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Become A Certified Phlebotomist

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Working As A Certified Phlebotomist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $42,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Certified Phlebotomist Do

Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations. Some of them explain their work to patients and provide assistance if patients have adverse reactions after their blood is drawn.

Duties

Phlebotomists typically do the following:

  • Draw blood from patients and blood donors
  • Talk with patients and donors to help them feel less nervous about having their blood drawn
  • Verify a patient’s or donor’s identity to ensure proper labeling of the blood
  • Label the drawn blood for testing or processing
  • Enter patient information into a database
  • Assemble and maintain medical instruments such as needles, test tubes, and blood vials

Phlebotomists primarily draw blood, which is then used for different kinds of medical laboratory testing. In medical and diagnostic laboratories, patient interaction is often only with the phlebotomist. Because all blood samples look the same, phlebotomists must identify and label the sample they have drawn and enter it into a database. Some phlebotomists draw blood for other purposes, such as at blood drives where people donate blood. In order to avoid causing infection or other complications, phlebotomists must keep their work area and instruments clean and sanitary.

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How To Become A Certified Phlebotomist

Phlebotomists typically enter the occupation with a postsecondary nondegree award from a phlebotomy program. Almost all employers look for phlebotomists who have earned professional certification.

Education and Training

Phlebotomists typically enter the occupation with a postsecondary nondegree award from a phlebotomy program. Programs are available from community colleges, vocational schools, or technical schools. These programs usually take less than 1 year to complete and lead to a certificate or diploma. Programs have classroom sessions and laboratory work and include instruction in anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology. Phlebotomists also learn specific procedures on how to identify, label, and track blood samples.

Many phlebotomists enter the occupation with a high school diploma and are trained to be a phlebotomist on the job.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Almost all employers prefer to hire phlebotomists who have earned professional certification.

Several organizations offer certifications for phlebotomists. The National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), National Healthcareer Association (NHA), the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), and the American Medical Technologists (AMT) offer Phlebotomy Technician certifications.

Candidates for certification typically need some classroom education, as well as some clinical experience. Certification testing usually includes a written exam and may include practical components, such as drawing blood. Requirements vary by certifying organization. California, Louisiana, Nevada, and Washington require their phlebotomists to be certified.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Some patients or clients are afraid of having their blood drawn, so phlebotomists should be caring in performing their duties.

Detail oriented. Phlebotomists must draw the correct vials of blood for the tests ordered, track vials of blood, and enter data into a database. Attention to detail is necessary; otherwise, the specimens may be misplaced or lost, or a patient may be injured.

Dexterity. Phlebotomists work with their hands, and they must be able to use their equipment efficiently and properly.

Hand–eye coordination. Phlebotomists draw blood from many patients, and they must perform their duties successfully on the first attempt, or their patients will experience discomfort.

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Certified Phlebotomist Career Paths

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Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Assistant Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Utilization Review Nurse Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Team Leader Office Manager
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Technician Production Supervisor
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Staff Nurse MDS Coordinator
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Medical Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
8 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Research Associate Project Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Analyst Assistant Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Analyst Office Manager
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Mobile Phlebotomist Technician Group Leader
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Mobile Phlebotomist Emergency Medical Technician Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mobile Phlebotomist Specialist Lead Teacher
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Instructor Consultant Case Manager
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Instructor Administrator Case Manager
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Instructor Therapist Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Phlebotomist 3.1 years
Top Careers Before Certified Phlebotomist
Phlebotomist 15.5%
Cashier 7.8%
Internship 3.1%
Volunteer 2.5%
Manager 2.1%
Top Careers After Certified Phlebotomist
Phlebotomist 20.5%
Cashier 3.2%
Instructor 2.1%

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Top Skills for A Certified Phlebotomist

  1. Laboratory Specimens
  2. Venipuncture Methods
  3. Lab Results
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Follow all established guidelines for laboratory specimens and all laboratory safety rules.
  • Draw blood from veins by vacuum tube, syringe, or butterfly venipuncture methods.
  • Communicate lab results with appropriate providers.
  • Assist patients in the outpatient laboratory by checking them in, drawing blood samples and explaining various specimen collection methods.
  • Developed phlebotomy review test used by all ancillary departments and laboratory personnel for yearly competencies.

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Certified Phlebotomist Demographics

Gender

Female

73.9%

Unknown

13.5%

Male

12.6%
Ethnicity

White

60.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Black or African American

13.6%

Asian

7.9%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

73.5%

French

6.1%

Swedish

4.1%

Portuguese

2.0%

Chinese

2.0%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Dakota

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Urdu

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Hmong

2.0%
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Certified Phlebotomist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.6%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

6.5%

Ashford University

6.5%

Everest Institute

5.8%

Remington College

5.8%

Kaplan University

5.1%

Branford Hall Career Institute - Branford Campus

5.1%

Weber State University

5.1%

Central Georgia Technical College

4.3%

Star Technical Institute

4.3%

The Academy

4.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.3%

Walters State Community College

4.3%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

4.3%

Southwestern College

4.3%

Columbus State Community College

3.6%

A-Technical College

3.6%

MedTech College

3.6%

Columbia State Community College

3.6%

Wake Technical Community College

3.6%
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Majors

Medical Assisting Services

27.6%

Nursing

20.0%

Business

8.5%

Health Care Administration

7.2%

Nursing Assistants

4.6%

Medical Technician

4.4%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

3.7%

General Studies

3.0%

Biology

2.8%

Psychology

2.5%

Clinical Psychology

2.3%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.2%

Criminal Justice

1.8%

Education

1.7%

Liberal Arts

1.6%

Health Sciences And Services

1.5%

Health And Wellness

1.3%

Pharmacy

1.3%

Public Health

1.1%

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

0.9%
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Degrees

Other

43.5%

Associate

17.2%

Bachelors

15.2%

Certificate

11.7%

Diploma

7.0%

Masters

3.8%

License

1.0%

Doctorate

0.5%
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