Phlebotomists draw blood from the patients while ensuring patients don’t get stressed.
After training, a phlebotomist can find employment in a clinic or any other medical facility.
How Much Do You Have to Pay to Train as a Phlebotomist?
The cost of a training course for this occupation has many variables.
Usually, training costs between $300-$700 and can be completed online or in person.
Many schools provide hours of theory as well as practice.
For instance, Phlebotomy Services provides online training for a price of $300.
Family Health Services Training Center provides online training for beginners and advanced students.
One course costs $373, while both cost $677.
To complete training as a phlebotomy technician, you will pay between $700-$1,400.
Medtech, with 10 branches in the Midwest and Southeast, asks for $825 for a program that includes manuals and lab costs.
The American Society for Phlebotomy Technicians provides a program for $800, but you will also have to pay a $35 membership fee and a $40 manual.
There are trade schools that provide phlebotomy training integrated with a larger program.
One such program is the medical assistant program offered by Heald Colleges.
The entire program costs $29,400 and has 6 modules in which one is focused on phlebotomy.
What Should the Program Contain?
As a phlebotomy student, you will learn how to draw blood and how to communicate with people.
So, courses should include introductions to anatomy and physiology.
Some other important topics are:
- Extracting blood
- Collecting blood
- Recording and keeping blood samples
- Identifying veins and arteries
You should also learn theory and practice on how to draw blood from patients.
Details on certification are available through the American Phlebotomy Association.
You can also learn more about how to become a phlebotomist from the American Society for Clinical Pathology as well as the articles we prepared on this site.
Phlebotomy certification is available through several entities and costs between $80-$150.
The National Phlebotomy Association certification has a price of $130.
In states like Louisiana, California, and Nevada, certification is a requirement at the state level.
Even in the states where certification is not required by law, hiring facilities still hardly hire someone without credentials.
The certification needs annual renewal, and you will need to take extra education classes.
These cost between $50-$75.
You may also need to buy training kits, which can cost between $100 and $500.
For instance, 3B Scientific sells a practice injection arm for $489, while practice veins are priced at $136.
If you pay all the tuition costs at once, you will get a $100 discount at MedTech.
Sometimes, Regional Occupation Programs (ROP) offers courses for free.
If you pursue a degree, you can receive federal financial aid if you apply online.
What School to Choose
You can reach out to the Center for Phlebotomy Education in order to find schools in your proximity.
If you want to take a practice test, the National Center for Competency Testing offers this option.
To get more tips, check out National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
Remember to always look for a school that has received accreditation.
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