How Important Is It?
First of all as we mentioned in our previous post, there has never been a better time to become certified in phlebotomy. The reason for this is that this profession is in high demand, the salary is good, and it does not take a long time to finish an accredited phlebotomy training program.
While many states do not require you to have a certification in phlebotomy, there are some that do. Our recommendation is that you should indeed complete your certification. Being a certified Phlebotomist will not only make you a better candidate for job opportunities, but you will also be eligible for higher paying jobs.
How To Become Certified?
To obtain your certification in phlebotomy there are certain requirements that you must complete first. These requirements will vary from state to state, so it’s important that you check with an accredited program in your area to set you along the right path.
- Most states require you be at least 18 years of age.
- You must possess a high school diploma or GED.
- Be able to pass a criminal background check and drug test.
Complete Your Phlebotomy Training!
- Find an accredited phlebotomy training program in your area or online.
- Complete all of the required training, which will include a minimum of 20 hours of basic phlebotomy classes, 20 hours of more advanced training classes, 40 hours of hands on phlebotomy training in a clinical setting, and a minimum required successful venipunctures.
- Once training is over obtain a certificate of completion from your training school.
- Submit this phlebotomy certification along with an application to an accredited Certification Organization.
- Take and pass the phlebotomy exam.
Once you have completed these steps, you will have obtained your phlebotomy certification.
It is important to remember that these are general steps to complete to obtain certification and these can vary depending on which state you live in.
After you have completed all of the required phlebotomy training and have obtained your certification, you are ready to go to work as a Phlebotomist. Some states will require you to spend time doing phlebotomy internships before you are able to work full time as a Phlebotomist.
By obtaining your certification, you will set yourself up to be the front candidate for any job in phlebotomy. Most applicants do not take the extra step to become certified unless they live in a state that requires them to. This is the main reason why we suggest you obtain phlebotomy certification.
Enjoy your new career as a Phlebotomist!