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Phlebotomy Program Career Information

  • Phlebotomy is the art and science of biological specimen collection, handling, transportation and processing for screening, diagnostic testing and therapeutic purposes.
  • Specimen collection is performed at the request of a physician or licensed health care provider and the quality of the phlebotomy directly affects the quality of care the physician subsequently provides.
  • A professional who provides the service described above is a phlebotomist and the techniques require good eye-hand coordination.
  • A phlebotomist interacts with patients, clinical laboratory staff, nurses, doctors and other allied health personnel, which requires good interpersonal skills.
  • A phlebotomist, as a member of a health care team, must pay attention to details and carefully document work performed and modern record-keeping requires computer skills.
  • Phlebotomists typically work in hospital clinical laboratories, out-patient labs, physician's offices, donor centers, pharmaceutical firms, research institutions, hospices, public health clinics and many other venues, both civilian and military.
  • The nature of the service phlebotomists provide brings a high potential for exposure to blood-born pathogens and, therefore, phlebotomists are expected to follow standard OSHA-mandated precautions.
  • Phlebotomists are expected to keep up-to-date with their skills and their profession, which requires a commitment to critical thinking and life-long learning.
PBT Program Placement Rates
Academic Year 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015
Rate 89% 81% 84%

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