Phlebotomists draw blood samples from people by venipuncture, and keep careful records of all procedures for medical tests and blood donations. Safety precautions are of utmost concern to the phlebotomist to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases. Phlebotomists are instructed to adhere to strict policies and procedures and to work accurately and efficiently while treating the patient with care.
Phlebotomists work in hospitals, independent clinical laboratories, or blood banks.
Employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 25 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and other locations will need phlebotomists to perform bloodwork.
Training can be obtained through one year, on-the-job instruction or through a formal phlebotomy certificate program, which lasts several months.
Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut.
American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians
PO Box 1831
Hickory, NC 28603
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
1861 International Drive, Suite 200
McLean, VA 22102
American Society of Clinical Pathology
33 West Monroe Street, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603