Phlebotomy Certification Florida

The job market is very promising for phlebotomists! This is an optimum time to pursue phlebotomy certification in Florida. The average annual salary of individuals with phlebotomy certification in Florida is $32,000. Phlebotomy is a great career for those who enjoy working with people and want to work in a hospital or clinic type setting. Phlebotomists are skilled in drawing blood, storing blood samples, performing a venipuncture, and starting initial patient processing for physicians. Some of the best Florida phlebotomy training programs are found in the city of Miami.

Phlebotomist certification in Miami prepares individuals to professionally serve patients in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, laboratories, medical clinics, and health insurance home settings. Course work focuses both on theory and first-hand experience. Phlebotomy students engage in important discussions regarding ethical decision-making in the medical field. Some phlebotomy training programs of Miami offer dual certification in phlebotomy and EKG technician. This dual certification makes program graduates more marketable in the field of phlebotomy.

City Specific Articles for Florida

Miami is definitely one of the best cities to pursue Florida phlebotomy certification (see Miami Phlebotomy Training page). There are several programs to choose from. This allows interested individuals to choose the program that best meets their personal and professional goals. Some programs offer shorter completion time frames; whereas others offer extensive externships for those who want more hands-on time to sharpen their phlebotomy skills. There is also an online training option for those who may not be able to attend classes at program training sites.

Miami is a place that people to experience the beach. It is natural that this might be a place that is at the very top of your list of places to live because you would be crazy if it wasn’t! It is equal parts city and magnificent ocean. Miami is such an exciting place to be for everything from Spring Break to Summer to very cold winters up north. But what if I told you that Miami has so much more to offer than just city life and beaches?

She’s known for all the glitz and glam that you can imagine, and the Magic City is not to be minimized to anything less than magnificent at creating the best beach and city destination. But there are things to do here that are unknown to so many people. As a native who was born and raised here, I know the ins and outs of everything Miami has to offer that is on the down-low. And plot twist: she has tons of suburbs, which means this is actually not a bad place to raise kids or a family, despite popular opinion. Let’s walk through the big icons as well as the exciting hidden treasures that are in Miami.

Miami Beach

We must place Miami Beach at the top of the list, or else we would not be doing proper justice to this city. Though it is not just a beach, the beach is a big part of what makes it special. Miami Beach is one of the greatest beaches in the world. Its water is crystal blue and it’s beautiful sand stretches for miles and miles and miles that seem to go on forever. This beach is legendary and it’s technically an island of its own outside of the perimeter of what we would call Miami. Miami Beach is located in the Art Deco District, so that means you can see buildings and skyscrapers as you do a 360 turn while standing on the beach.

There are many beaches out there that people hype up, but they will not deliver properly. I’ve been to a plethora of beaches all around the country (and outside of it) that are talked about as if they are the most beautiful beaches, but you will get there in the water will be dirty and the sand will be fake. That is not the case with Miami Beach. It really does live up to all the hype it gets.

When you visit Miami Beach, you’ll be able to see every type of person imaginable. From huge families to older people enjoying retirement, to vacationers, to supermodels and famous people. If you go to the beach, chances are you will see someone famous at some point. Many of them tend to hang out here!

As you would expect, there are people hanging out on the beach at pretty much every point in the year, seeing as the winter only really gets to about 65 at its coldest. This is the perfect escape from the cold weather. It is truly something special, but remember to bring your sunscreen here and plenty of water! Don’t forget a good book and some tunes, as well as some sand toys for your children to use while playing in the sand (if you have them).  

Art Deco District

Let’s talk about the Art Deco District. As you know, the beach is technically part of this district. But it really is a beauty in and of itself and encompasses so much more than just the beach. It takes on the 1930s Havana style feel that was prevalent when Miami became a booming metropolitan city. The Art Deco District looks pretty much untouched and frozen within this era, but is also infused with modern delights.

Ocean Drive

Along Ocean Drive, you can find endless restaurants, hotels that will remind you of the great Gatsby and people from all walks of life walking the streets. This area can get pretty busy, but it’s a good kind of busy. You can overlook the sand and the ocean as you eat on a deck at a delicious and iconic restaurant of your choice. This is the area where many celebrities have eaten in restaurants along the road as well as shopped here. A quick google search will show you just how prevalent the famous have been in this area over the years!

