Phlebotomy Classes Guide

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Phlebotomy Classes, Jobs, Salary and Schools

Your complete guide to phlebotomist schools, jobs and salary information. Learn how to find schools near you and earn your phlebotomy certification.

MPN (MedicalProfessionsNow) Quick Facts:

Average Salary$15 hourly, $30,250 yearly
Education RequiredHS Diploma/GED. Most states require certification/licensure (2 semesters).
Job OutlookExcellent (27% growth in the next 10 years)
MPN's TakeMust be okay with blood, needles and erratic hours

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov)

Overview/How to Become a Phlebotomist

If you enjoy helping people, have strong communication skills, and are interested in working in healthcare, you’re smart to consider a career as a phlebotomy technician. They play key roles in hospitals, doctor’s offices, diagnostic labs and blood donor centers, draw blood from patients and prepare it for testing, transfusions, donations and research.

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As a phlebotomist technician (as it’s sometimes called) you can expect to perform the following tasks in four steps when working with a patient:

Step 1: Before approaching the patient, you’ll sanitize, assemble and organize your tools on a work tray. These tools will include blood collection devices, needles, disinfectant, bandages and gauze. You’ll want to make sure everything is in order before you approach the patient.

Step 2: After greeting the patient, you’ll verify his or her identity and medical records. You’ll want to communicate warmly and confidently with the patient in order to build confidence and trust.

Step 3: Next, you’ll locate the patient’s vein, wipe his or her skin with disinfectant, and draw blood into a tube or bag.

Step 4: After you’ve drawn the blood, you’ll treat the puncture according to protocol and make records of the sample you’ve collected.

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As you complete these tasks, you’ll want to keep in constant communication with the patient, clearly explaining the work you are performing. This will help keep him or her comfortable and in the loop. Remember, a lot of people feel nervous, squeamish or dizzy when faced with needles and blood, so it will be your job to put them at ease. Depending on where you work, your job description may also include pricking patients’ fingers and taking their vital signs.

MPN Expert Tip: If you’re unsure if you’re okay being around blood, go give blood yourself and see how you feel.

Your job will be closely related to that of medical and clinical laboratory technicians, who examine body fluids, study cells and match blood for transfusions. While laboratory assistants are often trained in blood work, their job requires them to exercise a broader set of skills as well. Since many lab assistants are certified in blood work, you can also explore this career option after you undergo your phlebotomy career training.

If you’re interested in a career, you should first work to get your phlebotomy certification. Most states require certification before they begin working. And if you live in a state that doesn’t require this (for example, Arizona), it’s still a good idea to receive training; this way, you’ll have a better chance at landing phlebotomist jobs and receiving a higher phlebotomy salary.

In order to pursue your certification, you’ll need to enroll in an accredited training program in your area or online. Once enrolled in a program, you’ll receive comprehensive training, both in a classroom and in a clinical setting. Armed with your new knowledge, you’ll be able to confidently tackle your state’s certification exam and pursue your first job!

How long is phlebotomy training? The answer is it depends. Accredited training programs can take up to 6 months (2 semesters) but there are also shorter (not great) programs that take only 3-6 weeks.

Still undecided? Checkout this great video on taking blood from a live patient:

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Schools and Courses

Before researching phlebotomy courses, find out which training programs in your area are accredited — this way, you won’t waste time and money on a school that isn’t government-approved. Use a search engine to find schools near you, then read about each program in order to determine whether or not it’s accredited by a respected agency like the National Phlebotomy Association or the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians.

Then, in order to find an accredited school that’s truly right for you, consider whether you want to take courses in a physical classroom or pursue your certification online. Both options will give you the necessary knowledge and hands-on training you’ll need, so choose a path that works for you and will set you up for success.

Remember, in a physical classroom, you’ll have the advantage of directly interacting with teachers and classmates, which can really enhance your learning experience. If this sort of experience is important to you, look for brick-and-mortar programs at community colleges, vocational schools and technical schools near you.

Use the table below to find Phlebotomist schools near you. Search (on the right) by city, zip code etc

