A phlebotomist draws blood for laboratory analysis or for blood donations. A person who is working as a phlebotomist could work in a variety of health care settings, including a physician’s office, a blood bank, a hospital, a clinic, an insurance company, or a lab. Depending upon the setting and the employer, a phlebotomist’s job could also include additional duties. In a small clinic or doctor’s office, a phlebotomist may be required to do paperwork, filing, and act as a receptionist or in-take person.
In a large hospital or laboratory setting, a phlebotomist may spend much of his or her day doing lab analysis of blood. Some phlebotomists work for insurance companies and may be sent to draw blood at people’s homes or places of business. The training for phlebotomists varies from state to state, but usually an associate degree or a successful completion of a certification program is required to work in the profession.
Working as a phlebotomist requires being able to work well with patients, doctors, nurses, and other co-workers. Someone who enjoys working with people and putting them at ease could make a good phlebotomist. Because the work does require handling blood samples and important paperwork, an ability to pay attention to detail is a must for a prospective phlebotomist. An interest in anatomy and science is also essential to learning how to do the phlebotomist’s job.
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Southern Technical College provides education and training in a variety of medical and technical areas that enable graduates to obtain entry-level employment. As a student at Southern Technical College, you will have the opportunity learn in several different ways.
- A.S. - Medical Laboratory Technician
- A.S. - Diagnostic Medical Sonography
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Fortis Institute can give you the skills you need to train for a career in the healthcare field.
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- ECG/Phlebotomy/Lab Assistant
Get hands-on training with Brookline College. We offer diploma and degree programs in the areas of health care, business, nursing, criminal justice, paralegal, and computer security. We understand that today's student is busy with many responsibilities, so we offer day, evening, and online classes, giving you options to fit school into your schedule.
- Diploma - Phlebotomy Technician
- Diploma - Patient Care Technician
- Medical Laboratory Assistant
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Arizona College prepares students to work in the 'real world' of medicine. With the use of lecture and laboratory teaching, we provide our students with hands on experience.
- Clinical Medical Assisting w/ Phlebotomy
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- Certificate in Patient Care Technician
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- Bachelor of Science in Health Science - Pre-Physician Assistant
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The pay for phlebotomist work can vary depending upon the employer, but the median base pay for phlebotomists in the United States is just under $30,000. Phlebotomists who work in large metropolitan areas where the work is in high demand can command wages of $30.00 an hour or more, while those in rural areas may make much less. Many phlebotomists work in hospitals and other settings where benefits packages are available. Because of the demands of the job, not everyone is suited for the profession, but working as a phlebotomist can be a rewarding profession.