One of the best things to do on Ocean Drive is to take an ocean view tour. Here, you’ll see all of the landmarks and icons pointed out and get a history lesson as to why they are so iconic and cherished. If you are moving to Miami, this would be a great lesson for you as a newcomer to get acquainted with the history and story of Miami.

Lincoln Road

Close to the Art Deco District, you’ll find Lincoln Road. This is where you can buy a $600 tank top, and is iconically the area where celebrities go to dine and shop. There are restaurants, parking garages, and sidewalks alongside the mall. This outdoor mall is one of the most luxurious shopping centers you can visit in Miami.

If you don’t even intend to buy anything but simply want to stroll along on a beautiful weekend morning, this is the place to go. If you are going to show people around your city, this is where you should take them. The beach is walking distance and there are endless possibilities for the visitor to explore and appreciate.

Bayside Marketplace

Another iconic place to shop, eat, enjoy entertainment, a great atmosphere, and explore, is the Bayside marketplace. This is right on the water in the center of Downtown Miami. You can pretty much do anything imaginable here, but as another outside mall, it really is a beautiful place to go at any point in the day.

Many locals come here for the various entertainment opportunities and to shop for a bit of a cheaper price than you would on Lincoln Road or Ocean Drive. Many iconic restaurants live here as well as specialty stores. Overlooking the water in so many places is one of the highlights of living in Miami, and that is what bayside is all about. There is always music and entertainment as well as a beautiful marina. All your senses will be entranced in this marketplace.

Freedom Tower

Bayside Marketplace takes us to the downtown area of Miami, FL. Now that we are here, let’s talk about one of the iconic symbols of downtown and one that many Miamians truly embrace as part of their legacy. Let’s talk about the Freedom Tower. The Freedom Tower is a symbol for immigrants, specifically the Cuban immigrants who took refuge in America in the early 1900s, throughout the time in between, and still today. As the child of an immigrant, I know the wealth of history and symbol of liberty that this beautiful tower holds and that it is worth so much more than just a beautiful building to look at.

This symbol is similar to how the immigrants coming into New York would look at Lady Liberty. She’s one of the oldest buildings that is still standing in all of her beauty, completely untouched. Her purpose is continuing to this day. The reason for this is because this tower is where the immigrants would go to get processed. It played a vital role in the immigration process, and therefore holds a ton of meaning and weight for both those who got away and their ancestors who grew up hearing the story, with this tower at the center.

Another reason this building is so significant is that the Miami Daily News set up camp here as a head office at one point. You can’t really miss the tower and once you learn the history of it, you will be completely taken aback at the symbol it stands for. Miami does not have a history spanning hundreds and hundreds of years in American history because she was built in the way she stands now much later on, but this is one symbol that is truly remarkable.

Miami Children’s Museum

Next up is in Miami Children’s Museum which is one of the most entertaining museums in all of Miami. Adults will tell you that they go here by themselves simply because it is so interactive and exciting. There are plenty of children’s museums everywhere you go in any state or city you were in. But this one specifically is larger than life and has every type of child exhibit you can imagine. If you have children and are moving to Miami, this would be a perfect place to take them. But even if you were single or have a partner move here, this is still a place to enjoy the day. This museum matches the magnificence and bigness that Miami is known for. See, Miami is a great place for kids too!

Venetian Pool

Venetian Pool in Coral Gables is one of Miami’s top attractions. It draws everyone from visitors to locals and it is constantly booming. This freshwater aquatic attraction is a taste of Venice Italy, and visiting will truly change every pool experience you’ve ever had before and will not allow you to look at any pool you visit in the future in the same way again. It is filled with fresh spring water on an almost daily basis, and it is freezing cold. When you’re in 80 to 90-degree weather in Miami, this is a huge blessing.

Everything from anniversaries to parties to simple activities are some of the reasons why people go here frequently. This pool has corals all around it and will remind you of a deep spring that belongs in the jungle or Caribbean, but is in the middle of a suburban area. Though ironically, it perfectly into the Coral Gables feel which has tons of hanging Moss trees and beautiful old architecture buildings and humongous modern-mid century homes. This pool was built in the 1920s, which means it has the same level of history as the Freedom Tower does or as Ocean Drive.

