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Phlebotomy Certification in Ohio – OH
By an allied health world contributing writer
Published: January, 11 2010
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Phlebotomists are skilled professionals trained in venipuncture and specimen collection, including blood and other body fluids, for laboratory analysis. There is a high demand in clinics, hospitals, physician’s offices and laboratories in Ohio. A great state to live in, with a growing medical field and booming economy (ohio.gov), now is a great time to pursue a career as a phlebotomist in the “buckeye state.” Just imagine the possibilities!
Entry-level phlebotomists earn, on average, an annual income between $22,500 and $37,500 (http://education-portal.com/).With experience, your salary could increase to $40,000 per year or more (http://www.payscale.com/).Wages vary by industry/facility type. The smaller, private facilities are said to offer the best pay. The Bureau of Labor Statistic has estimated a 10.1 % growth within this career field over the next decade (http://data.bls.gov/). That's quite an excellent outlook!
Coursework for the Phlebotomy Certificate Program in Ohio
Once you have crossed the threshold and have become a high school graduate, it is time to consider what you will need to do in order to become a phlebotomist in the state of Ohio. You will need to enroll in an Ohio phlebotomy certification program that is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (http://www.naacls.org/). These programs can be found online, at technical schools and career colleges with allied health programs. Phlebotomists have a fairly narrow range of duties; therefore phlebotomy courses are typically short and can be completed in 6 months or less. In Ohio, you will take classes that will help you gain skills and knowledge in phlebotomy, blood tests, vital signs, patient preparation, first aid & CPR, billing, insurance coding and more. Most programs typically require you to participate in hands-on training as a practicum student or intern. This experience will help you to learn the job firsthand and will also be valuable in obtaining you certification. Once you have done this, you will be prepared to work as a phlebotomist in hospitals, laboratories, plasma centers, clinics and anywhere else a phlebotomist's skills are valued.