College
Tuition (Approx)
Student population
College Website
College Address
Abdill Career College Inc$21,135 80www.abdill.com843 E Main Ste 203, Medford, Oregon 97504-7137
Academy of Careers and Technology$6,308 124www.wvact.net390 Stanaford Rd, Beckley, West Virginia 25801
Acadiana Technical College-Lafayette Campus$8,219 2832www.solacc.edu/1101 Bertrand Dr, Lafayette, Louisiana 70506-4909
Aims Community College$8,456 4955www.aims.edu5401 W. 20th St., Greeley, Colorado 80632
Alaska Career College$13,537 335www.alaskacareercollege.edu1415 E Tudor Road, Anchorage, Alaska 99507-1033
Alexandria Technical & Community College$13,698 2845www.alextech.edu1601 Jefferson Streeet, Alexandria, Minnesota 56308
Allied Health Institute$9,786 632www.alliedhealthinstitute.edu51 N State Road 7, Plantation, Florida 33317
American Institute of Medical Sciences & Education$15,899 274www.aimseducation.edu4500 New Brunswick Ave, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854
American National University$20,543 1857www.an.edu1813 E Main St, Salem, Virginia 24153
Anamarc College-El Paso Central$14,727 347www.anamarc.edu3210 Dyer, El Paso, Texas 79930
Anamarc College-El Paso East$16,042 269anamarc.edu8720 Gateway East Blvd, El Paso, Texas 79936
Anamarc College-Santa Teresa$15,609 96www.anamarc.edu2660 Airport Rd Ste 780, Santa Teresa, New Mexico 88008
Angeles College$15,285 145www.angelescollege.edu3440 Wilshire Blvd Ste 310, Los Angeles, California 90010
Arapahoe Community College$8,508 11621www.arapahoe.edu5900 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, Colorado 80160-9002
Arizona College-Glendale$19,493 937www.arizonacollege.edu4425 W Olive Avenue Suite 300, Glendale, Arizona 85302
Arkansas Northeastern College$7,649 1425www.anc.edu2501 S Division, Blytheville, Arkansas 72316-1109
Arkansas State University-Mountain Home$10,369 1238www.asumh.edu1600 South College Street, Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653
Arkansas State University-Newport$5,218 2057www.asun.edu7648 Victory Blvd, Newport, Arkansas 72112
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College$11,258 8092www.abtech.edu340 Victoria Rd, Asheville, North Carolina 28801-4897
Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center$5,350 74www.acwhcc.org1783 State Route 60, Ashland, Ohio 44805-9377
ATA Career Education$18,158 228www.atafl.edu7351 Spring Hill Drive, Suite 11, Spring Hill, Florida 34606
ATA College$22,492 427www.ata.edu10180 Linn Station Rd Ste A200, Louisville, Kentucky 40223
Athens Technical College$6,188 4563www.athenstech.edu/800 U.S. Hwy 29 North, Athens, Georgia 30601
Atlanta Technical College$2,780 4859www.atlantatech.edu/1560 Metropolitan Pky SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30310-4446
Bainbridge State College$4,398 2695www.bainbridge.edu2500 E Shotwell St, Bainbridge, Georgia 39819
Baker College of Auburn Hills$13,090 3105www.baker.edu1500 University Dr, Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326-2642
Baker College of Jackson$11,738 2257www.baker.edu2800 Springport Rd, Jackson, Michigan 49202-1290
Baker College of Owosso$11,815 2828www.baker.edu1020 S Washington St, Owosso, Michigan 48867
Barton County Community College$9,071 5210www.bartonccc.edu245 NE 30th Road, Great Bend, Kansas 67530
Bates Technical College$7,029 3704www.bates.ctc.edu/1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, Washington 98405
Bellevue College$7,503 13820bellevuecollege.edu/3000 Landerholm Cir SE, Bellevue, Washington 98007-6484
Bellingham Technical College$4,352 2258www.btc.ctc.edu3028 Lindbergh Ave, Bellingham, Washington 98225-1599
Black River Technical College$5,418 2248www.blackrivertech.edu1410 Hwy 304 East, Pocahontas, Arkansas 72455
Blackhawk Technical College$9,193 2637www.blackhawk.edu6004 County Road G, Janesville, Wisconsin 53547-5009
Bossier Parish Community College$8,022 8464www.bpcc.edu6220 East Texas, Bossier City, Louisiana 71111-6922
Bridgemont Community and Technical College$4,287 1162www.bridgemont.edu619 2nd Avenue, Montgomery, West Virginia 25136
Bridgerland Applied Technology College$1,002 593www.batc.edu1301 North 600 West, Logan, Utah 84321
Brookline College-Phoenix$25,401 844www.brooklinecollege.edu2445 W. Dunlap Ave., Ste. 100, Phoenix, Arizona 85021
Brookline College-Tempe$23,353 223www.brooklinecollege.edu1140-1150 S. Priest Drive, Tempe, Arizona 85281
Brookline College-Tucson$21,596 420www.brooklinecollege.edu5441 E. 22nd St, Ste.125, Tucson, Arizona 85711
Brunswick Community College$7,606 1809www.brunswickcc.edu50 College Rd, Bolivia, North Carolina 28422-9021
Bucks County Community College$7,697 9880www.bucks.edu/275 Swamp Rd, Newtown, Pennsylvania 18940-4106
Bunker Hill Community College$7,251 14023www.bhcc.mass.edu250 New Rutherford Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02129-2925
California Nurses Educational Institute$20,443 223www.cnei.edu5200 E. Ramon Rd. Suite I-1, Palm Springs, California 92264
Cambridge Institute of Allied Health & Technology$22,762 185www.cambridgehealth.edu/460 E. Altamonte Drive, 3rd Floor, Altamonte Springs, Florida 32701
Cameron College$10,035 23www.cameroncollege.com2740 Canal St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
Career Technical College-Monroe$19,491 580www.careertc.edu2319 Louisville Ave, Monroe, Louisiana 71201
Career Technical College-Shreveport$18,056 395www.careertc.edu1227 Shreveport-Barksdale Hwy, Shreveport, Louisiana 71105
Cascadia Community College$9,725 2821www.cascadia.edu18345 Campus Way NE, Bothell, Washington 98011-8205
Casper College$5,893 4082www.caspercollege.edu125 College Dr, Casper, Wyoming 82601-4699
CBT College-Cutler Bay$18,709 174www.cbt.edu/19151 South Dixie Hwy # 205, Cutler Bay, Florida 33157
Central Georgia Technical College$2,989 7796www.centralgatech.edu80 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins, Georgia 31088
Central Louisiana Technical Community College$7,570 2242www.cltc.edu4311 South MacArthur Drive, Alexandria, Louisiana 71302-3137
Central New Mexico Community College$5,297 28891www.cnm.edu525 Buena Vista SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
Centralia College$6,681 3453www.centralia.edu600 Centralia College Blvd., Centralia, Washington 98531-4099
Charlotte Technical Center$11,871 567www.yourcharlotteschools.net/ctc18150 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte, Florida 33948-3399
Chattahoochee Technical College$2,574 10470www.chattahoocheetech.edu980 S Cobb Drive Dr SE, Marietta, Georgia 30060
Chisholm Trail Technology Center$1,517 164www.cttc.eduState Highway 33, Omega, Oklahoma 73764-6335
Choffin Career and Technical Center$16,407 154www.choffincareer.com200 E Wood St., Youngstown, Ohio 44503-1600
City College-Gainesville$25,870 444www.citycollege.edu7001 N.W. 4th Blvd., Gainesville, Florida 32607
City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College$5,510 11800ccc.edu/colleges/truman/pages/default.aspx1145 W Wilson Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60640-6063
City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College$8,533 5860www.ccc.edu/colleges/kennedy/pages/default.aspx6301 S Halsted St, Chicago, Illinois 60621-2709
City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College$7,090 6842www.ccc.edu/colleges/malcolm-x/pages/default.aspx1900 W Van Buren, Chicago, Illinois 60612-3197
