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Become An Outpatient Phlebotomist

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Working As An Outpatient 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

  • $48,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Outpatient 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 An Outpatient 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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Top Skills for An Outpatient Phlebotomist

  1. Laboratory Standards
  2. Blood Pressure
  3. Patient Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Used and maintained Phlebotomy skills to provide superior patient care to all levels of patients in a large hospital enviornment 2.
  • Provided customer service by answering broad technical questions, and directed staff and patients to appropriate resources.
  • Perform EKG's, urine drug screens, data entry, order & stock supplies.
  • Utilize standard procedures for the maintenance of positive patient identification.
  • Centrifuged blood samples, depending on if this is allowed in the state you are working in.

Outpatient Phlebotomist Demographics

Gender

Female

72.1%

Unknown

17.1%

Male

10.8%
Ethnicity

White

63.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Black or African American

10.6%

Asian

8.0%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

Portuguese

33.3%

Outpatient Phlebotomist Education

Schools

Saint Petersburg College

7.7%

Fresno City College

7.7%

Kaplan University

7.7%

Temple University

7.7%

Baltimore City Community College

7.7%

Beal College

7.7%

Greenville Technical College

3.8%

Wor-Wic Community College

3.8%

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

3.8%

Brown University

3.8%

Harvard University

3.8%

Purdue University

3.8%

Delta School of Business and Technology

3.8%

American Health Institute

3.8%

College of Western Idaho

3.8%

University of the Sacred Heart

3.8%

Roxbury Community College

3.8%

Manor College

3.8%

National Park College

3.8%

Excelsior College

3.8%
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Majors

Medical Assisting Services

24.3%

Nursing

10.8%

Business

8.1%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

6.8%

Nursing Assistants

5.4%

Physiology And Anatomy

5.4%

Health Care Administration

5.4%

Medical Technician

4.1%

Health Sciences And Services

4.1%

Clinical Psychology

4.1%

General Studies

4.1%

Social Work

4.1%

Management

2.7%

Psychology

2.7%

Alternative And Complementary Medicine And Medical Systems

1.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.4%

Political Science

1.4%

Educational Technology

1.4%

Medicine

1.4%

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

41.6%

Bachelors

19.1%

Associate

16.9%

Certificate

12.4%

Masters

6.7%

Diploma

2.2%

License

1.1%
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