What is a phlebotomist?
Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations. Phlebotomists work mainly in hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and physician offices.
The median annual wage for phlebotomists was $33,670 in May 2017. Employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 25 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Phlebotomists, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/phlebotomists.htm (visited May 02, 2018).
Dixie State University offers a one-semester phlebotomy course. Participants must have excellent interpersonal skills and a strong interest in the healthcare field. Students are required to practice venipuncture procedures on each other as part of the laboratory experience. A more detailed course description can be found here.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate appropriate and effective communication with patients, exercising calm and reasoned judgement during the performance of phlebotomy procedures.
- Follow standard operating procedures to collect high quality specimens via venipuncture and capillary (dermal) puncture.
- Competently perform venous and capillary puncture procedures using a variety of methods and equipment including but not limited to evacuated tube systems, safety syringes and transfer devices, safety needles and winged infusion sets, and lancets, obtaining blood samples suitable for analysis in the medical laboratory.
- Troubleshoot factors that affect phlebotomy procedures and take appropriate actions within predetermined limits when corrections are warranted.
- Comply with all regulations governing patient and employee safety, including standard precautions.
- Project an image of professionalism in appearance, dress, and confidence.
- Demonstrate basic knowledge of healthcare delivery systems to communicate and collaborate as an effective member of interdisciplinary healthcare teams providing exemplary patient care.
- Apply knowledge, skills, and values learned from course work to new situations including assisting in the collection and transportation of specimens other than blood, and technical and clerical functions.
Students taking this course are required to meet certain health and safety standards. Documentation of the following information must be available for online upload once registered for the course.
- Hepatitis B: 3 vaccinations and a positive antibody titer demonstrated by a lab report.
- Influenza (seasonal flu): a flu vaccine administered during the current flu season or a declination waiver signed by healthcare provider.
- Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR): 2 vaccinations or a positive antibody titer demonstrated by a lab report.
- Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap): a Tdap vaccination, administered within the past 10 years.
- Varicella: 2 vaccinations or a positive antibody titer demonstrated by a lab report.
- Drug screen
- Background check
- Tuberculosis (TB) testing: Any one of the following TB tests performed within the past 12 months is acceptable: a) a 2-step TB skin test, b) a Quantiferon Gold blood test (lab report required), or c) T-Spot blood test (lab report required).
- CPR/AED Certification: BLS with AED only; Health Care Provider Level. Dixie State University offers classes at the Hurricane Education Center; contact the EMS Program to register at 435-879-4951.