City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College$7,546 5298ccc.edu/colleges/olive-harvey/pages/default.aspx10001 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60628-1696
City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College$4,995 9384ccc.edu/colleges/daley/pages/default.aspx7500 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60652-1299
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College$4,414 12640ccc.edu/colleges/wright/pages/default.aspx4300 N Narragansett, Chicago, Illinois 60634-1500
Clark College$6,659 11462www.clark.edu1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, Washington 98663-3598
Cleveland Community College$613371www.clevelandcc.edu137 S Post Rd, Shelby, North Carolina 28152-6224
Clover Park Technical College$4,595 3720www.cptc.edu4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, Washington 98499-4004
Coconino Community College$9,110 3694www.coconino.edu/Pages/default.aspx2800 S. Lone Tree Rd., Flagstaff, Arizona 86001-2701
Coffeyville Community College$4,347 1866www.coffeyville.edu400 W 11th St, Coffeyville, Kansas 67337-5064
Colby Community College$6,674 1402www.colbycc.edu1255 S Range, Colby, Kansas 67701
College of Business and Technology-Flagler$14,804 323www.cbt.edu8230 W Flagler St., Miami, Florida 33144
College of Lake County$4,199 17685WWW.CLCILLINOIS.EDU19351 W Washington St., Grayslake, Illinois 60030-1198
College of the Albemarle$6,723 2607www.albemarle.edu1208 N Road St, Elizabeth City, North Carolina 27906-2327
Columbia Basin College$8,038 6480www.columbiabasin.edu2600 N 20th Ave, Pasco, Washington 99301
Columbiana County Career and Technical Center$1,988 190www.ccctc.k12.oh.us/9364 St Rt 45, Lisbon, Ohio 44432
Columbus State Community College$5,513 25249www.cscc.edu/550 E Spring St, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Columbus Technical College$8,499 3739www.columbustech.edu/928 Manchester Expy, Columbus, Georgia 31904-6572
Community College of Allegheny County$5,936 18229www.ccac.edu800 Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15233-1895
Community College of Rhode Island$5,986 17699www.ccri.edu400 East Ave, Warwick, Rhode Island 02886-1807
Compass Career College$16,993 162www.compasscareercollege.net42353 Deluxe Plaza, Suite 16, Hammond, Louisiana 70403
Cuyahoga Community College District$5,627 27910www.tri-c.edu700 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2878
Darton State College$6,614 6195www.darton.edu2400 Gillionville Rd, Albany, Georgia 31707-3098
Davenport University$17,648 9591www.davenport.edu6191 Kraft Avenue S.E., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512-9396
Davidson County Community College$7,448 4073www.davidsonccc.edu297 Davidson Community College Rd, Thomasville, North Carolina 27360-7385
Davis Applied Technology College$3,197 2769www.datc.edu550 E 300 S, Kaysville, Utah 84037-2699
Dawn Career Institute Inc$20,665 638www.dawncareerinstitute.edu3700 Lancaster Pike, Suite 105, Wilmington, Delaware 19805-1511
De Anza College$5,532 23261www.deanza.edu/21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, California 95014
Des Moines Area Community College$10,215 20167www.dmacc.edu2006 Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, Iowa 50023-3993
Dixie State University$15,478 8350www.dixie.edu/225 S 700 E, Saint George, Utah 84770-3876
Duluth Business University$29,094 201www.dbumn.edu4724 Mike Colalillo Drive, Dultuh, Minnesota 55807
Dutchess Community College$5,809 10232www.sunydutchess.edu53 Pendell Rd, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601-1595
Eastern Florida State College$5,706 16711www.easternflorida.edu1519 Clearlake Rd, Cocoa, Florida 32922
Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools$5,401 188www.eastlandfairfield.com4300 Amalgamated Pl, Groveport, Ohio 43125-9236
Edison State Community College$7,166 2993www.edisonOHIO.edu1973 Edison Dr, Piqua, Ohio 45356-9239
Edmonds Community College$7,727 9070www.edcc.edu20000 68th Ave W, Lynnwood, Washington 98036-5912
EHOVE Career Center$10,360 302www.ehove.net316 W Mason Rd, Milan, Ohio 44846
Elgin Community College$4,548 11285www.elgin.edu1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, Illinois 60123-7193
Everett Community College$7,600 7154www.everettcc.edu2000 Tower Street, Everett, Washington 98201
Ferris State University$13,357 14707www.ferris.edu/1201 S State St, Big Rapids, Michigan 49307-2251
Flagler Technical Institute$8,073 338FTI.FlaglerSchools.com1 Corporate Drive Suite 2-J, Palm Coast, Florida 32137-4714
Florida Gateway College$4,688 3057https://www.fgc.edu/Highway 90 East, Lake City, Florida 32025-2007
Forrest College$17,794 135www.forrestcollege.edu601 E River Street, Anderson, South Carolina 29624-2405
Fort Scott Community College$5,269 1931www.fortscott.edu2108 S Horton, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701
Fortis College-Baton Rouge$23,423 381www.fortis.edu9255 Interline Avenue, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809-1908
Fortis College-Montgomery$23,386 363www.fortiscollege.edu3736 Atlanta Hwy, Montgomery, Alabama 36109
Fortis Institute-Forty Fort$16,107 224www.fortisinstitute.edu166 Slocum Street, Forty Fort, Pennsylvania 18704-2936
Fortis Institute-Scranton$27,642 464www.fortis.edu517 Ash Street, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18509-2903
Front Range Community College$9,643 19619www.frontrange.edu3645 W 112th Ave, Westminster, Colorado 80031
Frontier Community College$2,068 2194www.iecc.edu/fccFrontier Drive, Fairfield, Illinois 62837
Galveston College$4,353 2131www.gc.edu4015 Ave Q, Galveston, Texas 77550-7496
Gaston College$10,796 5977www.gaston.edu201 Hwy 321 S, Dallas, North Carolina 28034
Georgia Northwestern Technical College$4,942 6051www.gntc.eduOne Maurice Culberson Drive, Rome, Georgia 30161
Georgia Piedmont Technical College$8,340 4431www.gptc.edu495 N Indian Creek Dr, Clarkston, Georgia 30021-2397
Glen Oaks Community College$5,954 1221www.glenoaks.cc.mi.us/Pages/default.aspx62249 Shimmel Rd, Centreville, Michigan 49032-9719
Goodwin College$21,080 3388www.goodwin.eduOne Riverside Drive, East Hartford, Connecticut 06118
Great Lakes Institute of Technology$11,387 453www.glit.edu5100 Peach Street, Erie, Pennsylvania 16509-2482
Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts$20,804 843www.gurnick.edu2121 S El Camino Real Bldg C 200, San Mateo, California 94403
Hagerstown Community College$6,408 4905www.hagerstowncc.edu/admissions/apply-online11400 Robinwood Dr, Hagerstown, Maryland 21742-6514
Halifax Community College$3,134 1353www.halifaxcc.edu100 College Drive, Weldon, North Carolina 27890
Harper College$7,104 14830www.harpercollege.edu1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, Illinois 60067-7398
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg$10,211 20780www.hacc.edu1 HACC Dr., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110-2999
Healthcare Training Institute$2,315 31healthcaretraininginstitutenola.net322 Williams Boulevard, Kenner, Louisiana 70062-7630
High Plains Technology CenterNA257www.hptc.net3921 34th St, Woodward, Oklahoma 73801
Highline Community College$7,772 6612www.highline.edu2400 S 240th St, Des Moines, Washington 98198-9800
Illinois Central College$6,123 10770www.icc.edu1 College Drive, East Peoria, Illinois 61635-0001
Illinois Valley Community College$6,601 3705www.ivcc.edu815 N Orlando Smith Ave, Oglesby, Illinois 61348-9692
