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.
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.
This course also provides you with an externship starter kit to help you find and secure your own externship, which will help you gain the clinical skills needed to earn full certification through the AECA or National Healthcareer Association (NHA). After earning your full certification, you will be able to perform your duties as a phlebotomy technician in various healthcare settings, including outpatient care centers, hospitals, diagnostic labs, nursing homes, dialysis centers, physicians' offices, and more.
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 a course 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 the course?
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
How long does it take to complete this course?
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.
What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, 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 may be charged.
What kind of support will I receive?
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
What happens when I complete the course?
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
Am I guaranteed a job?
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
Can I get financial assistance?
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.
How can I get more information about this course?
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