The Phlebotomy Technician Program at Northeast Texas Community College is a course series designed to prepare students to take the national certification test with the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT).
Phlebotomists typically work in hospitals, commercial laboratories, physician's offices, blood banks, pharmaceutical firms, home health agencies, research institutions, hospices, public health clinics, prisons, and visit patient's homes. They wear medical scrubs and gloves to perform venipunctures and skin punctures to obtain a blood sample for laboratory testing.
Many phlebotomists also perform clerical, computer data entry, and specimen processing functions. Proper phone etiquette and client service abilities is part of the daily routine, as well as independently receiving scheduled patients to take care of their specimen collection needs. They deal with doctors and nurses, laboratory technicians, and support workers in various locations. In their daily routine, they encounter both healthy and sick people, from infants to the elderly.
The nature of their work brings a high potential for exposure to blood borne pathogens through splatter and needle stick injuries. Experienced phlebotomists might function as so-called mobile phlebotomists driving to patient locations to perform blood draws, complete paperwork, and transport specimens for testing from there. In some cases it may be the phlebotomist who performs certain manual tests or operates automated analyzers to process the blood.