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Phlebotomy Technician
Preparation & Advancement

Preparation

A phlebotomy technician needs a high school diploma or equivalent, plus 3 months or more of specialized training, either on-the-job or through a formalized certificate, diploma or AAS degree program. 

Certification

Certification is optional but highly recommended. (Some employers require it.)

The American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP), National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), American Medical Technologists, and the American Society for Phlebotomy Technicians offer testing for Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) or Registered Phlebotomy Technician (RPT). Continuing education is needed to maintain certification status. 

Advancement

Phlebotomy technician
Donor phlebotomy technician (DPT), qualifying to work in blood donor centers
Blood bank supervisor
Lab assistant
Medical lab technician
Medical technologist
Medical assistant
Pathology assistant
Pathologist (MD)