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Phlebotomy Education Schools Costs

Phlebotomists provide a valuable service in the medical industry. The need for trained phlebotomists is constantly growing. Phlebotomists must have specialized knowledge of the human body and blood collection and storage, along with strict safety procedures and protocols. There are many phlebotomy programs and schools around the country that offer phlebotomy training. You can find phlebotomy programs and courses in traditional classroom setting as well as online. The most common courses offer certification that is recognized nationally.

In order to take the certification test you must complete an accredited training program. It is important to select a course that has hands-on clinical training as well as a classroom component. It is also important to choose a program that is recognized by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), or a similar certifying agency. The NAACLS itself, lists 59 accredited schools across the United States. Each of these listings provide the school’s address, their website (where available), phone number, and name of the director of the school. Each of these schools or training programs have been accredited and approved by the NAACLS. These approved programs must also meet the standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Clinical and Laboratory Sciences Institute (CLSI).

The curriculum, course length and duration along with the costs vary from one different school or organization to the next. You may find certificate courses that can be completed in as little as 12 weeks or as long as one year. Certificate courses will include a hands-on clinical portion, where you will actually draw blood from real people, that will last for approximately forty hours. The average costs of a certificate course ranges from $1500 to $3000 and it usually will include the certification tests.

At the time of writing this article the majority of states in the United States do not require certification for phlebotomists. Only California and Louisiana have this requirement. However, most employers do require certification before they will hire a phlebotomist so it is to your benefit to get certified.

In the state of California certification can be completed through the Complete Phlebotomy Training (CPT) organization. This is an organization that is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and approved by the California Department of Public Health, Laboratory Field Services.

The CPT offers three courses that meet the requirements of the state.

  • The initial course available is ‘Basic (101). Students must possess a high school diploma or equivalent. Students learn basic anatomy, physiology, infection control, and phlebotomy theory. The course is about 20 hours in length.
  • Upon completion of the first course, the students may enroll in ‘Advanced (102)’. This is a follow-up to the basic theory class. In this class students will learn more in-depth about infection control, the cardiovascular system, and any medical and clinical errors that should be avoided. Law and ethics in phlebotomy will also be covered. This class is also approximately 20 hours in length.
  • After that the student may advance to ‘Clinical (103)’. In this class the students are introduced to phlebotomy equipment and blood collections. After the third course’s classroom instruction is completed, the students are placed with an instructor for hands-on clinical experience, where they will actually draw blood from real patients. The “Clinical (103)” course is approximately 40 hours in length. The tuition runs $1750 for the entire program including the registration fees and the required textbook.

After you become a certified phlebotomists, you will need to re-certify at certain intervals and you will need to take continuing education for updated information. These courses are readily available.

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