Phlebotomy is the medical practice of inserting hypodermic needles into blood vessels. It is a much-needed skill for many different health care related professions. Whether you wish to become a phlebotomist or you just need to learn phlebotomy as part of your training to become something else, American Red Cross can help you achieve your phlebotomy certification.
American Red Cross offers phlebotomy certification classes at many locations all over the country. These courses will teach you the most up to date information regarding techniques for collecting blood and how to use the proper equipment to safely and effectively collect the blood specimens.
Like with many health care related classes, there are some health requirements that you need to pass before you are allowed to register. Before you sign up for the phlebotomy certification class, you must present a medical form with proof that you have had a physical exam this year, an MMR, a negative TB or chest X-ray within the past year, a tetanus / diphtheria booster, and a hepatitis B vaccine.
All of the requirements that are needed before you can register for the course are:
- You must complete the medical form with proof of the medical requirements listed above.
- You must be at least 18 years old.
- You must attend an orientation.
- You must have a high school diploma, a GED, or college transcripts.
- You must show a valid ID, which can be a current drivers license, passport, or state ID.
- The full payment for the class is due 7 days before the course begins.
- You must pass a background check.
- You must have proof of malpractice insurance.
How do I register for the American Red Cross phlebotomy certification class?
First, you must search for local American Red Cross phlebotomy courses that are in or around your area. After you have located a course offering that is near you, then you can find out how much the class will cost, when it starts, and what days and times the classes are.
You will have to contact the Red Cross location where you wish to take the phlebotomy class to find out when it will offer the assessment exam. After you pass the assessment exam and complete all of the requirements that are listed above, then you will be able to register for the course.
If, for any reason, you wish to cancel your registration and receive a refund, then you must request your refund before the start of the course. You will need to write a letter to the American Red Cross and explain why you wish to drop out of the class. You will then receive a refund minus the enrollment fee. No refunds will be rewarded for students who are dismissed due to being absent, tardy, or failing the program. Full refunds will be given to students if the class is canceled due to low enrollment.
Phlebotomists are very important to Red Cross and are relied on to conduct our blood donations. Phlebotomy is taken very seriously and certifications are only awarded to those whom have legitimately earned it. If you believe that you have what it takes to become a certified phlebotomist, then you are encouraged to take the program.