How to screen Phlebotomy Programs
Important things you need to know before signing up
Screening Phlebotomy Programs
So you have decided to go back to Phlebotomy School!?!? Congratulations on your decision to begin a new career and start something new! You may have many questions as you set in motion your search for a Phlebotomy program. You may be wondering how much does the program cost? How long is the program? What days and hours do you meet? What book to purchase etc…. One of the very important things to ask as a potential Phlebotomy student is if the program is accredited.
What is accreditation? It is a process in which educational facilities need to be evaluated by a third body agency to ensure that programs standards are recognized and have been met. All schools and programs should be accredited. It is important not only to ask the potential school but to also verify their accreditation online. Contact the accrediting agency and make sure the school is on their list and is up to date on all of their standards and protocols.
It is also important to verify that you will receive a certificate of completion from the school and also be able to take a national certification exam at the end of the program to become a national certified Phlebotomy Technician.
Please note these certifications are national which means you can work in pretty much any state (with a few exceptions) as a Phlebotomist.
Remember research is key while you begin this journey. You can never ask too many questions or check too many resources! Some other ideas for you to do is look up potential Phlebotomy jobs in the area and make sure the school you pick will give you the right credentials.
It is important to keep in mind that this is a CAREER PROGRAM! Meaning you are taking this class to begin employment. It is not a transferable class like English 101 or Philosophy 101. It is considered a vocational program which means you want to ensure the school you pick has the correct credentials and reputation for you to gain employment after completing the program!
I hope this information helps you and eases your mind as you launch into your new career as a Phlebotomist!