Phlebotomy

Phlebotomists collect and prepare blood and other specimen for laboratory testing. They maintain collection areas and equipment, and perform record keeping duties.

Testimonial

"I really enjoyed taking the Phlebotomy course. It was fast, fun, and very educational.  The instructor was highly motivated to teach and he made an effort to make sure you understood the materials.  I took the exam (NHA Certification) a few months after the course and did really well." Anisah Baksh, Summer 2007

Our Program

Our program is a nine-week, three-hour per week course that will allow students tol participate in a supervised laboratory experience where they will draw blood using state-of-the art mannequin arms.   This course prepares students for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certification exam.

The course is comprised of lectures, practical skills labs, assignments, quizzes and a final examination.  To successfully complete this program you must complete the course in its entirety.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • The Circulatory System
  • Blood Collection
  • Venipuncture
  • Arterial specimen
  • Computers
  • Specimens

A Typical Day

  • Draw blood samples by venipuncture, skin puncture or arterial collection.
  • Properly label samples and prepare for testing
  • Complete paperwork for patients
  • Adhere to strict policies and procedures for blood safety while treating patients

Skills and Qualities for Success

One of the main qualifications is an understanding of infection control and sterilization practices.  Phlebotomists must be familiar with medical/hospital procedures and environments.  They must be able to perform diagnostic procedures and accurately interpret results, analyze information and make appropriate recommendations.  Phlebotomists must have a good bedside manner and be able to make the patient feel comfortable and confident.

Job Outlook

Employment opportunities for Phlebotomists are expected to be good as the demand for skilled laboratory personnel increases. The market is expected to increase 10%-20% over the next decade. The rapidly growing older population will be a major reason for this growth, since older people tend to have more medical problems that will require lab work. The fastest growth in this field is expected in independent medical laboratories, because hospitals continue to send a greater amount of their lab work to outside facilities.

Salaries.com reports the average salary for a Phlebotomist in New York City to be between $30,000 and $35,000 per year.

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