Do you want to work directly with patients? Then a career as a phlebotomy technician (PBT) is a good choice. The laboratory depends on the phlebotomy technician to collect quality samples from the patient to produce quality laboratory results. To do this the phlebotomy technician must create an atmosphere of trust and confidence with patients while drawing blood specimens in a skillful, safe and reliable manner.
Phlebotomy technicians must set high standards for themselves, and the must be deeply committed to quality healthcare delivery. They must like challenge and responsibility, work well under pressure and communicate effectively.
After completion of our phlebotomy program, students are eligible to take a national certification exam.
Employment opportunities for phlebotomists are widespread. The growth is driven by the increased medical needs of an aging population, advanced in-home healthcare services, and expanding employment with contract laboratory organizations.
Learn more about how the phlebotomy program at Lakeland can help you learn the necessary skills to start a new career as a phlebotomy technician.
Contact our program director to learn more!
Phlebotomists collect blood samples by venipuncture and skin puncture. As vital members of the healthcare team, phlebotomists must be able to collect quality samples from patients, assuring quality laboratory results and conforming to current CDC and OSHA guidelines. Phlebotomists must like challenge and responsibility and be able to communicate effectively with patients, laboratory personnel, and other healthcare professionals
You can earn your certificate in phlebotomy from Lakeland in as little as two semesters (including clinicals), with 16 total credit hours. After completion of this program, students are eligible to take a national certification exam.
Students must meet certain requirements to enter Lakeland's Phlebotomy program, including: physical form including immunization documentation, current basic life support (BLS) certification, proof of health insurance, criminal background check and drug screen.
Students of the phlebotomy program will learn about medical terminology, customer service in health care, electronic records, and all the skills necessary to function in a professonal setting as a phlebotomist, including clinical practicum.
Students who earn Lakeland's certificate in phlebotomy will then be eligible to sit for the credentialing exam through ASCP Board of Certification.
The average salary for phlebotomists in the U.S. is over $35,000/year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information on local jobs, contact our program director.