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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

  • $30,670

    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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Average Length of Employment
Phlebotomist 2.8 years
Top Employers Before
Phlebotomist 15.3%
Cashier 8.7%
Internship 2.8%
Volunteer 2.7%
Manager 2.5%
Top Employers After
Phlebotomist 20.3%
Instructor 3.0%

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Certified Phlebotomist Demographics

Gender

Female

82.9%

Male

14.1%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

59.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Black or African American

13.8%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.7%

Swedish

7.1%

French

7.1%

Portuguese

3.6%

Chinese

3.6%

Dakota

3.6%

Russian

3.6%

Urdu

3.6%

Arabic

3.6%

Hmong

3.6%
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Certified Phlebotomist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.8%

Southwestern College

7.7%

Weber State University

7.7%

Walters State Community College

6.4%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

5.1%

Wake Technical Community College

5.1%

Kaplan University

5.1%

Central Georgia Technical College

3.8%

Holmes Community College

3.8%

Hinds Community College

3.8%

Southern Connecticut State University

3.8%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

3.8%

Northeast State Community College

3.8%

Moorpark College

3.8%

El Paso Community College

3.8%

Ashford University

3.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.8%

Southside Virginia Community College

3.8%

Goodwin College

3.8%

Middle Georgia Technical College

3.8%
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Majors

Medical Assisting Services

22.5%

Nursing

21.9%

Business

7.6%

Nursing Assistants

6.3%

Health Care Administration

5.2%

Medical Technician

5.0%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

4.7%

Biology

3.9%

General Studies

3.7%

Clinical Psychology

2.6%

Education

2.3%

Health Sciences And Services

2.3%

Psychology

2.1%

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

1.6%

Criminal Justice

1.6%

Health And Wellness

1.6%

Public Health

1.3%

Liberal Arts

1.3%

Pharmacy

1.3%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.3%
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Degrees

Other

42.3%

Bachelors

18.0%

Associate

16.9%

Certificate

10.4%

Diploma

6.9%

Masters

3.3%

License

1.7%

Doctorate

0.6%
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Top Skills for A Certified Phlebotomist

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  1. Laboratory Specimens
  2. Blood Pressure
  3. Venipuncture
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Obtained and processes laboratory specimens.
  • Performed manual blood pressure measurements and obtained blood specimens.
  • Handled accurate and proper Venipuncture Prepared patient specimen for organizational procedure with the aid of good quality equipment and standard techniques.
  • Studied: Blood Borne Pathogens, Medical Terminology, Legal & Ethical Issues, & Forensic Collections, Avoiding Phlebotomy-Related Lawsuits.
  • Maintained positive customer service relationships at all times and proactively responded to customer service issues.

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