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The training you will need to become a phlebotomist varies from state to state. For example, California recognizes three categories of phlebotomists. They are Phlebotomy Technician, Certified Phlebotomy Technician I and Certified Phlebotomy Technician II. In California if you want to become a phlebotomist you must have a high school degree or the equivalent and complete 40 hours of phlebotomy class training and 40 hours of phlebotomy practice that includes at least 50 venipunctures and 10 skin punctures. You must also pass an approved certification exam.
In comparison, in Colorado if you want to become a phlebotomist you are required to take an exam and complete what’s called a practical exam. You must pass the practical part of the exam successfully from start to finish. Then, when you complete the class you are placed into an externship. You will not receive a certificate as a registered phlebotomist until you have passed the course and successfully completed the externship.
Your training may also vary depending on the certification you want to achieve. The Association of Phlebotomy Technicians requires you to complete at the minimum a 6-month long training program that involves 5 skin punctures and 100 venipunctures. On the other hand, if you wish to be certified by the American Society for Clinical Paththology, you must have 40 classroom hours of instruction, 120 hours of clinical experience and 100 unaided blood collections.
It pays to know which certification is most popular
Before you begin your phlebotomy training, it pays to find out which certification is held in the highest regard in your area. There are nine associations that all certified phlebotomists and, as you have read, they tend to have different requirements. You should check around to see which is held in the highest regard in your area and then make sure that you train to be certified by that association.
Among the more popular nationally of these associations are the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP), the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), American Credentialing Agency (ACA), American Medical Technologists (AMT), the National Center for Competency Testing