The actual makeup of Venetian pool is of coral rock. Of all the pools you can visit in Miami, this is the most magnificent and most beautiful. You’ll have a hard time going to any other pool once you have experienced Venetian pool, especially if there’s chlorine involved and a lack of coral and freezing cold freshwater. This is an experience you must have if you are living in Miami, or even if you were just visiting!

Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami is still the best zoo I have ever been to, to date. It is so incredibly updated that you feel as if you are at a theme park when you come here. It is super kid-friendly and friendly for animal lovers as well. They have open exhibits here, meaning that endangered species are in areas that resemble their homes almost exactly. They have humongous spaces to roam free and you get to experience them in their natural habitat.

There are so many options to get up close and personal with them such as the lion’s den cave that has a thick glass where they come right up to you. There is also the camel feeding which is such a fun experience for families of all kinds to enjoy! Everything from elephants to giraffes to reptiles to fish exists here and you can tell that they are treated well.

There are plenty of shows, educational environments, and kids activities. You’ll also find opportunities for kids to enjoy simply being kids, such as the area where they can run around and get wet. Don’t forget to bring bathing suits if you’re coming to the zoo with children! Because of the climate, and the way that the animals are kept and presented, you will feel as if you were exploring a Safari. This is one of the most wonderful zoos, though it is not extremely large, meaning you cannot knock it out in a day or two, depending on the pace you go. There are about 200 animals that live here.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

This attraction is one of the most iconic of all the ones in Miami that is not super well known to those who are not from there. Here, you will find a European-Spanish Renaissance style museum that has a total of 34 rooms to explore as well as a humongous courtyard to marvel at. This truly is the type of thing that you must see to believe. The beauty is exquisite and its architecture is unmatched.

As legend has it, Skilled craftsmen came over from Europe to create the estate. If you are looking for some history and culture that does not play into the modern feel of the city life and beach, this is the place to go. Miami is not a place that is known for its history, but here there is a plethora of it.

John Dearing built this estate in the early 1900s, which is about as far back as Miami history goes that has nothing to do with Native American tribes. Miami became a city in 1896, which is only a few years before this gem was built. The purpose John Deering had for this estate was to resemble the palaces in Europe. He did a pretty great job, as you can see if you visit.

Holocaust Memorial

As you can see, I’m trying to walk you through attractions that don’t play into the entertainment hype alone. Miami is so much richer than just a place to go for spring break and a good party. There’s a lot of beauty and history here that exceeds what you might expect. One of those things is the Holocaust Memorial on Miami Beach.

There was a lot of pushback when the Greater Miami Jewish Federation built this memorial. This is because folks were scared that I would ruin the vibe of fun and entertainment that goes along with Miami. Thankfully, those against it were overruled and it was built regardless. This memorial was built by Holocaust survivors, and it is a vital piece of what makes Miami great. This tribute is to those who have suffered and it is situated in an iconic spot, which makes it all the more special. Don’t forget to check this memorial out. itIt may not be a fun or exciting thing to do, but it is important.

Miami Seaquarium

Miami Seaquarium is considered to be the best aquarium in Miami, and it really is one of the best in South Florida.  getsThis is a great place to take kids and enjoy as adults. You’ll see so many different shows and exhibitions, so many animals and slides and water excitement. This is one of the main things that people with families, especially small children, do in Miami. Don’t miss out on it! While you are here, make sure to ride the dolphins and encounter animals of all kinds. It is quite an experience for all ages!

Little Havana

Little Havana is Miami’s way of paying tribute to the true Havana in Cuba. Havana is the capital of Cuba and since there are so many Cuban Americans living in Miami who have come directly from Cuba, Little Havana is pretty true to the real thing. Nowadays, if you drive through, it is being gentrified big time. Huge skyscrapers,  modern housing, tall apartment complexes, and even the Marlin stadium sit in and around Little Havana, but it still holds so much of its original flavor.

If you want to get a true and authentic Cuban experience, go to Little Havana. You will eat some of the best Cuban food, see some of the best cultural symbols and art that this culture holds dear, experience so much cultural music, and be able to grow a true affection and knowledge of the Cuban-American experience.

Little Havana is a tribute to what America is all about, which is inviting other cultures and ethnicities to grow the American culture and partake in the American dream through hard work and good values. Cuban-Americans add to the quality and beauty of America.

