If you like challenges, enjoy responsibility, and work well under pressure then a career as a phlebotomy technician (phlebotomist) could be for you. A phlebotomy technician is an integral member of the medical laboratory team.
The primary function of phlebotomy technicians is the collection of blood samples from patients by venipuncture or micro-techniques for analysis, donation, transfusions, and research. The phlebotomy technician facilitates the collection and transportation of laboratory specimens, and is often the patient's only contact with the medical laboratory. The need to assure quality and patient safety mandates strict professional behavior and standards of practice. Safety is key and all safety precautions must be taken to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases.
While duties differ by doctor's office, hospital, or laboratory, some of the duties performed by a phlebotomist include:
- Drawing blood from patients or donors in hospitals, blood banks, clinics, doctors' offices, laboratories or similar facilities for medical purposes
- Assembling equipment (such as needles, blood collection devices, gauze, tourniquet, cotton, and alcohol)
- Verifying records that identify a patient and communicating with patients
- Labeling and storing blood containers for processing
- Conducting interviews, taking vital signs and testing blood samples to screen donors at a blood bank
- Being able to analyze information and make appropriate recommendations
This 200 hour program is offered in the spring, summer and fall semesters on the Largo campus in the Center for Health Sciences and includes theory, skills training and 120 hours of clinical practice in a blood drawing facility. Skills training will include using a practice arm and drawing on each other.
- Must have high school diploma or GED
- Must be a healthcare professional or have permission from the program coordinator
- Must take the reading comprehension placement test and
obtain a score of 65 or higher or provide proof of college credits
- Health Assessment form will be given out at the first class of HES-418; completed form showing proof of immunizations for PPD, MMR, and Hepatitis B must be submitted prior to clinical
- Background check and drug screening required before starting clinical
- Complete and submit the Healthcare Program application
- HES-418 Phlebotomy Technician, tuition $1120 OR HES-468 Phlebotomy Technician: Refresher, tuition $450
- HES-344 CPR for Health Professionals, tuition $90
- HES-469 Phlebotomy Technician: Clinical, Part 1, tuition $135
- HES-470 Phlebotomy Technician: Clinical, Part 2, tuition $135
National Phlebotomy Association