Have you ever had your blood drawn and wondered what it takes to do this job? The phlebotomist is the "face" of the laboratory. As a key member of the lab team, the phlebotomist collects blood samples for analysis, which leads to accurate patient diagnosis.
Phlebotomists are typically the only lab employees who interact with patients in person, making professionalism and empathy important for success. If you work well with others, have strong communication skills, multi-task, have an eye for detail, and are looking for a profession where you can make a difference in people's lives, phlebotomy may be for you.
Once you complete your classroom-based training, you'll go to the program's clinical portion. During this phase of your education, you'll be assigned to a hospital or outpatient setting, where you'll acquire 100 clinical hours and complete at least 100 venipunctures to withdraw a blood sample or for intravenous injection.
Upon completing the Basic Vocational Certificate in Phlebotomy, you will be eligible to sit for the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) exam. You may also decide to continue your studies to pursue an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Clinical Laboratory Technology. ASCP Board of Certification is for non-physician medical laboratory personnel.
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