Indian Hills Community College$9,911 4604www.indianhills.edu525 Grandview Ave, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
Indian River State College$1,846 17248www.irsc.edu3209 Virginia Ave, Fort Pierce, Florida 34981-5596
InfoTech Career College$22,572 181www.infotech.edu8527 Alondra Blvd, #174, Paramount, California 90723-5258
Institute for Business and Technology$22,546 173www.ibttech.com2400 Walsh Avenue, Santa Clara, California 95051-1303
Institute of Medical Careers$14,094 54www.imc.edu133 Jefferson Road Suite 101, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15235-3718
Institute of Technology Inc$23,297 335www.it-colleges.edu/iot/t-salem.html4700 Silverton Road NE, Salem, Oregon 97305
Ivy Tech Community College$8,532 98778www.ivytech.edu50 W. Fall Creek Parkway N. Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-5752
Jackson State Community College$9,107 4587www.jscc.edu2046 North Pky, Jackson, Tennessee 38301-3797
Joliet Junior College$4,948 16869www.jjc.edu1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, Illinois 60431-8938
Kankakee Community College$5,582 3825www.kcc.edu100 College Drive, Kankakee, Illinois 60901
Kaplan University-Hagerstown Campus$25,358 893www.kaplanuniversity.edu/hagerstown-maryland.aspx18618 Crestwood Dr, Hagerstown, Maryland 21742
Kennebec Valley Community College$9,290 2263www.kvcc.me.edu92 Western Ave, Fairfield, Maine 04937-1367
Knox County Career Center$13,924 252www.adultedkccc.org306 Martinsburg Rd, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
L E Fletcher Technical Community College$9,266 1968www.fletcher.edu/1407 Highway 311, Schriever, Louisiana 70395
Lake Superior College$13,193 5394www.lsc.edu2101 Trinity Rd, Duluth, Minnesota 55811-3399
Lake Technical Center$8,563 637www.laketech.org2001 Kurt Street, Eustis, Florida 32726
Lanier Technical College$5,872 3579www.laniertech.edu2990 Landrum Education Dr, Oakwood, Georgia 30566
Lansing Community College$6,298 17562www.lcc.edu419 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, Michigan 48901-7210
Lively Technical Center$12,901 1017www.livelytech.com500 N Appleyard Dr, Tallahassee, Florida 32304-2895
Long Beach City College$5,434 24020www.lbcc.edu4901 E. Carson St., Long Beach, California 90808-1706
Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology$12,673 614lwit.edu3702 Estey Ave, Naples, Florida 34104-4405
Madison Adult Career Center$9,065 145www.madisonadultcc.org600 Esley Ln, Mansfield, Ohio 44905
Madison Area Technical College$12,576 15402madisoncollege.edu1701 Wright St, Madison, Wisconsin 53704-2599
Madison Media Institute - Rockford Career College$21,492 484www.rockfordcareercollege.edu1130 South Alpine Road, Rockford, Illinois 61108
Manchester Community College$13,423 2898www.mccnh.edu1066 Front St, Manchester, New Hampshire 03102-8518
Manhattan InstituteNA1135www.manhattaninstitute.com/255 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10016-6516
Marion County Community Technical and Adult Education Center$9,799 427www.mcctae.com1014 SW 7th Rd, Ocala, Florida 34471-3172
Massachusetts Bay Community College$11,794 5377www.massbay.edu50 Oakland St, Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts 02481-5399
Massasoit Community College$8,937 8272www.massasoit.mass.eduOne Massasoit Boulevard, Brockton, Massachusetts 02302-3996
McCann School of Business & Technology$17,799 3544www.mccann.edu2650 Woodglen Road, Pottsville, Pennsylvania 17901
Medical Allied Career Center$22,782 65www.medicalalliedcareercenter.com12631 East Imperial Highway Bldg D-108, Santa Fe Springs, California 90670-4710
Medical Career InstituteNA77www.medicalcareerinstitute.net901 West Park Ave, Ocean, New Jersey 07712
Medical Professional Institute$19,293 283www.mpi.edu380-388 Pleasant Street, Malden, Massachusetts 02148-8143
Mercer County Technical Education Center$6,940 219www.edline.net/pages/mercer_county_technical_education_center1397 Stafford Dr, Princeton, West Virginia 24740
Miami Dade College$14,535 66298www.mdc.edu/main/300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida 33132-2204
Miami-Jacobs Career College-Columbus$22,426 304www.miamijacobs.edu150 E. Gay St., Columbus, Ohio 43215
Miami-Jacobs Career College-Independence$26,081 243www.miamijacobs.edu/6400 Rockside Road, Independence, Ohio 44131
Middlesex Community College$4,023 9702www.middlesex.mass.eduSprings Rd, Bedford, Massachusetts 01730-9124
Mid-South Community College$10,070 1793www.midsouthcc.edu2000 W. Broadway, West Memphis, Arkansas 72301-3829
Mid-State Technical College$8,614 2905www.mstc.edu500 32nd St N, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494
Miles Community College$6,927 422milescc.edu/2715 Dickinson Street, Miles City, Montana 59301-4774
Miller-Motte College-Cary$20,179 320www.miller-motte.edu2205 Walnut Street, Cary, North Carolina 27518-7171
Miller-Motte College-Fayetteville$21,298 734www.miller-motte.edu3725 Ramsey St Ste 103A, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311
Miller-Motte College-Greenville$21,766 446www.miller-motte.edu1021 WH Smith Blvd Ste 102, Greenville, North Carolina 27834
Miller-Motte College-Jacksonville$22,865 475www.miller-motte.edu1291 Hargett Street, Jacksonville, North Carolina 28540-5901
Miller-Motte College-Raleigh$21,265 459www.miller-motte.edu3901 Capital Blvd Ste 151, Raleigh, North Carolina 27604-6072
Miller-Motte College-Wilmington$21,450 2856www.miller-motte.edu5000 Market Street, Wilmington, North Carolina 28405
Miller-Motte Technical College-Chattanooga$20,740 442www.miller-motte.edu6020 Shallowford Road Suite 100, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421
Miller-Motte Technical College-Clarksville$20,832 524www.miller-motte.edu1820 Business Park Dr, Clarksville, Tennessee 37040
Miller-Motte Technical College-Lynchburg$18,402 472www.miller-motte.edu/1011 Creekside Lane, Lynchburg, Virginia 24502
Miller-Motte Technical College-Madison$20,645 425miller-motte.edu1515 Gallatin Pike North, Madison, Tennessee 37115
Miller-Motte Technical College-North Charleston$20,058 704miller-motte.edu8085 Rivers Ave., Ste E, Charleston, South Carolina 29418
Miller-Motte Technical College-Roanoke$21,408 297www.miller-motte.edu4444 Electric Rd SW, Roanoke, Virginia 24018
Milwaukee Area Technical College$9,071 17961matc.edu700 W State St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233-1443
Minneapolis Community and Technical College$14,309 9691www.minneapolis.edu1501 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403-1779
Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical$14,315 2207www.southeastmn.edu1250 Homer Rd, Winona, Minnesota 55987
Minnesota State Community and Technical College$11,095 6464www.minnesota.edu1414 College Way, Fergus Falls, Minnesota 56537-1000
Minnesota West Community and Technical College$9,667 3231www.mnwest.edu1593 11th Ave, Granite Falls, Minnesota 56241
Mitchell Community College$9,268 3514www.mitchellcc.edu500 W Broad Street, Statesville, North Carolina 28677-5293
Monroe County Community College$3,070 3777www.monroeccc.edu1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, Michigan 48161-9746
Montgomery County Community College$7,521 13122www.mc3.edu340 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania 19422-0796
Moraine Valley Community College$4,488 16106www.morainevalley.edu9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, Illinois 60465-0937
Morgan Community College$10,499 1851www.morgancc.edu920 Barlow Road, Fort Morgan, Colorado 80701
