|The Bureau of Labor and Employment statistics reported that there will be an increase in the demand for skilled phlebotomists in various health care settings in the next few years. Phlebotomists are people trained to draw blood from a patient for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, donations, or research.
Specific duties of a phlebotomist are:
- Performs basic phlebotomy procedures
- Evaluates patients for ability to withstand venipuncture procedure
- Explains the venipuncture procedure and answers patient questions
- Prepares blood, urine, and other body fluid specimens for testing
California, Washington, Nevada, and Louisiana require state certification. However, no other state does. A phlebotomist may become nationally certified through many different organizations including the American Certification Agency (ACA), American Medical Technologists (AMT), American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), National Center for Competency Testing/Multi-skilled Medical Certification Institute (NCCT/MMCI), National Credentialing Agency (NCA), National Health-career Association (NHA), and National Phlebotomy Continuing Education (NPCE). In order take the qualifying examination, candidates must complete a full phlebotomy course and provide documentation of clinical or laboratory experience.
Phlebotomy training is offered in Joplin at the Powell Laboratory Services' training center, 2727 E. 32nd St., Suite 3 (Park Center). Upcoming classes are January 27 thru February 18, 2014 and February 24 thru March 18, 2014. The course is geared toward not only an experienced nurse or other healthcare professional looking to add to his or her resume, but also a beginner just considering a career in the healthcare field.
For more information contact Ruby Powell by sending an e-mail here or calling (417) 438-9048.