Career Profile: Phlebotomist

Phlebotomist are an important member of a patient-centered team consisting of physician, nurses, and other health professional. They can also work in hospitals, doctor’s offices, blood donor facilities, and medical laboratories.

What is Phlebotomy?

Phlebotomy, also commonly referred to as Venipuncture, deals with the collecting and transportation of venous blood samples. Phlebotomists operate in a laboratory setting and in some cases provide the only personal contact that a patient has during the specimen collection process. For this reason, certified phlebotomists must also possess great interpersonal skills in order to explain procedures to patients and ease any fears that they may have. Phlebotomy is an important aspect of the diagnostic process and requires a great deal of skill and ability to work under pressure.

Typically the Phlebotomy Technician works directly with patients by performing the following duties, drawing blood from patients, patient evaluation, performing basic point of care testing, checking blood glucose levels, preparing blood, urine and other bodily fluids for testing, reporting results to doctors and medical offices

The ideal candidate is empathetic, a strong listener and oral communicator, calm under stress, detailed and organized. A certain level of manual dexterity is also important.

Most phlebotomist work full-time days although some work evenings, nights and weekends. The work environment is typically fast-paced, highly professional, and compassionate and team oriented.

How will you feel as a Phlebotomist?

The gratitude and respect you receive from patients will be quite satisfying. Patients will rely upon you to get them through anxious and occasionally very difficult moments, and their appreciation will be heart-felt and obvious. Also, as a respected member of a team, you’ll enjoy celebrating patient success with like-minded professionals that value your contributions. Many of your most precious memories will come from your work as a Phlebotomy Technician.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of jobs for Phlebotomy Technicians is expected to continue to grow by as much as 20% through 2018, due in part to a population that is enjoying a longer life expectancy and new and improved medical testing procedures. The positive outlook for Phlebotomy careers also benefits from a variety of medical settings that employs these specialized technicians.

What is the career path for MAs?

After graduating and earning your diploma in the Phlebotomy program at Cambridge, you’ll be able to take the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam.