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Become A Laboratory Phlebotomist

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Working As A Laboratory 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 Laboratory 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 Laboratory 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
Laboratory Clerk 3.0 years
Phlebotomist 2.8 years
Top Employers Before
Phlebotomist 28.8%
Cashier 5.1%
Teller 2.3%
Internship 2.3%
Secretary 1.9%
Top Employers After
Phlebotomist 29.1%
Specialist 2.0%
Technician 2.0%

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Laboratory Phlebotomist Demographics

Gender

Female

77.2%

Male

20.2%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

62.0%

Hispanic or Latino

17.1%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

78.6%

Urdu

7.1%

Portuguese

7.1%

Hindi

7.1%
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Laboratory Phlebotomist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.9%

Remington College

7.5%

Kaplan University

7.5%

University of Texas at El Paso

6.0%

Ashford University

6.0%

Grand Canyon University

6.0%

Lamar State College - Orange

4.5%

Sinclair Community College

4.5%

Ocean County College

4.5%

Liberty University

4.5%

South Texas College

4.5%

U.S. Career Institute

4.5%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.5%

Weber State University

4.5%

The Academy

4.5%

Northwest Missouri State University

3.0%

Holyoke Community College

3.0%

Reed College

3.0%

Fresno City College

3.0%

Texas School of Business

3.0%
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Majors

Medical Assisting Services

22.8%

Nursing

17.5%

Business

7.7%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

6.3%

Health Care Administration

6.0%

Medical Technician

4.9%

Nursing Assistants

4.6%

Biology

4.6%

Education

3.5%

Criminal Justice

3.2%

Liberal Arts

2.8%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.5%

Psychology

2.1%

Computer Science

1.8%

General Studies

1.8%

Communication

1.8%

Medicine

1.8%

Secretarial And Administrative Science

1.8%

Public Health

1.4%

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

39.6%

Bachelors

18.8%

Associate

18.6%

Certificate

11.4%

Diploma

5.2%

Masters

4.2%

Doctorate

1.2%

License

1.0%
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Top Skills for A Laboratory Phlebotomist

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  1. Laboratory Specimens
  2. Blood Pressure
  3. Phlebotomy
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  • Performed pregnancy tests, collected blood, urine and other laboratory specimens and prepared them for processing and lab testing.
  • Check customer's blood pressure and temperature.
  • Obtained accurate and reliable blood and specimens, while identifying phlebotomy difficulties, defining appropriated solutions and coordinating resources.
  • Used as aggressive patient response for the Emergency department when a patient is exhibiting signs of psychological instability or chemical influence.
  • Ensured accuracy of patient information while maintaining strict confidentiality.

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