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Phlebotomy Technician Career Training


This comprehensive course provides instruction in the skills needed for the proper collection of blood and other specimens used for diagnostic testing. Emphasis is placed on ethics, legalities, medical terminology, safety and universal precautions, health care delivery systems, patient relations, anatomy and physiology, and specimen collection. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the theoretical comprehension of phlebotomy techniques.

The Phlebotomy Technician or Phlebotomist is an integral member of the medical laboratory team whose primary function is the collection of blood samples from patients by venipuncture or microtechniques. The phlebotomy technician facilitates the collection and transportation of laboratory specimens, and is often the patient's only contact with the medical laboratory. The need to assure quality and patient safety mandates strict professional behavior and standards of practice for these practitioners.

Nature of the Job

The primary function of a phlebotomy technician is to obtain patient blood specimens by venipuncture or microtechniques. The phlebotomy technician aids in the collection and transportation of other laboratory specimens, and may be involved with patient data entry. A phlebotomy technician also draws blood for transfusions, donations and research. Phlebotomy technicians must like challenge and responsibility. They must be accurate, work well under pressure and communicate effectively. Safety is key and all safety precautions must be taken to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases. Duties will differ by doctor office, hospital and laboratory.

Certification Requirements

To become certified you must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. and complete classroom lectures. You must complete a clinical rotation at a physician office or laboratory where you can obtain the necessary clinical hours obtaining 100 venipunctures and 25 fingersticks. It will be necessary to pass a national examination which indicates you have met the standards of competency to become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician.

This course will cover the classroom portion only. Labs and externships are not part of the online course.

Those who wish to sit for certification will need to complete an externship at a laboratory or other suitable setting.

If you are a working phlebotomist with 1 year experience who has not yet been certified, this course will provide the necessary knowledge needed for certification. There are no clinical or externship requirements for the experienced phlebotomist.

Note: Clinical hours vary by Certification Agencies and Schools.

  • Aerican Society for Clinical Pathology
  • Association of Phlebotomy Technicians
  • National Phlebotomy Association


By completing this course you will learn about:

  • Phlebotomist job responsibilities
  • Organizational structure of a laboratory
  • Basic understanding of major body systems
  • Collection equipment
  • Blood collection procedures
  • Infection control and safety
  • Specimen transport and processing
  • Quality control, and professionalism


Evaluation of student performance will be based upon the following criteria.

  • Weekly homework assignments = 1/3 of subject grade
  • Weekly quizzes = 1/3 of subject grade
  • Final exams = 1/3 of subject grade

course quick facts
course code DED7570
cost $499.00
estimated time to
complete course
24 Hours
course materials
90 Days