3 Day Phlebotomy training course...can I get a job??

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    There is a three day phlebotomy training course coming up in my area. This is the website:

    http://www.phleb.com/3dayworkshop.html


    I wonder, do you think I can get a job as a phlebotomist after this? I will be starting nursing school in July and was considering taking Phlebotomy at another community college in the fall, but the coursework would be much longer. What do you think of this program?


    Thanks!
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    Quote from thrashej
    There is a three day phlebotomy training course coming up in my area. This is the website:

    http://www.phleb.com/3dayworkshop.html


    I wonder, do you think I can get a job as a phlebotomist after this? I will be starting nursing school in July and was considering taking Phlebotomy at another community college in the fall, but the coursework would be much longer. What do you think of this program?


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    $449! Ouch! I would really recommend that you go somewhere where you can get a lot of sticks in. Does the other class have any outpatient clinical time?? How many students are in the seminar?? I mean, people are only gonna allow themselves to be stuck once at the seminar, so you will be paying the $$ for a few sticks.

    In AZ (where I think you're from right??) some places want a years experience in phlebo. Good luck!
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    Hi ,

    I know 450 is quite expensive but that is how much people are charging for it... right now I'm taking my phlebotomy courses and I paid that for the basic here in california you need to have 20 hours basic 20 hours advanced and I think 40 hours clinical ... if I keep up (which I will do) by the end of the class I would have paid around $1,500 not including the other stuff i have to buy like scrubs, glove etc... but I don't care I'd have to work extra hours to get that extra money, because I know that by the end of the class I would get the experience I need to be a phlebotomist and I know I will be able to get a job and all the time and money spent will be paid off ...

    So don't worry keep looking for other places you never know... but make sure they are certified ok? and good luck to you :hatparty:

    Ligia
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    Check with some of the hospitals in your area. They may provide the training for you.........
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    Quote from vivibonita
    hi ,

    i know 450 is quite expensive but that is how much people are charging for it... right now i'm taking my phlebotomy courses and i paid that for the basic here in california you need to have 20 hours basic 20 hours advanced and i think 40 hours clinical ... if i keep up (which i will do) by the end of the class i would have paid around $1,500 not including the other stuff i have to buy like scrubs, glove etc... but i don't care i'd have to work extra hours to get that extra money, because i know that by the end of the class i would get the experience i need to be a phlebotomist and i know i will be able to get a job and all the time and money spent will be paid off ...

    so don't worry keep looking for other places you never know... but make sure they are certified ok? and good luck to you :d :hatparty:

    ligia
    i'm not quite sure where you are, but i agree with the poster who said you should call around to the hospital hr departments to find out what is required to become a phlebotomist in your state. phlebotomy requirements vary from state to state, and the hr departments should be able to tell you what is required--or at least where to go to find out what is required (e.g., state websites.)

    for instance, in california, which i think currently has the most stringent regulations for working as a phlebotomist in the country, the website is:

    http://www.dhs.ca.gov/ps/ls/lfsb/html/phlebotomy.htm

    here are the requirements for someone to work as a phlebotomist in california:

    a person without any phlebotomy experience must meet the following:
    be a high school graduate or complete a ged,
    complete 40 hours phlebotomy class training from an approved school,
    complete 40 hours phlebotomy practice that includes at least 50 venipunctures and 10 skin punctures,
    pass an approved phlebotomy certification exam.
    apply for certification, pay application fee

    trust me, it takes more than 40 hours of practice to get 50 venipunctures in. most approved programs have a "clinical" portion (2-3 weeks), and, in order to do the clinical portion, you usually have to have gone through a lab portion with a certain number of successful venipunctures and skin punctures. i think in my school that is 10 observed venipunctures (not just the venipuncture, either..you have to follow the correct procedure) and 10 skin punctures--obtaining at least 1 ml of unclotted blood. (even with an anti-clotting agent, this is not easy to collect from a finger before the blood clots.)

    so, to be a phlebotomist in california (actually, the law says to perform venipuncture, if you aren't a doc, nurse or cls--but ma's and paramedics do venipuncture--so i'm not sure how it applies.) you have to have at least 2-3 weeks of training, if not more.

    nursefirst
    Last edit by NurseFirst on May 19, '05
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    Quote from suzanne4
    Check with some of the hospitals in your area. They may provide the training for you.........
    This is what I was going to say. I used to teach phlebotomy and write phlebotomy policy and procedure at the county hospital in my area. Many of the folks who we hired for this position were potential medical and nursing students. Some were just people who were motivated to work in a lab environment.

    There's nothing like a really good phlebotomist....someone who knows anatomy and all the details of collecting a good specimen.

    Something to always remember is that when a specimen is collected it is often, if not always, the result that dictates medical care. It is a diagnostic procedure and a VERY important diagnostic link in patient care. Specimens should be collected with knowledge and care.
    Last edit by begalli on May 19, '05
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    I also agree with the posters that suggested calling hospital HR departments. Many hospitals in my area no longer use phlebotimists. They just train their techs (like myself) in phlebotomy.

    I would not spend money to learn phlebotomy. I would find a hospital to teach me. Many, many hospitals do it in house now.
    Last edit by CarVsTree on May 19, '05
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    Quote from begalli
    There's nothing like a really good phlebotomist....someone who knows anatomy and all the details of collecting a good specimen.
    I couldn't agree more. There is a tech on my floor that just scares me. I swear she left her brain at the door during her phlebotomy training. Of course, what it really boils down to whether or not a person cares.
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    i am in california and right now i am taking my phlebotomy course at my cc. it takes one semester and i am definitely going to be able get a job afterwards. the thing is that here in cali we need to be licensed before we get a job and that takes months. anyways...before i took the course at my cc i paid $350 for a 2 day training program. it is called medtexx. DO NOT TAKE IT WITH THEM! i wasted my time and money. it was not accredited, i only got 2 sticks and i was not able to sit for the national exam. so be aware of programs like this. at my cc i am doing my externship right now and so far i have over 100 sticks. so check your local cc because that would probably be the best training. good luck!
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    Something to always remember is that when a specimen is collected it is often, if not always, the result that dictates medical care. It is a diagnostic procedure and a VERY important diagnostic link in patient care. Specimens should be collected with knowledge and care
    I totally agree with this one. I worked as a phlebotomist all through nursing school. I cannot tell you how many test questions I got correct on my nursing exams because of my experience as a phlebotomist. It was also a huge help for my Micro class and I made $11.00/hr which is not bad as a student. I was a medical assistant first and recieved a phlebotomy certificate in MA school.

    I know that the actual phlebotomy courses in my area are 8 weeks long, cost $3,000 and require 3 weeks clinical and a minimum of 100 sticks to recieve your certificate. I was also on the code team at the hospital I worked in and got to go to every code in case a blood draw was needed. I performed just as many sticks on newborns as I did on adults and all this experience helped me land my GN position in the ED which I will start in June. I also externed in the ED and everyone was quite surprised by my I.V. skills. Being a phlebotomist was a great experience for me. Good luck finding a class.


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