Mott Community College$7,397 9683www.mcc.edu1401 E Court St, Flint, Michigan 48503-2089
Mt Diablo Adult Education$16,714 176www.mdusd.k12.ca.us/adultedLoma Vista Adult Center - 1266 San Carlos Avenue., Concord, California 94518-1199
MTI College$12,330 594sacramento.mticollege.edu5221 Madison Ave, Sacramento, California 95841-9817
Nash Community College$6,344 3279www.nashcc.edu522 N. Old Carriage Road, Rocky Mount, North Carolina 27804
National College-Lexington$19,376 1282www.national-college.edu2376 Sir Barton Way, Lexington, Kentucky 40509
National College-Stow$19,577 82www.national-college.edu/locations/akron-oh/3855 Fishcreek Rd, Stow, Ohio 44224
National College-Youngstown$18,904 130www.national-college.edu/locations/youngstown-oh/3487 Belmont Ave, Youngstown, Ohio 44505
National Park Community College$8,852 3246www.npcc.edu101 College Dr, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913
Neosho County Community College$8,239 2667www.neosho.edu800 W 14th St, Chanute, Kansas 66720
Niagara County Community College$4,640 6630www.niagaracc.suny.edu3111 Saunders Settlement Rd, Sanborn, New York 14132
Nicolet Area Technical College$6,487 1271www.nicoletcollege.eduHwy G South, Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501-0518
North Arkansas College$4,171 2167www.northark.edu1515 Pioneer Dr, Harrison, Arkansas 72601-5508
North Central Michigan College$1,442 2790www.ncmich.edu1515 Howard St, Petoskey, Michigan 49770
Northcoast Medical Training Academy$16,828 202northcoastmedicalacademy.com1832 State Route 59, Kent, Ohio 44240
Northern Essex Community College$8,243 7352www.necc.mass.edu/100 Elliott Street, Haverhill, Massachusetts 01830-2399
Northland Community and Technical College$11,274 3792www.northlandcollege.edu1101 Hwy One East, Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
Northshore Technical Community College$7,478 3151northshorecollege.edu/1710 Sullivan Dr, Bogalusa, Louisiana 70427
Northwest Career College$12,830 207northwesthealthcareers.com7398 Smoke Ranch Road, Ste 100, Las Vegas, Nevada 89128
Northwest Louisiana Technical College$7,900 2694www.nwltc.edu9500 Industrial Drive, Minden, Louisiana 71055-0000
Northwest State Community College$10,478 4603www.northweststate.edu22600 State Route 34, Archbold, Ohio 43502-9542
Northwestern Institute of Health and TechnologyNAwww.nwiht.edu/4641 North Ashland Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60640-4785
O C Collins Career Center$6,226 407www.collins-cc.edu11627 State Rte 243, Chesapeake, Ohio 45619-0000
Oakland Community College$5,086 26405www.oaklandcc.edu2480 Opdyke Rd, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304-2266
Oakton Community College$5,448 10866www.oakton.edu1600 E Golf Rd., Des Plaines, Illinois 60016-1268
Ogeechee Technical College$4,802 2216www.ogeecheetech.eduOne Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd, Statesboro, Georgia 30458
Ohio Medical Career Center$2,531 www.omcc.edu1133 S. Edwin C Moses Blvd, Suite 110, Dayton, Ohio 45417
Okefenokee Technical College$4,579 1180www.okefenokeetech.edu1701 Carswell Ave, Waycross, Georgia 31503
Olney Central College$1,634 1470www.iecc.edu/occ305 N West Street, Olney, Illinois 62450
Opportunities Industrialization Center$13,115 96www.oicwv.org120 Jackson St, Fairmont, West Virginia 26554
Oswego County BOCES$8,698 134www.oswegoboces.org/179 County Route 64, Mexico, New York 13114
Palo Verde College$8,664 3253www.paloverde.eduOne College Drive, Blythe, California 92225
Pasco-Hernando Community College$6,035 10206www.phcc.edu10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey, Florida 34654-5199
Pensacola State College$8,134 11235www.pensacolastate.edu1000 College Blvd, Pensacola, Florida 32504-8998
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas$10,959 2029www.pccua.edu1000 Campus Drive, Helena, Arkansas 72342-0785
Phoenix College$7,948 12676www.phoenixcollege.edu1202 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, Arizona 85013
Pickaway Ross Joint Vocational School District$338374www.pickawayross.com895 Crouse Chapel Rd, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601-9010
Piedmont Community College$9,931 1591www.piedmontcc.edu1715 College Dr, Roxboro, North Carolina 27573
Pike County Joint Vocational School District$3,058 83www.pikectc.org175 Beaver Creek Rd, Piketon, Ohio 45661
Pikes Peak Community College$10,360 14634www.ppcc.edu5675 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906-5498
Pima Community College$2,662 30082www.pima.edu4905C East Broadway Blvd., Tucson, Arizona 85709-1275
Pima Medical Institute-Colorado Springs$17,931 547pmi.edu3770 Citadel Drive North, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909
Pima Medical Institute-East Valley$16,628 511pmi.edu2160 S Power Rd, Mesa, Arizona 85209
Pima Medical Institute-Houston$16,620 898pmi.edu10201 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77024
Pima Medical Institute-Las Vegas$19,955 1018pmi.edu3333 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89121
Pima Medical Institute-Mesa$16,457 1146pmi.edu957 S. Dobson Road, Mesa, Arizona 85202
Pima Medical Institute-Renton$20,405 889pmi.edu555 South Renton Village Pl-Ste 400, Renton, Washington 98057
Pima Medical Institute-Seattle$20,388 787pmi.edu9709 Third Ave NE Suite 400, Seattle, Washington 98115
Pima Medical Institute-Tucson$16,511 1726pmi.edu3350 East Grant Road, Suite 200, Tucson, Arizona 85716
Pinellas Technical Education Center-Clearwater$14,232 1044www.myptec.org6100 154th Ave N, Clearwater, Florida 33760-2140
Progressive Training CentersNA6www.progressivetc.com98 East McNab Road, Suite 98, Pompano Beach, Florida 33060-9238
Pueblo Community College$9,083 6718www.pueblocc.edu900 West Orman Avenue, Pueblo, Colorado 81004-1499
Putnam Career and Technical Center$1,972 126www.pctc.edu/300 Roosevelt Boulevard, Eleanor, West Virginia 25070-0640
Quincy College$11,525 4576www.quincycollege.edu1250 Hancock Street, Quincy, Massachusetts 02169
Quinebaug Valley Community College$6,272 1929www.qvcc.edu742 Upper Maple St, Danielson, Connecticut 06239-1436
Red Rocks Community College$9,437 8599www.rrcc.edu13300 W Sixth Ave, Lakewood, Colorado 80228-1255
Rend Lake College$7,980 2714www.rlc.edu468 N Ken Gray Pky, Ina, Illinois 62846
Renton Technical College$7,030 3338www.rtc.edu3000 NE Fourth St, Renton, Washington 98056-4123
RGV Careers$16,237 223www.rgvcareers.edu1200 West Polk Avenue, Pharr, Texas 78577-2106
River Valley Community College$20,630 987www.rivervalley.eduOne College Place, Claremont, New Hampshire 03743-9707
Rockingham Community College$7,416 1854www.rockinghamcc.eduHwy 65w County Home Rd, Wentworth, North Carolina 27375-0038
Rose State College$7,892 7193www.rose.edu6420 S E 15th, Midwest City, Oklahoma 73110-2799
Saint Johns River State College$7,167 6127www.sjrstate.edu5001 Saint Johns Ave, Palatka, Florida 32177
Salt Lake Community College$6,799 32003www.slcc.edu4600 S Redwood Rd, Salt Lake City, Utah 84123
Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health$28,054 257www.salternursing.com670 N. Commercial St. Suite 403, Manchester, New Hampshire 03103
Santa Fe Community College$10,485 6265www.sfcc.edu6401 Richards Ave, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508-4887
Savannah Technical College$4,555 4784www.savannahtech.edu5717 White Bluff Rd, Savannah, Georgia 31405-5594
Schoolcraft College$4,487 12385www.schoolcraft.edu18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia, Michigan 48152-2696
