Laboratory scientists, technologists and technicians require blood specimens that have been obtained promptly, efficiently and safely by qualified phlebotomists. The phlebotomist is an integral member of the laboratory team. This individual must be well trained in all aspects of specimen collection and processing. The phlebotomist must also be able to maintain high standards of professionalism with clients or patients. To ensure quality training is available to persons interested in this field of work, Moraine Valley has developed a training program in phlebotomy. This certificate program presents the basics of phlebotomy in three courses consisting of nine credit hours.
This program is intended to lead to employment. Students who are considering transferring to a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor's degree using the courses from this program, should make an appointment with an academic advisor to review your options.
Nature of Work—Phlebotomists obtain blood specimens promptly, efficiently and safely from patients and clients. They are employed by private laboratories, blood centers, hospitals, clinics and nursing homes. The phlebotomist is an integral member of the laboratory technical and scientific team.
Related Job Title—Phlebotomist
Employment Outlook—Job opportunities are expected to be excellent, because the number of job openings is expected to continue to exceed the number of job seekers. Employment of clinical laboratory workers is expected to grow 14 percent between 2008 and 2018, as the volume of laboratory tests continues to increase with both population growth and the development of new types of tests. Technological advances will continue to have two opposing effects on employment. On the one hand, new, increasingly powerful diagnostic tests will encourage additional testing and spur employment. On the other hand, research and development efforts targeted at simplifying routine testing procedures may enhance the ability of nonlaboratory personnel' physicians and patients in particular to perform tests now conducted in laboratories. Although hospitals are expected to continue to be the major employer of clinical laboratory workers, employment is expected to grow faster in medical and diagnostic laboratories, offices of physicians, and all other ambulatory health care services.
Although significant, job growth will not be the only source of opportunities. As in most occupations, many openings will result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations, retire, or stop working for some other reason.
The U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics reports the median salary for phlebotomists in 2008 was
$35,380. Salaries ranged from $28,420 to $44,310. Median annual earnings in the
industries employing the largest numbers of medical and clinical laboratory
For job and internship listings and job search assistance, contact the Job Resource Center in the Student Services Center, S202, (708) 974-5737, www.morainevalley.edu/jrc.