The basic capacity of a phlebotomy technician is to draw blood. Most of us have been with a phlebotomist once, or multiple times in our lives. What you may not know is that the job doesn’t stop there. In this capacity, they also submit samples to laboratories and document patient information. The phlebotomy training is widespread and while it adheres to strict regulations and guidelines, it is some of the best training on offer in this field.
Of course, the job also entails a number of other responsibilities and duties. They are also tasked with cleaning and sterilizing tools and equipment and disposing of contaminated supplies. Phlebotomists can work in a variety of places, including clinics, hospitals, doctor’s offices, and other facilities.
A phlebotomist is not a nurse or a doctor and does not need to spend four or five years in training to learn how to cure diseases or prepare patients for surgery. Since their job is quite specialized and routine, there is a bare minimum of classes needed to get certification and state licensing. Since you do not need a bachelor’s degree, the cost is fairly minimal. About 80 classroom/externship hours are required, which can be done in 4 weeks. You will receive all the tools needed to pass your certification exam. After you have passed, American Harbor College sends all of the necessary paperwork to the State of California so that you can get licensed!
A number of professionals in the healthcare industry have used their experience as a phlebotomy technician to springboard their career further in the medical field. Since phlebotomist technicians can work in a variety of healthcare environments, they are exposed to many potential career options. For those looking to advance their careers, going back to school for additional certifications or even a college degree is not uncommon. At American Harbor College we have witnessed our graduates use their phlebotomy technician license as a springboard into Medical Billing, LVN, RN and even Doctorate programs! The possibilities are endless and we encourage our students to continue investing in their education upon completion of their phlebotomist certification.
The allied health professions make up one of the fastest-growing job markets, even given the recent fluctuations in the US economy. Within allied health, more and more phlebotomist positions are created each year. By 2024, the industry is expected to grow by 25%, much faster than the average employment growth rate (as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics). And once you get some experience as a phlebotomist, you’ll have even more career options available to you in the health care field. This booming market proves that you will be in demand. Our program is a fast track into the healthcare industry!
Blood is an important health resource for pretty obvious reasons. Transfusions alone save millions of lives per year; without the careful and precise work of phlebotomy technicians, patients’ lives would be put at risk. Health testing relies on blood samples, which phlebotomists take from patients’ veins. Blood banks are an important way for members of the community to contribute to everyone’s overall health, and their mobile vehicles are recognizable at colleges, high schools, churches, fairs, libraries, and at community events. Phlebotomists are important and respected members of the community.
Some medical tech jobs don’t offer a lot of interpersonal interaction, especially with patients. It’s especially important that Phlebotomists develop strong people skills. They’re asked to comfort adults, teens and children through the blood-drawing process. There are people of all ages who are afraid of needles. Their reaction to them varies, from general squeamishness to stronger anxiety-related reactions. In phlebotomy, you’ll have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with patients and experienced medical professionals alike. It is likely we all know at least one person, if not ourselves, who is a little squeamish around needles. One of the most rewarding experiences in life is bringing comfort to others. Our skilled professionals have trained students in this art and want you to become a part of this life-changing opportunity.