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You can become a certified phlebotomist after you have passed an exam that is conducted by an accredited phlebotomy certification agency. These agencies are institutions that have the authority to administer a phlebotomy exam and certify you as a phlebotomist. These agencies include The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and The American Society for Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT). Before you attempt to take a certifying exam, it is mandatory that you complete a formal phlebotomy training program. All National Exams are administered at the school to the students. Study guides are offered for your enhancement.
What is a phlebotomist?
A phlebotomist is someone who is trained to collect blood sample in a clinical environment. They usually work under the supervision of the Medical Laboratory Scientist. After the phlebotomist collects the blood, they process and analyze the specimen with sophisticated laboratory equipment. Because they collect blood and are at risk of exposure to a variety of diseases, phlebotomists are trained in laboratory safety and must adhere to very strict policies and procedures. To be successful in this profession, an individual must enjoy working with people, work well under pressure, be attentive to detail, and have excellent manual dexterity. Another consideration that must be taken into account is how uneasy most people are around needles and blood. This requires a phlebotomist to calm patients and be an effective communicator and a good listener. Due to recent technological advances, a phlebotomist must also be able to use a computer as well as other high-tech devices. Certified Nurses Assistants and Medical Assistants are often selected to receive on-the-job training to become a phlebotomist.
According to all Allied Health Schools, the median salary of phlebotomists in North Carolina is $27,000 a year. Certified phlebotomists are eligible for supervisory positions and pay increases.