Phlebotomy Technician

Phlebotomy Training

Learn the technical aspects of patient blood draws.

 PhlebotomyPhlebotomists collect blood from patients for analysis in laboratories. The results of this analysis help inform diagnoses. As phlebotomists have to collect blood without hurting the patient or disrupting their medical care, they have to be very careful and follow correct procedure thoroughly. By following procedure, they also ensure that the blood is taken correctly. This prevents specimens being damaged during collection, which could make test results either unobtainable or worthless. After taking the blood, these healthcare scientists are also responsible for transporting the specimen to the right lab, as and when needed.

What Does A Phlebotomist Do?

Phlebotomists, or phlebotomy technicians, usually take blood from patients by performing venipuncture. This involves puncturing the individual’s vein with a needle in order to draw the blood. The blood is usually drawn from the vein using an evacuated or vacuum tube system attached to the needle. To collect a minute quantity of blood, fingersticks may be used instead of venipuncture. A fingerstick is a small superficial wound ideal for providing just a few drops of blood. The phlebotomist will open the wound and wait for a droplet of blood to form. A capillary tube will then suck up the blood. Although blood is normally collected through a vein or superficial wound, specially trained phlebotomy technicians sometimes take samples from wrist arteries. Such specimens are used for arterial blood gas tests.

How Much Do Phlebotomists Earn?


It has been suggested that the average annual salary for a phlebotomist is around $42,000. Some reports state that the lowest paid 10% make less than $25,000 on average and the highest 10% earn more than $50,000. Factors that influence how much a phlebotomy technician earns include type of employer, level of experience, location and quality of education. For example, phlebotomists who trained at highly renowned schools, including certain accredited online schools, are perhaps more likely to earn larger salaries than their peers. Phlebotomists are currently in high demand, with many employers in the medical field having to hire three shifts of technicians. Therefore the average salary for these professionals may well increase in the near future.

What Education Does a Phlebotomist Need?

Phlebotomists in the United States obtain certification by sitting an examination from the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT), the second oldest certifying agency for phlebotomy. To be eligible for the certificate, candidates must have worked one year as a part-time phlebotomist or six months as a full-time one. Alternatively, they can provide a letter from a health care supervisor vouching for them. In any event, the candidate must have a minimum of 100 documented successful venipuncture’s and 5 documented skin punctures. They must also have a current ASPT membership.

Additionally, individuals who qualify for the certificate will have successfully completed an accredited phlebotomy training program. The types of course the ASPT approves include online programs. Therefore there are many accredited online schools now offering phlebotomy courses. To be eligible for approval, programs should cover:

  • Legal issues
  • OSHA considerations
  • Specimen rejections
  • Dealing with difficult blood draws
  • Order of draw
  • Being professional
  • Problem solving
  • Communication skills

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