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Phlebotomy Technician Noncredit Certificate Program

 
A Phlebotomy technician drawing blood from a patient.
​​The word “phlebotomy” derives from the Greek words “phlebo” (vein) and “tom” (to cut). The term phlebotomy is used for the withdrawal and collection of blood from a vein, artery or capillary bed into collection tubes for lab analysis or blood transfusion. 

What does a phlebotomy technician do?

Phlebotomy technicians, or phlebotomists, are medical technicians trained to draw blood accurately and correctly. The job involves both patient laboratory work and clinical care. 

Why is this a fast-growing occupation? 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ job growth summary, occupations related to healthcare are projected to add the most new jobs to the economy through 2022. This growth is largely due to more insured people in the U.S. stemming from healthcare reform and the medical needs of a larger older population. 
 
Collecting blood — whether for blood banking, transfusion or diagnostic testing — is one of the cornerstones of modern medicine, so job growth in all health occupations means an increase in phlebotomy.

For those interested in a health field with solid job demand, phlebotomy training is shorter than for most other medical careers and program graduates are finding jobs quickly. Phlebotomist is among U.S. News and World Report’s Money Careers’ top 10 “best health care jobs” and number 16 of its top 100 jobs overall. 

Where do phlebotomists find jobs?

About half of all medical technicians work in hospitals. Others work in:
 
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Diagnostic laboratories
  • Private clinics
  • Community health clinics
  • Mobile health clinics
  • Nursing homes
  • Public health agencies
  • Blood banks

What are typical job responsibilities?

The job of a phlebotomist is to draw blood as painlessly as possible while making the patient feel comfortable during the procedure. A phlebotomy technician’s job combines both medical laboratory work and direct interaction with patients.
 
Phlebotomists:
 
  • Draw blood from patients
  • Take vital signs
  • Prepare blood specimens for lab analysis
  • Test and analyze blood samples
  • Make sure all environments and instruments are sterile
  • Ensure proper storage and transport of samples
  • Enter patient or treatment data
  • Maintain equipment

What skills and abilities are required?

Anyone who chooses this field has to be comfortable with blood, needles and test tubes. Being able to communicate well and reassure nervous patients are also important interpersonal skills. 
 
The collection and analysis of blood samples is a sensitive process given risks posed by infectious diseases. Blood must always be handled correctly to preserve its integrity and to minimize risk. 
 
Good phlebotomists:
 
  • Must be extremely accurate and careful 
  • Observe strict safety protocols 
  • Help patients remain calm and comfortable
  • Are dedicated to keeping up with technological advances
  • Can think critically to determine whether processes comply with regulations 
  • Communicate effectively with patients and physicians

What are average salaries and job growth?

America’s Career Infonet lists these related jobs with median salaries and projected job growth in Texas: 
 
​​Job Median​ Hourly Rate  Median​ Annual Salary Projected Job Growth Through 2020​
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians​ ​$16.70 ​$34,700 ​+21%
Health Technicians ​$19.46 ​$40,500 ​​+29%
 
Indeed.com lists certified phlebotomists in Texas as earning annual salaries of $27,000 to $39,000.
Employers value credentials, and a salary survey by the American Association for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) shows that certified phlebotomists earn about 10 percent more than those without certification. 

Certification 

Phlebotomy Technician certification is available from several professional organizations and usually requires a high school diploma or equivalent plus a phlebotomy training course. Certification maintenance requires a minimum number of continuing education and practice hours.
 
 Certifying organizations include:
 
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology 
  • National Phlebotomy Association
  • American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians 
  • American Phlebotomy Association

Phlebotomy Technician Programs at Colleges of DCCCD

Phlebotomy Technician programs are offered through the Continuing Education Divisions of the following colleges of DCCCD. Note that program content, length and cost vary; please check with the college of your choice to ensure the right fit for your goals.
 
​Brookhaven College Continuing Education ​972-860-4775
​Cedar Valley Continuing Education ​972-860-8295
​Eastfield College Continuing Education ​972-860-7114
​El Centro College Continuing Education ​214-860-2262
​Mountain View College Continuing Education ​214-860-8835
​Richland College Continuing Education ​972-238-6146
 

HCRC: Your Online Resource to Choosing a Health Career

Interested in a health career but not sure which one to choose? The DCCCD Health Careers Resource Center (HCRC) serves as an information clearinghouse to take you from advisement through enrollment — with job placement services after you complete your program.