There are national certifications available for phlebotomists, but some choose not to obtain a phlebotomy license at all.
Why is that?
For many, it may actually make no sense at all to acquire a phlebotomy certification. Some would even argue that a phlebotomy license isn’t necessary in order to have a good career in phlebotomy.
Here are some of the main reasons someone may not be interested in phlebotomy certification.
Why You Should Not Get a Phlebotomy License
Reason #1: Most states do not require any certification to practice phlebotomy
Technically speaking, almost all states do not require a phlebotomy license to act as a phlebotomist. Before you apply for a phlebotomy job, look closely at the job descriptions. Most job descriptions will state a certification is recommended but not required.
In fact, the most important factor in landing this job in any position is experience. Employers know that a potential new hire who has worked in a hospital for years will be able to perform the job just as well as most certified phlebotomists. So lower-level positions like Phlebotomy Technicians can be acquired without certification as long as you have the experience to back it up.
Simply look for job postings that prefer experience over certification. With the increasing demand in the medical field for phlebotomists, you will be able to find the right position to apply for.
Reason #2: Certified Phlebotomists aren’t paid much more than Non-Certified Phlebotomists
Whenever a hospital hires for a position, again, most states will not require any certification at all. When a hospital doesn’t require any certification in the first place, employers will pay their new hires either identical or nearly identical pay for the same job. There’s actually little disparity if you think about how much salary a non-certified phlebotomist earn compared to a certified one. Actually, most of the time, their pay will be based on their experience more so than their certification.
Again, the main determinant in raising pay and landing jobs is experience. Continue to find experience anyway you can, and your salary will rise with your level of experience.
Reason #3: Your career goals are not specifically in phlebotomy
Job seekers are drawn to phlebotomy because it is an entry-level position in a hospital. It’s a great way to get experience in a hospital, and to understand if working in a hospital is the right career move for you. Phlebotomists are often just exploring if they should become a healthcare professional full-time.
Unless you aspire to be a Lab Operations Manager or a Phlebotomy Supervisor, you won’t need phlebotomy experience in other hospital positions. For example, many job seekers in healthcare want to become nurses. In many cases, an RN won’t be drawing blood. Although in some cases most nurses perform blood draws, but this is often delegated to the phlebotomy team.
Of course, if your aspirations are even higher, like a Physician’s Assistant or a Doctor, again, you won’t be performing blood draws yourself. You will have trained staff available to perform blood work.
So remember, a certification isn’t everything. Since most states do not require a certification to practice phlebotomy, you should concentrate on obtaining experience first. Get experience so that you can better understand how to develop your healthcare career. If you don’t want to manage phlebotomists in the peak of your career, don’t worry about certification and keep your focus on your end goal. However, if you really want to pursue a more in depth career in phlebotomy, like a phlebotomy technician, it’d be better to get a certification. You wouldn’t know how that certification can make a difference.