Diversity in Miami

This one is not necessarily a place, but a staple of the Miami experience. When you step into Miami, whether that be driving in or getting off of the plane, you realize that you will never sit next to a person that looks exactly like you or has the same cultural experiences or is the same ethnicity as you. Whether you sit in a restaurant, at a church service, or on a plane, the diversity that exists here is incredible. Every type of person from every type of place lives here, or so it seems. Of course, that does not mean that there is not a fair share of racism and bigotry, as this exists anywhere you go in the world. Just that the acceptance level here when it comes to differences is high.

Miami has acceptance that is far above many other places in this nation. There are people of every color, ethnicity, culture, race, and way of life here. Specifically, from the Caribbean, you will find many people came over into America. This means there are many Haitians, Jamaicans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Venezuela, and so many other ethnicities. You’ll find Asian Americans as well as Asians who are not yet American, and white Americans as well.

There are so many different dialects and ways of doing life here which will show you that there is not one right away, but we are all working towards a common goal and dream. The people of Miami are hard-working and determined to make a life for themselves and their families all that it should be: rich. Experiencing Miami is different than any other place, but not just for the hype. There are so many reasons that Miami exceeds expectations that have nothing to do with what it is known for. This is a beautiful thing!

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Adult and Community Education School 1426 19th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Cambridge Institute of Allied Health and TechnologyAltamonte Springs Campus- 460 East Altamonte Dr. Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
City College7001 N.W. 4th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32607
College of Central Florida3001 SW College Rd, Ocala FL 34474-4415
Erwin Technical Center2010 E Hillsborough Ave Tampa, FL 33610
Express Training ServicesFt. Myers- 1469 Colonial Blvd., Suite 202 Ft. Myers, FL 33907
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Phlebotomy Certification NJ: How to Enter the Medical Field in New Jersey

A career in the healing arts does not necessarily mean having to go to medical school. In fact, not every healthcare career requires a degree. You might be surprised to find out that some of the fastest-growing jobs in medicine require only a bachelor’s or associate’s degree, even less. That’s exactly the case for phlebotomy. Read on to learn how to get a phlebotomy certification NJ and enter the medical field in New Jersey with only a few months of training under your belt.

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Phlebotomy Certification NJ: What Does the Job Entail?

Those who are interested in healthcare as a career but can’t make it all the way through medical school should make it a point to consider the full spectrum of occupational alternatives available to them. Many interesting jobs with varying educational requirements do exist in today’s medical services industry. One of these careers is phlebotomy – the drawing of blood for use in lab testing.

Phlebotomist are tasked with the process of drawing blood from a human by making a vascular incision with a needle. The actual procedure, which is performed by a phlebotomy technician or phlebotomist, is known as a venipuncture. Since the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the 1980s, the medical community has ordained strict new policies governing the handling of human blood. Today, every hospital and medical center in the nation has guidelines and procedures that dictate how human blood and the sharp instruments and materials that draw and contain it are dealt with.

Healthcare technicians interested in specializing in phlebotomy prepare for certification by taking hands-on training from instructors qualified to train students in this area. Upon completion of training, a graduate becomes a certified phlebotomy technician and is eligible for employment in the field. Thankfully, training and earning your phlebotomy certification NJ isn’t as time-consuming or expensive as some of the alternative healthcare careers available.

Phlebotomy Certification NJ: What Are the Requirements?

The main objective for the state when certifying candidates is to make sure that they have a good understanding of infection control and sterilization procedures. A phlebotomy technician must be trained according to current hospital or treatment center processes and environments. Their daily tasks may include performing diagnostic procedures and accurately assessing results. Phlebotomists are required to demonstrate a good bedside manner and should be skilled at making patients feel comfortable in the hospital environment. Courses usually cover a theoretical part along with laboratory time in connection with specimen collection, processing and storage.

Further study includes proficiency at laboratory safety, understanding human anatomy and physiology, and the study of the legal responsibilities of the phlebotomist. Phlebotomy technician programs are available at community colleges and technical schools around the state and they generally take less than a year to complete. After that, it’s all about getting your phlebotomy certification NJ to increase your chances of getting a well-paid job.

