Phlebotomist: Medicine and Health Care Support

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April L. Rosser
Ivy Tech Community College

I have always wanted to work in health care and help people but I did not want to be a nurse or directly involved in individualized health plans. I wanted to work behind the scenes. I became a CPhT and went to work right away at my local hospital. Life was wonderful! I was helping sick people feel better and doing something worthwhile that came along with the means to help support my family comfortably. Then that dreadful day came, and I was laid off due to budget cuts.

I decided I needed more education and that I could still have a career in health care. I only needed to find what was right for me. I wanted a career that would not be cut. I knew that this would involve a more patient oriented environment. After exploring all of my options I decided that becoming a Certified Phlebotomist was the answer. I would be helping people; but not directly involved in their long term care, I would open up doors for career advancements in areas of interest to me, and I could still help support my family. Now I just needed to get started, but where?

I researched the phlebotomy education requirements and what I would need to also be certified. Certification would provide credentials and open doors that otherwise may remain closed and assist in advancements. There was a whole world of information that lied behind what I want to be when I grow up.

First was education. I choose to go to Ivy Tech Community College. After all of my current college credit hours transferred I found that I only needed to complete a few more semesters to earn my AAS in Health Care Support with a certificate in Phlebotomy. Many of my prior courses to become a CPhT were also required in my new found career goals. Based on Ivy Tech and state guidelines for the Health Care Support program concentrating in phlebotomy the following courses are required: * Anatomy and Physiology I and II

* English Composition 111
* Fundamentals of Public Speaking or Introduction to Interpersonal Communications * Humanities/Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective |
* Math 118 (or higher)
* Introduction to Microcomputers
* Introduction to Health Careers
* Medical Terminology
* Medical Law and Ethics
* Health and Wellness for Life
* Nutrition
Then additional electives and concentrations are required as well. I choose the following: * Pharmacology for Health Care Support
* Pharmacy Technician I and II
* Pharmacy Technician Experiential Seminar
* Medical Assisting Laboratory Techniques
* Phlebotomy
* Phlebotomy Externship
* And the required Capstone course
Once I complete my educational requirements with Ivy Tech I will have received my AAS in Health Care Support with a concentration in Phlebotomy and be on my way to national certification through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). In order to become certified with the ASCP I will have to apply and pay for testing, schedule an appointment, and pass testing proving my competency and knowledge on the phlebotomist technician’s professional role, scope of practice, medical ethics, and many specific career oriented questionings. As a phlebotomy technician part of my professional role will be to obtain samples of different specimens including but not limited to: blood, urine, swabs for cultures, and plasma. Another part of my professional role will be to have compassion for my patients, be detail oriented, treat all of my patients equally, and continue my education to stay up to date with new and improved techniques and awareness in the lab. As a CPT I will play a role in my community by participating in blood drives, health fairs, and volunteering. While working in the healthcare field and as a phlebotomist there will always be potential ethical conflicts. All patients must be treated kindly, fairly, equally, with respect and with the upmost professional...
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