Maryland, home to almost 6 million people, is one of the most densely populated states of the United States and also happens to be the wealthiest state in the nation. It’s largest city is Baltimore, although its capital is in Annapolis, and fortunately for Marylanders it is considered among the “greenest” states due to the efforts of its populous to maintain the watershed known as Chesapeake Bay. Assateague Island, home to the rare wild Chincoteague ponies, is among the multitude of interesting wildlife residing amongst the more recognizable foxes, coyote, raccoons, otters, and the occasional black bear and bobcat.
The average salary for a phlebotomist in the the state of Maryland is above the national average. In Baltimore the average salary is around $31,974 per year with entry level positions starting at around $25,818.
Phlebotomist Requirements in Maryland
Listed below are some general requirements for people interested in a potential career in phlebotomy in any state:
- • A good-natured and friendly personality, flexibility, and the ability to deal with many different kinds of people are an absolute must. You will be dealing with members of the general public every day, experience in customer service is valuable.
- • You need to have a strong immune system, as you will primarily be dealing with people who are sick and have a variety of illnesses and conditions.
- • Since you are dealing with sick people, safety and keeping your work area as clean as possible is extremely important to prevent spreading illnesses.
In the state of Maryland you are not required to be certified to become a phlebotomist, but any reputable employer will want you to provide proof of certification. Most employers will not provide on the job training so you will need to complete a training program at an accredited school. Once you are certified you will be eligible to do screening work at blood banks and collect and prepare samples for analysis at laboratories and hospitals.
Most employers in Maryland will require that you obtain national certification through 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
Schools providing Phlebotomy Certification in Maryland
A diploma program is required for future phlebotomists and depending on the program you choose and the types of courses you take, phlebotomy training in Maryland can take 3 – 6 months or longer. In general, expect to:
- • Submit your High School or GED transcripts
- • Pass a background check and drug test
- • Complete up to 40 hours of didactic (classroom) training
- • Complete up to 40 hours of practical training
- • Prove that you are capable of as many as 100 venipunctures and 10 skin punctures
Professional phlebotomy certifications are different than postsecondary certificates (entry-level credentials) in that they certify that you have received specialized training through specific accredited organizations.
There are a many phlebotomy training programs available in Maryland so your choices should be focused on where you live and what level of training you want to receive. Please see the listings below for schools providing accredited training programs for phlebotomy certification Maryland.