Phlebotomist Schools

Medical technology continues its march forward year after year. Not only has it brought incredible advancements in surgery, pharmaceuticals, and treatments for common conditions, but people are living longer than ever, and there has been a concurrent rise in demand for medical services. This has led to an explosion of careers in medicine, new and old. Among these professions is the field of phlebotomy, the medical science of puncturing a vein to draw blood or introduce fluids.

Phlebotomists serve an invaluable function in society by drawing blood from patients for transfusions, donations, research, and various types of medical assessments. There are a variety of phlebotomy schools to get candidates prepared for their certification exams and for a rewarding job in this medical field. In order to work effectively, phlebotomists must be uniquely trained in not only the technical aspects of the occupation but in communicating with patients and medical staff as well. Every patient who must give blood appreciates a well-trained, affable phlebotomist.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2017), this occupation is projected to increase 25 percent between 2016 and 2026, more than double the average growth expected for all occupations (7 percent). That’s an estimated increase of more than 30,000 jobs, a figure that speaks to a level of professional security not offered by every job in this era of rapid change.

So how does one join this career on the rise? Phlebotomy schools offer programs that typically take less than one year to complete, but can vary in length depending on the classes and electives offered, the state in which the program is completed, and the accrediting body. Many programs are offered through community colleges, technical schools, or vocational schools. These postsecondary programs normally involve both classroom and laboratory portions, with courses such as anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology. The successful completion of a supervised externship in a medical setting is also common.

There are a number of organizations that offer certifications for phlebotomists, also known as phlebotomy technicians. Candidates generally need to complete an accredited program from a phlebotomy school and have some clinical experience (e.g., externship). After completing these prerequisites, individuals may be qualified to take a certification exam. These tests normally involve a written portion and a practical component to demonstrate the candidate’s efficacy at drawing blood.

For those who are interested in joining a high-growth medical profession with ample opportunities to interact with patients as well as perform laboratory analyses, phlebotomy might be an excellent career to choose.

Phlebotomist fast facts
Projected Jobs Created30,100
Projected Job Growth25%
Low Salary$24,250
Average Salary (Median)$34,710
High Salary$48,030
Entry-Level EDU Certification
Sourced from BLS, June 2018

Degree & Certification Programs

Many phlebotomy schools can help get a candidate prepared for certification and a career in this growing field. These programs are generally offered through community colleges and technical schools, but there are other options as well. While there are no programs that can be taken exclusively online due to the necessity of a lab component, a number of phlebotomy schools offer flexible options where some portion of courses can be completed remotely rather than on campus.

Most phlebotomy schools have a few requirements for interested candidates. Prospective students typically must have the following:

  • High school diploma or GED

  • CPR certification

  • Immunizations

Applicants should check the specific requirements of a phlebotomy school prior to completing the application.

Following is a sampling of accredited programs that train students to become licensed phlebotomists.

  • Long Beach City College, a public two-year institution located in Long Beach, California, offers a phlebotomy technician program which generally takes less than one academic year to complete. In California, Certified Phlebotomy Technician 1 (CPT 1) is the official job title for these professionals. This program is approved by the state and involves two courses in addition to a clinical portion. The first course, ADH220, is a hands-on class involving the drawing of blood from a practice mannequin and later from one’s classmates. It teaches safe procedures for the withdrawal, usage, and disposal of blood. The final course, AH220AD, offers students the opportunity to use their new blood-drawing skills under the supervision of licensed phlebotomists and clinical laboratory scientists. Students are required to spend at least 50 hours in a supervised medical center before completing the program.

    According to the BLS, California has the highest level of employment for phlebotomists at 12,580 (BLS 2017) and is also one of four states that require phlebotomists to have a special state certification before practicing the profession.

  • Galveston College, another two-year public school, this time located in Galveston, Texas, similarly offers two courses as part of its phlebotomy program with a heavy emphasis on the clinical portion. Upon completion of these classes, the student will be eligible to take the American Society of Clinical Pathologists Board of Registry exam in order to complete the certification process. The complete program typically takes just 10 weeks to complete.

