A phlebotomist has a vital role in the healthcare system. Phlebotomists may work in free-standing laboratories, hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, home care areas and blood donation centers. Additionally, phlebotomists may be cross-trained as patient care technicians. The starting yearly pay range for a phlebotomist is $23,000 to $27,000.
A phlebotomy technician performs dermal and venipuncture techniques to collect blood specimens necessary in the diagnosis and treatment of a client. In addition to blood collection skills, successful specimen collection requires a phlebotomist to demonstrate competence, professionalism, and good communication and public relations skills. Moreover, the phlebotomist may perform point-of-care testing, obtain non-blood specimens for analysis, process and transport specimens, and maintain safety and quality control procedures. The aforementioned procedures, as well as anatomy and physiology, communication, legal, ethical and professional concepts related to the role of the phlebotomist will be studied in this program.
The phlebotomy certificate program consists of two classes. Students must be 18 years of age to participate in either class. HLTSC 156, Phlebotomy Basics, is a six-credit hour course that includes the theory of phlebotomy as well as laboratory skills experience in the classroom. HLTSC 157, Phlebotomy II, is a three-credit hour course and includes a 120 hour clinical externship at a CMS-approved and accredited laboratory facility, and preparation to take the American College for Clinical Pathology national phlebotomy certification exam.