A phlebotomist, who specializes in collecting blood for clinical laboratory analysis, is a critical part of the healthcare team.
Phlebotomy skills include being responsible and interacting well with patients, as well as
- 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
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.
Frequently asked questions
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, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/phlebotomists.htm
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).