Phlebotomy — the process of making an incision in the vein, with a needle — is incredibly important to the health care field. Phlebotomists, or phlebotomy technicians, draw blood from a patient for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, donations, or research.
A career as a phlebotomist presents many opportunities for advancement, as the demand for experienced phlebotomists is expected to grow 27 percent over the next seven years. These key health care professionals ensure the proper labeling, handling and transportations of specimen samples; calm patients who become anxious about the procedure; and maintain a safe work environment by following standard procedures and complying with legal and health regulations.
Interested in a career as a phlebotomy technician? Here are some answers to frequently asked questions:
What are the primary benefits of serving as a phlebotomy technician?
A career as a phlebotomy technician offers many benefits, including:
- A flexible work schedule;
- A low initial investment—training for this career is quick and affordable;
- A strong starting salary: as April 2015, salary.com reported the annual median salary of phlebotomy technicians in Boston was $33,749; with an national median salary of $31,249; and,
- The opportunity to secure a job that will likely offer medical, dental and retirement benefits.
Where does a phlebotomy technician work?
Phlebotomy technicians work for a variety of employers, including:
- Community health centers;
- Blood banks;
- Doctor’s offices; and,
Do I have what it takes to be a phlebotomy technician?
You have all of the traits required for a successful career as a phlebotomy technician, if:
- You are compassionate and caring;
- You are responsible and organized;
- You are motivated and confident;
- You have a good eye and steady hands;
- You have a desire to work in the medical field; and
- You have excellent customer service skills.
What does the Phlebotomy Technician Training Program at RCC entail?
Pre-requirements include a high school diploma or GED Certificate, CORI, Accuplacer and immunization records.
Students are introduced to medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, while focusing on the identification of the three major veins. Students will learn about OSHA regulations, blood-borne pathogens, universal precautions, ethics and law. The program participants will learn test requirements, tube identification, procedures and protocol, lab safety and more.
Our comprehensive program combines an intensive hands-on approach to venipuncture using dummy arms in the lab, with an internship at a local health center or laboratory. The mandatory internship at a neighboring lab facility gives students practical and transferable skills to prepare them for employment. It is also a great opportunity for networking and obtaining recommendations from professionals in the field.
After the successful completion of the programs, students will be prepared to take the national certification exam.
If you have what it takes to become a phlebotomy technician check out our RCC training program at the Department of Corporate and Community Education. The next class begins in Fall 2015.