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What qualifications are needed to become a phlebotomy technician?


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April 07, 2013 3:17PM


enroll and graduate in a certified phlebotomy program from a university, college, or trade school. I would highly recommend the lesser expensive college or univ. They usually run 6-8 weeks for anatomy, medical terminology, and then usually have to have 100 or so actual "needle sticks" in order to be elgible to take the national certification test. See nccanow website for more info.

Certified Phlebotomy Technician

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Draw blood for tests, transfusions, donations, or research. May explain the procedure to patients and assist in the recovery of patients with adverse reactions.

  • Match laboratory requisition forms to specimen tubes.
  • Dispose of contaminated sharps, in accordance with applicable laws, standards, and policies.
  • Draw blood from veins by vacuum tube, syringe, or butterfly venipuncture methods.
  • Dispose of blood or other biohazard fluids or tissue, in accordance with applicable laws, standards, or policies.
  • Draw blood from capillaries by dermal puncture, such as heel or finger stick methods.
  • Enter patient, specimen, insurance, or billing information into computer.
  • Organize or clean blood-drawing trays, ensuring that all instruments are sterile and all needles, syringes, or related items are of first-time use.
  • Collect fluid or tissue samples, using appropriate collection procedures.
  • Collect specimens at specific time intervals for tests, such as those assessing therapeutic drug levels.
  • Transport specimens or fluid samples from collection sites to laboratories.