Quote from vivibonita
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:
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:
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.