Becoming a Phlebotomist in New Hampshire – NH
The following is information on how to become a phlebotomist in New Hampshire. Most phlebotomy training is done at hospitals, vocational or technical colleges and American Red Cross and American Heart Association program. Training can be from 16 weeks to a full year, depending on the program and usually include course work, legal aspects, safety, and blood collection techniques.
Phlebotomy is a satisfying, but demanding, career and those interested in pursuing it should honestly assess their physical skills and emotional stability before embarking on it. In fact, some of the training programs in New Hampshire specifically state stringent acceptance standards to qualify for admission into their training programs.
Physically, Phlebotomy Technicians or PBTs must have the ability to stand for long periods of time and show fine motor control and good eye-hand coordination. Because of the possibility of exposure to diseases, students must present proof of immunizations, including TB testing, and of current health insurance prior to enrolling in these programs.
Additionally, phlebotomy students must have adequate vision to observe patients and measure test results, such as color changes and fine calibrations. Hearing acuity must be at a level to understand patients, listen to instructions from supervisors and hear emergency signals.
Students must also demonstrate adequate emotional stability to withstand stress, frequent interruptions and constant changes, as well as exhibit empathy and compassion for patients.
Another program requirement in New Hampshire is English proficiency standards, both verbal and written. Criminal background checks are done and usually, students must also pass a drug screening.
One program also requires that PBT students obtain and maintain a current Basic Life Support certificate and further notes that only students with an 80 average or better in coursework will be accepted into an internship.
In addition to the coursework, students must complete 120 hours of an internship and students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the internship location.