An exciting career in Phlebotomy enables you to work in a medical setting assisting patients. By collecting blood samples accurately and safely, you promote better health and well being. This rewarding field offers both great personal satisfaction and job security.
List of Phlebotomy Training Schools in Charlotte
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Requirements & Eligibility
Very few institutions offer a degree in Phlebotomy. States do not issue Phlebotomy licenses. Students train for careers in this field in one of two ways. Either they pursue advanced medical degrees over the course of many years, or they undertake a brief “fast track” series of courses to learn how to draw blood from patients correctly. Someone holding a license as an MD, DVM or registered nurse must know how to perform venipuncture. However, medical facilities typically require many blood tests during the course of a day. Most Phlebotomists train specifically to work as skilled technicians in this field. To obtain a rewarding career as a Phlebotomist, students must possess the ability to read and meet hospital heath and safety requirements. Most employers will only hire technicians who have demonstrated an ability to collect blood samples correctly by passing a test to become a Certified Phlebotomist. The states of Washington, Louisiana, Nevada and California require recognized certifications for technicians who work as Phlebotomists.
Application Process & Costs
A “fast track” Phlebotomy program typically does not require more than a high school diploma or GED as a prerequisite. Most of the colleges or vocational schools offering coursework in this area provide some classes in basic Anatomy and Medical Terminology. Many institutions offer a certificate in Phlebotomy. Graduates then apply to a certifying agency to take an examination to become a Certified Phlebotomist. Many providers also offer a CPR class. Nationally, Phlebotomy training costs approximately $1,000 for a brief course and approximately $4,000 or more for an extended series of classes. However, in Charlotte, some programs advertise costs as low as $250 (exclusive of texts and lab fees). Programs in this community offering Phlebotomy Technician training include:
Chosen Health Care Institute, Inc., 8401 University Executive Park Drive, Suite 111, Charlotte, NC 28262;
Central Piedmont Community College, 1201 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28235;
American Academy of Healthcare, 4822 Albemarle Road, Suite 110, Charlotte, NC 28205;
Continual Health Education and Training, 2920 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28206.
While a college or a vocational school may furnish an online Phlebotomy class, obtaining supervised practice drawing blood through an externship remains important. Quite a number of holders of certificates in this field studied online. Some providers offer courses and expect students to find appropriate supervised internships. Phlebotomists must present documented experience to obtain certification.
Maintaining Certification/License & Renewal
States do not issue licenses to practice Phlebotomy. Most certifying agencies expect Phlebotomists to take a specified number of continuing education hours and some require examinations at regular intervals to maintain certifications.
Salary & Job Prospects
Today, the field of Phlebotomy offers excellent growth prospects. The United States Department of Labor predicts increased employment by over 25% in this technical career by 2020. Most Phlebotomists receive between $10.65 and $21.06 an hour. These statistics translate into a comfortable median annual salary of $31,890. A Phlebotomy education can open doors to a rewarding, satisfying career assisting patients!