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If you enjoy helping people, have strong communication skills, and are interested in working in healthcare, you’re smart to consider a career as a phlebotomy technician.

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A Phlebotomist Technition

As a phlebotomist technician (as it’s sometimes called) you can expect to perform the following tasks in four steps when working with a patient:

Step 1: Before approaching the patient, you’ll sanitize, assemble and organize your tools on a work tray. These tools will include blood collection devices, needles, disinfectant, bandages and gauze. You’ll want to make sure everything is in order before you approach the patient.

Step 2: After greeting the patient, you’ll verify his or her identity and medical records. You’ll want to communicate warmly and confidently with the patient in order to build confidence and trust.

Step 3: Next, you’ll locate the patient’s vein, wipe his or her skin with disinfectant, and draw blood into a tube or bag.

Step 4: After you’ve drawn the blood, you’ll treat the puncture according to protocol and make records of the sample you’ve collected.



is the practice of drawing blood from patients and taking the blood specimens to the laboratory to prepare for testing.

As a phlebotomy technician you are an important member of the clinical laboratory team. New diagnostic techniques, clinical laboratory technology and automated instruments have greatly increased the volume of – and demand for – medical laboratory testing.

In just three months you can earn your Phlebotomy Technician certificate and be working in the medical field as a phlebotomist. Phlebotomy is often an excellent stepping-stone to other careers in health care such as medical assisting.

You will gain a lot of experience in your three months at school. During your courses, you will be shown how to draw blood, known as a “stick.” You will practice your sticking skills in the classroom on faculty, staff and fellow students so you are prepared and confident before you begin your externship.

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Phlebotomy Technician certificate program provides training in obtaining blood specimens by venipuncture and micro-collection techniques. Phlebotomy technician classes also teach you to collect and process other clinical specimens. As a graduate, you can work in hospitals, physician offices or in independent labs.

All nurses and nurse aides must take phlebotomy training as part of their education, but many hospitals, health diagnostic testing labs and doctor’s offices hire phlebotomists. These health professionals have one main job: to draw blood, prepare it, store it and transport it for testing. They must be able to read and understand the doctor’s notes to know how many vials of blood to draw and in what type of vial. They must understand insurance requirements so they know which lab they must send the vials to for testing. In a hospital setting, phlebotomists also can help with blood transfusions.

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