So I live in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and have almost completed my CNA training. I spoke to someone who works at Memorial Hospital and they told me that they only hire PCA/PCTs, which means that in addition to a CNA certification, I'd also need an EKG/ Phlebotomy certificate. She told me that the courses are generally pretty short, but I really can't seem to find many schools that offer them! Atlantic Vocational Tech's program is a few months long and about $2000! I really can't afford that right now.
I found this one place called Critical Concepts (www.criticalconceptsusa.com
) that offers a Phlebotomy course for $145 and its only one class from 9am-5pm. They also offer a Basic EKG course and a 12 Lead EKG course for $100-$125 and they're also one day courses.
I don't want to spend the money and take the course only to find out that they aren't legitimate certifications. What do you guys think? And whats the difference between the Basic EKG and the 12 Lead EKG? Any information or opinions would be appreciated! Thanks!
I'm also interested in becoming a phlebotomist. Or, more accurately, perhaps I can get experience with drawing blood (and/or venipuncture).
Surely there is a technical school in Broward County (Fort Lauderdale area) that offers this course?! With a google search, I do not see any! In fact, online phlebotomy classes seemed a dime a dozen..... but to me, the point is to have hands-on experience!!!
Lindsey Hopkins Technical College in Miami offers the phlebotomy course. It appears to be hands-on. I've emailed an inquiry as to duration of course, price, and number of successful "sticks" (venipuncture) are required. I'd read somewhere that 80 or 90 successful "sticks" made a person eligible for certification.
CERTIFICATION: No Florida based certification?! Seems like only a National certification exists. And none of it seemed too official.
Thanks to everyone who contributed information on this thread. Seems to me like if do I become a certified phlebotomist, (while waiting for acceptance into RN school) it won't hurt me. Seems to me like if I don't become a certified phlebotomist (experienced in venipuncture / drawing blood) before RN school, it won't hurt me either. So, I shouldn't make a big fuss whether or not I do phlebotomy school. Unless I want more practice at doing this than RN school offers. Yep... that is a distinct possibility.
Anyone feel free to correct me if I have any misinformation here.
This info is my rudimentary understanding about phlebotomy.
Last edit by fem on Jun 12, '11
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