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.
Fees and Other Costs
- The course fee is $60.00 (laboratory fee + certificate fee).
- The cost for the background check, drug screen and the compliance tracking account is $134.00.
- The estimated total cost for immunizations and/or blood testing ranges from $100.00-$300.00 (depending on health insurance coverage); typically, lowest costs can be found at any health department or at DSU Health & Counseling Center.
Students taking this course are required to meet certain health and safety standards. The following requirements are mandatory and must be completed by deadlines given upon course registration.
Screenings and certifications
- Drug screen (instructions sent upon course registration)
- Background check (instructions sent upon course registration)
- CPR/AED certification: American Heart Association or American Red Cross BLS/Healthcare Provider CPR certification
- Hepatitis B: Proof of 3 vaccinations and a positive antibody titer (showing immunity/reactivity) demonstrated by a lab report
- MMR (measles, mumps, rubella): Proof of 2 vaccinations or a positive antibody titer (showing immunity) demonstrated by a lab report
- TDaP: Proof of 1 vaccination administered within the past 10 years
- Varicella (chicken pox): Proof of 2 vaccinations or a positive antibody titer (showing immunity) demonstrated by a lab report
- Tuberculosis (TB): Either of the following TB tests performed within the past 12 months is acceptable:
- Blood test (QuantiFERON Gold or T-SPOT.TB) with negative result
- Proof of two separate TB skin tests (administered at least 7 days apart and within 1-3 weeks of each other), both with negative result