Arkansas has a wide choice of Phlebotomy and Medical Assistance programs – sixteen to be specific. On top of that, you can also opt for an online or hybrid program.
Combine that with a faster-than-average job growth rate along with a very reasonable cost of living and you have a great place to start your career as a phlebotomy tech.
As a prospective phlebotomist in The Natural State, you can choose a program not only in technical or community college – a lot of universities offer them, too.
With so many courses to choose from it’s a bit hard to produce a unified description, but here is what can be said about all of them.
As in other states, your training will consist of classroom instruction and clinical practice, arranged by the school.
In the classroom, you will usually start with CPR and First Aid course (which will include basic anatomy and physiology), followed by a theoretical Phlebotomy course, where you will learn the fundamentals. As you complete this part and receive a grade C or better, you’ll be ready for the clinical part.
Through practical components (clinical experience) you will learn, under supervision, how to collect blood through venipunctures, and also how to collect other specimens.
Luckily, the requirements to join a phlebotomy class in Arkansas are pretty basic. You will need to provide transcripts of your high-school diploma or GED, along with immunization records (should include two MMRs and a tetanus shot).
Some schools will require you to pass a COMPASS test with a minimum score of 70 for Reading.
Once you have all of the above, submit an application and you’re ready to go. When accepted, schools may require to pass a skin TB test.
As mentioned above, there is no shortage of training options for phlebotomy technicians in Alabama. You can find a decent program in most major cities:
License required: No
Certification required: No
As in the vast majority of other states (with very few exceptions), those who want to work as phlebotomists in Alabama don’t need to pass any state licensing process.
However, obtaining an optional phlebotomy certification from third-party institution may be a great idea if you’re serious about getting a better job.
New phlebotomists can realistically expect to start with about $13 hourly wage, with more experienced
It’s no surprise that phlebotomists in Arkansas earn slightly less compared to nation average. But, you also have to take into account that Arkansas in third-cheapest state to live in the US, according to Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC).
Here’s a breakdown of what wages and annual salaries you can expect here:
And a more detailed breakdown for different areas across the state:
Arkansas Department of Health
Address: 4815 W. Markham, Little Rock, AR 72205-3867