive, must have a chest x-ray.
- Immunization Record (Must have) Hep B Vaccine