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How to Train to Become a Phlebotomist

Updated April 17, 2017

Phlebotomists are medical technicians trained to draw blood safely. They must have a basic understanding of anatomy and the ability to successfully identify proper locations for punctures. Additionally, they must comply with federal regulations of their job and provide adequate post-puncture care. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth and opportunities are expected for phlebotomists.

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  1. Enrol in a Phlebotomy program at a local college or vocational college. Phlebotomists are required to complete courses in the anatomy and physiology of body systems, basic infection control and blood collection equipment as well as proper classification of patients and specimens.

  2. Complete at least 140 hours of clinical training. This is where you will put into hands-on practice the basics of blood collection, selection and preparation of the blood withdrawal site, and post-puncture care.

  3. Attain experience of at least 200 venepunctures, and two skin punctures and observe the practice of arterial punctures. A venepuncture is a vein puncture and an arterial puncture is an artery puncture.

  4. Tip

    For professional phlebotomists, if you wish to advance your career you can apply for certification through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), or American Medical Technologists (AMT).

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About the Author

Katrina Matterhorn is experienced in technology consulting for two of the largest technology companies in the world. Since 2009 she has specialized in technology, business and home and garden articles. She has a double major in English and political science from Austin College in addition to Microsoft and IBM certifications.

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