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Working As A Clinical 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/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $30,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical 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 Clinical 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 3.1 years
Clinical Assistant 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Clinical Phlebotomist
Phlebotomist 19.4%
Cashier 8.1%
Volunteer 3.8%
Internship 3.2%
Assistant 3.2%
Server 2.7%
Technician 2.2%
Top Careers After Clinical Phlebotomist
Phlebotomist 27.3%
Cashier 3.9%
Technician 1.9%

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Top Skills for A Clinical Phlebotomist

  1. Phlebotomy
  2. Drawing Blood
  3. Laboratory Specimens
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Achieved PHLEBOTOMY duties utilizing proper infection control techniques and perform a variety of laboratory tests.
  • Worked in the Oncology, upstairs, and main lab drawing blood.
  • Collect all toxicological/laboratory specimens during autopsy.
  • Collected blood and urine samples while following infection-control and safety procedures.
  • Completed 103 clinical hours by observing technicians and performing tasks.

Clinical Phlebotomist Demographics

Gender

Female

80.2%

Male

15.5%

Unknown

4.3%
Ethnicity

White

63.0%

Black or African American

13.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.8%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

Dakota

16.7%

Arabic

16.7%

Clinical Phlebotomist Education

Schools

Medical Institute

9.1%

Stanly Community College

9.1%

Dakota County Technical College

6.1%

Southeast Community College Area

6.1%

College of DuPage

6.1%

University of Washington

6.1%

Weatherford College

6.1%

Forsyth Technical Community College

6.1%

Excelsior College

6.1%

Unitech Training Academy - Lafayette

6.1%

Paul D Camp Community College

6.1%

Richland Community College

3.0%

Colorado College

3.0%

Moraine Valley Community College

3.0%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

3.0%

Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Nashville

3.0%

Austin Peay State University

3.0%

Prince George's Community College

3.0%

San Jose State University

3.0%

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

3.0%
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Majors

Nursing

19.6%

Medical Assisting Services

17.4%

Business

8.7%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

8.7%

Medical Technician

6.5%

Biology

5.4%

Nursing Assistants

4.3%

Health Care Administration

4.3%

Public Health

3.3%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

3.3%

General Studies

3.3%

Physiology And Anatomy

2.2%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

2.2%

Clinical Psychology

2.2%

Criminal Justice

2.2%

Education

2.2%

Teaching Assistants/Aides

1.1%

Health Sciences And Services

1.1%

Psychology

1.1%

Occupational Safety And Health

1.1%
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Degrees

Certificate

31.5%

Associate

26.9%

Diploma

13.9%

Bachelors

13.9%

High School Diploma

11.1%

Masters

2.8%
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