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Phlebotomy Certification


Phlebotomy Certification

Laboratory scientists, technologists and technicians require blood specimens that have been obtained promptly, efficiently and safely by qualified phlebotomists. The phlebotomist is always an integral member of the health care team.

The certified Phlebotomy professional must be well trained in all aspects of specimen collection and transport. The phlebotomist must always maintain high standards of professionalism while interacting with patients and their families.

The Certified Phlebotomist work environment is most often the medical or doctors office, hospital and some times the laboratory. Certified Phlebotomy technicians work day/week will be the standard 8 hr day or forty hr week.

Phlebotomy Program Essential Functions

All students must be able to perform the essential functions of the curriculum. In addition to the general admission criteria required by the college, phlebotomy students must be able to:

  • Use digital fine motor skills with both hands continually throughout the day.

  • See clearly enough to read hand-written and computer-generated communications.

  • Work standing on their feet for the majority of the day.

  • Walk to and from patient service areas of the hospital for the majority of the day.

  • Help patients in and out of phlebotomy chairs and tables.

  • Write and speak to patients and staff effectively.

  • Interact appropriately with patients, physicians, peers and supervisor.

  • Use good judgment to seek assistance when needed.

  • Lift a minimum of 25 pounds unassisted.

  • Apply safety and infection control standards learned in the program to maintain a safe and clean environment for patients and self.

Prerequisites for Phlebotomy Certification

Prerequisites include some of the following experience: Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant, EMT, LPN, RN, Medical Technician and Medical Students.

Basic phlebotomist duties can include the following: Needle/Syringe draws, Vacutainers, Finger sticks, Pediatrics care, Heel sticks, Blood smears and Butterfly needles.

The Phlebotomy Certification candidate will participate in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of complex medical conditions. The phlebotomist will be responsible for performing chemical, microscopic and bacteriological tests on blood and tissue.

The Phlebotomy Certification candidate will be responsible for evaluating critical test results. Senior phlebotomist will assist in developing monitoring programs to help ensure the accuracy of tests they perform.

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