If you have a passion for working with blood, becoming a phlebotomist is the job for you.
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Requirements and Eligibility
If you want to be a limited technician, you must complete 20 hours of classroom training and 25 skin punctures under supervision. To become a phlebotomy technician I, you must complete 40 hours in a classroom and the same in a clinical externship, during which you’ll do 10 supervised skin punctures and 50 supervised venipunctures.
To become a phlebotomy technician II, you must be a certified technician I. You must also have had five years with at least 1040 hours of clinic experience and a written letter stating you have completed 20 arterial punctures.
Application and Costs
The cost you will pay for your program depends on which one you enter.
The Pima Community College, for example, offers a phlebotomy course. You take the Accuplacer exam and depending on your score, you could be accepted. The passing scores are on the school’s website. Once accepted, weekday programs are available as are evening and weekend classes.
The Pima Medical Institute also offers phlebotomy training. You learn to process and collect specimen, how to do first aid and CPR, and more. This is a great program to educate yourself to have a job while you’re training for a more labor-intensive job.
Phlebotomy Services offers an online program for those who want to get their feet wet or who cannot do a full class. The tuition is $899, which is equivalent to some programs and less expensive than others. A $50 late fee is added when you register less than three weeks before your course is to begin.
This course consists of three days. The first two days are completed online. The third day is held at an in person location, which changes from month to month. Generally, they are held in three different states at a time, and in one particular city. The states change from month to month as well.
Maintaining and Renewing Your License
To renew your license you must pay a renewal fee. In addition, you must have completed three hours of continuing education classes each year. Since you renew your license every two years, this comes to six hours before you renew your license.
To maintain your license, you must complete three hours of classes each year. In addition, you must be reviewed annually for competency. Your certification must be easily visible where you work. If you work in an ambulance, you can show your identification card on your person in an easily visible place.
You must also be reviewed monthly for a supervised skin puncture. However, this only applies to limited phlebotomy technicians and phlebotomy technician Is. Phlebotomy technician IIs are not reviewed for skin punctures.
Salary and Jobs
In Arizona, the average salary for a phlebotomist is $30,443 a year. Entry level jobs average $24,581 a year. The highest paying jobs in Arizona can average $36,898 a year. Location, job, and employer all make large contributions to how much is in your salary each year.
Your job will mostly consist of drawing, labeling, and correctly storing blood specimens for a doctor or hospital. You may also run blood drives, in which case you will be asked to keep extensive records of patient histories.
Either way, you should have neat handwriting since your work will be used by others to make everything work correctly.