In the state of New Jersey, being certified is not a legal requirement for phlebotomy technicians. However, most employers prefer that phlebotomy technicians be certified. Certification guarantees that you have been comprehensively trained by an accredited educational facility. Becoming certified can definitely give you the upper hand among competitors in the job market.
Before you can begin training to become a certified phlebotomy technician, you have to meet the minimum age and educational requirements. In the state of New Jersey, you must be at least 18 years old and possess a high school diploma or GED to qualify for certification training.
New Jersey aspirants must participate in a college-level phlebotomy training course to become certified. You must enroll in an accredited school and successfully pass all corresponding examinations. Beyond your phlebotomy certification, you also may elect to pursue a diploma or associate's degree. A few recognized New Jersey colleges that provide phlebotomy certification training at various levels include The Institute for Health Education, Advantage Career Institute, Dover Business College, Walden University, The Institute of Allied Medical Profession, Stanford Brown Institute, Keller Graduate School of Management, Berkeley College and The New Jersey Phlebotomy Association.
You'll need to come up with appropriate funding for tuition. The cost of tuition varies according to the level of training you pursue -- certificate, diploma or degree. At the time of publication, the average cost of phlebotomy certification and degree programs ranges from about $1,500 to $3,000, according to the Phlebotomy Training Guide website. Financial assistance is typically available through your school's admissions or guidance office.
Compared to other science and medical-related professions, the duration of training for certified phlebotomy technicians is relatively short. Many schools provide evening, weekend, part-time and even online courses. Depending on your school of choice, personal schedule and previous education, the course generally lasts anywhere from a few days to up to one year, according to the Phlebotomy Training Guide. The New Jersey Phlebotomy Association offers a national certification course twice a year. The class meets for eight hours, once a week for six months.
Once you have completed the course and passed all associated exams, you will be issued your certification by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, National Phlebotomy Association or the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians. In many instances, certification exams are administered by your training facility and registered with certification foundations upon successful completion. If not, your school will direct your to the appropriate testing and certification facilities in your area.