The most basic definition of phlebotomy is the collection of blood from patients, but phlebotomy is much more than that. Correct specimen collection is essential to good diagnoses and treatment. Without a phlebotomist to ensure proper collection, test results can be altered and the clues doctors need to treat patients can be missed. Hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers and other locations will need phlebotomists to perform bloodwork.
A phlebotomist serves patients by identifying the best method for retrieving specimens, preparing specimens for laboratory testing and performing screening procedures.
Potential Earnings: $10-16 hourly
Market Growth Rate: faster on average than other occupations (25 %)
Central Texas College offers the most comprehensive and in-depth phlebotomy training in the area. The program consists of a 10-week lecture course and a six-week clinical internship. We set up all clinical rotations for our students. Program graduates enter the workforce having completed 120 hours of clinical internship with an average of 300-plus successful specimen collections. Completion of the program qualifies students to take the ASCP PBT Board of Certification test for national certification.