Phlebotomy Technician Career

Why consider a career in Phlebotomy?

Phlebotomy technicians provide an essential service in the rapidly growing healthcare industry. Medical practices are expanding, and physicians rely on bloodwork to diagnose and monitor patients. The phlebotomy technician career path offers many benefits:

  • Growing demand

    Employment for phlebotomists is expected to grow 25% by 2024.

  • Competitive salaries and benefits

    Phlebotomy technicians enjoy competitive salaries as well as the potential for traditional employment benefits.

  • Abundance of opportunities

    The healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing in the country. Phlebotomy allows you to enter the healthcare industry with training that can be done quickly and affordably.

A career as a Phlebotomy technician offers the opportunity to earn a great income in a growing healthcare field.

Is Career Step the School for Me?

Over 100,000 Career Step students can’t be wrong. Choose Career Step, and graduate with the skills you need to start working right away. Career Step offers the following benefits:

  • Quick graduation timeline

    You can be trained and working in a month or less with Career Step’s flexible, online course.

  • Preparation for a rapidly growing career

    The U.S. Department of Labor expects the healthcare industry add over 28,000 phlebotomy technician jobs by 2024, a 25% growth.

  • Affordable tuition

    With Career Step Phlebotomy Technician training, you can develop the expertise you need to excel in your new field for only $499.

Choose Career Step for the quality education you need to secure a successful Phlebotomy technician career as a phlebotomy technician in a clinical or administrative setting.


Phlebotomy Technician Job Description and Earning Potential

What Will I Be Doing as a Phlebotomy technician?

Phlebotomy technicians work in hospitals, laboratories, blood donor centers, and physicians’ offices, drawing blood to be used for diagnostic testing, transfusions, research, or blood donations. Duties include a diverse set of skills:

  • Draw blood from patients and blood donors
  • Calm patients’ fears about the blood draw
  • Verify identity to ensure proper labeling of the blood
  • Label the drawn blood for testing or processing
  • Enter patient information into a computer system
  • Assemble and maintain medical instruments such as needles, test tubes, and blood vials

The 24/7 nature of healthcare makes night and weekend schedules a possibility for phlebotomy technicians, particularly those who work in hospitals; however, most work standard daytime hours.

How much can I earn as a Phlebotomy technician?

Salaries for phlebotomy technicians vary by employer, geographic location, and experience. Ultimately, the amount you can expect will depend on the type of job you take. You may be able to increase your earning potential by becoming certified.

  • Earn a competitive salary

    The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the middle 50% of phlebotomists earn between $27,350 and $38,800 a year.

  • Improve your chance of getting hired

    While not all states require certification, most employers prefer to hire certified phlebotomy technicians according to bls.gov.

  • Prepare for a certification exam

    Career Step’s program provides the knowledge and simulation experience needed to complete the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) credential. To qualify for exam registration, you will also need to perform a minimum of 30 venipunctures and 10 capillary sticks. Check with your local Labcorp, Quest, or hospital to set up your live experience.


Phlebotomy Technician Training

How long will the training take?

Career Step’s Phlebotomy Technician program includes 57 hours of curriculum and is designed to be completed in less than a month. However, the online format allows you to study on your own schedule and at your own pace, so your enrollment includes 3 months of program access to ensure that you have the time you need to complete your training.

What will I be learning?

The Career Step Phlebotomy Thecnician program covers:

  • Healthcare and cardiovascular foundations
  • Standard safety measures
  • Processing, labeling, and transporting samples
  • Venipuncture insertion and removal techniques
  • Capillary puncture method
  • Simulations
  • Exam preparation

The course includes images, exercises, learning games, and highly interactive simulations to prepare you to work in the phlebotomy field. In preparation for your certification exam, you will also need to gain hands-on experience in phlebotomy on a person by completing a minimum of 30 venipunctures and 10 capillary sticks. Check with your local Labcorp, Quest, or hospital to set up your live experience. When you complete the course, you will be prepared to take the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam.

Download the program brochure to learn more about the program or review the learning objectives for each module.

PHLEBOTOMY TECHNICIAN COURSE TUITION

How Much does the Phlebotomy Technician course cost?

Everything you need to succeed is included in one, low tuition payment of $499.

This tuition fee entitles you to an initial 3 months of access to the Phlebotomy Technician course. The program is designed to be completed in less than a month of full-time study, so we provide you 3 months of access to give you the freedom to study on the schedule and at the pace that works for you.

A course extensions is available should you feel you need more time to complete the program.

Are payment plans or tuition assistance available?

Payment options are not available for this course.

What is included with my training program?

Everything you need to succeed is included with your Career Step program. You’ll have:

  • Complete online access to expert-created curriculum
  • ebooks
  • One-on-one support from your instructors and our technical support team

The Phlebotomy Technician program includes 57 hours of curriculum.



PHLEBOTOMY TECHNICIAN PROGRAM FAQS

Get answers to the most common and important questions about enrolling in the Phlebotomy program at Career Step. Our FAQs section provides answers to help you make an informed decision about your education.

According to bls.gov, though not all states require certification, most employers look to hire certified phlebotomists. States requiring phlebotomy technicians to be certified include California, Louisiana, Nevada, and Washington.

