Working with blood is not for the faint of heart. Get that lifeblood flowing and learn to be a phlebotomist if working with blood is what you’re interested in.
List of Phlebotomy Training Schools in Phoenix
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Requirements and Eligibility
In Phoenix, AZ, the requirements to become a phlebotomist are the same as anywhere else in the country – be it Washington D.C. or Laie, Hawaii. There are three types of phlebotomist technicians, and each requires a different level of education and clinical experience. However, all need a high school education – proven with either a diploma or a GED.
The lowest of these levels is the limited phlebotomy technician. With this certification, you can do skin puncture blood collection, but that’s it. To achieve this certification, you must:
complete 20 hours of classroom training
do 25 supervised skin punctures
apply for certification
One level up is the phlebotomy technician I. To become one, you must complete 40 hours of both classroom training, through an accredited program, and of clinical training. During this training, you must complete 10 supervised skin punctures and 50 supervised venipunctures.
The final level is the phlebotomy technician II. To become one of these, you must be a certified technician I who has had at least 1040 hours of clinical experience within the past five years. Then you complete 20 arterial punctures, and provide a written letter that this has happened.
Application and Costs
How much you’re going to spend depends on where you go for classes.
In Phoenix, you can go to Cactus Wren Training. Their phlebotomy courses cost $1,740 total. The cost includes the cost of the training itself, a uniform, CPR and first aid training, TB testing, and fingerprinting applications. You must complete 40 hours in the classroom in the morning – which cannot be rescheduled to accommodate a different schedule. Then you must complete 100 hours of clinical experience.
Phoenix College is another place you check out. This is about $800 for the course fees, lab fees and the clinical experience. A text book is about $70, and the prerequisite textbooks are $150. Four prerequisite credits must be completed before four and a half credits of phlebotomy can be done. 120 clinical hours must be done after this.
There is one online program – Phlebotomy Services. This course costs $899, and the first two days are online. These must be completed before going to the in-person third day, no exceptions. However, the location of the third day changes monthly.
Maintaining and Renewing Your License
To renew your license, everyone must complete six hours of continuing education classes every two years – or three hours a year. You must also be documented annually for your competency and pay a renewal fee when you go to renew your license.
To maintain it, you must do two things: be documented annually, as stated above, and display your certification in a prominent place in your office or your person. If you are a limited phlebotomy technician or a phlebotomy technician I, you must also do monthly supervised skin punctures for review.
Salary and Jobs
The median salary for a phlebotomist in Phoenix, AZ hovers around $30,443. The lowest you can earn is $24,581, while the highest you can earn is $36,898. Location, job, and employer are large parts of how much you earn as a phlebotomist.
A phlebotomist can work as a medical assistant, a blood worker in a lab, or even draw blood for a doctor’s office. It all depends on how much education you have.