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If you ever need blood work, there is a good chance that the person performing the blood draw will be a phlebotomist. A phlebotomist, also called a phlebotomy technician, is an allied health professional trained to draw blood for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, blood donations, or research. Phlebotomists perform an essential function within healthcare environments. If you are interested in becoming a phlebotomist, read about Arizona College of Allied Health’s Medical Assisting with Phlebotomy training.

Phlebotomist Qualifications

To effectively perform their duties, phlebotomy technicians must have a variety of skills and qualifications, including:

 

What Does a Phlebotomist Do?

Phlebotomist job responsibilities can vary depending on their work environment and employer. They provide hands-on, direct patient care when performing blood draws. Phlebotomy technicians also perform administrative duties such as labeling specimens, preparing them for further medical testing, and maintaining patient data. Duties commonly performed by phlebotomists include:

 

Phlebotomist Work Environments

Phlebotomists can work in a wide variety of healthcare facilities, including:

  • Doctor’s offices – Some doctors contract with laboratory companies to provide phlebotomy services within their office as a convenience for their patients.
  • Hospitals/nursing facilities – Phlebotomists who work in hospitals or nursing facilities make rounds throughout their shift, collecting blood samples from admitted patients or residents as requested by treating physicians.
  • Free-standing outpatient laboratories – Phlebotomists who work in free-standing outpatient laboratories collect specimens from patients who visit the facility with orders from their physician.
  • Blood banks & blood donor centers – Phlebotomists who work at blood banks screen and collect blood specimens from patients who are donating blood.

Phlebotomy Training

Phlebotomists are important members of the healthcare team. If the medical field interests you and you are organized and detail-oriented, then a career in phlebotomy could be a great fit for you! Arizona College of Allied Health’s Medical Assistant with Phlebotomy program prepares you for a career in this healthcare field. Complete a request for information form and our admissions team will be in touch soon.