Seattle Community College-North Campus$4,579 6118www.northseattle.edu9600 College Way North, Seattle, Washington 98103-3599
Seattle Vocational Institute$1,061 249sviweb.sccd.ctc.edu2120 S Jackson, Seattle, Washington 98144-2219
Sheridan Technical Center$6,031 1244www.SheridanTechnical.com5400 Sheridan St, Hollywood, Florida 33021
Shoreline Community College$8,303 5937www.shoreline.edu16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline, Washington 98133-5696
Sinclair Community College$3,415 19176www.sinclair.edu444 W. Third St., Dayton, Ohio 45402-1460
Skagit Valley College$8,199 4790www.skagit.edu2405 E. College Way, Mount Vernon, Washington 98273
South Arkansas Community College$12,117 1632www.southark.edu300 S West Ave, El Dorado, Arkansas 71731-7010
South Central College$10,658 3410www.southcentral.edu1920 Lee Blvd, North Mankato, Minnesota 56003-1920
South Central Louisiana Technical College-Young Memorial Campus$8,777 2410www.scl.edu900 Youngs Road, Morgan City, Louisiana 70380
South Florida State College$5,536 2699www.southflorida.edu600 W College Dr, Avon Park, Florida 33825-9356
South Georgia Technical College$3,429 1828www.southgatech.edu900 South GA Tech Parkway, Americus, Georgia 31709
South Suburban College$4,091 5212www.ssc.edu/15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois 60473-1200
Southeast Arkansas College$5,291 1601www.seark.edu1900 Hazel St., Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603
Southeast Technical Institute$10,993 2467www.southeasttech.edu2320 N Career Ave, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57107-1301
Southeastern Community College$7,990 1402www.sccnc.edu4564 Chadbourn Hwy, Whiteville, North Carolina 28472-5422
Southeastern Technical College$4,516 1533www.southeasterntech.edu3001 E First St, Vidalia, Georgia 30474
Southern Crescent Technical College$9,680 5177www.sctech.edu501 Varsity Rd, Griffin, Georgia 30223-2042
Southern State Community College$7,517 2431www.sscc.edu100 Hobart Dr, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133
Southern University at Shreveport$8,320 3018www.susla.edu3050 Martin Luther King Dr, Shreveport, Louisiana 71107
Southwest Georgia Technical College$2,746 1546www.southwestgatech.edu/15689 US Hwy 19 North, Thomasville, Georgia 31792-9960
Southwest Skill Center-Campus of Estrella Mountain Community College$16,272 283www.estrellamountain.edu/southwest-skill-center3000 N Dysart Rd, Avondale, Arizona 85323
Southwestern Community College$7,943 2242www.southwesterncc.edu447 College Dr, Sylva, North Carolina 28779
Southwestern Illinois College$7,555 11332www.swic.edu2500 Carlyle Ave, Belleville, Illinois 62221-5899
Southwestern Michigan College$8,709 2802www.swmich.edu58900 Cherry Grove Rd, Dowagiac, Michigan 49047-9793
Southwestern Oregon Community College$8,876 2038www.socc.edu1988 Newmark Ave, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420-2193
Spartanburg Community College$4,939 5864www.sccsc.edu107 Community College Drive, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303
Spencerian College-Lexington$16,510 159spencerian.edu/lexington/index.asp1575 Winchester Road, Lexington, Kentucky 40505-4515
Spencerian College-Louisville$24,176 533www.spencerian.edu4627 Dixie Hwy, Louisville, Kentucky 40216
St Luke's College$21,626 184www.stlukescollege.edu2720 Stone Park Blvd, Sioux City, Iowa 51104-0263
Stautzenberger College-Maumee$16,522 790www.sctoday.edu1796 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee, Ohio 43537-4007
Stautzenberger Institute-Allen Park$17,321 106www.sitoday.com16630 Southfield Road, Allen Park, Michigan 48101
Stratford University$24,640 2825www.stratford.edu3201 Jermantown Road, Suite 500, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
SUNY Broome Community College$5,575 5894WWW.SUNYBROOME.EDU907 Upper Front St, Binghamton, New York 13905
Superior Career Institute$14,121 93www.ishbt.edu5950 WEST OAKLAND PARK, LAUDERHILL, Florida 33313
Technical Education Center-Osceola$7,030 478www.teco.osceola.k12.fl.us501 Simpson Rd, Kissimmee, Florida 34744
Technical Learning Centers Inc$24,182 290www.tlc-corp.com1720 I St NW Suite 200, Washington, District of Columbia 20006-5540
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Nashville$7,828 1014www.tcatnashville.edu100 White Bridge Rd, Nashville, Tennessee 37209-4515
Tooele Applied Technology College$3,085 www.tatc.edu88 South Tooele Blvd., Tooele, Utah 84074-2093
Traviss Career Center$6,507 446www.traviss.edu3225 Winter Lake Rd, Lakeland, Florida 33803
Tri-County Adult Career Center$9,143 129www.tricountyadultcareercenter.org15676 St Rt 691, Nelsonville, Ohio 45764
Truckee Meadows Community College$8,492 11204www.tmcc.edu7000 Dandini Blvd, Reno, Nevada 89512-3999
Tucson College$19,132 284www.tucsoncollege.edu5151 E Broadway Blvd, Ste.155, Tucson, Arizona 85711
Turtle Mountain Community College$3,223 602www.tm.edu10145 BIA #7 North, Belcourt, North Dakota 58316
Ultimate Medical Academy-Clearwater$19,454 359www.ultimatemedical.edu1255 Cleveland St, Clearwater, Florida 33755-4933
Ultimate Medical Academy-Tampa$21,647 11170www.ultimatemedical.edu9309 N Florida Ave Ste 100, Tampa, Florida 33612-7237
University of Alaska Anchorage$7,276 17363www.uaa.alaska.edu3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Vantage Career Center$50262www.vantagecareercenter.com818 North Franklin Street, Van Wert, Ohio 45891
Wake Technical Community College$8,147 19160www.waketech.edu/9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603-5696
Warren County Career Center$18,363 392www.mywccc.org3525 North State Route 48, Lebanon, Ohio 45036-1099
Washington County Career Center-Adult Technical Training$11,790 261www.mycareerschool.com21740 St. Rt. 676, Marietta, Ohio 45750
Waubonsee Community College$5,604 10721www.waubonsee.eduRte 47 at Waubonsee Drive, Sugar Grove, Illinois 60554-9454
Waukesha County Technical College$9,122 8799www.wctc.edu800 Main Street, Pewaukee, Wisconsin 53072-4601
Wayne Community College$3,855 3837www.waynecc.edu3000 Wayne Memorial Dr, Goldsboro, North Carolina 27534-8002
Wayne County Community College District$5,218 18119www.wcccd.edu801 W. Fort Street, Detroit, Michigan 48226
Weatherford College$6,043 5694www.wc.edu225 College Park Drive, Weatherford, Texas 76086-5699
WellSpring School of Allied Health-Kansas City$17,767 125www.wellspring.edu9140 Ward Pkwy Ste 100, Kansas City, Missouri 64114-3313
WellSpring School of Allied Health-Lawrence$15,113 28www.wellspring.edu/mtti-wellspring-kansas-city-campus947 New Hampshire, Lawrence, Kansas 66045-3073
West Georgia Technical College$4,542 6915www.westgatech.edu176 Murphy Campus Blvd., Waco, Georgia 30182
West Tennessee Business College$12,584 212www.wtbc.edu1186 Highway 45 Bypass, Jackson, Tennessee 38301
Westmoreland County Community College$2,530 6104wccc.edu145 Pavilion Lane, Youngwood, Pennsylvania 15697-1895
Wichita Area Technical College$9,015 2934www.watc.edu4004 N Webb Rd. Bldg 100, Wichita, Kansas 67226
Winter Park Tech$22,589 437www.wpt.ocps.net901 Webster Ave, Winter Park, Florida 32789
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College$2,978 3966www.wiregrass.edu4089 Val Tech Rd, Valdosta, Georgia 31602
Yavapai College$7,608 8197www.YC.EDU1100 E Sheldon St, Prescott, Arizona 86301
Yorktowne Business Institute$17,013 122www.ybi.eduW Seventh Ave, York, Pennsylvania 17404

