Phlebotomists, or phlebotomy technicians, are health care professionals who collect blood samples from patients for tests, transfusions, or research and prepare it for lab testing. In addition to blood analysis, phlebotomists handle blood collection at donation centers and mobile blood centers.
Blood analysis is an essential function, and opportunities for certified phlebotomy technicians can be found in a variety of environments including hospitals, private clinics, pathology labs, nursing homes, and research labs. The field is expanding quickly and demand for phlebotomists is expected to remain strong. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 22.2 percent through 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Phlebotomy can also be an important stepping stone for those interested in developing their medical career. It’s not uncommon for phlebotomists to work part-time and continue their education and training, going on to become nurses, radiologists, or surgical or cardiovascular technologists.
Because they interact with patients – many of whom may be nervous about having their blood drawn – successful phlebotomists must have good people skills. They should also be detail-oriented and dedicated to keeping their workspaces clean and sanitized in order to avoid contamination.
Although not all states require certification, most employers look to hire phlebotomists who have earned professional certification from an accredited college, university, technical school, or vocational school. Dorson Vocational Training Institute offers a Certified Phlebotomy Technician online course that provides students with a working knowledge of collecting blood. The emphasis is on patient safety, quality assurance, and teaching universal and standard precautions. Students who complete the course will be eligible to sit for the National Health Association’s (NHA) Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) certification exam.
Dorson Vocational Training Institute is fully licensed by the State of New Jersey and our courses are NHA certified. Affordable tuition payment plans and access to financial aid are available. To learn more about our Certified Phlebotomy Technician program or other healthcare classes and training programs, call us at 973-676-6300 or fill out our online form.