Program Type

Training Program

Delivery Method

On Campus and Online

Course Length

Approximately 5 Weeks

What is a Phlebotomy Tech?

Phlebotomists are technicians trained in the drawing of blood. They are trained in lab techniques, safety, and practices, as well as appropriate techniques for drawing blood. They can work in a variety of healthcare settings.

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Program Objective

This course is a hybrid course, which means students complete part of the course online. Students must be able to obtain access to a computer and reliable Internet as well as be disciplined to complete assignments by their deadlines. Students learn the basic competencies necessary to become a phlebotomy tech and may gain employment in hospitals, outpatient clinics, doctors’ offices, community clinics, and outpatient labs.

A phlebotomy tech is a medical professional who specializes in the safe and accurate collection of blood samples for processing by a lab.

In addition to using venipuncture best practices to collect blood samples, a phlebotomy tech ensures the safety and comfort of patients and is responsible for correctly handling and processing the samples to the ab once collected. Phlebotomy techs may also be responsible for the collection of non-blood samples.

In this program, students learn to read and understand lab test orders in different medical settings, basic tubes, and chemical compositions, as well as learn to select, assemble, and use applicable equipment. Students learn the importance of safety, identify the most common errors, properly identify patients, confirm requests, and adjust positioning safely. Students learn the appropriate techniques to perform venipunctures, including barriers and implications in site selection.

Obtaining certification as a phlebotomist is not required in Texas, but it can make you more employable. After graduation, you may pursue certification through any of the recognized certification agencies, including the following:

American Certification Agency for Healthcare Professionals (ACA)

American Medical Technologists (AMT)

The National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT/MMCI)

The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)

American Medical Certification Association (AMCA)

National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

In order to enroll, you must Pass a criminal background check. Be at least 17 years of age. Have proof of a GED or high school diploma. Pass the Ability to Benefit Test in lieu of a high school diploma. Pass the employee misconduct registry check (EMR). Pass a drug screening.

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Quick Facts: Phlebotomist Techs and Orderlies.

  • Summary

    Phlebotomy tech is a rapidly-growing field with low entry requirements and a fairly rapid training period. Phlebotomy techs work directly with patients in a wide range of healthcare settings. This role provides an exciting job opportunity for individuals looking to get started in a medical career.

  • Work Environment

    Phlebotomy techs work in a wide variety of healthcare settings, including the following: Hospitals, mobile donation clinics, laboratories, doctor's offices.

  • Pay

    In 2021, the median wage for phlebotomy techs was the following: $37,380 per year $17.97 per hour

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    Jobs similar to that of phlebotomy tech include lab technicians, medical assistants, dental assistants, and others. Vet techs and assistants may have roles similar to phlebotomy techs, but work with animals instead of human patients.

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