Certification in the state of New Jersey isn’t mandatory as it is in California, Louisiana, Nevada, and Washington. That being said, most employers prefer to hire a phlebotomy technician who has been certified. Consequently, your chances of landing a job straight after you finish your studies are higher if you decide to pursue phlebotomy certification NJ. The exam consists of a written test but can include a practical component – such as drawing blood.

Some organizations that offer certification for phlebotomists include the National Phlebotomy Association, the National Center for Competency Testing, and the American Society for Clinical Pathology. First, though, make sure you pick a phlebotomy technician program that best suits your needs. Browse through the list below to see which programs are available in New Jersey.

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Warren County Community College475 Route 57 West, Washington, NJ 07882
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey65 Bergen Street, Newark, NJ 07107
Sussex County Community CollegeOne College Hill Road, Newton, NJ 07860
Salem County Educational Technology Training CenterRoute 45, Woodstown, NJ 08098
Rutgers School of Health Related ProfessionsNewark, NJ
Ocean County CollegeCollege Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754
New Jersey Institute of Allied Health333 North Broad Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07208
NJ Phlebotomy113 Dewitt Street, Garfield, NJ 07026
Moe Shea CorporationThree 3rd Street, Bordentown, NJ 08505
The Institute for Health Education600 Pavonia Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306
Healthcare Training Institute1969 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083
Brookdale Community College765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738
Bloomfield College467 Franklin Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Best Care Training Institute68 South Harrison Street, East Orange, NJ 07017
AMG Medical Institute175 Market Street, Paterson, NJ 07505
American Institute of Medical Sciences & Education4500 New Brunswick Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08854
Advantage Career Institute2 Meridian Road, Eatontown, NJ 07724
Branford Institute570 North Broad Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07208
Branford Institute302 Main Street, Paterson, NJ 07505
AVTECH Institute of Technology50 Cragwood Road, South Plainfield, NJ 07080
AVTECH Institute of Technology130 Clinton Road, Fairfield, NJ 07704
AVTECH Institute of Technology613 Hope Road, Eatontown, NJ 07724

Phlebotomist Day-to-Day: Work Environment and Pay

Most phlebotomists are employed in hospitals. Some find their way into private clinics, the pathology departments of research labs, nursing homes, or other types of healthcare facilities. Either way, most phlebotomists work full-time. Depending on the employer, they can be required to work long hours, in shifts, or during weekends/holidays. This usually applies to state facilities, which tend to be under-staffed. A phlebotomy technician can supplement their income by getting a contract job on the side. There are a lot of businesses that require specialized phlebotomists on a regular basis – like companies that perform drug testing, for example. If your schedule allows it, you can make some serious cash by getting a second job.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for a phlebotomist was $34,480 per year or $16.58 per hour in 2018. As expected, the number can vary greatly based on experience, employer, and even state. The lowest 10% of phlebotomists earn less than $25,020, while the highest 10% make more than $49,060/year. The best-paid jobs are in outpatient care centers, but these are hard to come by. Only 2% of all phlebotomists work in these types of establishments. As we’ve already mentioned, the majority of phlebotomists are employed by hospitals, where the average pay is $33,040/year.

These numbers also fluctuate based on state. In New Jersey, the annual mean wage is $38,090 or $18.31/hour, higher than the national average. The state employs 4,890 phlebotomists, which, again, is very promising. If you’re willing to relocate, states with the highest employment level in this occupation include New York, California, Texas, North Carolina, and Florida. As for top-paying states, these are Alaska, California, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and New York. However, with such good numbers in New Jersey, we’d stay put, at least for the beginning. After you get your phlebotomy certification NJ and gain some work experience, you can think about expanding your horizons.

The outlook for the field of phlebotomy is excellent. Job growth is expected to expand further owning to an aging population and a federal government that has put health care issues on the vanguard of its domestic policy agenda. As a matter of fact, employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 25 percent until 2026, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. That means that competition may increase as well, so you might want to focus on developing your skills and continuing education once you get your phlebotomy certification NJ if you’re keen on standing out from the crowd.

What Skills Do I Need as a Phlebotomy Technician?