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (www.nces.ed.gov)

However, if you have a full-time job or a hectic schedule, the pros of an online program can far outweigh the lure of physical classrooms. After all, online classes allow you to complete your coursework on your own time and at your own pace. They also tend to cost less than brick-and-mortar programs, so if you’re on a tight budget, enrolling in phlebotomy training online may make a lot of sense.

MPN Advanced Expert Tip: Before applying to any schools, contact and apply to at least three schools to compare prices, programs and curriculum.

No matter which type of program you choose, your courses will provide you with classroom training as well as a hands-on clinical experience. Your courses will teach you how to draw blood safely and efficiently, and how to effectively communicate with patients and medical personal. Classes will also cover pertinent topics like infection control and specimen preparation.

In addition to specific lessons, you’ll also learn more general information about anatomy, physiology and medical terminology. This broader knowledge will help round out your education and ensure that you have a full and complete understanding of your new field.

If you want to learn a more specialized set of skills, consider choosing a school that will provide you with more specific knowledge. For instance, if you’re interested in working alongside heart doctors as a cardio technician, opt to enroll in a program that focuses on advanced, cardio-related techniques.

Depending on the program you choose, you can expect to spend between three weeks and six months training at a cost of $500 to $2500 dollars. Remember, this time and money is well worth it if you’re excited about the prospect of starting a new career.

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Requirements

While you don’t need previous healthcare experience to enroll in a training program, you will need a GED or high school diploma. You may also need to pass a background check and be up-to-date on all your vaccinations.

The amount of training hours you’ll have to complete will depend upon your state’s education and training requirements. Again, some states won’t require you to train at all (but remember, training could increase your phlebotomist salary potential and make you more employable).  States that do require training call for somewhere between 160 and 200 hours worth of classroom and clinical time.

