There some pretty odd jobs out there. Everything from mucking out septic tanks to being the person who runs for coffee for writers could be considered odd. Working with blood – like a phlebotomist does – is not an odd job, but a unique job.
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median earnings per week than workers with only a high school diploma.*
Requirements and Eligibility
To be a phlebotomist you must do two things: have a high school diploma (or GED as that is also accepted in many programs) and fulfill the requirements for the type of phlebotomist you want to be: a limited phlebotomy technician, a phlebotomy technician I, or a phlebotomy technician II.
Each one builds on the previous. At the start, the only requirements are that you complete 20 hours in a classroom to learn the theory, and do 25 skin punctures under supervision. These are the limited technician requirements.
Building on that to become a phlebotomy technician I, you must do 40 hours of clinical experience (and during that time, do skin punctures and venipunctures under supervision – 10 and 50 respectively) and 40 hours in the classroom, learning the theories. However, you do not need to be a limited technician to apply for to be a technician I.
You do have to be a technician I before you can apply to be a technician II. In addition, you must have had 1040 hours of experience in a clinic in the past five years and have a written letter stating you have done 20 successful arterial punctures.
Application and Costs
Where you go will determine the application process and the costs.
The tuition cost at the Bay Area Medical Academy, for instance, is $2,750. Included in this is your textbook, but not licensing and exam fees. This course will give you 40 hours in an externship and the choice between a two, three, or four week course in the classroom. You’ll learn about anatomy, the circulatory system, and much more. After the classroom portion and passing the national exam, you are permitted to work the externship.
The San Jose Safety Training Seminars also offers phlebotomy classes. However, you have to email them for locations and information on costs and other things.
While there is an online class provided via Phlebotomy Services, it is not a substitute for a traditional program in California. It is a good way to get your feet wet, however. It costs $899, and the first two days are online. Once that work is completed, you can attend a third day that is held in person at a specific location each month. The locations change from state to state each month.
Maintaining and Renewing Your License
Renewing your license takes a little work. You must attend at least six hours of education classes every two years (more on that in a moment) and pay a renewal fee.
Maintaining your license is harder. You must attend three hours of classes each year (IE the six hours mentioned above), make sure your certification is displayed in a visible place, and be annually reviewed on your competency. If you are a limited technician or technician I, each month you are reviewed on a supervised skin puncture.
Salary and Jobs
In California, the average salary of a phlebotomist is $38,101 a year. An entry level job can earn $30,691 a year, and the highest average in the state is $46,090. Location is a large part of why the numbers are so high. It’s more expensive to live in California. What kind of job you do and who employs you are other major factors.
As a phlebotomist, you will be drawing, labeling, and storing blood for doctors or for hospitals or blood drives. If the latter is the case, you will also be required to keep a detailed record of the donors medical histories.