The state of New Hampshire has just over 1.3 million people who live in the spectacular explosion of color every fall season. Hardwood trees which turn brilliant yellow, orange, red and purple are a dense mat over the foothills and the Appalachians mountain chain which makes up the largest portion of the state. Winter brings an average snowfall of about 40 inches, contributing to its popularity as a ski/snow sport destination in the colder months. Concord is the capital of New Hampshire, though Manchester holds the largest of the states’ population and its International Airport.
The average starting salary for phlebotomists in New Hampshire is $23,000 which is about 1% lower than the national average. Jobs in the capital city of Concord and other larger New Hampshire cities typically have a higher average starting salary of around $26,000. Top salaries for phlebotomists in New Hampshire are around $39,000 per year.
Requirements for Phlebotomy Training in New Hampshire
Like the majority of states, New Hampshire does not legally require phlebotomists to be certified in order to be employed. However, like the majority of states, it will be difficult to gain employment as a phlebotomist without completing an accredited certification program. In addition to getting certified, experience in a customer service related field where you would have dealt with a variety of people is very attractive to prospective employers since you will be dealing with many different kinds of people with a variety of conditions and illnesses. On occasion you may be drawing blood from a healthy person, but the majority of your patients will be sick so you should have a strong and healthy immune system. It’s also important to be good at following procedures and paying close attention to detail, particularly in regards to cleanliness and sterilization.
Some of the national certification agencies that prospective employers will be looking for are:
- • 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 Training in NH
As mentioned above, completing a training program and getting nationally certified as a Phlebotomist is one of the best ways to get hired and it can influence your starting salary. Phlebotomy training programs in New Hampshire can run from 3-6 months, and you might even be able to find evening and weekend courses so that you can obtain certification before giving up your current employment. Entry into most programs will be dependent upon you passing a drug test and background check, and submitting your high school or GED transcripts. Once you have been accepted to the program you should expect to complete up to 40 hours of classroom training, up to 40 hours of practicum, and as many as 100 venipunctures and 10 skin punctures.
Once you have completed your training program and national certification you will be in excellent shape to apply for jobs at hospitals, clinics, laboratories, and blood banks.