Besides hard skills you develop during your training, in order to excel in your job you also need to work on developing soft skills that will allow you to better interact with patients and work as part of a team. These can include:

  • Compassion – as a phlebotomy technician, it’s your duty to make patients feel as comfortable as possible. Some may fear to have their blood drawn or experience adverse reactions after the procedure, so it’s important to empathize and provide proper care and comfort when necessary.
  • Good communication skills – since the job entails dealing with people, good communication skills are a must. You’ll also be interacting with other medical professionals on a regular basis, as you’ll be a valuable part of the diagnosis and treatment team. Learning how to communicate effectively will prove to be crucial in the long run.
  • Organizational skills – phlebotomists have to track vials of blood and enter patient data into a database, so being detail-oriented and organized is always a plus. Good time management will also come in handy.
  • Physical stamina – as we’ve already mentioned, working as a phlebotomy technician can mean standing on your feet for hours and taking accurate blood samples throughout a sometimes long workday. Regular exercise from early on can help you develop the stamina needed to perform the job without any issues.

Bottom Line

Getting your phlebotomy certification NJ is the first and most important step toward building a successful and rewarding career as a phlebotomy technician. Browse through the training program options above and you’ll be on the right track to achieve success in the healthcare field without spending years learning the trade. You’ll be a valuable part of the medical team and your work will lead to saving lives, while also providing comfortable pay and opportunities for advancement. With such a great job outlook, you can’t go wrong by pursuing this field of work.

Phlebotomy Training Indiana: Get an Entry-Level Job in the Medical Field

Phlebotomy is the profession of drawing blood from an individual for clinical and diagnostic use. It takes great skill and proper training to accurately puncture a vein with a needle and draw the blood. A phlebotomy professional will also record and enter patient data in computer systems. The following information lists phlebotomy training Indiana programs, reveals what is required for training, and assess the job outlook for this profession in the following years.
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Phlebotomy Training Indiana: What’s It Like?

Most phlebotomy training programs last approximately 9 to 12 weeks, or the equivalent of one semester. A few last longer. The wide range of times to complete a program may be due to the fact that the amount of hours and days each week the student is in class varies within each program. Programs often consist of a combination of classroom work and actual clinical experience.

Throughout their training, students should learn different methods of drawing blood and the safety standards associated with these procedures. They will also learn about basic medical terminology, blood cultures, the different equipment needed for their profession, and understand OSHA safety rules.

At the end of most training courses, the school will issue the student a certificate of completion in phlebotomy. Although this is all that’s required to work in the field of phlebotomy, students may go on to take the exam that will give them the credentials of Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT). This certification is not required in Indiana, but most employers look for candidates with the certification. It would definitely be a bonus for an individual seeking employment.

Phlebotomy Training Indiana: Outlook

Phlebotomy technicians will most likely find employment in hospitals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for phlebotomists is expected to increase by 25 percent through 2026. The starting pay for a phlebotomist is approximately $20,000 to $25,000 a year. That averages to about $11 to $13 per hour. After gaining experience and more education in the field, a technician may possibly earn up to $40,000 annually.

The actual mean wage for phlebotomists in Indiana is $34,290/year. This is a bonus since the cost of living in Indiana is much lower when compared to other states. Because Indiana’s unemployment rate is slightly higher than the national average, it may take a little longer to secure initial employment. But with the job being in such high demand, the opportunities to land a job straight after getting your certification are higher. Browse phlebotomy training Indiana programs below to see what’s available in your area.

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ABP, Inc. P.O. Box 127 Granger, IN 46530
Center for Phlebotomy Education’s School of Phlebotomy1304 N. Old Hwy 135, Ste. 103 Corydon, IN 47112
In Training Inc. College of Adult Education1330 E. Commercial Ave Lowell, IN 46356
Indiana University Northwest3400 Broadway Gary, IN 46408-1197
Ivy Tech Community CollegeBloomington Campus-200 Daniels Way Bloomington, IN 47404
Ivy Tech Community CollegeNorth Meridian Campus-50 West Fall Creek Parkway North Drive Indianapolis, IN 46208
Ivy Tech Community CollegeColumbus Campus- 4475 Central Avenue Columbus, IN 47203-1868
Ivy Tech Community CollegeAnderson Campus- 104 West 53rd Street Anderson, IN 46013
MedTech CollegeGreenwood Campus- 1500 American Way Greenwood, IN 46143
MJS College School of Nursing and Business8315 Virginia Street, Suite 16 Merrillville, IN 46410
National College6060 Castleway West Drive Indianapolis, IN 46250
Vincennes UniversityJasper Campus-850 College Avenue Jasper, IN 47546

What Steps Do I Need to Take to Become a Phlebotomist?

