Should I Get My Phlebotomy Certification?
So you’re interested in entering the medical field but you don’t want to spend tons of money and years in school to get there. If this sounds like you then there is a good chance you have researched Allied Health career options. And in your research it’s likely you came across one of the most popular Allied Health careers out there: phlebotomy. In this week’s blog article we discuss why you should consider getting your phlebotomy certification.
About Becoming A Certified Phlebotomist
Not all states require phlebotomists to receive their certification in order to enter the field. So why would you bother getting a certification at all? Well, one good reason is if you live in a state that does require certification (hint: California is one of those states!). In order to work as a phlebotomy technician here in the state of California, a person must maintain a current and valid certification from the California Department of Public Health (DPH). Therefore, if you want to work as a phlebotomist in California, you must get your certificate!
Even in states where certification is not actually required, it is nearly impossible to secure a job without one. Employers across the board prefer to hire certified candidates over uncertified candidates. That’s because they want to hire someone who has proven that they have met the required standards of a respected certifying body. Obtaining your certification shows employers that you have the knowledge and skills necessary to work in your field.
Phlebotomy Training & Phlebotomy School
Now that it is clear that it is a good idea to get your certification if you want to become a phlebotomist, let’s explore how you can do that.
One of the best ways to receive your training is by attending an accredited trade school or career college. “Accredited” is the key word here. Some schools will be accredited and some will not. A school is accredited if it has proven that it meets the standards of a respected third-party accrediting body. These accrediting bodies review schools for the quality of their training program, their equipment, their instructors, as well as their graduation and job placement rates. Schools that are not accredited are not held to any standards in terms of instruction, graduation or job placement. So when it comes to picking a school for your training, make sure it is accredited!
Here at IBT we are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
The exact classes you take will depend on the school that you choose to attend. However, there are certain topics that will almost certainly be covered in your classes regardless or where you study. Some of those topics include:
- Human anatomy and physiology
- The characteristics of blood and its functions
- The difference between serum and plasma
- How fasting affects blood sugar
- “Order of the draw”
- And more
In addition to the practical skills that are necessary to enter the field, you will also learn a number of soft skills that will prove helpful once you start your new career. A good school will offer classes that focus on both the hard and soft skills needed to be a phlebotomist.
Now you are equipped with a bit more information about why it a good idea to obtain your phlebotomy certificate and what steps you need to take to get there. So what now? We recommend you come and visit IBT so you can get a feel for our campus and check out our state-of-the-industry facility. Feel free to give us a call and we can schedule a time for you to visit the campus. Also feel free to follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on program start dates and other events on campus!