How To Become a Phlebotomy Technician

Phlebotomy technicians are important members of the healthcare team. They are trained to draw blood in people with even the most difficult to find veins. Phlebotomy technicians are employed by a variety of agencies, such as hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices, labs, and blood banks.

Generally, people either train through a formal educational program or complete on the job training to become a phlebotomy technician. Formal educational training can typically be obtained at your local community college. Phlebotomy technician training is generally only 6 to 8 college credits, though it is typically a two semester course due to some of the classes being pre-requisite classes for others. If this is too long of a timeframe for you to feel comfortable with, you may wish to check out your local vocational schools. Many of these programs offer training in as little as 6 weeks. The alternative to formal classroom training is on the job training. This is offered by many blood banks when they are short staffed.

Once you have located a school to get your phlebotomy technician education through or an agency to sponsor on the job training for you, the next step is to successfully complete your training. A lot of phlebotomy is about feel, so make sure that you take good care of your fingers. Do not play too much guitar or do anything else that would force your fingers to develop excessive calluses that could impair your ability to feel a vein.

Stay on top of your training and school work. Phlebotomy is a lot like math; each lesson will build upon the skills that you were intended to learn in the previous lesson. It is very difficult to catch up in a phlebotomy class if you have fallen behind, so do not let that happen. Make sure that you are not overworking yourself when taking your phlebotomy classes and ask for help the moment that you feel yourself struggling or falling behind.

Make sure that you treat everyone well during your training, especially during your externship. You will gain practical experience that you will use during your externship, but you will also be exposed to a variety of people that can later serve to be professional references for you when you are job hunting, or may even be able to give you a good word to an HR recruiter in the company that you are doing your externship with.


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