Phlebotomy Technician

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Full tuition scholarships available for accepted students — deadline March 10 and May 26, 2017

The Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences (MCSHS) phlebotomy program is now awarding full tuition scholarships for students who are accepted into the May and August programs. Don't miss out on the opportunity to join the growing field of phlebotomy.

MCSHS admits up to 15 students to its Phlebotomy Technician Certificate Program every 12 weeks. For those receiving scholarships who successfully complete the program and are hired to a Mayo Clinic phlebotomy technician position, a two-year commitment in that position is required.

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Field description

Phlebotomy technicians are primarily responsible for the collection and preparation of blood samples for laboratory testing. Phlebotomists are mainly employed in hospital and clinic settings, but sometimes work in nursing homes, private home care, the insurance industry or research institutes.

The field of phlebotomy continues to expand and is now much more than collecting blood samples. Today's phlebotomists must be aware of the types of tests requested, the importance of the timing of blood collections in some instances, medications that the patient is taking that could interfere with testing, and the effects of diet on the patient's specimen.

Some phlebotomists may be called upon to perform other duties, such as collecting donor blood, performing bleeding time tests (on occasion), performing therapeutic phlebotomies, point-of-care testing and specimen preparation.

Career opportunities

Phlebotomy is a rapidly expanding field with excellent career opportunities. Hospitals are the primary employer of phlebotomy technicians. Other areas that employ phlebotomists are clinics, private physicians' offices, research centers, and other areas where invasive procedures are performed.

Earnings potential

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average income for phlebotomists nationally as of May 2015 is $15.76 an hour, which is $32,770 per year. Earnings depend on a candidate's experience and work history.

Professional organizations

April 08, 2017