Are you considering a career in the medical field that doesn’t entail years of education and training and expensive tuition fees? You may want to consider becoming a phlebotomist.
Phlebotomists draw blood from patients using a needle and syringe for tests, transfusions, donations or research. They coordinate blood testing to match the orders of physicians, and act as middlemen between the patients and the laboratories. They must document and label blood samples correctly to ensure that they avoid mistakes. While there are many traditional classes available to choose from, you may want to check out online phlebotomy training.
The first thing to note about online phlebotomy programs is that only the classroom component is conducted online. All students are required to undergo laboratory and clinical experience, and in order to fulfill this requirement, your school will direct you to their affiliate hospital, clinic or laboratory near you. Even so, taking classes online will allow individuals who have restrictive work schedules or family obligations to study on their own time and at their own pace.
Additionally, when choosing an online phlebotomy training program, you can check to determine whether it will prepare you to sit for phlebotomy certification examinations by organizations such as the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) or the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT). There are also programs that are geared towards current phlebotomists who need continuing education courses to maintain their credentials.
Phlebotomy Online Schools
- Contra Costa Medical Career College offers Basic and Advanced Phlebotomy Online. Students with less than 6 months experience, or with no experience, who are seeking to obtain California State certification as a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPTI) are required to obtain Basic Didactic and the Advanced Didactic courses. Those without experience must complete a minimum of 40 hours of practicum or externship in a pre-approved clinical setting that they must arrange themselves. Those with less than 6 months experience are not required to complete externship, but must provide a completed California experience document signed by an MD or Laboratory Director. Students who have at least 6 months experience are only required to complete the Advanced Phlebotomy Course. Contra Costa Medical Career College and its programs are certified or approved by the following regulatory bodies: Better Business Bureau (BBB); Bureau for Private Post-Secondary Education (BPPE); Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT); California Department of Health Services Laboratory Field Services (CDPH-LFS); National Healthcareer Association (NHA); and, the California Board of Pharmacy.
- Phlebotomy Services (phleb.com) was founded in 1997. It is an approved P.A.C.E. provider of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS). Phlebotomy Services offers a unique program that allows students to practice techniques on a phlebotomy training aid and perform live stick on a real person. Students can complete the online phlebotomy course at their own pace 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with the use of visual aids and interactive videos. Companies can also have their entire staff undergo online phlebotomy training and after completion of the online course, Phlebotomy Services will come to their area and will teach the staff to draw blood.