Whether you are donating blood at your local drive or being tested during a doctor’s appointment, a Phlebotomist performs the task of drawing your blood. Besides ensuring accuracy and safety, a Phlebotomist comforts patients and answers their questions. The Phlebotomist is trained to collect blood samples and works under the supervision of the Clinical Laboratory Scientist. Training is typically on-the-job and is available when there is an employment need in a particular facility.
People interested in becoming phlebotomists should have a high school diploma or an equivalent. 1 year phlebotomy programs are offered at vocational/technical schools awarding diplomas and 2 year phlebotomy programs are offered at community colleges awarding associate’s degrees. On-the-job training may also be available in some hospitals and clinics.