If you’re looking for a career in the medical field but don’t want to spend years in college, becoming a phlebotomist may be the perfect fit. Phlebotomists are the medical professionals who draw blood for medical tests, blood transfusions or research. They also have an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of illness and diseases.
The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that approximately 2,140 phlebotomists were working in Alabama as of May 2015. Get the facts about becoming a phlebotomist in Alabama, including training requirements, certification and what this career entails.
List of Phlebotomy Training Schools in AL
|School Name||Locations||Program Offered||Website
|Wallace State Community College||801 Main Street NW, P.O. Box, 2000 Hanceville AL||Phlebotomy Technician Training||http://www.wallacestate.edu/programs/continuing-education|
|Calhoun Community College.||6250 Hwy. 31 North, Tanner, AL 35671||Phlebotomy||http://www.calhoun.edu/workforce-development/workforce-solutions/healthcare-certifications/phlebotomy|
|Gadsden State Community College||1001 George Wallace Dr. Gadsden, AL 35903||Phlebotomy Training (MLT)||http://www.gadsdenstate.edu/health/health-sciences-program-applications|
|Jefferson State Community College||George Wallace Building, 2601 Carson Road. Birmingham, Alabama 35215-3098||Phlebotomy Certification||http://www.jeffersonstate.edu/wfed-phlebotomy-certification/|
|Remington College||828 Downtowner Loop West, Mobile, AL 36609||MEDICAL ASSISTING||http://www.remingtoncollege.edu/medical-assisting-diploma-overview/|
|St. Vincent’s Jeremiah’s Hope Academy||2800 University Boulevard, Suite 234||Phlebotomy||http://phlebotomyschoolsdirectory.com/st-vincents-jeremiahs-hope-academy|
|DCH Regional Medical Center School Of Phlebotomy||809 University Blvd. East, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401||DCH School of Phlebotomy||https://www.dchsystem.com/our_facilities/dch_regional_medical_center/dch_school_of_phlebotomy.aspx|
|Virginia College||6200 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery, AL 36117||Medical Assistant||https://www.vc.edu/associates-degrees/medical-assistant/|
|Fortis Institute||100 London Parkway, Suite 150, Birmingham, AL 35211||Medical Assisting/Medical Assisting Specialist program||http://www.fortis.edu/campuses/career-training/medical-assisting/100-london-parkway-birmingham-al.aspx|
|Calhoun Community College||6250 Hwy. 31 North, Tanner, AL 35671||Phlebotomy||http://www.calhoun.edu/workforce-development/workforce-solutions/healthcare-certifications/phlebotomy|
|Phlebotomy Ink Training & Staffing Agency LLC||1512 Center Point Pkwy Suite 201, Birmingham, AL 35215||Phlebotomy Ink Training||http://www.phlebotomyink.com/About-Us.html|
|Lawson State Community College||3060 Wilson Road, SW, Birmingham, AL 35221||Phlebotomy Technician||http://www.lawsonstate.edu/programs_of_study/lscc_programs/health_professions_programs/phlebotomy_technician.aspx|
Phlebotomist Salaries and Wages by Region in Alabama
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following table showcases phlebotomist salaries and wages in several metropolitan and non-metropolitan districts in Alabama as of 2015:
|Area name||Employment||10th percentile||25th percentile||75th percentile||90th percentile|
|Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL||50||$18,030||$21,120||$30,830||$37,900|
|Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area||130||$19,210||$20,750||$26,420||$29,980|
|Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area||50||$17,130||$19,560||$28,270||$33,340|
|Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area||40||$17,250||$19,920||$24,130||$27,190|
How To Become a Phlebotomist in Alabama
Becoming a certified phlebotomist in Alabama requires completion of the following steps.
• Meet program eligibility requirements
• Complete training program
• Obtain certification
Below are detailed steps on what needs to be done to become a certified phlebotomist in Alabama.
The first step towards becoming a phlebotomist in Alabama is completing a formal training program. To be eligible for a training program, you’ll be required to be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent and pass a drug screening and criminal background check. You may also be required to have CPR certification.
Aspiring phlebotomists can find several accredited schools offering phlebotomy training in Alabama. Phlebotomy training programs may be offered with it undergraduate program but is often part of the school’s continuing education department. Online education is another option for Alabama students interested in working as phlebotomists. The student can do classroom assignments through distance learning and complete the clinical portion at an area medical facility.
The length of phlebotomy training varies from school to school but generally take from one semester to six months. Students complete classroom assignments, lab studies and clinical work. The clinical work comes in the form of internships or externships where the student obtains hands-on training in performing actual phlebotomy procedures. Course topics may include process and handling of specimens; ethics and laws; venipuncture procedures and patient assessment.
Alabama does not require phlebotomists be licensed or certified. However, certification can be seen as a testament of knowledge, skill and commitment to the profession. Many employers prefer their phlebotomists are certified. To obtain certification and earn the credential of Certified Phlebotomist Technologist, you must pass a certification exam through agencies such as the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (APT) or the National Phlebotomy Association (NPA).
To be eligible to take a certification exam, you are typically required to have completed training or may be be required to perform a specific number of phlebotomy techniques or procedures. For instance, the APT requires candidates complete 100 venipunctures and at least five satisfactory skin punctures. Once you’ve passed the national certification exam, your name will be added on the APT’s registry of phlebotomists. To maintain certification, you must earn continuing education credits, although the number may vary by agency. The APT requires six credits annually while the NPA requires 1.8 hours annually.
Phlebotomists are projected to see excellent career opportunities once they’ve completed training and obtained certification. Phlebotomists are employed in clinics, hospitals, blood donor centers, physicians’ offices, and laboratories. The BLS states that phlebotomists should see an employment growth of 25 percent from 2014-2024. Phlebotomists in Alabama earned an average wage of 27,440 as of May 2015, which was slightly lower than the national average of $31,630. Years of experience, certifications earned, employer and geographic location can all affect earning potential.