  • Eastern Florida State College, a public four-year institution with campuses in both Cocoa and Palm Beach, has a 16-week program for phlebotomy technicians. The first six weeks involve a “minimester” course with a lab, and the program finishes with a ten-week supervised hospital externship involving 105 hours of clinical experience. After completing this program, students can take one of the national certification exams. In order to gain admittance, students must be at least 18 years old.

  • Bucks Community College, a public two-year school located in Newtown, Pennsylvania, prepares students for the range of employment responsibilities including drawing blood and processing the specimens. This phlebotomy program comprises theory and laboratory practice for 15 weeks, in addition to a 120-hour externship in a hospital setting under the supervision of medical technologists and phlebotomists. Some of the courses in this program include medical terminology, basic human anatomy, medical law and ethics, and phlebotomy procedures and techniques. Before graduating from the program, students must complete at least 100 unaided blood draws. Following the completion of the phlebotomy classes and externship, students are eligible to sit for the certification exam.

  • Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio offers a two-semester phlebotomy certificate program. Students will complete one semester of classroom training followed by one semester of hands-on clinical experience. The CSCC program has also been approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Clearly the duration of phlebotomy programs can vary somewhat but can typically be completed within a year at most. Phlebotomy programs must combine both theoretical and clinical aspects of drawing blood and traditionally involve both coursework and an externship where the students can practice their techniques on mannequins and finally live subjects, normally their classmates, in order to prepare students for the certification exams.

