Phlebotomy Certification Requirements for Colorado:
Colorado, home to almost 5.3 million, has its largest city and capital in Denver. It encompasses most of the southern chain of Rocky Mountains, the Colorado Plateau, and has some of the most beautiful National Parks in our nation, including Garden of the Gods and Mesa Verde National Park. Skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and biking, Colorado is a mecca for all recreational outdoor sports and other fun activities. A highly desirable place to live and work, medical support staff is definitely among its growing industries and if you have an interest in Phlebotomy, Colorado may be the place for you!
To become a phlebotomist in Colorado, you will need to:
- 1. complete an accredited phlebotomy training program, and
- 2. show a minimum of 100 hours of clinical (practical) training.
It is highly recommended that anyone wanting to become a phlebotomist:
- 3. take the official phlebotomy certification exam conducted by the Phlebotomy Certification Board, The American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians or other recognized organizations (see links below).
- 4. renew your license annually by keeping up with any changes in the field and refreshing your current skill-set.
List of National Phlebotomy Certification Organizations:
American Medical Technologists. Phlebotomist. Requires work experience, oral or written exam, renewal every three years through CEU and re-examination.
American Society for Clinical Pathology, Phlebotomy Technician (PBT, ASCP). Requires training or work experience, oral or written exam, renewal every ten years, can renew through CEU
American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians, Phlebotomist. Requires practical exam, written exam, annual CEUs to maintain certification
National Phlebotomy Association. Phlebotomist. Requires oral or written exam
There are many advantages to becoming certified, but the most important one is that you become much more competitive as a candidate. Depending on the program you choose and the types of courses you take, phlebotomy training in Colorado can take between several weeks to months. Just keep in mind that you should pick the school that gives you the most practical experience with the time you have. That is to say, the more “sticks” the better!
The regulatory body governing phlebotomists in CO is the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Professions and Occupations (sounds kind of catchy, doesn’t it?). Colorado does NOT require phlebotomists to be certified although it is strongly recommended as the majority of employers prefer certified technicians. You must have a High School Diploma or GED to be able to apply or enroll in accredited phlebotomy training program.
Phlebotomy Certification programs in Colorado (all require a High School Diploma or GED):
1. Front Range Community College. 4 credit hours of didactic training & 4 credit hours of clinical training in which you will be required to perform 100 – 120 successful venipunctures. Provides Accredited certification and eligibility to take National Examination for Certification.
2. Concorde Career Center. The Medical Assisting program provides entry level training for healthcare facilities, provides certification and practical experience.
Phlebotomy Training Schools in Colorado:
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