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Phlebotomists are trained to obtain blood samples from patients through venipuncture or microtechniques. They are also responsible for preparing the equipment necessary for obtaining blood samples, transporting samples and recording information about patients and donors. They must also be able to talk to their patients and donors to ease their fear and be able to monitor vital signs.
Phlebotomists are medical professionals, and like most medical professionals phlebotomists should receive certification if they want to find employment. There are certification programs available from technical colleges throughout the country, but many of these programs do not include a practical phase of the certification exam. This is why it pays to be certified through the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians, or the ASPT.
With ASPT certification, you can be sure that you are receiving the training necessary to work effective as a phlebotomist. This includes six hours of continuing education each year, although some agencies may require more. This may sound daunting for some people, but the results are well worth your time. Phlebotomists are in very high demand, and receiving cerfication from The ASPT may be just the thing to give you an edge that you need in your job search.