I just have a question because I am planning to become a certified phlebotomist while still in school for my pre-req to get into PA school. I live in NYC and I find that it is so hard finding a job with no previous experience in the medical field. I try going to hospitals to volunteer, but are all booked, I've tried walking into clinics and handing in my resume, but all with no luck. I have no received any calls. So I've decided to get a certificate in phlebotomy and hopefully clinics would accept me as a nurse assistant or something or just help people draw blood so I can at least get some patient care hours. So my question is, do you think that's a good idea? Also, I have searched phlebotomy and they have so many different trade schools that offer the training, but the ones I am interested in are the CUNY ones. However, when it's time to take the test, I noticed that there are different institutions for them such as NHA (National HeathCareer Association) and ASPT (American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians). I don't understand which is better or why there are two. Also, I am not sure if I really need to take a course for it. Can I just study on my own with a textbook and just take the exam? I live in New York but I cannot find any information about it. I know that to be a pharmacy technician in NY, all you need to do is take the exam and pass, no need for any courses. Any suggestions or advice would help. Thank you so much!!!!