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Phlebotomy at a Glance

 
image of a phlebotomist assisting a patient
Note: Phlebotomy is a continuing education/non-credit program.

What does a phlebotomist do?

  • Collects blood for donation so the blood can be analyzed in a clinical laboratory
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of medications and determines whether a patient is receiving proper nutrition
  • Properly sanitizes all equipment and ensures proper storage and careful transport of samples
  • Observes strict safety protocols to avoid direct contact with the blood

What is the career outlook?

  • Phlebotomists work in clinical laboratories, hospitals, community health centers, nursing homes, doctors' offices, blood donation centers, and other health care facilities
  • Phlebotomists must be extremely accurate and careful
  • In Texas: median salaries $13.93 per hour or $29,000 annually*
    In Dallas County: median salaries of $14.35 per hour or $29,800 annually*

Statistics are included only as guidelines and will vary with fluctuations in the economy and job market. More specific local hiring and salary information can be obtained at individual college information sessions for a particular health careers program.

Awards and coursework

Brookhaven

Cedar Valley

Eastfield

El Centro

Mountain View

Richland

Continuing Education contact hours

Certified Phlebotomy Technician (ASCP approved)

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190-351

For more information, visit the American Medical Technologists (AMT), the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP), the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT), or the National Phlebotomy Association (NPA) websites.   

Who can help me decide which health science career is best for me?

Contact the Health Careers Resource Center.

*America's Career Infonet 2011 data for Phlebotomist