Phlebotomy Technician course hours at Phlebotomy Career Training increases to 170 clock hours
Phlebotomy is on the rise throughout the US, as healthcare providers around the country look to add to their staff. The pandemic exposed more than a few healthcare systems’ weaknesses, one of them being the lack of accredited professionals to take and handle blood samples. This means that the phlebotomists of today will find themselves facing a much more welcoming job market than those in the past.
Appropriately trained Professionals
Of course, the necessity of these critical professionals being appropriately trained and prepared to meet the needs of the day cannot be ignored. To equip aspiring professionals better to tackle the challenges of a clinical environment, Phlebotomy Career Training, a licensed proprietary school operating out of Michigan, has recently increased the length of its Online Phlebotomy Technician Certification from 70 to 170 clock hours.
The course, which attempts to endow students with a knowledge of the basic and advanced principles of phlebotomy technique, patient assessment and care provision, specimen handling, recordkeeping, and more, has been expanded to give aspiring professionals a better, more in-depth look at the nuances of the discipline.
Opportunities to work
Of course, students will also be given opportunities to link up with hospitals and health care providers to complete the practical requirements for phlebotomy certification. While the exact number varies from state to state, students must complete between 35 – 100 blood draws to be eligible for graduation. However, this requirement (and the 1,040-hour prior work experience requirement) may be waived for people with prior work experience over the past 16 months.
Having completed their training, students are eligible for an attempt at several national exams. These include the NAPTP, AMT, NCCT, NHA, AMCA, and ASCP exams, depending on the number of blood draws they’ve completed. Students are even offered one complimentary attempt at the NAPTP exam, paid for by PCT. The course also comes with additional free courses, including infection control and hazardous material handling (including covid testing) and a clinical laboratory assistant certification.
Prospective students will be glad to learn that expansion has not been limited to just course material and scope; PCT has also joined hands with organizations such as Castle Branch and the American Red Cross.
Phlebotomy Career Training’s Partnerships
These partnerships and a national contract with Concentra mean that PCT can now better assist students in finding externships to complete the required on-the-job training for their certification. Given all these factors, there’s no doubt that the PCT Online Phlebotomist Technician Certification offers budding professionals some of the best opportunities out there.
PCT graduates boast an exemplary 95 percent employment rate, and the school has been providing efficient on-ground training throughout its 12 years of operation. If you’d like to learn more about the different kinds of coursework offered by PCT, click here to visit their website. If you have further questions about the written exam or your potential career as a phlebotomist, feel free to contact NAPTP to learn more.