Program Type

Certified Training

Delivery Method

On Campus and Online Classes

Course Length

Approximately 5 Weeks

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What is a Phlebotomy Tech?

Phlebotomists are at the front lines of diagnosing, managing, and tracking the health concerns of individuals of all ages. Responsible for accurately collecting and handling blood samples, they are trained in lab techniques, safety, and practices, as well as appropriate techniques for drawing blood. They are essential personnel in any healthcare setting where the drawing of blood is a necessary practice.

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Program Objective

Imagine preparing to advance your career from anywhere in the Valley. Our phlebotomist tech hybrid course makes it possible. With just a computer and a reliable Internet connection, you can complete part of this course online, from anywhere. Expect to learn the basic competences necessary to become a phlebotomy tech so you have the opportunity to seek employment in hospitals, outpatient clinics, doctors’ offices, community clinics, and outpatient labs.

a female phlebotomist wearing scrubs and gloves preparing to draw blood from another female who is the patient

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

a female phlebotomist wearing scrubs and gloves preparing to draw blood from another female who is the patient

In this program, you will learn everything you need to know to undertake an entry-level phlebotomist position. These skills include learning how to read and understand lab test orders in different medical settings, learning basic tubes, and chemical compositions, as well as learning to select, assemble, and use applicable equipment. You will learn the importance of safety, learn how to identify the most common errors, properly identify patients, confirm requests, and adjust positioning safely. You will also learn the appropriate techniques to perform venipunctures, including barriers and implications in site selection.

a female phlebotomist wearing scrubs and gloves preparing to draw blood from another female who is the patient

After graduation, all you have to do is begin applying to the phlebotomist jobs you desire! If you want to become even more employable, you can also pursue certification. While not required in Texas, this step can make it even easier to start your career. Choose 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)

a female phlebotomist wearing scrubs and gloves preparing to draw blood from another female who is the patient

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.

The cost of phlebotomy classes in Texas depends upon the course you take and the certification you pursue. However, expect to pay between $800 and $3,000 for your training. When you choose Careers Unlimited, you access flexible financing, scholarships and more that can make your course more affordable.

Usually, phlebotomy courses in Texas take between 8 weeks and a year to complete. However, through Careers Unlimited, you can complete the same training in about 5 weeks!

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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.

  • Similar Occupations

    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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