Phlebotomy Classes in Sacramento California

If you see yourself starting a career in medicine but don’t have the time to commit to nursing school or other heavy time-commitment programs, then becoming a certified phlebotomist may be just what you’re looking for.

Not sure what a phlebotomist actually does? Here’s a quick overview:

As a phlebotomist, you would be responsible for taking blood from a patient so that it could be sent to the lab and checked for possible infections and other abnormalities. You’d be part of the hard working group of medical assistants and clinical lab techs who help support the work of physicians and nurses on a daily basis.

There is some certification training required to be able to become licensed that will give you a head start, and there are a number of training programs in Sacramento and around the Northern Central Valley in California.

There are a number of different levels that you can study at. Each has its own specific requirements, so before jumping straight into it, let’s have a look at some of the skills you’ll need, what your job expectations will be, and three of the places where you’ll be able to start your training in Sacramento.

Required Classroom Training

Before you look at enrolling in any of the courses, you’re going to need either a high school diploma, or GED. That may not be a problem for you, but not everyone gets past that first hurdle.

Next, you should have a good knowledge of data recording, specimen collecting, processing, and safety measures. You will be taught more advanced techniques of the phlebotomy process such as; blood-serum collection by capillary, or venipuncture, the art of puncturing a vein to collect blood, emergency procedures and labeling.

You must also have had an externship, and at least one hundred and twenty hours of clinical experience.

Now, let’s look at the technical side of this profession.

Required Technical Abilities

You will need an eye for detail and be skilled at performing the correct procedures of drawing and collecting the blood samples. This also includes knowledge of the correct hygiene procedures, and the ability to educate the patients about the phlebotomy process and putting their fears to rest.

Some skill with computers and other clerical tasks will be required as well. Accurate labeling and recording  is an absolute must!

Recent & Future Job Expectations

While you probably aren’t going to get rich as a phlebotomist, you can rest easy in the fact that it’s still a career that will be paying you higher than the national average, and, in economically uncertain times, it’s a job that looks as though it’s going to be around for some time.

The number of employers looking to fill phlebotomist positions are on the rise in California, so you can expect to have more positions opening up in both the Northern Central Valley as well as the Bay Area.

Sacramento Schools Providing Training:

Here are three locations currently offering courses around Sacramento where you can get started:.

MTI College
5221 Madison Avenue,
Sacramento, CA 95841
(916) 339-1500

http://www.mticollege.edu/medical_phleb.html

The Phlebotomy Program they use has been approved by the National Center for Competency Testing and American Medical Technologists. This means that their students are able to take the National Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NCPT) or the Registered Phlebotomy Technician (RPT) exams. Passing either exam means you’re then eligible to apply for state licensure as a phlebotomist (CPT1).


National Career Education
11080 White Rock Rd., Ste. 100
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
1-800-915-3593

http://www.nceschool.com/programs/10-lab-assistant-ekg-technicianphlebotomist

This program gets you ready to apply for entry level positions as a Phlebotomist.

You’ll find yourself undertaking a number of laboratory procedures, including all required training in phlebotomy. Graduating from the course will give you the required communication skills, and you’ll also finish it CPR certified. NCE is an approved center for National Certified Phlebotomy Technician 1 certification.

All of the programs offered at NCE include an externship, on completion of the coursework.


Ja’Onna’s Phlebotomy & Medical School
1355 Halyard Drive
West Sacramento, CA 95691
916 374-8535

http://www.hawaiianislandhouse.com/phlebotomy/Phlebotomy.html

As part of the course offered by Ja’Onna’s Phlebotomy & Medical School, you’ll be given 40 hours demonstrations and instructions. You’ll be able to get some practical experience and you’ll have four written exams to complete.

The course last for ten weeks, once a week, for four hours each night; and some homework is required.

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