Organizations and Associations of Phlebotomy You Need To Know About
If you are interested in a career as a phlebotomist, it is important to become certified in phlebotomy by a respected professional organization. There are a number of professional associations that handle this field and operate on a national level. There may also be local organizations that offer training and certification, but the advantage of a nationally recognized organization is that you can be sure that your certification will be seen as a valid credential all around the U.S. The following organizations are national in scope and can help with such areas as certification, continuing education, and keeping current with the field.
Reasons to Check out Professional Organizations
Professional organizations offer number of advantages to phlebotomists or phlebotomy students. For one thing, these organizations offer certification exams that allow a phlebotomist to demonstrate that they have reached mastery of the field and are certifiably competent and employable. In addition, these organizations often offer continuing education that allows an individual to keep up to date with their skills and become aware of advancements. They also serve as informational resources, publishing things like newsletters and blogs that can help phlebotomists stay in touch with their colleagues and with the field in general.
The American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians
The American society of phlebotomy technicians offers certification exams with a practical phase to them. They make a point of offering fairly thorough testing and this can help to assure a phlebotomist is really competent to practice. Both prospective employers and the phlebotomist him or herself can thus be assured that a highly professional level of competency has been achieved.
This organization also emphasizes continuing education for certified professionals. They require 6 hours of continuing education annually. This helps to keep professionals up to date with advances in the field and helps to strengthen their professionalism in an ongoing manner.
The American Certification Agency (ACA)
While it doesn’t deal exclusively with phlebotomy, this organization is well known and respected nationally and offers phlebotomy certification. Both phlebotomists and those seeking to instruct others in the practice of phlebotomy can become certified by the ACA – there are different certification exams for each. The prerequisites for the phlebotomist certification exam assure that the student has ample experience in phlebotomy on a practical level – the student must have completed 100 clinical hours, 100 venipunctures, and 10 dermal punctures in order to be eligible to take the exam. The successful completion of the test means that the individual becomes certified as a phlebotomy technician.
As regards the certification for phlebotomy instructors, applicants to take the test must be either RNs, LPNs, or be certified as phlebotomists.
The American Medical Technologists (AMT)
The AMT certifies professionals in various branches of medical technology, of which phlebotomy is one. The AMT requires that anyone taking the certification exam have completed a department of education accredited phlebotomy program. They must also show that they have completed a certain amount of practical instruction. It has a number of useful resources on its website such as exam outlines and practice tests.
These are only a few of the organizations that phlebotomists can get involved with for certification, education, and resources.