Phlebotomy Technician

Phlebotomist is an individual who performs phlebotomy (collection of blood).

Phlebotomists are a critical part of the health care team, collecting blood samples for clinical laboratory analysis. They assist the health care team in the accurate, safe and reliable collection and transportation of specimens.

Phlebotomist skills include being responsible and interacting well with patients. Additional items on the phlebotomy skills checklist include:

  • good near vision
  • must enjoy working with people
  • need to have an ability to comfort those who are fearful of needles
  • good manual dexterity
  • ability to work under pressure in circumstances
  • ability to handle blood and other bodily fluids without discomfort
  • arm-hand steadiness
  • ability to work with computers
  • good documentation and recording information skills
  • desire for continuing education to keep abreast of new developments
  • ability to process information
  • must be able to apply critical thinking to all situations
  • must be able to work independently


Your pathway to a degree

Taking phlebotomy certificate classes directly apply to the associate degree in medical assisting:

Phlebotomy Technician Certificate

The following steps will allow for an easier application process:

  • STEP 1: Complete the application to the college. Use the Medical Assisting code on the back of the application. You will be listed as a Medical Assisting major for the two semesters you are in the course. If you are currently on a wait list for another technology, your position will not be jeodarized. At the end of your second semester you will need to complete a change of major form to your desired technology, if you will be continuing at the college.
  • STEP 2: Send official copies of all high school and college transcripts to admissions atStark State College
    Attention: Admissions
    Stark State College
    6200 Frank Ave NW
    North Canton OH 44720
  • STEP 3: Call and schedule an appointment with Admissions (330-494-6170 ext 4228 or 800-797-8275 ) to take the COMPASS test.
  • STEP 4: Once the first three steps are completed, contact the Medical Assisting Program Coordinator. Your records will be reviewed and you will be notified if you are eligible to take the class. You will be given an application for the Phlebotomy Technician course at that time.Attention: Kelly Reinsel, BSTE, CMA (AAMA), PBT (ASCP)
    (330) 966-5458 ext 4112

In order to apply you must meet the following requirements:

  • 2.5 GPA from your most recent educational facility
  • Successfully pass Reading for Critical Analysis (IDS 102) or a score of 70 or higher on the ACCUPLACER test
  • No reported felony or misdemeanor; you may not be able to be placed at a clinical site for your required practicum
  • A medical release from your physician may be required before you start the program if you have a medical condition that might interfere with your ability to draw blood

According to various sections of the Ohio Law and Regulations for Certification and Licensure Boards, persons convicted of any felony or a misdemeanor may not be accepted into a health program at Stark State College; may not be able to take the licensure or certification examinations; may be refused acceptance of placement by the clinical/practicum sites; or may have restrictions placed on their ability to practice.

How much can I expect to make as a Phlebotomist?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012 the median hourly wage for phlebotomists working in a hospital or private clinic setting was $14.29 per hour, while a phlebotomist working in a laboratory or a physician’s office could expect to make a higher wage:;

*Information according to the BLS,

How do I become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician?

Through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP): In order to sit for the exam, candidates must meet eligibility requirements that include a combination of classroom instruction and clinical components. The exam is administered on a computer, and can be taken at any time for an application fee of $125.

How much will it cost to take this course at Stark State College?

The estimated total expenses will be approximately $1372.00.

This includes the college expenses ($864), health requirement expenses ($426) along with CPR certification and personal supplies ($82).