First of all, to become a phlebotomist in the state Utah, like most states, you must first meet certain criteria to begin training and receive education. First, you must be over the age of 18 and be a legal resident of the United States. Next, you must have received your high school diploma or your high school equivalency certification (GED). If you meet these eligibility criteria, you may participate in a phlebotomy training program.
There are several programs available for phlebotomy training. You can find programs at your local university, community colleges, schools of phlebotomy, and even online. In the state of Utah, the majority of phlebotomy classes will require you to do a drug screening, criminal background check, and become CPR certified. They also require that all perspective students have a complete health screening by a physician and fulfill all immunization and vaccination requirements before students are able to begin their classes.
Your Guide to Phlebotomy Training in Utah
Once enrolled, students must complete the required coursework which includes safety precautions, extraction techniques, medical terminology, anatomy and patient care. Classes, depending on the program requirements, can be completed anywhere from 6 to 15 weeks. In addition to classroom education, students will also be required to complete 150-250 live blood draws and up to 6 months of clinical work experience. Clinical work experience can be received in hospitals, doctor’s offices, independent laboratories and medical research facilities. All requirements must be met before a certificate of completion will be given. Although in most states, a national certification exam designation is required, in the state of Utah it is not.
Utah School of Phlebotomy
The Utah School of Phlebotomy offers all required courses and externship to become a phlebotomist. This school will offer its students course from anatomy, venipuncture, safety standards and phlebotomy techniques. The cost for a comprehensive training course, which is only 6 weeks, is $450. The Utah School of Phlebotomy has two locations, one in Provo and the other in Salt Lake City. This course will allow students to receive hands on training throughout the length of the course as well as externships for clinical work hour requirements. Although you are not required to become nationally certified, this course will provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to pass the national phlebotomy certification exam.
Phlebotomy Training Specialists
Phlebotomy Training Specialists (www.brawblood.net) utilizes a very strong “hands on” approach to phlebotomy. This program focuses primarily on the skill at hand and trains theirs students to perform skillfully as a phlebotomist. Phlebotomy Training Specialist programs offer two courses: a 12 hour Standard Phlebotomy Certification, which is a course designed more for Pre-Med or Pre-Nursing school student looking to add hours to their resume or for those already skilled in phlebotomy, but need a certificate. The other, more in depth program, is the 36 hour National Phlebotomy Certification program which is designed to prepare students to pass the national phlebotomy certification exam. Student are able to complete anywhere from 75 to 150 actual blood draws during either course. Phlebotomy Training Specialist is an accredited phlebotomy program and can be found in the cities of Murray, Orem, and Clearfield Utah. Costs are: $295 for standard certification course; $495 for national certification course.
Phlebotomy jobs in Utah are exploding and can be found in any healthcare institution that requires blood work. Facilities such as hospitals, independent laboratories, plasma centers, research facilities, community clinics and doctor’s offices are all in great need of phlebotomists. In the state of Utah, as of 2012, there is a high demand for phlebotomists in urban areas, primarily Salt Lake City, Logan and Toole.
Although in the state of Utah you are not required to receive your national phlebotomy certification credentials to practice blood draws, many employers are now requesting that their phlebotomists have a national certification. This certification guarantees a potential employer that their potential employee is trained, knowledgeable and skilled in phlebotomy.