Professional Development

Phlebotomy Technician

What does a Phlebotomy Technician do?

A phlebotomy technician is a professional who is trained to collect blood samples. Other tasks have begun to fall under their purview including collecting throat cultures and urine specimens (non-blood samples).

Blood and non-blood specimens are collected for testing so they can be analyzed in a lab to diagnose illness, evaluate the effectiveness of medications, determine whether a patient is receiving proper nutrition and more.

Where Can You Work?

Phlebotomy technicians most often work in hospitals and outpatient labs, but can also work in physician’s offices, student health centers, correctional facilities, plasma centers, blood banks or other health care facilities.


12 Weeks


Training Materials Provided



Clinical Requirement

A clinical component is required for this program. We will assist students enrolled in this program find a clinical location. If you have any questions about the clinical requirements of this program, please discuss them with your Training Specialist.

Phlebotomy Technician


Healthcare employment is projected to grow by 13% from 2021 to 2031, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This means that over the next decade there will be nearly 2 million new positions available for those interested in healthcare.

Skills Learned

Upon completion of this certified phlebotomy technician program you’ll learn a number of skills, such as:

  • Knowing medical terminology, disease processes, anatomy and physiology
  • Understanding the responsibilities of patient care and monitoring, safety and compliance
  • Grasping the importance of customer service, communication skills and professionalism
  • Collecting blood and non-blood specimens for testing and analyzing in a clinical laboratory
  • Effectively communicating with patients, doctors and medical staff efficiently and understand the importance of bedside manner
  • Verifying patients’ identity to ensure proper labeling of specimens and entry of information into a database
  • Assembling and maintaining equipment such as needles and specimen containers
  • Keeping a clean, sanitary and safe work environment
  • Appreciating the role of HIPAA, OSHA, COLA and CLIA-waived testing

Courses - 12 Weeks

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Phlebotomy Technician Job Possibilities

Phlebotomy Technician


$35,000 – $37,000

Laboratory Specimen Processor


$22,000 – $36,000

Laboratory Assistant


$26,000 – $49,000

Certification Information

After completion of our Phlebotomy training program, you will have the knowledge to pass the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam, issued through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), and begin your career in healthcare.

Upon completion of this program, students wishing to complete the Certified Phlebotomy Technician exam will be required to complete 30 venipunctures and 10 capillary sticks on a live person. Students should already be working in the field to complete this requirement.


Certified Phlebotomy Technician

The CPT exam ensures you are knowledgable and fully prepared to work as a phlebotomy technician in a clinical environment.

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Payment Options

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Program Comparison

Emerge Education
Community College
Program & Tuition Cost
$4,000 average
Up to $20,000
Exam Fees, Books & Materials
Up to $750
Job Ready In
3–6 months
24–48 months
Schedule Flexibility
On-demand 24/7
Set class schedule
Travel Requirements
None: 100% online
On-campus classrooms
Student Support
Personal Advisors: text, call and email access
Professors: scheduled office hours
Career Coaching
Exam-tailor + soft-skill training to build well-rounded careers
Exam-based + prerequisites and electives to meet credit
Content Delivery
3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning
Professor lectures

Meet Your Training Specialist

Lauren Holubec is your Training Specialist. She is here to help you understand the program, payment options and succeed! Get in touch with Lauren to learn more about the program and how to achieve your career goals. If you are a manager interested in group enrollment, please contact Lauren directly so she can assist you with the enrollment process.


What skills do phlebotomy technicians need to possess?

A phlebotomy technician needs a number of skills to be successful. They need to have coordination, because it takes a steady hand and good eye-hand coordination to draw blood while causing as little pain to the patient as possible. They need to have attention to detail, because everything needs to be properly labeled and stored to avoid mixing, lost or contaminated samples. Also, communication and stamina are important skills to possess, because you’ll be working for hours on your feet with patients who may be nervous around needles.

What is the typical schedule of a phlebotomy technician?

The number of hours a phlebotomist works depends on the work location. In a clinic or donation center, you might work a fairly normal weekday full-time schedule. In a hospital you may be required to work night shifts and weekends. Phlebotomy technicians typically work 40 hours a week, but may work overtime hours in clinical and hospital environments.

Where is the best place to work as a phlebotomy technician?

The best place to work as a phlebotomy technician will depend on your desired workplace environment. Some phlebotomists may enjoy the challenges of a hospital or clinic environment, whereas others might prefer more predictable office hours like in a doctor’s office.

What’s the difference between a medical assistant and a phlebotomy technician?

Medical assistants work alongside physicians to provide both administrative and clinical support. A phlebotomy technician is solely trained to draw blood.

Do you have to maintain your certification to remain a phlebotomy technician?

Yes. For most phlebotomy professional certifications, you need to earn a certain number of continuing education credits every two years. There are short courses you can take to fulfill this requirement.