Phlebotomy Technician Certification

Phlebotomy technician certification is necessary in many states as a condition of employment. Phlebotomy technicians may work in hospitals, physicians' offices or labs. They are responsible for drawing blood, educating patients and data intake. Not all states require certification, but these requirements may change from one year to the next. As a rule, it is best to receive formal training and gain certification to maximize employment possibilities.

How To Become Certified

The first step is to check state requirements for phlebotomy technicians. Some states require a course to last for a certain number of hours or to include specific topics in the curriculum. If this is the case, it is necessary to take an approved course before seeking certification. In some states, people may choose to take a short course and take the exam independently if there are no strict requirements. When it comes time to take the certification exam, contact the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians to find testing locations and dates. The CPT exam is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

Preparing For The Exam

Test fees vary from one year to the next. While it is considerably less expensive than many other types of medical career tests, it is still enough of an investment that it is important to put a thorough effort into passing. There are study guides and materials that can be purchased online to help students prepare, and there are also practice test questions. The agencies offering the exam usually provide these materials, and some schools may offer them to students who are enrolled in phlebotomy technology programs for reduced prices.

It is best to reserve a testing date as far in advance as possible. People who are enrolled in phlebotomy programs can usually work with their guidance counselors or instructors to find testing dates that work for them. Certification means more job opportunities and better pay. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts this to be a growing job field during the next decade, so this is optimistic news for people interested in becoming phlebotomy technicians.

Author: Emma Campbell

I am a director at the Phlebotomy Training Institute