A phlebotomist is the person who draws your blood when you are admitted to the hospital for treatments. A phlebotomist will work in hospitals, blood banks, laboratories, research facilities, home healthcare agencies and physician’s offices. He or she must be an effective communicator and have knowledge about human anatomy. There are many skills required to be a proficient phlebotomist, and phlebotomy certification could be the first step.
Conduct a search for the university or facility on line or campus offering phlebotomy certification in your area through the Phlebotomy Pages. See the resources for the link.
Check your local state regulations to determine what the prerequisites for phlebotomists are as they vary from state to state. For instance California requires phlebotomy certification. Complete your phlebotomy certification courses as required.
Take the phlebotomy professional certification exams to receive your phlebotomy certification. The facility where you attended classes may also provide you with phlebotomist job placement assistance after you have received your phlebotomy certification.
If you are already working in the field, you may qualify for phlebotomy certification without having to take the classes; check with your local regulatory agency. However, you will want to be sure you are knowledgeable about phlebotomy in order to pass the phlebotomy certification exam. You will need to know human anatomy, record keeping, and good communication skills as well as the desire to work with people and the ability to cope with difficult patients.