If you are thinking of starting a career in the medical field and you want to get right into working without having to do several years (or even several months) of training, you might want to think about becoming a phlebotomist. This career can be started with minimal training, and it still provides a very decent starting wage. The wage will vary widely depending on the area of the country you live in and what type of employer you work for. A blood bank may pay less than a scientific or medical testing facility, for instance. Still, for a job that requires only one or two days of training, phlebotomy offers an excellent beginning career in medicine.
To find phlebotomy training, you will want to contact your local community college or Votech school. These schools often offer these classes, especially during the summer. If they are not currently offering classes, a good tip is to contact your local health department or board of nursing to see if they maintain a list of private teachers. Since you are not required to go to an official school to become a phlebotomist, many freelance teachers offer phlebotomy classes in private classes for just a few students, and they may start a new class once or twice a week. You can also look into getting the training online, although this is not desirable for a few reasons. First of all, not every state will accept online training, so you would need to check with your board of nursing to see whether an online program will qualify you, and furthermore, there is no way that an online program can adequately teach you how to stick somebody with a needle! Still, if that’s the only way you can find to get the education under your belt, you may have to go for it. You will need to find an employer who understands your situation, and who is willing to provide you with on the job training in the actual method of drawing blood.