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Phlebotomy Training Centers

Training to be a phlebotomist is not a time-consuming process, but sometimes finding the time to take the necessary classes can be a challenge. Phlebotomy classes are usually less than 6 months in duration and include classroom instruction as well as hands on, clinical training. Phlebotomy training centers were developed to provide the necessary training for the busy professional who may have to hold down a full-time job, in addition to attending school.

Phlebotomy training centers offer a combination of online/offline class room settings. The program also includes working an intern or externship program. The home study portion of the program allows students to schedule their class work around the other day to day responsibilities they have. This is the ideal program for busy professionals and parents who are not always available to attend regularly scheduled classes. It is an ideal program for those who cannot find a conveniently located school. In addition to the classes, the student will be required to perform clinical applications at a hospital or laboratory.

Phlebotomy schools that offer on site classes often combine lectures and clinical work in one learning package. The students will often perform blood draws on each other under the supervision of a Certified Phlebotomist or a Nursing Instructor. The students are also required to attend all classes.

Online classes usually have to be completed within a certain time frame, but the student is still able to create their own learning schedule. The clinical training will require students to perform a certain number of veinpunctures in a clinical setting, in the allotted time frame. Upon success completion of the class studies and clinical applications, the student will receive a diploma, certificate of completion or efficiency or an associate’s degree, if it is a degree program. The student will also be qualified to take the state certification exam to become a certified phlebotomist.

To qualify for enrollment in Phlebotomy training centers, the student must be at least 18 years of age and have a high-school diploma or approved equal. Students from foreign countries must demonstrate English competence. Phlebotomists must have the necessary dexterity and body mechanics to perform proper blood sampling techniques. Phlebotomists must be able to work under pressure as blood sampling is often critical in diagnostic procedures.

Before choosing school make sure they offer an accredited or certified program and follow the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute for teaching and laboratory procedures. Check if the program also follows the guidelines for safety and quality assurance set forth by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), which has recently changed its name to The Joint Commission (TJC).

It is important the staff at the Phlebotomy training centers is certified phlebotomist who also works in the field of phlebotomy. It is crucial instructors be up to date with the latest techniques and methods to perform veinpunctures as well as the latest regulations and safety standards.

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