Phlebotomy Technician Program Frequently Asked Questions

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What does a phlebotomist do?

  • Phlebotomists are primarily responsible for collecting blood samples, also known as venipunctures and capillary punctures. As their role as an allied health professional continues to expand, other tasks such as collecting throat cultures and urine specimens are being added to the duties of a phlebotomist.

Where can I work as a phlebotomist?

  • Phlebotomists are most often found in hospitals and outpatient labs, but can also gain employment in physician’s offices, student health centers, correctional facilities, plasma centers, or as mobile phlebotomists.

What type of positions would I qualify for with this certification?

  • Phlebotomist
  • Specimen Processor
  • Lab Assistant
  • Collection Specialist
  • Plasma Center Technician
  • Central Processing Technician
  • Donor Technician
  • And Many More!

Since phlebotomy training is covered in the medical assisting program, should I take that class instead?

  • If you are interested ONLY in specimen collection, there is no need to take the entire MA course, as it covers a wide variety of topics outside of specimen collections.

Why do we need to wear scrubs?

  • Personal presentation is important in the healthcare field both to find employment and to maintain it. Students are to present themselves for class in the same manner as they would within the workplace. Wearing scrubs and closed-toed shoes to class on skills days will aid in preparing students for the workplace, and is therefore mandatory. Scrubs may be any color of your choice, but must be clean, wrinkle-free, and fit appropriately. Long hair should be tied back, and artificial fingernails will not be permitted, as they harbor bacteria.

Why is there an attendance policy?

  • Attendance is of huge importance due to the amount of information covered in each class period. This is a condensed course and topics are covered at an accelerated pace. Regularly missing class will hinder your ability to be well prepared for the national certification exam. Furthermore, poor attendance is one of the biggest reasons employers site for firing employees. It is in your best interest to make good attendance a priority not just in your school life, but your work life as well.

What is the NHA and why is it important to be certified?

  • The NHA, the National Healthcareer Association, is a national certifying body for laboratory professions. Obtaining your certification indicates to employers that you have met the standards of competency set forth by the NHA, and proves that you are knowledgeable within your field.

When is the certification exam? Where do I take it?

  • Your exam will be given at the campus, approximately one week after your course has ended. The testing fee is included in your tuition.