Get answers to the most common and important questions about enrolling in the Phlebotomy Technician program at Career Step. Our FAQs section provides answers to help you make an informed decision about your education.

Phlebotomy technicians work in hospitals, laboratories, blood donor centers, and physicians’ offices, drawing blood to be used for diagnostic testing, transfusions, research, or blood donations. Duties include a diverse set of skills:

  • Draw blood from patients and blood donors
  • Talk with patients and donors to help them feel less nervous about having their blood drawn
  • Verify a patient’s or donor’s identity to ensure proper labeling of the blood
  • Label the drawn blood for testing or processing
  • Enter patient information into a database
  • Assemble and maintain medical instruments such as needles, test tubes, and blood vials

The growing healthcare industry will add more jobs in the coming years than any other industry.* The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports there were over fifty thousand cardiology technicians in 2013 and that this occupation is expected to experience 24% growth by 2024. Demand for Phlebotomy technicians has increased due to rapidly evolving technology, and the decreasing cost of Phlebotomy technology also makes it more accessible for medical providers outside of hospitals. This, coupled with the overall shift of healthcare from the inpatient setting to the outpatient setting, is expected to boost the demand for Phlebotomy technicians in doctor’s offices and diagnostic facilities.

Phlebotomy technicians work in a variety of healthcare settings. With the healthcare industry growing at a rapid pace, many opportunities exist nationwide, and the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the demand for phlebotomists will grow by 25%, or over 28,000 jobs, by 2024.

Career Step has been training healthcare professionals for over 25 years and offers comprehensive training that prepares students to work as Phlebotomy technicians. With Career Step, you’ll study online, on your own schedule, and at your own pace. You’ll know you’re getting the right education; personal, ongoing support; and the resources and guidance you need to turn your education into a job.

Choose Career Step for the quality education you need to take your next career step into becoming an Phlebotomy technician.

See what makes Career Step different in our quick introduction.

In order to be admitted, you must be at least 18 years of age and either a) have a high school diploma or a General Education Development Certificate (GED), or b) pass the Career Step Pre-Enrollment Assessment Test. There are no specific skills or experience that are considered prerequisites for entry into the Career Step training program.

In order to be admitted, you must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or a General Education Development Certificate (GED). There are no specific skills or experience that are considered prerequisites for entry into the Career Step training program.

The Career Step program is offered entirely online, providing 24/7 access to all material and allowing you to progress through the curriculum on your own schedule and at your own pace. The program is broken into modules, or course subjects, all of which focus on helping you build the essential knowledge and skills of an Phlebotomy technician.

Career Step student support includes access to:

  • Student Support Instructors and Advisors have professional experience in the industry and are uniquely qualified to answer questions about both the curriculum and the industry. They provide timely answers to questions about the program material and offer a number of personal consultations throughout the training to help students master important concepts.
  • Technical Support Advisors are knowledgeable, experienced, and available 5 days a week to help you work through any technical or computer issues encountered within the training program.

Though the course is entirely online, you'll never be on your own. Career Step's student support team is available to offer personal, ongoing support all the way through the training program.

See what a few Career Step students had to say about their experiences with Career Step’s student support.

The Career Step Phlebotomy Technician training program is 57 completion hours. Since the program is completely self-paced and the online training format allows you the flexibility to study as much or as little as your schedule allows, the time it takes you to complete the course will vary from other students. The course is designed to be completed in less than a month of full-time study, and students receive a 3-month period of enrollment to provide them the flexibility to study part-time on a pace and at a schedule that works for them.

A 1-month course extension is available should you feel you need more time to complete the program.

Your enrollment includes everything you will need to train for a successful career as an Phlebotomy technician. Your enrollment includes:

  • Complete online access to expert-created curriculum
  • One-on-one support from your instructors and our technical support team

Since the course is completely online, your computer will play an important role in your learning experience. We recommend the following minimum computer system specifications:

Hardware

  • Active internet connection (High speed/Broadband connection recommended)
  • 800 X 600 minimum resolution (1024 X 768 or higher recommended)
  • Sound card and speakers (Earphones recommended)
  • Available USB port

Software

  • Adobe Flash Player (ver. 10 or higher)
  • Windows Media Player (ver. 10 or higher) or Quicktime Player (ver. 7 or higher)
  • PDF reader

Browser

  • Internet Explorer 9.x/10.x/11.x
  • Firefox 3.x or greater*
  • Safari 3.1 to 8.0 (Mac only)*
  • Javascript and cookies must be enabled

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows (XP®, Vista®, 7 with latest service pack)
  • Mac OS X (10.4.11 or greater)*

Note: Mobile browsing devices are not currently supported. However, Career Step is investigating the implementation of mobile device support, and these specifications will be updated once a decision has been reached.

We realize that one of the most important questions tied to education is how it will be paid for. Because this is such a big part of the decision of whether or not to go back to school, Career Step has designed several tuition assistance and payment options. Please visit our Tuition Assistance page for more information.

It takes 2-3 business days to process the application, depending on the method of payment. Once the payment is processed, you will be emailed your course login and password and can start training immediately. Additional course materials are shipped UPS Ground after the payment is processed. The average wait is about 7-10 days.