Considering pursuing a career in phlebotomy? You will likely partake in a phlebotomy externship before receiving official certification. Many people are unsure what exactly a phlebotomy externship entails. Let’s take a look at some frequently asked questions.
What is a phlebotomy externship?
A phlebotomy externship is an opportunity to use your knowledge gained from a phlebotomy education program, and put it to practical use.
Do I get paid?
Phlebotomy externships are typically unpaid. The hands-on experience you will obtain is extremely valuable however, as it provides you a chance to work under the guidance of seasoned phlebotomy professionals.
Is completing a phlebotomy externship required for certification?
A clinical phlebotomy externship is required in the state of California. Although, most other states do not require completion of a clinical externship.
Where are phlebotomy externships done?
Externships are usually undertaken in hospitals or clinics affiliated with your phlebotomy training program. This can vary due to what clinical facilities are located around your specific phlebotomy training program.
How long is the externship experience?
Generally, phlebotomy externships are between 40 and 120 hours. On average, these hours are dispersed over the course of four weeks.
Can I pick where I complete my externship?
Phlebotomy training programs typically assign externs to designated locations. Don’t fret, most externship facilities are credible and prepare you for your career in phlebotomy—this is emphasized at PhlebotomyU.
Is attendance and punctuality important?
Try your best to show up every day of the externship. Treat it like a real job. You will surely have to make up any days or hours missed. Attendance and punctuality are vitally important for both externships, and full-time phlebotomy jobs.
Is there usually a dress code?
Phlebotomy externships typically require a dress code. Hair past the shoulders should be pulled back. Sweat pants, joggers, and torn pants are generally not allowed. Tops and shirts should not be fluorescently colored, denim, or transparent. Closed-toed shoes are strictly required. Fingernails must be trimmed, and no artificial nails are allowed. Finally, avoid wearing perfume or cologne, as it could cause an allergic reaction to patients or fellow externs.
Will I work with actual patients?
Indeed, you will. Along with other healthcare professionals, you will have the opportunity to treat actual patients under supervision. After a bit of training, you will be tasked with drawing blood out of real patients. Keep in mind, that mistakes will be made—even phlebotomy technicians with years of experience can miss the vein. Many patients come in dehydrated, therefore making it difficult to puncture a vein, as well.
Will a phlebotomy externship directly lead to a job?
You never know—but if you show enthusiasm to learn, and execute your phlebotomy skills effectively, then there is a good chance you will receive a phlebotomy job offer by the end of your externship experience. At the very least, you may be able to obtain a strong letter of recommendation from your supervisor.
Which educational phlebotomy program should I choose?
Your ideal phlebotomy career is awaiting you. After attending PhlebotomyU, and completing an externship, you can obtain your CDPH-approved Phlebotomy certificate. PhlebotomyU takes pride in training and preparing students with the necessary skills required to succeed throughout their Phlebotomy training experience, and beyond. Career services help students get externships, and full-time jobs after becoming certified. Have questions regarding phlebotomy externships? Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.