What is a Rolling Schedule?

At Northeast Medical Institute we offer ” Rolling Schedules”, which allows our classes to run once we have 3 students registered. At Northeast Medical Institute our classes typically are smaller and we are required to run courses with at least 3 students. If there are not 3 students registered the class will be pushed back until we have 3 students registered. Typically our Stamford CNA daytime fills up very quickly since our class is capped at 8 students. Our Stamford Phlebotomy daytime program is also capped at 8 and typically fills up as well. However, our evening courses tend to be a little smaller so we have our ” Minimum Enrollment Policy” in place to avoid classes being under 3 students. Typically it takes about anywhere from 1-3 weeks to get 3 students in the evening courses. Remember, our classes are small so that means you get more 1 on 1 with our instructors. If you have any questions in regards to our Rolling Schedule please contact s at 203-391-6766 ext 1.

How do you practice your venipuncture and capillary sticks?

Since we use the National Healthcare Association as our testing vendor, they require all students to complete 30 venipunctures and 10 capillary sticks. During the class you will have the opportunity to stick our dummy arm’s as well as the volunteer’s you bring in. Yes, you do have to bring in volunteers. Now since Northeast Medical Institute offers other courses throughout the same time as the phlebotomy course, typically our cna students or ekg students step in to volunteer. If you have questions about this or are concerned about not being able to bring in anyone please contact us at 203-391-6766 to talk further.

Why would you want to become a PCT over just becoming a Phlebotomist or CNA?

Choosing what level you want to work at or achieve is a personal preference. Many people truly enjoy working with the elderly and though they have earned the PCT certification, they use it solely to work as a CNA. Having the additional certification does make them a more competitive applicant and it is education that can’t be taken away, so if they ever choose to work in a different capacity they have the qualifications. Some people don’t like needles, so working as a Phlebotomist isn’t for them. Why someone would do something will vary from one person to the next. Visit a school, see what the programs are like and which feels the best for you. Think about where you’d like to work and the type of patients you’d like to help.

What is phlebotomy and EKG?

Phlebotomy is a procedure of puncturing a vein with a needle to obtain a venous blood specimen for testing. Phlebotomists are trained to perform these procedures as well as procedures to obtain capillary blood and non-blood specimens. EKG is a recording of the electrical conduction through the heart. An EKG technician is trained to set up and monitor EKGs.

What is the name of the company you are certified through when taking the CPT Exam?

At Northeast Medical Institute, Phlebotomy certification is done through the National Healthcare Association. The NHA is used with many training programs and provides national certification. The certification is good for two years, at which time recertification can be done online.

Where are some good starter positions when becoming a phlebotomist?

A small medical practice would be the ideal position for a starting phlebotomist because they have more time and other staff to make the orientation smooth. These positions are not always available in your area, in which case any phlebotomy position open would be a great start. Bottom line is you want to keep working to gain experience.

Can you start looking for a job with just a phlebotomy certificate?

You can and should start looking for a phlebotomy job right away. The state of CT doesn’t require a phlebotomist to be certified, so even before certification has been earned one can start work. Applications can, also, sometimes take time to process, so applying early is the best practice.

Is becoming a phlebotomist a good career?

Becoming a phlebotomist isn’t for everyone, but if you’re comfortable in a medical setting, working with needles and bodily fluids, then absolutely! Working as a phlebotomist can be very rewarding and enjoyable. You get to interact with many different people and help make their procedure as smooth and pleasant as possible.

Can a phlebotomist start an IV?

No. A phlebotomist is not trained to start an IV. If a phlebotomist trains to become a Patient Care Technician they will learn how to remove an IV.

Is phlebotomy a stressful job?

No. Working as a phlebotomy technician isn’t very stressful. It’s very rewarding in that you are able to make a sometimes anxious patient feel at ease and relieved with the procedure. It’s important to remember the impact the procedure might have on the patient. Some patients are waiting for life-changing results. Maintaining a pleasant environment and positive attitude helps make it just that for the patient.

How much does a phlebotomist make?

The salary of a phlebotomist varies. Most jobs in CT will start around $15-17 per hour for a new phlebotomist, but the salary can increase. Though harder to find, there are phlebotomists making over $30 per hour which may require you to do home draws.

What qualifications do you need to become a phlebotomist?

To become a Phlebotomist you need to complete a training program. Northeast Medical Institute provides training and certification in as little as 2 weeks. The credential and title Certified Phlebotomy Technician is only earned by successfully completing an approved program and certification exam.

How long does it take to become a phlebotomist?

The duration of the program varies greatly from as little as 2 weeks at Northeast Medical Institute to as much as 9 months at other schools. This depends on the number of days/hours per week the class is scheduled and the duration of the program. The requirement with the National Healthcareer Association is that each student must successfully complete a minimum of 30 venipunctures and 10 capillary sticks to graduate.

How long does it take to become a phlebotomist?

The duration of the program varies greatly from as little as 2 weeks to as much as 9 months. This depends on the number of days/hours per week the class is scheduled and the duration of the program. The requirement with the National Healthcareer Association is that each student must successfully complete a minimum of 30 venipunctures and 10 capillary sticks to graduate. There is also, still, an option to become a phlebotomist by on the job training. While the medical field is evolving, this may change, but currently it is an option and the timeline on that would depend on the trainer, as wood the level of education and skill provided.