List of Phlebotomist Schools

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School City State Website Total grads (2013)
Manhattan Institute New York New York 489
Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis Indiana 254
Truckee Meadows Community College Reno Nevada 148
Bates Technical College Tacoma Washington 139
Pima Medical Institute-East Valley Mesa Arizona 125
Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque New Mexico 120
Pima Medical Institute-Renton Renton Washington 113
Schoolcraft College Livonia Michigan 111
Lansing Community College Lansing Michigan 101
Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills Illinois 101
College of Lake County Grayslake Illinois http://WWW.CLCILLINOIS.EDU 94
MTI College Sacramento California 89
Miami Dade College Miami Florida 87
Medical Professional Institute Malden Massachusetts 86
Harper College Palatine Illinois 83
Pasco-Hernando Community College New Port Richey Florida 82
Florida Gateway College Lake City Florida 81
Renton Technical College Renton Washington 71
Seattle Community College-North Campus Seattle Washington 69
Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove Illinois 68
Bridgerland Applied Technology College Logan Utah 67
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Harrisburg Pennsylvania 64
Dixie State University Saint George Utah 63
California Nurses Educational Institute Palm Springs California 62
Ohio Medical Career Center Dayton Ohio 62
Seattle Vocational Institute Seattle Washington 59
Phoenix College Phoenix Arizona 58
Dawn Career Institute Inc Wilmington Delaware 57
Clover Park Technical College Lakewood Washington 56
Front Range Community College Westminster Colorado 55
Hagerstown Community College Hagerstown Maryland 55
De Anza College Cupertino California 50
Bucks County Community College Newtown Pennsylvania 49
Pensacola State College Pensacola Florida 47
Pima Medical Institute-Houston Houston Texas 47
Arkansas State University-Newport Newport Arkansas 46
Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 46
Pueblo Community College Pueblo Colorado 43
McCann School of Business & Technology Pottsville Pennsylvania 42
Stautzenberger College-Maumee Maumee Ohio 42
Technical Education Center-Osceola Kissimmee Florida http:// 42
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Valdosta Georgia 42
Lake Superior College Duluth Minnesota 41
Northern Essex Community College Haverhill Massachusetts 41
Columbiana County Career and Technical Center Lisbon Ohio 40
Eastern Florida State College Cocoa Florida 40
Baker College of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills Michigan 39
Pima Medical Institute-Tucson Tucson Arizona 39
Aims Community College Greeley Colorado 38
American Institute of Medical Sciences & Education Piscataway New Jersey 38
ATA College Louisville Kentucky 38
West Georgia Technical College Waco Georgia 38
Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny Iowa 37
Southern University at Shreveport Shreveport Louisiana 37
Tri-County Adult Career Center Nelsonville Ohio 37
Arkansas Northeastern College Blytheville Arkansas 36
Goodwin College East Hartford Connecticut 36
Mercer County Technical Education Center Princeton West Virginia 36
Arapahoe Community College Littleton Colorado 35
Brookline College-Phoenix Phoenix Arizona 35
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College Chicago Illinois 35
Columbia Basin College Pasco Washington 35
South Arkansas Community College El Dorado Arkansas 35
Wake Technical Community College Raleigh North Carolina 35
Brookline College-Tucson Tucson Arizona 34
Santa Fe Community College Santa Fe New Mexico 34
Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland Ohio 33
Savannah Technical College Savannah Georgia 33
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Nashville Nashville Tennessee 33
Ultimate Medical Academy-Clearwater Clearwater Florida 33
Fortis Institute-Scranton Scranton Pennsylvania 32
Institute for Business and Technology Santa Clara California 32
Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee Wisconsin 32
Technical Learning Centers Inc Washington D.C. 30
Academy of Careers and Technology Beckley West Virginia 29
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Asheville North Carolina 29
Baker College of Owosso Owosso Michigan 29
Bellevue College Bellevue Washington 29
Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs Colorado 29
Sinclair Community College Dayton Ohio 29
Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee Wisconsin 28
City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College Chicago Illinois 27
Columbus Technical College Columbus Georgia 27
Jackson State Community College Jackson Tennessee 27
City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College Chicago Illinois 26
Quinebaug Valley Community College Danielson Connecticut 26
Community College of Rhode Island Warwick Rhode Island 25
Illinois Central College East Peoria Illinois 25
Southern Crescent Technical College Griffin Georgia 25
Bainbridge State College Bainbridge Georgia 24
Davidson County Community College Thomasville North Carolina 24
Fortis College-Baton Rouge Baton Rouge Louisiana 24
Lively Technical Center Tallahassee Florida 24
Miller-Motte Technical College-Lynchburg Lynchburg Virginia 24
Northwest State Community College Archbold Ohio 24
Illinois Valley Community College Oglesby Illinois 23
Miller-Motte College-Jacksonville Jacksonville North Carolina 23
Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills Michigan 23
Red Rocks Community College Lakewood Colorado 23
Shoreline Community College Shoreline Washington 23
Southwestern Illinois College Belleville Illinois 23
University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage Alaska 23
American National University Salem Virginia 22
Atlanta Technical College Atlanta Georgia 22
Bossier Parish Community College Bossier City Louisiana 22
Casper College Casper Wyoming 22
Davenport University Grand Rapids Michigan 22
Elgin Community College Elgin Illinois 22
Georgia Piedmont Technical College Clarkston Georgia 22
Oswego County BOCES Mexico New York 22
Pima Community College Tucson Arizona 22
Rockingham Community College Wentworth North Carolina 22
Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health Manchester New Hampshire 22
Sheridan Technical Center Hollywood Florida 22
Ultimate Medical Academy-Tampa Tampa Florida 22
Alaska Career College Anchorage Alaska 21
City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College Chicago Illinois 21
Miller-Motte Technical College-Clarksville Clarksville Tennessee 21
Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell Pennsylvania 21
Okefenokee Technical College Waycross Georgia 21
Southeast Arkansas College Pine Bluff Arkansas 21
Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center Ashland Ohio 20
Institute of Technology Inc Salem Oregon 20
Spartanburg Community College Spartanburg South Carolina 20
Tooele Applied Technology College Tooele Utah 20
Black River Technical College Pocahontas Arkansas 19
Cleveland Community College Shelby North Carolina 19
Georgia Northwestern Technical College Rome Georgia 19
Kennebec Valley Community College Fairfield Maine 19
