What is a Phlebotomist (and Phlebotomy)?
Phlebotomy is a difficult word to say and an even harder word to spell! But all of us have met a phlebotomist at the doctor’s office or hospital at some point in our lives. Phlebotomy is the act of drawing blood for diagnostics and therapy1 and is a valuable skill that could be the start to a rewarding career in the medical field.
A simple blood test can tell a lot about you and your health. It’s often the first step taken to properly diagnose and treat a patient and is a vital part of all medical practices. It can measure your red and white blood cells to determine if you’re anemic or whether you might be fighting an infection. It can tell doctors about the function of organs like your heart, kidney and liver. It can determine your cholesterol, calcium and electrolyte levels. It can even help detect serious conditions such as hepatitis C, sickle cell anemia, HIV, and some cancers.
If you’ve ever considered a career in healthcare, but thought it would take years of school and preparation, think again. Phlebotomists work directly with patients, are important and respected members of medical teams and can be trained for the profession in as little as seven months.
Your training as a phlebotomist will teach you how to take vital signs and conduct patient interviews. You’ll learn how to perform basic phlebotomy procedures, while adhering to the highest safety standards to maintain a sterile environment. You’ll also learn about healthcare law and ethics and the importance of patient respect and privacy.
Once you’re a trained professional, you’ll be able to use your skills across the medical industry in such settings as hospitals, laboratories, healthcare facilities and doctors’ offices. Phlebotomists are expected to be in high demand through 2022.2
If you’d like to work in the medical field, check out American National University’s Phlebotomy diploma program. In addition to providing you with the skills and training you’ll need to find entry-level work in this rewarding field, we’ll also help you attain hands-on experiences as a phlebotomist assistant in a real clinical environment. Learn more here.
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