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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

  • $35,700

    Average Salary

What Does A Certified Phlebotomist Do At Bioreference Laboratories

* Duties may include but are not necessarily limited to the following:
* Experience doing blood draws, labeling specimens, centrifuging specimens, recording maintenance data and decontamination, updating patient information, etc.
* Collects and stores specimens according to established procedures.
* Properly explains in a clear but courteous manner the process of the venipuncture (blood drawing) and or other specimen collection (ex. urine or fecal) as required
* Demonstrate technique/s using straight needles and/or butterfly needles.
* Fully understand all of the physicians' orders.
* Matches laboratory requisition forms to specimen tubes.
* Label, centrifuge, split, and freeze specimens as required by test order.
* Check all test requisitions or computer label against script to ensure 100% correct.
* Package specimens for transport
* Stores specimen sample according to required temperature, places samples in appropriate collection container/ tube, accurately labels, follows different procedures as outlined by specific to protocol deemed necessary for transport to maintain integrity of the specimen.
* Understand and comply with OSHA and DEP regulations.
* Attend annual department trainings
* Answer telephone calls, read laboratory results to satisfy inquiries

What Does A Certified Phlebotomist Do At Cedars-Sinai

* Under the general supervision of the RN Manager, the Phlebotomist performs blood collection procedures including venipuncture, skin puncture and special collection procedures.
* Responsibilities include collecting, receiving and distributing laboratory specimens and logging specimen collection information.
* Performs all job duties with sensitivity and attention to the age and developmental issues of the patient population(s) being served

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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 Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Swedish

  • Dakota

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • Urdu

  • Russian

  • Arabic

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Top Skills for A Certified Phlebotomist


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Top Certified Phlebotomist Skills

  1. Blood Specimens
  2. Lab Test
  3. Laboratory Specimens
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Served as a member of laboratory team collecting mass blood specimens daily, fecal and urine specimens.
  • Utilized computerized data system to enter confidential patient data, schedule appointments, process insurance authorizations and order specified lab testing.
  • Obtained and processes laboratory specimens.
  • Draw blood from veins by vacuum tube, syringe, or butterfly venipuncture methods.
  • Managed work station in order to perform phlebotomy procedures by maintaining a sterile area and stocking supplies as needed.

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