Unlike with other medical professions, becoming a phlebotomist doesn’t require expensive or lengthy training. Programs are offered at several community colleges and vocational schools, so there’s a good chance you’ll find one nearby. The main advantage is that, depending on the duration of the program, you can begin to seek employment in less than one year, as long as everything goes well. Here are the main steps you need to take in order to become an excellent candidate for a job in the field of phlebotomy.

1. Graduate from high school or get your GED

Requirements for most phlebotomy training Indiana programs don’t include outstanding achievements, but candidates need to be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or a GED.

If you’re thinking about pursuing a career in the medical field, you should pay special attention to subjects like chemistry and biology during high school. As long as you have good grades in these two subjects, you should have an edge when enrolling in a phlebotomy program later on. Not to mention the fact that it will help you get a head start in the field, as most information you’ll have to learn during training involves human anatomy.

2. Enroll in a phlebotomy program

Phlebotomy training Indiana programs are short-term – most last less than a year. Depending on where you live, you might want to seek courses nearby, so you won’t have to commute or relocate. Hence, you’ll be able to keep costs low. During your training, you’ll learn a lot of theoretical information about patient interaction and lab safety. Besides, you will also be expected to perfect basic practical skills like drawing blood, in a number of different ways.

3. Become certified

Getting your certification isn’t required in Indiana. The only states where this is mandatory are Washington, California, Louisiana, and the state of Nevada. However, most employers prioritize candidates with certification, so it’s a good idea to pursue it once you’ve graduated from your phlebotomy training course. Organizations offering certifications for phlebotomists include The National Center for Competency Testing, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, and the National Phlebotomy Association.

The exam generally consists of a theoretical multiple-choice test and a practical component. Once you get your certification, you’ll want to maintain it in the long run. That involves paying an annual fee and, if required, taking short courses every now and then to get up-to-date with any new developments in the field.

4. Get a job

Once the training is done, you’re finally ready to enter the rewarding field of phlebotomy. With demand so high, you may even be approached by potential employers during training, but it’s also important to be proactive and learn how to sell yourself. Start making friends from the first time that you step foot into a hospital for your clinical practice portion of the training and make it a point to keep in touch with them. You never who might be able to offer an opportunity.

The majority of phlebotomists are employed by hospitals, but you can also find work with medical and diagnostic laboratories, in the offices of physicians, in outpatient care centers, or in other types of ambulatory healthcare services. Additionally, you can supplement your income by contract jobs with life insurance companies or other types of businesses that require the help of a phlebotomist on a regular basis – like for drug testing.

What Are the Pros of Becoming a Phlebotomist?

A career as a phlebotomist can be rewarding, challenging, and comfortable. While the pay is not as great as for other medical professions, it’s important to keep in mind that the training is also minimal. Plus, this is an entry-level job. If you’re passionate about advancing your career, you might want to look into continuing your education once you land a stable job. It can be difficult since working as a phlebotomy technician usually involves shifts and long hours, but it can be done. A lot of phlebotomists move on to become medical assistants or licensed practical nurses.

The main pro of becoming a phlebotomist is that you’ll be able to secure a healthcare position without a long-term degree program. That translates to great job security and good benefits. The world is changing faster than ever, with industries constantly evolving and careers becoming obsolete. That being said, healthcare position will always be in high demand – and since blood testing is an important part of diagnostics, the jobs won’t go away anytime soon.

Additionally, working as a phlebotomist can be incredibly rewarding. You get to assist patients when they’re at their most vulnerable and be an essential part of the medical team. In other words, you’ll be actively helping save lives. A good phlebotomist can make the difference between a pleasant patient experience and a bad one, since these workers are required to calm down patients who are worried about having their blood drawn and assist them if they experience adverse reactions afterward.

Finally, the career comes with plenty of growing job opportunities and flexible work options. As we’ve mentioned above, the demand for phlebotomists is growing much faster than for other fields. And with job possibilites varying from hospitals to blood banks to research centers, you may be able to advance your career in no time as long as you maintain your certification and are dedicated to improving your knowledge and skills.

Bottom Line

Phlebotomy is a rewarding and in-demand field. And it all starts with finding the right phlebotomy training Indiana program for you. Browse through the options above and start planning for your bright future.