What It Takes to Become a Phlebotomist

Several characteristics must be present for someone to be a good phlebotomy technician:

  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to perform successfully under time constraints
  • Capable of communicating effectively
  • It's similar to taking on a new project and responsibility

If this seems like something you'd be interested in, it's time to look into becoming a Phlebotomy Technician certification.

There are two routes to get the necessary training.

There are two fundamental paths that you may take to become a phlebotomist. First and foremost, if you have no prior expertise in the medical sector, you will need to enroll in and finish a phlebotomy program at an approved university or technical institute. This will assist you with obtaining the required classroom education and hands-on training that you will require to get employed and begin working as a nurse who draws blood for patients.

The following are common course assignments:

Anatomy and physiology are two subjects that are taught in school.

  • Knowing the composition of blood and cells - the heart of phlebotomy is understanding how illness and infection influence the composition of blood and cells.
  • Extracting blood from persons of all ages involves taking into consideration several aspects that must be taken into consideration while drawing blood.
  • Laboratory safety is the practice of handling samples and laboratory equipment in a safe manner in order to prevent damage and infection to oneself and other lab personnel.

CPR - This is becoming more and more prevalent in phlebotomy classes as they become more popular.


The training should take no more than a year and should qualify you to sit for the National Certified Phlebotomy Technician exam, which is typically administered in May. An increasing number of businesses are looking for people who have earned their NCPT certification.

Certified medical professionals from other disciplines can also take the course and pass the test as an alternative route of certification.

NOTE: There are four states that additionally require phlebotomists to get a particular state certification: California, New York, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.

  • California
  • Louisiana
  • Nevada
  • Washington

Choosing a Coursework Program for You

The following criteria should be taken into consideration while evaluating alternative program options:

The length of time it takes to complete the program varies depending on the program, although most are completed in less than a year on average. When determining the length of the program, remember to take into consideration how flexible the timetable is.

Location: how close is your phlebotomy training to your place of residence? Is it going to be too tough to commute? Will you be required to relocate?

Certification: Enrolling in an approved phlebotomy training program guarantees that you will acquire all the information and training necessary to obtain your certification. 

Phlebotomists Have a Bright Future Ahead of Them

The outlook for this area, like with many other medical fields, appears to be favorable for the foreseeable future. As our population continues to age, the need for phlebotomists is projected to increase significantly.

What is the average income for a phlebotomist?

The average income for someone working in this area is around $35,000 per year. The pay range might vary between $32,000 and $39,000 per year depending on experience.

Phlebotomy is an extremely rewarding job choice if you enjoy assisting patients by collecting blood samples from them and managing transfusions.

May 12, 2023

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person
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