Massasoit Community College Brockton Massachusetts 19
Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls South Dakota 19
Barton County Community College Great Bend Kansas 18
Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins Georgia 18
Dutchess Community College Poughkeepsie New York 18
Southwest Georgia Technical College Thomasville Georgia 18
Warren County Career Center Lebanon Ohio 18
Abdill Career College Inc Medford Oregon 17
Choffin Career and Technical Center Youngstown Ohio 17
Edmonds Community College Lynnwood Washington 17
SUNY Broome Community College Binghamton New York http://WWW.SUNYBROOME.EDU 17
Washington County Career Center-Adult Technical Training Marietta Ohio 17
Lanier Technical College Oakwood Georgia 16
Miller-Motte College-Wilmington Wilmington North Carolina 16
Oakton Community College Des Plaines Illinois 16
Olney Central College Olney Illinois 16
Southeastern Community College Whiteville North Carolina 16
Southwest Skill Center-Campus of Estrella Mountain Community College Avondale Arizona 16
Frontier Community College Fairfield Illinois 15
Kaplan University-Hagerstown Campus Hagerstown Maryland 15
Medical Allied Career Center Santa Fe Springs California 15
Piedmont Community College Roxboro North Carolina 15
Pike County Joint Vocational School District Piketon Ohio 15
Saint Johns River State College Palatka Florida 15
Yavapai College Prescott Arizona 15
Brookline College-Tempe Tempe Arizona 14
Fortis Institute-Forty Fort Forty Fort Pennsylvania 14
Knox County Career Center Mount Vernon Ohio 14
L E Fletcher Technical Community College Schriever Louisiana 14
Northwest Louisiana Technical College Minden Louisiana 14
Northwestern Institute of Health and Technology Chicago Illinois 14
Southern State Community College Hillsboro Ohio 14
Wayne Community College Goldsboro North Carolina 14
Davis Applied Technology College Kaysville Utah 13
Everett Community College Everett Washington 13
Flagler Technical Institute Palm Coast Florida 13
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas Helena Arkansas 13
South Suburban College South Holland Illinois 13
Southwestern Community College Sylva North Carolina 13
Middlesex Community College Bedford Massachusetts 12
Morgan Community College Fort Morgan Colorado 12
Northshore Technical Community College Bogalusa Louisiana 12
Pinellas Technical Education Center-Clearwater Clearwater Florida 12
Traviss Career Center Lakeland Florida 12
ATA Career Education Spring Hill Florida 11
Blackhawk Technical College Janesville Wisconsin 11
Fortis College-Montgomery Montgomery Alabama 11
Glen Oaks Community College Centreville Michigan 11
Niagara County Community College Sanborn New York 11
Northwest Career College Las Vegas Nevada 11
Stratford University Fairfax Virginia 11
Bellingham Technical College Bellingham Washington 10
Gaston College Dallas North Carolina 10
Lake Technical Center Eustis Florida 10
Miller-Motte Technical College-Madison Madison Tennessee 10
Pima Medical Institute-Las Vegas Las Vegas Nevada 10
RGV Careers Pharr Texas 10
St Luke's College Sioux City Iowa 10
Wayne County Community College District Detroit Michigan 10
Westmoreland County Community College Youngwood Pennsylvania 10
Winter Park Tech Winter Park Florida 10
Arkansas State University-Mountain Home Mountain Home Arkansas 9
Athens Technical College Athens Georgia 9
Bunker Hill Community College Boston Massachusetts 9
Columbus State Community College Columbus Ohio 9
Massachusetts Bay Community College Wellesley Hills Massachusetts 9
Monroe County Community College Monroe Michigan 9
North Central Michigan College Petoskey Michigan 9
Skagit Valley College Mount Vernon Washington 9
Alexandria Technical & Community College Alexandria Minnesota 8
Brunswick Community College Bolivia North Carolina 8
Cambridge Institute of Allied Health & Technology Altamonte Springs Florida 8
Cameron College New Orleans Louisiana 8
City College-Gainesville Gainesville Florida 8
Edison State Community College Piqua Ohio 8
Halifax Community College Weldon North Carolina 8
Miller-Motte College-Raleigh Raleigh North Carolina 8
Nicolet Area Technical College Rhinelander Wisconsin 8
North Arkansas College Harrison Arkansas 8
Baker College of Jackson Jackson Michigan 7
Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa Iowa 7
Indian River State College Fort Pierce Florida 7
Miller-Motte Technical College-North Charleston Charleston South Carolina 7
Nash Community College Rocky Mount North Carolina 7
National College-Lexington Lexington Kentucky 7
National College-Youngstown Youngstown Ohio 7
Northcoast Medical Training Academy Kent Ohio 7
Spencerian College-Lexington Lexington Kentucky 7
Turtle Mountain Community College Belcourt North Dakota 7
Yorktowne Business Institute York Pennsylvania http:// 7
Angeles College Los Angeles California 6
College of the Albemarle Elizabeth City North Carolina 6
Madison Adult Career Center Mansfield Ohio 6
Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical Winona Minnesota 6
Northland Community and Technical College Thief River Falls Minnesota 6
O C Collins Career Center Chesapeake Ohio 6
Pickaway Ross Joint Vocational School District Chillicothe Ohio 6
Putnam Career and Technical Center Eleanor West Virginia 6
Rose State College Midwest City Oklahoma 6
Southwestern Michigan College Dowagiac Michigan 6
Acadiana Technical College-Lafayette Campus Lafayette Louisiana 5
Arizona College-Glendale Glendale Arizona 5
City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College Chicago Illinois 5
Coffeyville Community College Coffeyville Kansas 5
Darton State College Albany Georgia 5
Mt Diablo Adult Education Concord California 5
Compass Career College Hammond Louisiana 4
Forrest College Anderson South Carolina 4
Healthcare Training Institute Kenner Louisiana 4
High Plains Technology Center Woodward Oklahoma 4
Joliet Junior College Joliet Illinois 4
Manchester Community College Manchester New Hampshire 4
Neosho County Community College Chanute Kansas 4
River Valley Community College Claremont New Hampshire 4
Madison Area Technical College Madison Wisconsin 3
Medical Career Institute Ocean New Jersey 3
Minneapolis Community and Technical College Minneapolis Minnesota 3
Minnesota West Community and Technical College Granite Falls Minnesota 3
Quincy College Quincy Massachusetts 3
Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City Utah 3
Chisholm Trail Technology Center Omega Oklahoma 2
Kankakee Community College Kankakee Illinois 2
Miles Community College Miles City Montana 2
Miller-Motte College-Cary Cary North Carolina 2
Ogeechee Technical College Statesboro Georgia 2
Palo Verde College Blythe California 2
Rend Lake College Ina Illinois 2
Vantage Career Center Van Wert Ohio 2
Charlotte Technical Center Port Charlotte Florida 1
Ferris State University Big Rapids Michigan 1
Long Beach City College Long Beach California 1
Miller-Motte College-Greenville Greenville North Carolina 1
Miller-Motte Technical College-Roanoke Roanoke Virginia 1
Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls Minnesota 1
National College-Stow Stow Ohio 1
WellSpring School of Allied Health-Kansas City Kansas City Missouri 1
2013 School Data from IPEDS (Sourced in January, 2015)

