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Phlebotomy

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Phlebotomy is the practice of drawing blood for analysis, donation or medical testing. Phlebotomy technicians work directly with patients to collect blood samples, bio-fluids, and maintain proper handling of these materials.

Students in Clark's Phlebotomy program learn to perform a variety of blood collection methods with hands-on training from experienced faculty.

New and prospective students should email start@clark.edu with specific questions. 

 

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Clark's phlebotomy coursework includes theories and principles related to obtaining blood specimens from many different kinds of patients, including adults, children and infants. The Phlebotomy curriculum prepares students to perform skin and venipuncture and function as a member of a medical laboratory team. The program includes and emphasis on safety, patient identification, quality assurance and specimen handling.

The program curriculum includes a one-quarter lab practicum, providing students with hands-on training practice in a health care facility.


Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities for Phlebotomists exist in a variety of medical environments. The U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics show Phlebotomist jobs growing at a rate of 14%, with a median wage in the Portland-Vancouver metro area estimated at $18.56 per hour. 


Licensing

In Washington State, phlebotomists are required to have a license issued by the State Department of Health. In addition to this state licensure, students who complete the program are also eligible to apply for:

For students to practice phlebotomy/gain employment as a phlebotomist in the state of Washington they need to do the following: Complete the Phlebotomy Program, fill out an application through the Washington State Department of Health, and pay a fee; there is no test required.

Students who complete the Clark College Phlebotomy Program can gain employment in most other states without obtaining an additional license, with the exception of California, Nevada, and Louisiana.

Students are encouraged to apply for national certification as this will enhance their application when applying for phlebotomy work in all states, specifically those that do not require a license. The national certification can be taken through multiple organizations; Clark College prepares students for the ASCP exam. Many clinical facilities will hire without graduates having taken the exam; however, the facilities may require the exam be taken within the first 6 months of employment.