Phlebotomy Certification Requirements in Florida
Florida, the sunshine state of almost 20 million people, is most densely inhabited in the southernmost tip where Miami and the islands known as the Keys reflect colorful and eclectic cultures that populated the peninsula. It is as known for its beautiful beaches, tropical climate and Key lime pie, as it is for hurricanes and alligators. The state capital of Florida is Tallahassee which houses the governing body of the State’s Department of Health, The Division of Licensing and Regulation and the Florida Phlebotomy Regulations.
If you are living or want to live in Florida and are interested in becoming a phlebotomist, here are a few things you should know:
It’s really pretty straightforward and the best techs are friendly, flexible, well-organized and can deal with a lot of different people having a variety of problems and conditions. You will deal with healthy people too, but there tend to be less of them. Safety and cleanliness as well as attention to detail are among the most important traits in this business.
Florida has stricter guidelines than many other states about its requirements.
Florida State Certification Requirements for Phlebotomists:
- You must be a high school graduate, or possess a GED (or equivalent).
- Attend a Florida State Accredited Phlebotomy Training program that provides:
40 hours of didactic (classroom) training,
40 hours of practical (clinical) training,
Supervised proof of 50 venipunctures and 10 skin punctures.
Certification in Florida expires after 2 years. As long as you have completed your 6 hours of CECs and pay the renewal fee, the state will send you a new certificate. Maintaining your certification is important and will impact your desirability as a candidate plus your salary level.
Note that Florida does NOT require you to be nationally certified. There are many advantages to becoming nationally certified, but most important is that you become a more valuable candidate. National certification is available by applying to one of the following agencies:
National Center for Competency Testing – 145 test questions must be answered over 2.5 hours. Written evidence of clinical competency is required.
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
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