Hybrid & online programs

Phlebotomy schools offer a number of options for students seeking flexibility in their course schedule. Although programs require students’ presence during the clinical, laboratory, or externship portions of their programs, some schools offer the opportunity to complete their coursework remotely.

  • The CLIMB Program at Portland Community College, based in Portland, Oregon offers a hybrid format combining 40 hours of clinical experience with five hours of self-directed study. This format can be ideal for people with families, full-time jobs, or other time-constraining circumstances. However, it is importan to note that the CLIMB phlebotomy programs are specifically designed for experienced healthcare professionals. Specifically, the program which calls for 100+ supervised blood draws prior to enrollment. The practical instruction involves training in venipuncture, specimen collection, and blood-borne pathogens. This is part of the crucial training for the the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Phlebotomy Technician National Registry Examination administered by the Board of Certification (BOC).
  • The South Central College of Minnesota, with campuses in Faribault and North Makato, Minnesota, provides a hybrid phlebotomy program. SCCM offers a significant portion of the technical instruction online, which can be completed before the laboratory work. Candidates for certification must work for at least one year as technicians in an accredited laboratory prior to taking the ASCP exam. This work must be at least 35 hours weekly involving both venipuncture and microtechniques. Some of the courses offered include:
    • Laboratory techniques
    • Anatomy & physiology
    • Legal/ethical issues
  • At Alvin Community College (ACC), in Alvin, Texas applicants must meet the following criteria prior to admission:

    • Have a high school diploma or GED

    • Pass a criminal background check

    • Complete the online application

    • Show proof of specific immunizations and submit a completed health form documenting a physical examination

    • Have valid CPR certification

    This one-semester program also has a hybrid format with online classes and hands-on lab experience. There are a number of skills that are taught in this phlebotomy school including capillary skin punctures, specimen collection at different ages, patient identification, specimen labeling, ethics, and medical terminology. Most of the assignments and tests at ACC can be completed from home.

