How long does Phlebotomy Training take?

To obtain a job as a phlebotomy technician, one must first pass a certification exam. There are several ways to prepare for the phlebotomy certification exam, including earning an associates degree in phlebotomy or completing a certification program.

Associate of Applied Science: Phlebotomy Technician

Two-year associate degree programs are offered at several colleges, including community colleges. In order to apply for the degree program, a prospective student must possess a high school diploma or GED (Graduate Equivalency Diploma). Phlebotomy Technician programs focus on several science-based courses, including anatomy, as well as liberal arts courses.

The requirements for associate degree programs vary depending on the college, but typically between 60 and 70 credit hours must be completed. This typically takes two years to finish if a student is attending classes full-time, or roughly 15 hours per semester. Students are also required to complete a certain number of clinical hours, in which they will receive hands-on training at local hospitals and doctor's offices.

Phlebotomy Technician Certification Programs

Many colleges offer certification programs for students looking to obtain a career as a phlebotomist. These programs are typically shorter than associate degree programs, and generally require at least 100 hours of instruction. Full-time students should be able to complete the program in three to four months.

Students will take science-based courses, including medical terminology, CPR, and anatomy. Hands-on training at local hospitals and doctor's offices is also a requirement, just as it is with the associates degree program. In order to be accepted into a phlebotomy certification program, students must achieve a high school diploma or GED.

CPT Certification Exam
Certification exams are offered by several agencies, including the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) and the National Phlebotomy Association (NPA). Students must pass the exam with a grade of C or better in order to become a certified phlebotomist.

Author: Emma Campbell

I am a director at the Phlebotomy Training Institute