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Become A Phlebotomy Program Coordinator

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Working As A Phlebotomy Program Coordinator

  • 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

  • $49,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Phlebotomy Program Coordinator 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 Phlebotomy Program Coordinator

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 A Phlebotomy Program Coordinator

  1. Laboratory Services
  2. Drawing Blood
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed relationships with physician offices increasing awareness of services provided.Coordinator for laboratory services for home bound geriatric and special needs patients.
  • Established a strong working relationship with both internal and external customers by delivering excellent customer service.
  • Applied knowledge of regulations applicable to patient care and other department functions to achieve quality improvement and patient satisfaction
  • Ordered supplies and performed STAT labs using the I-STAT machine.
  • Assured area is in compliance with CAP, JCAHO and OSHA regulations.

Phlebotomy Program Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Female

70.6%

Unknown

15.6%

Male

13.8%
Ethnicity

White

62.2%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

13.7%

Asian

4.4%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Chickasaw

50.0%

Spanish

50.0%

Phlebotomy Program Coordinator Education

Schools

North Carolina Central University

7.9%

University of Phoenix

7.9%

East Los Angeles College

5.3%

California Coast University

5.3%

Everest College - Springfield

5.3%

Northern Essex Community College

5.3%

Jones International University

5.3%

Colorado State University - Pueblo

5.3%

Everest Institute

5.3%

California State University - East Bay

5.3%

Concordia University Wisconsin

5.3%

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

5.3%

Medical Institute

5.3%

Walden University

5.3%

Midlands Technical College

5.3%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

5.3%

Brown University

2.6%

Baker University

2.6%

Texas Southern University

2.6%

National Institute of Technology

2.6%
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Majors

Medical Assisting Services

21.5%

Business

15.0%

Health Care Administration

9.3%

Nursing

8.4%

Medical Technician

6.5%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

5.6%

Nursing Assistants

4.7%

Management

3.7%

General Studies

3.7%

Biology

2.8%

Accounting

2.8%

Computer Information Systems

1.9%

Theology

1.9%

Pharmacy

1.9%

Educational Leadership

1.9%

Elementary Education

1.9%

Rehabilitation Science

1.9%

Sociology

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Occupational Safety And Health

0.9%
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Degrees

Other

32.2%

Bachelors

24.8%

Associate

17.4%

Certificate

11.6%

Masters

9.1%

Diploma

4.1%

Doctorate

0.8%
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