Phlebotomy Common Questions

The Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology and Cambridge Institute of Allied Health & Technology offers students interested in the field of phlebotomy the experience and training required for success. The 11-week program prepares students for the National Healthcare Association (NHA) exam and for seeking employment in the field.

What Is a Phlebotomy Technician? What Does a Phlebotomist Do?

A phlebotomy technician is responsible for the collecting of blood specimens for the laboratory to help diagnose health conditions and illnesses. However, a phlebotomy technician is also responsible for prepping lab equipment, gauging a patient’s reaction to the blood draw and collect the fluids correctly. Some technicians will be responsible for properly disposing and shipping blood samples to laboratories outside of their place of employment, ensuring the right samples are received.

What Does Phlebotomy Mean?

The word phlebotomy means the drawing of blood by venipuncture for transfusion, diagnostic testing or experimental procedures.

Is a Phlebotomy Technician Different Than a Phlebotomist?

A phlebotomy technician and a phlebotomist are interchangeable job titles for the same career. They both draw blood from patients, take care of lab equipment, take care of patients while in the lab and ship samples as applicable.

How Long Does It Take to Become a Phlebotomist?

How long is phlebotomy training? After receiving a qualifying high school diploma, students should attend an accredited college such as Cambridge to begin the process. Through Cambridge, our phlebotomy program includes 11 weeks of fast-paced training.

How do you get phlebotomy certification? After receiving certification for the completion of this training, you will need to take and pass the National Healthcare Association (NHA) exam to seek employment. After successful passing, you’ll be licensed as a phlebotomist.

Where Can a Phlebotomist Work?

Phlebotomists work in various locations such as clinical laboratories, hospitals, doctor’s offices and clinics, blood donation centers, nursing homes and other facilities. Anywhere where blood is drawn is the perfect place for a phlebotomy technician.

Is a Phlebotomist a Good Job?

If you want to be at the forefront of patient care and enjoy helping physicians solve the medical puzzle, phlebotomy is a great job for you. Phlebotomy technicians have flexibility in where they work and how they work, something some careers don’t offer. Phlebotomy can also open up new opportunities within the medical field for those interested in growing their career.

How Much Does a Phlebotomist Make?

According to PayScale, phlebotomists make an average hourly salary of $14.41, with a minimum being $10.73 and maximum being $18.76. The average yearly salary ranges from $22,343 to $40,221 depending on location and type of employment.

Is Being a Phlebotomist Hard?

Although the training and education you receive through Cambridge are challenging, we give you the tools and assistance necessary to be successful. The phlebotomy career requires hands-on patient care around bodily fluids and illness. For those who struggle with blood or illness, phlebotomy can prove to be more difficult than another career option.

How Long Does a Phlebotomy Certification Last? Does It Expire?

According to the NHA, certification renewal must occur every two years and costs $169 at this time to renew. To recertify, you’ll need to log into your account online, complete 10 continuing education credits and pay your recertification fee for renewal.

Want to Learn More?

Does phlebotomy sound like a great career for you? Reach out to Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology to learn more and get started today by calling 877-206-4279.