Here we look at the cost of phlebotomy training and testing. In some states, a phlebotomist must be certified. Certification is obtained by taking a state-approved examination. The general fee charged for the examination is a part of the costs that need to be considered. Other fees may be incurred as well. The information here should help you add everything up.
No related experience is required before signing up for a phlebotomy training program. A high school diploma or a GED is required. If you do not have a GED, the fee for taking the test is less than $100. The tests are administered by county school boards. There are free GED study guides online and others that are available for purchase.
Cost of Classes
Many phlebotomy training classes are held at local community colleges. The fees for the classes are the same as those charged for any other class at the school. The cost is based on the number of credit hours.
Community colleges have two tuition rates; in-state and out of state. In order to be considered for in-state tuition, students must have resided in the state for at least two years. Otherwise, the students must pay out-of-state tuition which is much more expensive.
The cost of phlebotomy training at a community college can cost as little as $600 or as much as $2500 or even more, depending on what classes the school has to offer and what tuition rates the school charges. Most phlebotomists feel that the costs are justified as the programs allow them to take and pass the certification exams.
Fees for Certification Exams
As you might expect, the fees for certification exams vary and add to the cost of phlebotomy training. After the completion of a phlebotomy course, which can last anywhere from 4-8 months, the student should be qualified to take the state certification test. The general fee is usually around $50. In the State of California, for example, the fee is currently $58.
You can check with your state’s department of health to find out about the fee for the certification test. You might also want to find out when the test is offered and where the testing centers are located.
When compared to other medical fields, the cost of a phlebotomy training program is relatively inexpensive. The programs can be completed in a short period of time. The number of credit hours needed to complete the program is lower than in most health care fields.
Being able to complete the program quickly means that you can get to work faster. Fewer credit hours means that your cost of tuition is lower.
Books are a cost that you can expect to pay, although phlebotomy training online has become increasingly popular and the price of e-books is lower than the price of traditional printed books. Some students prefer the printed books to the e-books, but from a strictly financial perspective, e-books are better.
You can expect to recover the cost of phlebotomy training in a short period of time. Hospitals, clinics and doctor’s offices pay well for well-trained professionals.