Phlebotomists are venipuncture and blood collection specialists who work in a variety of medical settings such as physician’s offices, hospitals, laboratories and blood donation centers. Their primary job responsibility is to draw and collect blood -- either for donation or for laboratory analysis.
While the job responsibilities of a phlebotomist are relatively straightforward, the profession requires a great deal of skill and knowledge -- for both the safety and well-being of the patients and for the integrity of the collected blood specimens. This means that anyone interested in working as a phlebotomist must undergo specialized training and earn their phlebotomy certification prior to seeking employment in New Hampshire.
To earn a professional phlebotomy certification in New Hampshire, you must meet the standards of the certifying organization and pass an examination. There are a handful of organizations within the United States that award phlebotomy certification credentials to New Hampshire phlebotomists, including the American Phlebotomy Association, the National Phlebotomy Association and the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians. Although exam prerequisites vary between organizations, it is generally expected that all phlebotomist certification applicants have graduated from an accredited phlebotomy program or have at least one to two years of experience working in the field. Examinations are generally multiple-choice tests given in either an online or a proctored classroom environment. Depending on the certifying organization, a practical component, where students are asked to demonstrate an actual venipuncture and blood collection process, may also be required.
It’s important to note that while phlebotomy certification is not legally required for phlebotomy professionals, the majority of employers will not hire someone who isn’t certified. Phlebotomy certification proves that you have the knowledge and competence in the field that is required to do the job successfully -- something particularly important when the health and safety of patients is involved. This makes it critical for individuals who are interested in joining the phlebotomy profession to enroll in an accredited medical program and earn their certification prior to seeking employment.