If you are interested in a new career, you should take the time to learn about the opportunities that exist in the field of phlebotomy. Although the word phlebotomy may sound strange, it simply refers to the drawing of blood samples from a person. In general, it is the puncturing of the skin and can include punctures for intravenous procedures other than drawing blood.
When you study to become a phlebotomist, you will learn everything you need to know that is related to anatomy and blood to perform the work of a phlebotomy technician. There is also a great deal of study that is related to proper procedure, especially in the area of safety and hygiene. Classes and entire programs teaching you how to become a phlebotomist are available in a variety of places. Sometimes hospitals will teach them, community colleges may offer them and specialized vocational schools related to health care.
Phlebotomy is a great entry level position in the health care field. For many people, it is a stepping stone to other jobs in health care while others stay with phlebotomy for many years. The training that is required is minimal compared to many other positions. You can begin your new career in no time at all.
A program at a typical community college in Maryland will take 20 weeks. However, this represents a certain number of hours that you need to study to become a phlebotomist. The actual hours needed are about 115. There are accelerated programs that can reduce the completion time of the training.
There are also training programs available online. Some of the local programs in the state will offer online training. Of course, only a certain portion of the program can be done online, but the part of the class that can be done in this manner gives you greater flexibility to complete the program.
After you have completed your courses satisfactorily, you will need to obtain certification to begin your career as a phlebotomy technician. The requirements to become certified are not difficult in the state of Maryland, but they are specific. You must be at least 18 years old and have graduated from high school. In addition, you cannot have a criminal record. You will also be required to complete a physical examination.
From this point, you need only enroll in a phlebotomy program and finish it with passing grades. After completion of the program, you will have earned a certificate from your vocational school or community college, but you must also pass a phlebotomy examination from an accredited institution to become certified to practice your new profession. There are more than one certifying body, and you will be able to get this information from your school.
The examination is not free, but the fee that is charged to you will be well worth the price to become a certified phlebotomist. If you ever move to another state, your certification in Maryland may be enough to get employment elsewhere. Many states do not require certification and having a Maryland certification in phlebotomy will look good on your resume.