Phlebotomy Technician

Certificate, 16 Credits

AVAILABLE IN: Austin, D2L brightspace/Web Enhanced
COURSE PLAN: 1 Semester

A Phlebotomy Technician (Phlebotomist) is an integral member of the medical laboratory team whose primary function is the collection of blood samples from patients by venipuncture or microtechniques. The Phlebotomy Technician facilitates the collection and transportation of laboratory specimens, and is often the patient’s only contact with the medical laboratory. The need to assure quality and patient safety mandates strict professional behavior and standards of practice for Phlebotomists.

The primary function of a Phlebotomy Technician is to obtain patient blood specimens by venipuncture or microtechniques. The Phlebotomy Technician aids in the collection and transportation of other laboratory specimens, and may be involved with patient data entry. A Phlebotomy Technician also draws blood for transfusions, donations and research.

Phlebotomy Technicians must like challenge and responsibility. They must be accurate, work well under pressure and communicate effectively. They must be able to deal with patients and be able to calm patients. Safety is key and all safety precautions must be taken to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases. Duties differ by doctor office, hospital and laboratory but may include:

  • Drawing blood from patients or donors in hospitals, blood banks, clinics, doctor offices, laboratories or similar facility for medical purposes
  • Assembles equipment (such as needles, blood collection devices, gauze, tourniquet, cotton, and alcohol)
  • Verifies or records identity of patient or donor
  • Converses with patients to allay fear of procedure
  • Applies tourniquet to arm, locates vein, swabs area with disinfectant, and inserts needle into vein to draw blood into collection tube (may also prick finger instead of inserting needle).
  • Labels and stores blood container for processing
  • May conduct interview, take vital signs and test blood samples to screen donors at a blood bank
  • Be able to analyze information and make appropriate recommendations

Phlebotomy Technician Program Mission Statement

Riverland Community College’'s Phlebotomy Technician Program prepares competent ethical entry-level phlebotomy technicians to provide safe, quality, compassionate care in the clinical and laboratory settings.

Employment Outlook

Phlebotomy Technicians are in high-demand. Vacancies have increased significantly as many places need to hire three shifts of technicians.

Job Outlook

Employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 25 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and other locations will need phlebotomists to perform bloodwork.

Blood analysis remains an essential function in medical laboratories and hospitals. Demand for phlebotomists will remain high as doctors and other healthcare professionals require bloodwork for analysis and diagnosis.

The number of individuals who have access to health insurance is expected to continue to increase because of federal health insurance reform. There will be greater demand for blood tests and other bloodwork-related services, increasing the need for phlebotomists.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Additional Information

Applying to the Phlebotomy Program

A student must first apply and be accepted to Riverland Community College. There is a separate application to apply to the college and a separate application for the Phlebotomy program.  Phlebotomy applicants are admitted annually for a Fall semester start. 

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