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.