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Phlebotomy technicians perform one of the most widely needed duties in healthcare settings - drawing blood from patients. This online course will train you to work as a phlebotomy technician and prepare you for the provisional Certified Phlebotomy Technician Specialist (CPTS) exam offered by the American Education Certification Association (AECA). After earning your provisional certification, you will have six months to complete the clinical skills requirements and convert to full certification. With full certification, you will be able to perform your duties as a phlebotomy technician in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, diagnostic labs, nursing homes, dialysis centers, and more.
This course includes enrollment with an exam voucher option for either the Certified Phlebotomy Technician Certification Exam and Bloodborne Pathogen Prevention Exam, provided by the American Education Certification Association (AECA) or the Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam, provided by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). The voucher is prepaid access to sit for the certifying exam upon eligibility. However, please research your state's requirements before enrollment to ensure this course is the right fit for you. This course is not suitable for students in California, Nevada, and Washington.
Note: This course offers enrollment with the Lab. The Lab includes the kit, training modules and requires an agreement signed and returned before the equipment is provided.
Learn more about the Optional Pathways for Professional Phlebotomy Technician Certification.
What you will learn
How you will benefit
Optional Pathways for Professional Phlebotomy Technician Certification
Completion of the academic content of the program will earn you a Certificate of Completion for the Professional Phlebotomy Technician program. To become certified, you must successfully pass one of the certifications (AECA or NHA) by following one of the pathways shown below.
Please Note: You are responsible for securing a clinical location for your externship. Once you have found an externship location suitable to your needs, the externship specialist at ed2go may support you in next steps. It is strongly recommended that you have secured a clinical location prior to starting the course.
(A) AECA Provisional Certification
American Education Certificate Association (AECA)
This option is for students with no medical field experience or who have notable time constraints. Students new to the medical field are strongly recommended to secure a clinical site pre-course registration. This option gives students more time to complete all steps and requirements in order to become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician Specialist (CPTS).
Pros of choice (A) include:
This option is best if a student does not have any prior medical field or related experience.
(B) NHA Professional Certification
National Health Association (NHA)
This option is great for students already working in the medical field with established career connections making clinical certification requirements easy to complete for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT).
Pros of choice (B) include:
This pathway allows students to use already established professional connections.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in the enrollment. If you selected the Lab Included course, and are at least 16 years of age or older, the following materials will be shipped to you once the Release Agreement has been signed and returned:
Note: Students under 18 years of age are required to obtain signed parental consent on the Release Agreement for enrollment and acknowledgment of responsibility.
To take this online course, you should have one of the following: High School Diploma, GED or equivalent, entrance test, or previous healthcare experience. You must also be at least 16 years of age or older to enroll in the Lab Included course. Students under 18 years of age are required to obtain signed parental consent on the Release Agreement for enrollment and acknowledgment of responsibility.
To qualify for the certification exam, a High School Diploma or equivalent is required.
Please review the Optional Pathways for Professional Phlebotomy Technician Certification and check with your state for any specific requirements they might have before registering.
Jacqueline Garcia holds a Certified Professional Instructor Certification to teach Phlebotomy Technician Program. Ms. Garcia has served as a subject matter expert for the Phlebotomy textbook. She has also developed curriculum for phlebotomy technician programs for career schools and is actively involved in teaching phlebotomy technician at several career schools. She is an active member of AECA as a Certified Professional in Phlebotomy.
Does this course prepare for a certification?
Yes, you will be prepared to sit for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician Specialist (CPTS) exam, offered by the American Education Certification Association (AECA), and the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam, through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). Upon completion, you may choose to receive one voucher for either the (CPTS) or (CPT) Certification exam. If you choose AECA's CPTS exam voucher, you will also receive a voucher for AECA's Bloodborne Pathogen Prevention Exam at no additional cost. Learn more about the Optional Pathways for Professional Phlebotomy Technician Certification.
What is a phlebotomy technician?
Phlebotomy technicians perform one of the most widely needed duties in healthcare settings—drawing blood from patients. They collect blood samples, and they prepare them for testing in the lab to help diagnose health conditions and illnesses. Phlebotomy technicians are also responsible for preparing lab equipment, explaining blood draw procedures to patients, calming those who may be nervous, taking blood pressure and pulse readings, collecting fluids properly, sterilizing equipment after use, and updating patient medical records.
How long does it take to become a phlebotomy technician?
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start as soon as you are ready and finish at your own pace. When you register, you will receive six months to complete the course.
What is the difference between a phlebotomy technician and phlebotomist?
Most of the time, these titles are used interchangeably by employers. However, the term phlebotomist can also be used to identify a phlebotomy technician who has undergone more training and has more experience. In this case, both will work with patients in the lab, draw blood, and take care of equipment and samples, but a phlebotomist may also supervise other phlebotomy technicians.
How much does a phlebotomy technician make?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median salary for phlebotomy technicians is $36,320. The top 10% of people in this profession currently make over $50,000 in annual salary. Outpatient care centers and medical diagnostic labs tend to pay slightly higher salaries than physicians' offices, hospitals, and ambulatory healthcare services.
How do I become a phlebotomy technician?
You will need professional training to enter a career as a phlebotomy technician. This online course will provide you with the training and skills to begin working as a phlebotomy technician. In addition, you will be prepared for the provisional Certified Phlebotomy Technician Specialist (CPTS) exam offered by the American Education Certification Association (AECA). After earning your provisional certification, you will have six months to complete the clinical skills requirements and convert to full certification.
Which phlebotomy certification is best?
There are a lot of great options when it comes to phlebotomy certification. This course will prepare you for two industry-recognized certification exams in the country—the Certified Phlebotomy Technician Specialist (CPTS) exam offered by the American Education Certification Association (AECA) or the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). A voucher for the exam of your choice will be provided at the end of your course. It is also a good idea to do some of your own research on each of these certifications to determine the best one for you.
Can I register for courses if I am an international student?
Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.
When can I start this course?
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
How long does it take to complete this course?
After you register, you will receive 6 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.
What if I don't have enough time to complete the course within the time frame provided?
If you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee will be charged. If you are funded through a third-party organization, approval may also be required.
What kind of support will I receive?
The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.
What happens when I complete the course?
Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.
Am I guaranteed a job?
ed2go courses will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.
Can I get financial assistance?
ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. Learn more about financial assistance.
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