How to Land Entry Level Phlebotomy Jobs

Phlebotomy is a medical process that is used frequently in hospitals and private clinic settings. This procedure makes a small incision in a patient's vein with a needle in order to draw a certain amount of blood. The blood sample drawn may be sent on to a medical laboratory for further analysis.

What Is Phlebotomy?

Phlebotomy is the medical procedure that occurs when a medical professional pricks a patient's finger or draws additional blood from a patient. The actually drawing of the blood sample is called venipuncture. A phlebotomist, doctor or nurse may take these samples. The following instructions may request a blood sample:

1. Medical Testing
Medical testing is frequently requested by a patient's physician in order to rule out certain diseases or medical problems.

2. Transfusions
A donor who wishes to give blood during a blood drive is assisted by a phlebotomist. This medical assistant is the person who is taking the blood donation.

3. Research
Blood may be taken for certain types of medical research purposes.

What Training Is Required for an Entry Level Position as a Phlebotomist?

Several states require that a phlebotomist receive a license and specialized training that is monitored by a state licensing board. The states that require additional licensing in order to perform this job position are California, Washington, Nevada and Louisiana. Other jurisdictions require on the job training including the following:

1. Preparing a Patient
A patient will need to be prepared regarding this medical procedure. Preparation can include cleaning the incision area and teaching the patient about the upcoming medical process.

2. Performing the Skin Vein Puncture
A phlebotomist is required to puncture the skin vein and to draw the blood into the necessary containers. The blood samples are sent on to the necessary laboratories.

A phlebotomist is a medical assistant who is in charge of drawing necessary blood samples and sending these samples on to the laboratories for further examination. Most phlebotomy students need to complete a course in this medical discipline and have certain hours of necessary training and experience.

Author: Emma Campbell

I am a director at the Phlebotomy Training Institute