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Phlebotomy Technician Certificate

Phlebotomy Technician Certificate

The Phlebotomist Technician (pronunciation: fli-'bä-tä-mE ) is the person responsible for drawing blood as instructed by a physician or other health care professional. Most patients have their blood drawn at medical examinations or during hospital stays. The phlebotomist performs venipuncture on patients, transports blood specimens, maintains and cleans venipuncture trays, and may perform simple urinalysis tests, not to include microscopic examinations

Upon completing AHE 141 and AHE 143, students within this program will be eligible for ASCP certification and licensing as a MA-Phlebotomist through Washington State. Learn more about being certified through the state of Washington. The knowledge, skills, and abilities in this program were designed based on the standards defined by NAACLS and ASCP.

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 27 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and other locations will need phlebotomists to perform blood work.

Pay varies by experiences, employer and locality. For current available jobs and pay information in Washington, visit www.washingtonhealthcarecareers.com.

Suggested Course Sequence

Prerequisites Credits
AHE 116 Intro to Health Care 4
AHE 110 The Human Body: Structure & Function 5
BSTEC 104 Medical Terminology 3
AHE 115 Basic Life Support/CPR 1

Prerequisites are offered every quarter.

Note: Students with previous healthcare experience or education may be able to waive some or all of the prerequisites. Please consult with an advisor for more information.

First Quarter Credits
AHE 141 Phlebotomy Technician 5
Second Quarter Credits
AHE 143 Phlebotomy Technician: Clinical Externship 4

Phlebotomy courses are generally offered in fall, winter and spring quarters. In addition AHE 143 (Externship) may be offered in summer.