By Jennifer Williams, allied health world Contributing Writer
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A phlebotomist is a medical professional who takes blood samples from patients and then prepares them for laboratory testing. This is a career that is in extremely high demand and has many settings for employment, including hospitals, clinics, and laboratories.
There is some leniency with education in this profession. Some employers are willing to train phlebotomists on-the-job; however, this trend is quickly fading as more and more employers are pressed for time and need an individual who can come in and work on day one. To meet this need, there are several certificate and degree programs available through phlebotomy schools.
Degree Options Offered by Phlebotomy Schools
The certificate program is the most commonly chosen degree option among phlebotomy students, although there are associate’s degrees and bachelor’s degrees for this profession, as well. Perhaps the reason that most students choose the certificate program is that it can be completed in as little as 12 weeks, although it can be spread over a greater length of time as needed. In addition, the average cost of a certificate program offered by phlebotomy schools is only between $1,500 and $3,000. Basically, the certificate program allows students to get their education completed in double-quick time and in a less costly manner.
Associate’s degrees and bachelor’s degrees offered by phlebotomy schools can cost as much as 5 to 10 times as much as a certificate program, and they take about 2 to 4 years respectively to complete.
Keep in mind that an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree will probably entitle you to a higher salary upfront, but it will also cost you significantly more to attain.
Phlebotomy Schools Internship Programs
Phlebotomists are required to complete a clinical internship before they can graduate from any program. Each phlebotomy school is different, but most schools will include at least 40 hours of clinical internship as part of their program. When you are seeking out phlebotomy schools, be sure to ask about an internship. Without an internship, you may not be certifiable as a phlebotomist in some states.
Internships are also great because they can help you to secure a job. Many times the clinic, hospital, or laboratory where you complete the internship will contact you about employment after your graduate.
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