Phlebotomist

A Phlebotomist draws blood specimens from a patient

Career information

Phlebotomists, also called phlebotomy technicians, are specialized clinical laboratory technicians who collect blood samples for use in diagnostic testing, blood transfusions and medical study. Phlebotomists work in hospitals, clinics, doctor's office laboratories, blood banks and health centers. Phlebotomists may also train and supervise other phlebotomy technicians and organize continuing education programs.

Certification

Certification is required for phlebotomists in some states. Certifying bodies include the National Phlebotomy Association and the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians. Guidelines for certification vary by organization but may call for a specified amount of work experience and membership in one of the certifying organizations. Certified phlebotomists are required to renew their certification, usually annually. Continuing education is a requirement for maintaining certification.

Education

Most phlebotomists receive a combination of classroom training and on-the-job experience. Although a college degree is not required, many phlebotomists obtain an associate's degree. A bachelor's degree in medical technology is also an option for aspiring phlebotomists.

Why should you look into this career?

This career not only is interesting but phlebotology gives you the oppurtunity to learn and explore different careers as you continue your studies.