In order to have a career in phlebotomy, it is true that you do not need to have proper phlebotomy certification in order to practice as a phlebotomist. However, there are many reasons why you should seek to gain this qualification and this article aims to outline the reasons why a certification is something worth pursuing.
Why Should You Seek To Qualify For Phlebotomist Certification?
The simple reason is that although it is only Louisiana and California that have strict rules that state that anyone who is not clinical lab scientists, nurses or doctors should be licensed before drawing blood, it will still be very hard for an uncertified phlebotomist to get work if they lived in a state that didn’t have direct laws. What your phlebotomy certification will tell a future employer is that you are educated to a level that is set out by an official body within that field of study. There are 3 main bodies that control certification for venipuncture: American Society For Clinical Pathology; Association of Phlebotomy Technicians; National Phlebotomy Association.
What Do Each Of The Accredited Bodies Require To Grant A Phlebotomy Certification
We will now look briefly at what is involved in phlebotomy training through each of these bodies starting with the ASCP or American Society For Clinical Pathology. If you have no previous experience, you are required to graduate with a high school education or an equivalent, complete 40 hours of classroom work, take part in 120 hours of practical training and complete successfully 100 unassisted blood collections.
The 40 hours of classroom work must include learning about – laboratory operations; the collection, handling and processing of specimens; the circulatory system or physiology and anatomy. Another stipulation set out by the ASCP is that the laboratory in which you serve as an intern must be controlled and operated in accordance with the Clinical Lab Improvement Amendment of 1988. This particular act was agreed upon by the United States Department of Health and Human Services to make sure that lab testing was of a high quality throughout America.
For the APT or Association of Phlebotomy Technicians they require that students and interns without a work experience complete successfully an officially certified phlebotomist training program; complete 100 documented and successful venipuncture’s, 5 skin punctures and are currently a member of the APT.
Finally, for the NPA or National Phlebotomy Association if you do not have the relevant experience as a phlebotomist for at least one full year, you will to successfully attend a phlebotomist training program to become certified. The course you participate in must include 160 hours of classroom time as well as additional clinical hands-on internship; a practical internship that involves a lot of hands-on experience in the field; and you should learn all you need to know about venipunctures.
Venipuncture Certification Can Mean Higher Earnings!
It is clear that by attending one these official bodies of training and education will enable you to qualify for phlebotomy certification. From an earnings point of view, this has a tremendous impact on your future. The average phlebotomist, depending on how much experience they have will earn anything from $26.494 to $40,576 a year. Though taking into consideration Pascale’s findings from their 2011 report, if you gain your phlebotomy certification with the ASCP, you could earn as much as $52,413 a year.
So if you are wondering whether it is worthwhile or not to take official phlebotomy classes from an accredited body such as the ASCP, NPA or APT – the evidence in this article really speaks for itself. Not only will you ensure that you are not easily overlooked for any job placement, give you the confidence that you have trained to a high level with a highly regarded training body and that you are highly skilled, but it will also ensure that you are not doing the same job as a fully certified phlebotomist but not making the same amount of money as them for the same type of work.