A phlebotomist is a person who is trained in getting blood from a patient for lab specimens and samples. They are also trained in studying the samples and specimens in the lab and identifying any abnormalities that may be present.
Phlebotomy training includes five basic areas of study which are human anatomy, needle technique, record keeping, medical safety and patient rapport. Depending on the institution, the courses will vary but these basic areas of study remain the same. There are also practical lessons that you will have to go through that teach you how to insert a needle smoothly and painlessly into the vein to draw blood. You also have to undergo training so that you are able to seal the blood samples properly and take care of them so that there is no contamination of the blood samples that will be used in the lab. You also need to be taught how to deal with patients because some may become hysterical or some may be so frightened of needles that they don’t want a blood sample to be taken. You need to be able to put the patients at ease so that you are able to get the blood sample as fast and as painlessly as possible.
To become a qualified phlebotomist you will need to have an associate degree in phlebotomy which takes two years to complete. Alternatively you can take a Bachelor’s degree in phlebotomy which takes four years to complete. You don’t need to have a phlebotomy certificate in Utah as it is not required by the state but it is recommended that you are certified as it opens up many more job opportunities for you since some employers may require you to be certified.
To get your phlebotomy certification you need to sit for a certifying exam that is administered by recognized national organizations such as National Phlebotomy Association, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, and the Association for Phlebotomy Technicians which are the examining bodies as they administer the certifying exams. There are a number of accredited institutions that you can enroll in to get your phlebotomy education in Utah. Different institutions in Utah offer different courses which are all designed to equip you so that you are well qualified in this medical field.
You may also opt to go for vocational training which takes about three months. In vocational training you will undergo theoretical and practical training and you have to do some lab time. You can also take online classes if you are not able to go to an institution however you need to check that it is an accredited institution as some online schools have not been accredited. To get phlebotomy training Utah, you need to have completed your high school education and have a GED or high school diploma. Once you have completed your training, you can be employed in various medical fields such as hospitals, laboratories, private clinics, doctor’s office, DNA testing centers and many other related job opportunities.