Drawing blood is difficult enough. However, with the proper education, a phlebotomist in Alaska can do well for themselves.
List of Phlebotomy Training Schools in Alaska
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To be a phlebotomist, you need at least a high school degree. The level of education you get after that depends on whether you want to be a limited technician, technician I or technician II.
A limited technician needs 20 hours in the classroom to familiarize themselves with the theories and techniques. After that, 25 supervised skin punctures are done in clinical training.
Phlebotomist technician I training includes 40 hours of classroom training, 40 hours of clinical practice, and 10 supervised skin punctures and 50 venipunctures. Then you can apply for the certification.
To be a certified technician II, you must be a licensed technician I. You must also have had 1040 hours, at the least, of clinical training in the past five years. A written letter must be provided that shows you have done the required 20 arterial punctures. Then you can apply for certification.
Application and Costs
The application process will change from school to school. Tuition costs also change from school to school.
One school to check out is the AK Star Training Institute. Their phlebotomy course is worth six college credits. Upon application, you must show that you are CPR and first aid certified and have a high school diploma or GED. A practical exam and written exam will be given at the end. Clinical hours must be completed in addition to passing the test. More information is available via the school.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College also offers phlebotomy courses. The course requires between 30 and 38 credits and can be finished within two semesters. Applicants must complete an application packet and submit it. Once the courses are finished, you can take the national exam and get a national certification. You will be certified, however, as a phlebotomist graduate after finishing this course. More information is available via the school.
Phlebotomy Services offers a three day training program online. The location of the in person third day is in three states a month, and they change monthly. The two online days must be completed before the third day is attended – no exceptions at all. Tuition is $899, but $50 can be dropped if three or more people apply from the same company. $50 will be added if the registration happens less than three weeks before the class begins.
However, this training is not sufficient enough for a phlebotomist course itself. It must be supplemented with a state accredited course.
Maintaining and Renewing Your License
No matter what level of phlebotomist you are, there are three things you must do every two years to renew your certification: complete six hours of continuing education training, display certification clearly wherever you work, and pay the renewal fee.
Maintaining your license requires that you complete three hours of continuing education classes each year. You must also be documented annually for competency. Limited technicians and technician Is will be supervised monthly for a review of skin punctures.
Salary and Jobs
A phlebotomist can earn $21,000 a year in an entry level job. Higher paying jobs can pay $43,000 or higher, depending on what the job is, who employs you, and where you live.
In Alaska, an entry level job can net $28,150. A high paying job can net $42,256. The median in Alaska is $34,863. A phlebotomist could draw blood, work with blood in the lab, or run blood drives.
More Phlebotomy Training in Alaska
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|Alaska Career College||Anchorage||(907) 563-7575||1415 E. Tudor Road|
Anchorage, AK 99507