Being a phlebotomy technician (phlebotomist), the responsibility of properly obtaining liquid blood samples from individuals by the use of needles lies on your shoulders. Through different blood collection techniques, the samples drawn are very important in making a diagnosis. Contaminated specimens must be unacceptable this is why it is very important that they conduct the process properly and label samples attentively. After labelling, they're then asked to send the samples to the proper laboratory for tests and analysis.
Being a graduate of an accredited training curriculum in phlebotomy is already enough credential for a few employers who are looking for technicians, since being licensed isn't actually a requirement by the law. It's even interesting to notice that several cities like Navasota have this not so rigid policy on training programs, since they allow those without any proper training to work as a phlebotomist. However, there are states just like Texas with high level of standards; strictly hiring just those with certification and not permitting those who do not have a certificate to legally work within the state.
To opportunity seekers who are truly interested in making a job out of phlebotomy, you have to be knowledgeable of the several certifying bodies capable of giving phlebotomy certification. To give you an idea what these bodies are, here are a few examples: American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT), and American Medical Technologists (AMT). Each body has their very own specific qualifications; and it is now the duty of the student to pick which body offers the requirements very easy for him to complete.
In order to be qualified to receive certification, ASCP requires applicants to have the following: a high school graduate or its equivalent, 40 hours of in-depth classroom lessons, 120 hours' worth of stringent laboratory hands-on activities, and 100 successful blood retrievals via various techniques. For the case of APT, they require a completion of an accredited program, a membership to the body, and requires 100 cases of outstanding venipunctures and 5 notable cases of skin punctures. Just like most bodies, NPA credits the hard work of those who have been doing the phlebotomy profession for at least a year; thus giving them automatic certification. For inexperienced candidates, certification is given upon completing a training course consists of classroom sessions (160 hours) and laboratory hands-on training.
Phlebotomy certification requirement typical to these three bodies is the attendance to an accredited phlebotomy training course which covers in-class and clinical training hours. This training curriculum aims to teach basic and advanced knowledge and skills so as to prepare students for the battle ahead. Navasota is recognized to have the most number of phlebotomy training centers providing quality training. The period of the training typically reaches around twelve weeks, and with regards to the contents and quality of the course, different training costs also apply. In Navasota for instance, you can expect a 12-week course to cost $1,000 inclusive of all training books and clinical hands-on fees.
What comes with the increasing demand for phlebotomists is tougher competition, therefore it is extremely important that you secure a license to have better chances of landing a job.