Program expectations, work conditions and hazards
The 10-week phlebotomy program is extremely demanding and requires a serious commitment on the part of participants. A strict attendance policy is enforced and participants must commit to being present and on time for all classroom and clinical site work.
Professionalism is expected during all classroom and clinical site activities. A written evaluation is completed by each clinical site and may be reviewed by the student when delivered to the instructor. Evaluations are shared with potential employers who call for personal references on job applicants.
Each assignment, quiz or exam must have a minimum score of 70 percent to pass. A score of less than 70 percent for any portion of the class may result in a failing score.
Working conditions vary according to the medical institution. Work hours may range from early morning to late nights. Positions may be part time, full time and/or on call. Completion of this program does not guarantee employment.
Phlebotomists are required to have:
- Professional appearance
- Customer service attitude
- Ability to lift 20 pounds for extended periods of time
- Good manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination and color reactions
- Ability to be on their feet for extended periods of time and to bend over beds
- Ability to effectively communicate in all work situations
- Basic computer skills (preferred)
As a phlebotomist, you may encounter the following on-the-job hazards:
- Exposure to biological hazards
- Exposure to sharps (needles, lancets, broken glass)
- Possible exposure to hazardous chemicals
- Possible exposure to radioactive materials
- Exposure to electrical equipment and devices
- Exposure to possibly agitated and combative patients