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- Collects blood samples from patients in hospitals, blood banks, clinics, or doctors’ offices by venipuncture or microtechniques.
- Labels and stores blood containers for processing.
- Required to have a high school diploma or GED with acceptable training; most are trained directly by the facility for which they work. May be required to be certified or licensed by some states.
- Supervised by a manager in the area, often someone who is associated with the laboratory.
- Interacts with patients who need to have blood drawn, often when the patient first arrives at the hospital or doctor’s office.
Who is a Phlebotomist?
What does a Phlebotomist do?
What education, training, and experience must one have to function as a Phlebotomist?
How and by whom is a Phlebotomist supervised?
What are the typical day-to-day activities of a Phlebotomist?
Must a Phlebotomist be licensed or certified to function in his or her role as part of the health care team?
What types of patients would benefit from the care of a Phlebotomist?
How and when does a Phlebotomist become involved in the care of a particular patient?
Additional information about the Phlebotomy profession can be found in the Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians section of the Occupational Outlook Handbook provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The American Medical Technologists offers continuing education and certification for Phlebotomists.
Kathy Cilia, American Medical Technologists