Phlebotomy Technician

Program Distinctions

  • HANDS-ON experience through CLINICAL HOURS
  • STATE-OF-THE-ART equipment and facilities
  • ON-CAMPUS potential for ADVANCED TRAINING as
  • Medical Assistant

About the Program

The phlebotomy technician (phlebotomist) is an integral member of the medical laboratory team whose primary function is the collection of blood samples from patients by venipuncture or other techniques.

Students earn their certificate in two semesters. During the first semester, students learn theory while students in the second semester use their knowledge with clinical time in assigned healthcare facilities.

Emphasized laboratory skills include:

  • Phlebotomy
  • Microscopy
  • Use of spectophotometers
  • Recording of electrocardiograms
  • Respiratory testing
  • Specimen collection
  • Laboratory safety
  • Physical and chemical urinalysis

A phlebotomist 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.

Career Info

Phlebotomy technicians can be found in several settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Medical and diagnostic laboratories
  • Clinics
  • Other ambulatory healthcare services

Ridgewater College is an equal opportunity employer and educator.