Phlebotomy Training Requirements for Alaska
Alaska! Known for its amazing wildlife and challenging climate, it still has approximately 735,000 people that support the need for medical staff, including a demand for phlebotomists. The requirements may vary but at a minimum, a High School Diploma or GED along with acceptable training and work experience is required to be a Phlebotomist in Alaska. The regulatory board, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, recommends applicants become certified although certification is NOT a requirement in this state. Most employers will prefer their technicians to have passed a Phlebotomy exam and recommend that applicants become Nationally Certified. Click on the links below for some basic information on national certifying 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
A List of Academic Phlebotomy Certification Programs in Alaska:
1. The University of Alaska Anchorage offers an Occupational Endorsement Certificate for Phlebotomists. Once passing the phlebotomy practical exam, you will qualify to take the national certification exam.
2. The University of Alaska Fairbanks maintains a one-year Phlebotomy certificate program that accredits you for Phlebotomy Technician Programs. This certificate allows you to take the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) national certification for PBT (see above).
3. The Alaska Career College also provides training for Phlebotomists in Alaska.
You can find more information that will be helpful at the Health Careers in Alaska website.