Students who successfully complete Clark College's Phlebotomy program and earn a certificate of achievement in the field should be able to perform the following:
Communicate effectively, accurately and professionally, using verbal, non-verbal and written language with diverse populations of patients and other health care providers.
Conduct self in an ethical and professional manner to provide quality patient care.
Apply safety and infection control standards in the health care environment.
Identify the varying clinical conditions that require a different methodology of sample collection.
Accurately perform phlebotomy procedures in variable clinical environments.
Increasingly, more people depend on the skills of phlebotomists as part of the diagnosis and treatment of communicable diseases and genetic conditions for blood donation and more. Demand for certified phlebotomists is likely to continue as more blood-based tests are developed and the capabilities of diagnostic testing are further advanced. Currently the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that the field will grow by approximately 15 percent between 2013 and 2020.
Potential employers include: hospitals, medical clinics, physician offices, blood donation centers, insurance agencies and medical and research laboratories. There are no similar Phlebotomy study programs currently available in the southwest Washington area. Upon completion of Clark's Phlebotomy program, students should have the knowledge and skills to work in a variety of health care settings. Based on projected population growth in the area, job prospects are expected to be positive. Current entry-level hourly rates typically range from $11 to $15.38 per hour.