Laboratory scientists, technologists and technicians require blood specimens
that have been obtained promptly, efficiently and safely by qualified
phlebotomists. The phlebotomist is always an integral member of the health care team.
The certified Phlebotomy professional must be well trained in all aspects of specimen collection and
transport. The phlebotomist must always maintain high standards of
professionalism while interacting with patients and their families.
The Certified Phlebotomist work environment is most often the medical or
doctors office, hospital and some times the laboratory. Certified Phlebotomy
technicians work day/week will be the standard 8 hr day or forty hr week.
Phlebotomy Program Essential Functions
All students must be able to perform the essential functions of
the curriculum. In addition to the general admission criteria required by the
college, phlebotomy students must be able to:
Use digital fine motor skills with both hands
continually throughout the day.
See clearly enough to read hand-written and
Work standing on their feet for the majority of
Walk to and from patient service areas of the
hospital for the majority of the day.
Help patients in and out of phlebotomy chairs
Write and speak to patients and staff
Interact appropriately with patients,
physicians, peers and supervisor.
Use good judgment to seek assistance when
Lift a minimum of 25 pounds unassisted.
Apply safety and infection control standards
learned in the program to maintain a safe and clean environment for patients
Prerequisites for Phlebotomy Certification
Prerequisites include some of the following experience: Nursing
Assistant, Medical Assistant, EMT, LPN, RN, Medical Technician and Medical
Basic phlebotomist duties can include the following: Needle/Syringe
draws, Vacutainers, Finger sticks, Pediatrics care, Heel sticks, Blood
smears and Butterfly needles.
The Phlebotomy Certification candidate will participate in the detection,
diagnosis and treatment of complex medical conditions. The phlebotomist will
be responsible for performing chemical, microscopic and bacteriological
tests on blood and tissue.
The Phlebotomy Certification candidate will be responsible for evaluating
critical test results. Senior phlebotomist will assist in developing
monitoring programs to help ensure the accuracy of tests they perform.