A phlebotomist is a health care professional who is trained to withdraw blood for the purpose of evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. Many health care facilities also require the phlebotomist to perform electrodcardiography (EKG) tests that measure and monitor the electrical activity in the heart.
Using venipuncture and microcollection techniques, phlebotomists play an important role on the clinical laboratory team by collecting laboratory specimens prior to testing. Other responsibilities might include inputting key patient data into computers using correct medical terminology, understanding chain-of-custody forms and drug screening procedures, using aseptic techniques and Standard Precautions, handling biohazard waste properly, and maintaining patient confidence and confidentiality. Recognizing the importance of specimen collection in the overall patient care system, phlebotomists must be able to monitor quality control within predetermined limits while demonstrating professional conduct, stress management and communication skills with patients, peers and other health care personnel as well as with the public.
A career as a phlebotomist offers flexible hours, nice working conditions and a chance to perform an integral, respected job in the health care profession with minimal post-secondary education required. In addition, a certificate in Phlebotomy can serve as a stepping stone to other health professions involving clinical, administrative and patient care. In general, phlebotomist work directly with patients – from newborns to the elderly – in hospitals, clinics, laboratories, physician offices, convenient/urgent care companies and home health care facilities.
A MedCA certificate is valid for one or two years, depending on the country in which you live. Upon the expiration of the certificate, you will need to take a re-certification exam.
You may take a certification exam if you are at least 18 years of age, possess a high-school diploma or the equivalent, and meet one of the following requirements:
- Graduated from an approved training program (proof of completion required)
- Have at least one year of work experience (two years of experience for medical assistants), and be currently working in the corresponding field.
Your certificate number will appear on the full-page certificate you receive. If you would like your number for interviews or job applications before your certificate arrives, you can select Verify Certification at www.medca.us. Your certificate number will be sent to the email address you provide within 24 business hours. Remember to check your SPAM folder if you do not receive a timely response. You may also call MedCA’s offices at 516 868 6800, and one of our associates can provide your certificate number over the phone.