What is a phlebotomist?
A phlebotomist is a health care professional who is trained to collect blood from patients to obtain specimens for medical laboratory testing. A phlebotomist collects specimens and processes them for analysis, utilizing computer systems to register patients, facilitate billing, and provide important patient information to the testing laboratory. A phlebotomist performs a wide range of tasks with the goal of providing quality specimens that make possible precise and accurate test results.
This program is designed to include all aspects of phlebotomy, as well as an introduction to the major sections within the laboratory (for example, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology). This program includes classroom lectures (didactic) and clinical components, including a student laboratory and a clinical rotation.
Students will be taught a variety of phlebotomy techniques to obtain blood samples from both adult and pediatric patients. They will be trained in the proper techniques to prepare specimens for testing, and they will learn about laboratory regulations, safety issues, and infection control procedures. Students will also learn the importance of accurate patient identification, along with procedures for obtaining quality lab specimens.
At the culmination of this program, which holds a 95% graduation rate, students will be well-versed in all aspects of blood collection and immediately eligible for employment. They will also be prepared and qualified to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Phlebotomy Technician Certification Exam.
The School of Phlebotomy is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, 773-714-8880.
The job outlook for skilled phlebotomists is good. Employment prospects are even better for American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certified Phlebotomy Technicians (PBT). Students who graduate from the Geisinger School of Phlebotomy will be well-prepared to take the ASCP certification exam and qualified for phlebotomy positions in hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices, outpatient service centers, nursing homes, and home health agencies.
For more information on the program, contact:
Terri A. McElhattan, BS, MT (HEW) PBT (ASCP) CPI (ACA)
Geisinger School of Phlebotomy