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Laboratory Services

Phlebotomist

Career data updated last on 9/10/2014
Phlebotomist The primary function of a phlebotomy technician is to obtain patient blood specimens by venipuncture or microtechniques. They aid in the collection and transportation of other laboratory specimens, and may be involved with patient data entry. Phlebotomists are specially trained to draw blood samples needed for medical tests, transfusions, research, blood donations and to keep careful records of the blood tests. The phlebotomist helps hospitals and other health care facilities to ensure that blood samples are taken with safety, accuracy and efficiency and with the least discomfort to the patient. Phlebotomy technicians must like challenge and responsibility. They must be accurate, work well under pressure and communicate effectively. They also must be able to deal with anxiety patients feel dealing with needle procedures. Safety is key and all safety precautions must be taken to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases. Duties differ by doctor office, hospital and laboratory
Salary $17.36 hourly- $36,320 annually
Significant Points Phlebotomy technicians are in high-demand. Vacancies have increased significantly as many places need to hire three shifts of technicians.
Specializations
Work Environment Phlebotomists are employed at hospital laboratories, clinics, large medical offices and private commercial laboratories. Strict precautions to protect against diseases are carefully followed in the practice of phlebotomy. Phlebotomy technicians deal with the public on a daily basis and must be neat and well groomed. Their working conditions are in well-lighted and very clean environments.
High School Prep A high school diploma or equivalent is required to enter training as a phlebotomist.
Academic Requirements Some states require phlebotomy technicians to be certified or have a state licensure. Check state requirements. Training as a phlebotomist takes from a few weeks to several months, depending on the program, and some hospitals offer on-the-job training. Training covers venipuncture skills, communication skills, recordkeeping and the safe care of samples. The phlebotomist may then become certified by passing a national certification examination; there are several national organizations offering certification such as the American Sociey of Phlebotomy Technicians and American Medical Technologists.

Schools/Organizations

Arapahoe Community College
Certificate Degree Certificate
Front Range Community College Larimer Campus
Certificate Degree Certificate
Phlebotomy Learning Center of Denver
Certificate Degree Certificate
Pima Medical Institute-Denver Campus
Certificate Degree Certificate
Red Rocks Community College
Certificate Degree Certificate

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