Phlebotomy Training Requirements in MA (Massachusetts)
Massachusetts, home to almost 6.7 million people, was the linchpin of American Independence during the separation from the British Monarchy. One of the most historic and recognizable cities of the United States is Boston, the state’s largest city and capital of Massachusetts. The state’s economy has changed radically over time and now has vested interest in many industrial sectors such as biotechnology, higher education, finance, health care and fine arts. From Cape Cod to Harvard University, Massachusetts remains a vibrant and influential state that beckons growth and development.
If you are living or want to live in Massachusetts and are interested in becoming a phlebotomist, here are a few things you should know:
Becoming a Phlebotomist in Massachusetts is a simple and straightforward process. While other states like California have local certification requirements, the state of Massachusetts recognizes national certification programs (the major programs are listed below).
Above and beyond the required certifications, the best technicians are friendly, flexible, well-organized and can deal with a lot of different people who may have a variety of problems and conditions.
Safety and cleanliness as well as attention to detail are among the most important traits in this business.
The State of Massachusetts does NOT require phlebotomists to be certified although a certificate for Phlebotomy is attractive to employers in Massachusetts since most prefer proof of quality and skill. So we highly recommend that you get certified! Once you complete your Phlebotomy training and pass a Phlebotomy certification exam you can apply for an entry level job to laboratories, blood banks, and hospitals.
Many employers require that you become nationally certified by 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
There are many advantages to becoming certified, but most important is that you become a much more valuable job candidate. 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 Massachusetts 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.
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!
Even though there are no real requirements for a phlebotomist in the state of Massachusetts, you can be hired immediately upon graduating High School or receiving your GED, but virtually all agencies will prioritize someone who has previous training in addition to national or other accredited certification.
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 many Phlebotomy Training Programs available in Massachusetts and you have an opportunity to choose between long and short programs, those with more practical experience than others, and some that offer externships that may introduce you to more employment opportunities. Make sure your choice is based on the certification and licensure that you will want when you begin your search for employment.