Phlebotomy technicians, or phlebotomists, are medical technicians trained to draw blood accurately and correctly. The job involves both patient laboratory work and clinical care.
Phlebotomy technicians work in hospitals, physician offices, group practices, independent laboratories, health maintenance organizations and public facilities.
Duties of a phlebotomy technician may include:
A phlebotomist may also interview and screen donors at a blood bank.
The phlebotomist is a vital member of the clinical laboratory team, whose main function is to obtain patient’s blood specimens by venipuncture and micro collection.
They usually work under the supervision of medical technologists or laboratory managers.
Phlebotomists are employed throughout the health care system – hospitals, neighborhood health centers, medical group practices, HMOs, public health facilities, veterans’ hospitals, insurance carriers and in other health care settings.
The field of phlebotomy has greatly expanded in the past several years, and the role of this integral member of the health care team has recently been brought into much sharper focus.
Our classes provide you with skills and knowledge in both the technical and procedural aspects of basic phlebotomy, including collection of blood specimens and venipuncture.
In addition, the clinical phase allows you to gain hands-on experience in local facilities.
Students who successfully complete Phlebotomy Essentials and the Phlebotomy Clinical are eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certification, demonstrating their ability to carry out their responsibilities in this critical profession.
Richland College Allied Health Certificate Programs provide students with quality, affordable, and accessible healthcare education and training to produce job-ready individuals who fulfill the needs of healthcare employers and the community.
Looking to earn more? A career as a phlebotomy technician can start you on the path to a great career in health care.