Core & Elective Courses

Phlebotomy programs may have varied formats, but most follow a familiar pattern. A majority of programs offer a one-year (or less) curriculum to prepare students for the following responsibilities:

  • Draw blood from hospital patients or blood donors

  • Assist people through the blood draw process

  • Identify patients

  • Label specimens correctly

  • Enter samples into the organizational database

  • Clean and maintain laboratory equipment (e.g., test tubes, needles, vials, etc.)

Here are some of the most common phlebotomy classes in accredited programs:

  • CPR and First Aid (NOTE: some programs require CPR certification prior to acceptance)

  • Anatomy and physiology

  • Phlebotomy (e.g., venipuncture, centrifuging and processing, etc.)

  • Urinalysis

  • Study skills

  • Medical terminology

  • Introduction to laboratory practices

  • Communication

  • Blood and cell composition

  • Blood sampling procedures

  • Medical law and bioethics

  • Diseases of the human body

These courses are generally completed in addition to a clinical supervision or externship training.

Additionally, there are a number of online resources that can serve as refresher courses in phlebotomy practices. The University of Utah, for example, offers an online review of venipuncture and specimen handling procedures.

It should be noted that phlebotomy can be a stepping stone to other careers in medical technology, medical assistance, and other related professions. 


Oftentimes, programs can be accredited by multiple overlapping bodies since there are a variety of regional, subject-specific, and distance-education accreditations.

The National Accrediting Agency of Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) is one qualified organization that provides phlebotomy schools with accreditation. The process typically takes into account the curriculum, the faculty, and other standards of evaluation. A comprehensive list of of the NAACLS criteria can be found on their website.

Before applying to a phlebotomy school, it’s important that students take into consideration the standards of their state. In California, for example, a special state certification is necessary in order to practice phlebotomy. There is a list of accredited phlebotomy programs provided on the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) website.

Career Outlook

Phlebotomists work mainly in hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and doctor’s offices.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2017) projects that the phlebotomy profession will grow 25 percent between 2016 and 2026, much faster than the average increase expected for all occupations (7 percent). That amounts of a projected 30,100 jobs. There have been several reasons proposed for this increase in demand including an aging population, an expansion of access to healthcare with the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the improvement of preventative care and medical monitoring.

The BLS (2017) reports the following annual salary data for phlebotomists:

  • 10th percentile: $24,250

  • 25th percentile: $28,130

  • 50th percentile (median): $33,670

  • 75th percentile: $39,760

  • 90th percentile: $48,030

According to the same report, the highest-paying states are California, Alaska, Washington DC, New Hampshire and Connecticut.

Career Facts Phlebotomist
Related CareersDental Assistant, Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist, Medical Assistant, Medical Records and Health Information Technician
Common Job TitlesMedical Laboratory Technician, Clinical Laboratory Technician, Phlebotomy Technician
Technology & EquipmentAnatomical Human Mannequins, Blood Bank Refrigerators, Blood Collection Needle, Capillary Or Hematocrit Tubes, Non-Vacuum Blood Collection Tubes Or Containers, Phlebotomy Trays Or Accessories, Specimen Tube Holders, Unopette Equipment, Volumtric Pipettes, Medical Software (E.G., Donor Management System [Dms] Software, Latric Systems Mobilab Software, Meditech Blood Bank, Etc.), Spreadsheet And Word-Processing Software
Sourced from BLS, June 2018

Licensing & Certification

As mentioned above, there are four states which require phlebotomists to be state-certified: California, Louisiana, Washington, and Nevada.

In California, for example, there are only six approved agencies for state licensing and certification:

Other states tend to have less strict criteria and accept certification from numerous national certification organizations. In order to ensure the ability to practice across a number of states, applicants can consider applying for licensure and certification through one of the above organizations.

There are various resources online to prepare students for national certification exams. The American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) offers a reading list including the following volumes:

  • Booth, K. & Mundt, L. (2015). Phlebotomy: A Competency-Based Approach

  • Garza, D. & Becan-McBride, K. (2018). Phlebotomy Handbook: Blood Specimen Collection from Basic to Advanced

  • Garza, D. & Becan-McBride, K (2012). Phlebotomy Simplified

  • McCall, R.E. & Tankersley, C.M. (2016). Phlebotomy Essentials