A phlebotomy technician’s primary responsibility is drawing blood and conducting other specimen collections. A phlebotomist must recognize any conditions that might alter collections, have a high regard for patient safety, and communicate with both the laboratory and the patient to ensure the best possible care. They must also understand lab test requirements and maintain specimen quality. Work settings include doctor’s offices, hospitals, research facilities, and industrial laboratories.
The job of phlebotomy technician is an entry-level position. National certification for this position is not required in Washington State. Job seekers will need English language skills. Graduates of this Bellevue College certificate program should have a hiring advantage over applicants who have no training or formal education in this line of work.
This position often serves as a stepping stone for further advancement in the field of healthcare. Phlebotomists who continue their education may have the opportunity to move up in the laboratory or into other healthcare positions. Because of this upward mobility within the field, there are frequent openings for new entry-level applicants.
According to the American Society of Clinical Pathology, full-time phlebotomists earn an average of $27,040 annually, or $13 hourly. Hourly rates of pay will vary depending upon experience and the employer.
For currently available jobs and pay information in Washington, go to Washington Health Careers (www.washingtonhealthcarecareers.com).
Certificate of Accomplishment
This certificate has a total of 40 credits and is usually completed in four (4) quarters. It prepares participants for entry-level positions in outpatient settings.
See the full Certificate of Accomplishment curriculum.
- Acceptance to Bellevue College as a credit student
- Basic computer skills and access to a computer with Internet access is highly recommended
- Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101 for advanced classes
Recommended Course Scheduling
|Total: 17 Credits||Total: 13 Credits||Total: 5 Credits||Total: 5 Credits|
|AHE 100 (5 credits)||AHEL 110 (5 credits)*||AHEL 112 (5 credits)**||AHEL 118 (5 credits)***|
|AHE 110 (5 credits)||AHE 140 (5 credits)|
|AHE 120 (2 credits)||HLTH 145 (3 credits)|
|AHE 130 (5 credits)|
**AHEL 112 - No more than one quarter between completion of AHEL 110 and enrollment in AHEL 112.
***AHEL 118 - No more than one quarter between completion of AHEL 112 and enrollment in AHEL 118.