Phlebotomist

Career Name:

Phlebotomist

Education/Training:

  • To become a phlebotomist, one must first enroll into a phlebotomy program at a college or technical school.

  • These programs usually take less than an year to complete.

  • The program teaches students how to draw blood and how to communicate with patients.

  • The program including courses in subjects like lab safety and equipment disposal.

  • Phlebotomy students balance the program with hands on training at a hospital or clinic. The repeated successful completion of disease tests and skin punctures demonstrate their proficiency.

  • Phlebotomists can enter the program with a high school diploma.

  • Many phlebotomists become certified professionals after completing their education. Licensed phlebotomists tend to get paid more.

  • The certifications are available from the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, American Medical Technologists (AMT) or the American Association of Medical Personnel. In order to obtain the certification, candidates must meet certain requirements.

  • Some states in the United States require phlebotomists to be licensed to work.

  • It generally takes about an year of post high school education to become a phlebotomist.

Responsibilities and Daily Activities:

  • Phlebotomists are medical professionals who draw blood from patients for lab tests and procedures.

  • Nurses often perform phlebotomies but hospitals and medical offices often hire additional stadff just for phlebotomies.

  • They often talk with patients to help them relax and feel less nervous about having their blood drawn.

  • They also label the drawn blood for testing and enter patient info into a database.

  • Phlebotomists usually work full time and may occasionally have to work overtime.

Salary Range:

  • In the United States, the annual wage for phlebotomists is around $32,770.

  • In California, the annual wage for phlebotomists is around $38,960

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