Once you’ve completed your training, you’ll be ready to take your certification test. Register to take a test in your area through a certification agency like the National Phlebotomy Association or the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians. You may be required to become a member of the agency before you take your test.

Phlebotomist Requirements

MPN Expert Tip: If you’re serious about this career, take a short practice test right now to see what type of content you will be studying. This will go a long way in helping you make a decision. 

The exact details of your test, which will cost you roughly $100 to take, will depend upon the association you choose to take it through and the state in which you live. However, if you’ve received the proper training, you should be prepared to tackle the questions comfortably and confidently no matter what. If you want to study up just in case, ask your program instructor for a practice test, or find one online on your chosen agency’s website.

Beyond your training and certification, it’s also important that you have the innate skills and traits it takes to become truly successful. To be a good at your new career, you’ll have to have solid communication skills and be patient, kind, cheerful and understanding. You’ll also have to have steady hands and be able to stay on your feet for extended periods of time.

Depending on your state’s education and training requirements, you may have the opportunity to take courses throughout your career, as well. Some states require that you continue your education in order to stay up to date with changes in the field. Your continuing education will probably cover topics like venipuncture, medical lawsuits, patient injury and blood contamination.

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Jobs Outlook

If you choose to pursue a career in phlebotomy, you’ll have a good shot at both finding and keeping a job. Phlebotomists are in high demand in hospitals, doctor’s offices, diagnostic labs and blood donor centers, and even more will be needed as time goes on. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for blood work careers is expected to grow at an amazing rate of 27 percent over the next several years.  This means that roughly 27,000 new positions will open, and you could fill one of them.

Checkout salaries and employment stats by setting below:

Healthcare SettingAverage HourlyAverage YearlyCurrent Employment
Laboratories$15.49$32,220 29880
Employment Services$15.46$32,160 2870
Ambulatory Health Care Services$15.14$31,480 18960
Physicians Offices$14.96$31,120 9870
Hospitals$14.70$30,580 41590

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov)

Once you get certified, it’s time to start looking for your first job. To begin your search, inquire about job openings at hospitals in your area. Hospitals employ the largest volume for this career in the country, so this is a good place to start.

Next, search for job openings online. Start by looking at healthcare-specific job boards, such as:

Then, explore more general job boards, like:

Before you apply for a job, write and polish your resume and cover letter. First, list all of your prior education and work experiences in your resume, even if they don’t relate to the medical field. Then, when writing your cover letter, use an engaging tone to explain how your past jobs and education (including your certification training!) will make you a good fit at the available job. Before submitting your application, double-check for spelling and grammatical errors, as both are major turn-offs to potential employers.

Salary

Since phlebotomy jobs are considered entry-level positions in the medical world, your phlebotomy pay scale will be on the lower end of the healthcare spectrum, though well above minimum wage. If you’re just beginning your career, you can expect to make between 12 and 17 dollars an hour, which comes out to between $25,000 and $35,000 a year. On average, this career demands an annual income of about $30,000. You won’t make as much compared to other technicians like ultrasound ($65,860 per year) and x-ray ($40,000 to $60,000 per year) but those professions require much more education and training.

MPN Expert Tip: Use the table below to find your state’s average phlebotomy technician salary:

State
Average Hourly
Average Yearly
Current Employment
Alabama$12.26$25,500 1680
Alaska$19.33$40,200 190
Arizona$14.99$31,180 3050
Arkansas$12.10$25,180 1150
California$18.48$38,440 11000
Colorado$16.54$34,390 1660
Connecticut$17.51$36,420 1570
Delaware$18.33$38,120 430
District of Columbia$17.23$35,840 170
Florida$13.36$27,780 6240
Georgia$14.12$29,370 3510
Hawaii$16.44$34,200 520
Idaho$13.87$28,840 520
Illinois$15.75$32,770 3830
Indiana$13.85$28,810 2770
Iowa$13.48$28,040 800
Kansas$14.30$29,750 770
Kentucky$13.09$27,230 2060
Louisiana$12.73$26,470 1800
Maine$13.77$28,640 540
Maryland$17.07$35,490 1840
Massachusetts$17.57$36,540 2440
Michigan$13.75$28,610 2620
Minnesota$16.55$34,430 1930
Mississippi$12.20$25,370 900
Missouri$12.84$26,700 2060
Montana$13.96$29,040 330
Nebraska$14.83$30,850 800
Nevada$16.79$34,920 910
New Hampshire$16.29$33,890 460
New Jersey$16.12$33,540 4370
New Mexico$13.69$28,470 430
New York$17.96$37,360 4840
North Carolina$13.54$28,170 3900
North Dakota$13.75$28,590 460
Ohio$14.16$29,460 4900
Oklahoma$13.81$28,710 990
Oregon$16.77$34,890 1500
Pennsylvania$14.74$30,660 5090
Puerto Rico$10.11$21,020 470
Rhode Island$16.93$35,210 800
South Carolina$12.24$25,460 1610
South Dakota$12.40$25,790 190
Tennessee$12.36$25,720 2850
Texas$14.07$29,270 8050
Utah$12.78$26,590 980
Vermont$15.16$31,520 320
Virginia$15.68$32,620 3190
Washington$16.36$34,020 1810
West Virginia$12.31$25,610 850
Wisconsin$15.27$31,770 2300
Wyoming$13.68$28,450 260

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov)

However, you won’t necessary make the same amount your entire career, as these phlebotomy jobs do provide room for phlebotomy salary growth. As you gain experience, your earning potential will increase. Veterans who take on leadership roles can make anywhere from $40,000 to $45,000 a year.

Your exact phlebotomist salary will also depend on how much education and training you have under your belt. If you choose to get certified, you’ll make more per hour than others  who aren’t fully trained.

The state you work in matters, too. According to the American Society for Clinical Pathology (or the ASCP), phlebotomists in California, Illinois, Colorado and Minnesota make the highest wages, while those in Ohio, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Texas and New York make the lowest. Generally, you can expect to make more if you work in a large metropolis, regardless of the state in which you live.

You can expect to work full time (which comes out to about 40 hours a week). If you work in a hospital or lab, you can also expect to work nights, weekends and holidays as needed. While your job may not fold into a typical nine-to-five timeframe, the erratic hours will be worth it if you truly enjoy what you do.

MPN Wrap Up: This is a great career choice for you if:
  1. You’re okay with being around needles and blood a lot.
  2. Want to help people while making a decent salary.
  3. Want an in demand job and career stability.
  4. Don’t mind working some nights and holidays.

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