Becoming a Phlebotomist in Texas – TX
The typical steps of how to become a phlebotomist in Texas:
- Earn your high school diploma or its equivalent.
- Study the duties required of phlebotomy work until you feel confident that you can fulfill them.
- Enroll in an accredited phlebotomist school in Texas. Most junior colleges and large hospitals and technical schools offer this course, but not all schools provide the necessary requirements for certification. If you plan to obtain a certificate, be sure your program covers all the requirements for certification.
- Complete your program's educational requirements — usually 100-400 hours of classroom time, with course requirements such as anatomy and physiology, circulatory system, specimen collection, handling and laboratory operations.
- Complete hands-on training at a local hospital or clinic in Texas. This might include venipuncture, specimen collection and other practical clinical applications.
- Pass the certification exam.
- Select a certifying association.
- Your chosen certifying association may require prior experience. A few avenues to obtain this experience include volunteer work with public health organizations, nursing homes, local doctors and clinics.