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Phlebotomy Technician Training

Health Training Center has Phlebotomy Technician Training Programs at a variety of campuses in the Massachusetts communities of Attleboro, Braintree, Charlestown, Chelmsford, Stoughton, and Worcester. As the demand for allied health professionals increases, the need for phlebotomy technicians may likewise increase.

The Phlebotomy Technician program at Health Training Center can be completed in approximately 11 weeks. For the first eight weeks of clinical training, students will be provided instruction on the necessary skills and information for a job as a phlebotomist. Some of these skills include venipuncture procedures (blood draws), specimen and blood collection, quality assurance, infection control, body systems, and skin puncture techniques. Following the classroom experience, each student will complete a three week externship where they will get the opportunity to use their skills in a real-life setting in the field. After their successful completion of the phlebotomy technician course, students should be prepared to work in an entry-level position in a physician’s office, clinic, hospital, laboratory, or other medical setting.

The Phlebotomy Technician courses are Introduction to Healthcare and Phlebotomy Techniques. Each of these courses are designed to provide students with the skills that they need to be prepared for certification and a career in phlebotomy in the healthcare field.

What is a Phlebotomy technician?

A Phlebotomy Technician draws quality blood samples from patients or blood donors and prepares those specimens for medical testing. Many patients have phobias when it comes to blood and needles, and giving blood can be the most difficult part of an office visit. The Phlebotomy Technician must create an atmosphere of trust and confidence with patients while drawing blood specimens in a skillful, safe, and reliable manner.

Phlebotomy Technician Certification

Phlebotomy Technician Certification

After all of the hard work that you've put into your education in the Phlebotomy Technician program at Health Training Center, the next step is to become certified in your field! Not only is certification important to many employers, it also indicates consistent skills and a commitment to the healthcare field and a desire to keep improving your skills.

After successfully completing our Phlebotomy Technician program (including externship), graduates will be eligible to take the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT) national exam, required to become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPhT).

School Licensure

Health Training Center is licensed by the Office of Private Occupational School Education, Division of Professional Licensure, 1000 Washington Street, Suite 710, Boston, MA 02118. Any comments, questions, or concerns about this school’s license should be directed to:

Office of Private Occupational School Education Email: occupational.schools@state.ma.us Phone: (617) 727-5811

Accreditation Status: Although HTC is licensed by the Office of Private Occupational School Education, Division of Professional Licensure, HTC is not accredited by a nationally or regionally recognized accrediting agency of the U.S. Department of Education.

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Phlebotomy Technician Externships

Externship Opportunities

Students in the Phlebotomy Technician program complete their program with an externship experience. This provides every student with the oppportunity to use their skills in a real-world healthcare setting and to extend their experience to outside of the walls of their classroom. This very important part of their training also allows local employers to evaluate student skills and potentially even make hiring decisions. Since this is a required part of the program, Health Training Center carefully selects an externship location for each and every student.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the roles and responsibilities of a Phlebotomy Technician?

Typically, Phlebotomy Technicians are responsible for the following: explaining procedures to patients, drawing blood and applying pressure or bandages after blood is drawn, taking blood pressure, pulse, and respiration readings, updating patient records, preparing stains and reagents, cleaning and sterilizing equipment, and sending blood, urine, and fecal samples to the lab for testing. Due to their varied responsibilities, Phlebotomy Technicians should enjoy challenge and responsibility. They must also be accurate, work well under pressure, and communicate effectively. Because they work directly with patients, they must notice and relay any important information gained during interactions to doctors, nurses, and laboratory professionals.

Where do Phlebotomy Technicians work?

Phlebotomy Technicians work in numerous environments. Besides working in a medical clinic or hospital lab, phlebotomists may work for mobile labs, visiting nursing homes, hospice, assisted living facilities, or patients' homes to draw blood for those incapable of travelling to a lab. Many insurance companies hire phlebotomists to draw blood from insurance applicants. In this case, Phlebotomists would either meet patients at their place of employment or at their home. Many companies now require blood tests for employment as well.

What is certification and why should I become certified?

Certification is the process by which a non-governmental association or agency grants recognition to an individual who has met certain predetermined qualifications specified by that association or agency.

While certification is optional it is highly recommended as many employers require it. The American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians offers testing that awards the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT). Certified Phlebotomy Technicians must obtain continuing education credits or complete certification management programs to maintain their status. Attaining certification through the ASPT is a great way to show your dedication to your profession as well as your professionalism. You will be able to present your certification to potential employers, making you a more desirable candidate for any health care position.

How do I apply for the certification exam and how much does it cost?

The ASPT examination can be scheduled at aspt.org. Health Training Center is affiliated with ASPT and proctors the exam for ASPT twice per year. We will notify graduates up to one year after graduation of the exam dates. The fee to apply for and take the exam is $90.

Is an externship required for the Phlebotomy Technician program?

Yes. Health Training Center provides a 120 hour, full time Externship for all graduates in the Phlebotomy Technician Certificate Program. This Externship is unpaid, as it is an extension of your classroom time, and it is required to receive your certificate and successfully complete your program. We strive to make student placements as beneficial and efficient as possible.

Other Medical Education Programs Offered by Health Training Center

Health Training Center offers a variety of allied healthcare programs to accommodate many of the needs of a variety of students. We know that you are ready to get out in the field fast; that’s why our programs only include the skills that you need.

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Health Training Center Courses & Programs
  • Medical Assistant Certificate

    The Medical Assistant program at Health Training Center can be completed in just 20 weeks. The program provides instruction on the clinical skills needed to work in entry-level positions in a variety of medical settings. Our students receive instruction on Phlebotomy, EKG, and clinical medical assisting techniques.

  • Patient Care Technician Certificate

    The Patient Care Technician program at Health Training Center is a career advancement program for a licensed CNA, HHA or EMT. If you are not licensed as a CNA, HHA or EMT, this program is available for you as a Cardio-Phlebotomy Technician.

    The program can be completed in just 15 weeks. Students receive direction from experienced instructors on phlebotomy, EKGs, basic medical, lab and exam procedures, and basic patient care. Graduates of this program can become Clinical Medical Assistants by completing one additional course and the MA externship. Upon successful completion of the program, students should be prepared for entry-level job opportunities in a variety of medical settings.

  • EKG Technician & CPR Certificate

    The EKG Technician program at Health Training Center can be completed in just 8 weeks. Students will be instructed on how to operate and adjust EKG heart monitors, understand the results of the electrocardiogram (EKG) recording, and perform CPR. A graduate of this program should be prepared to work in an entry-level position in a variety of medical settings. The EKG Technician program requires two classes and can also be taken in combination with Phlebotomy or as part of the Medical Assistant Certificate.

  • Cardio-Phlebotomy Technician Certificate

    The Health Training Center Cardio-Phlebotomy Technician program can be completed in just 15 weeks. The program focuses on cross-training students in Phlebotomy and EKG techniques. Graduates of this program may become Clinical Medical Assistants by completing one additional course and the Medical Assistant externship. Graduates of this program should be prepared for entry-level job opportunities in a variety of medical settings.

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