When asked about what programs we offer, we always get at least one person asking, “Why don’t you offer Phlebotomy?” We have considered it. But through discussions with area employers, we have chosen to not include Phlebotomy (the art of puncturing a vein in order to withdraw blood or introduce a fluid) in our medical certification line up.
Three Reasons Why We Don’t Offer Phlebotomy
1: Employers Do Not Require a Certification When Hiring Phlebotomists
If you look at many job descriptions for Phlebotomists in the Omaha area, it generally states “Certification Preferred.” Granted, if you have experience – or a certification – it would set you apart from the others. But know that it is not a requirement up front. Just check out these open positions.
2: Many Employers Prefer to Train Future Phlebotomist Onsite
As a career partner, we consistently talk with area employers to understand what they need from our graduates. When it comes to Phlebotomy, everyone we asked told us they provide all the training needed onsite. And in some cases, they actual prefer to train people without any experience so they meet the exact standards required for their facility.
3: Area Employers Do Not Reimburse for The Course
When we determine which courses to offer, we want to ensure employers see the value in the class and offer to reimburse employees for the costs to get certified. As of yet, we have not identified a local employer who will reimburse for a Phlebotomy course like they do for the CNA, CMA or Pharm Tech classes. Click HERE to see a list of employers who have hired our graduates, send us employees to train, or reimbursed their employees after completing our course.
Phlebotomy Course Alternatives
If you want to have a medical credential on your resume when you apply for a phlebotomy position, consider getting a CNA, CMA, or Pharmacy Tech certification. The knowledge you will gain in one of these courses will set you apart from other candidates and will make you eligible for additional positions.
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
This course will teach you:
- The proper way to transfer and move patients
- Bathing and dressing protocols
- How to take vital signs
- The procedures required to control infections
- How to maintaining a clean and safe environment
- The basics of anatomy and body mechanics
Certified Medication Aide (CMA)
This course will teach you:
- The five rights of safe medication administration including accurate and complete documentation.
- The residents’ rights, especially the right to refuse medications
- How to administer medications in clinical setting by the following routes: oral, inhalation, topical and instillation
Hours: Approximately 166
This course will teach you how to:
- Complete patient paperwork
- Accept payments & process insurance claims
- Receive & verify prescriptions
- Price & fill prescriptions
- Package & label prescriptions
- Manage drug supplies
So while Quality Career Pathways does not offer Phlebotomy, there are many other certification options that allow you to get started on a medical career quickly.