Phlebotomists work in clinical laboratories, hospitals, community health centers, nursing homes, doctors' offices, blood donation centers and other health care facilities. They are compassionate, detail oriented, have good hand-eye coordination, the ability to multitask and work well on a team.
NPC's one-semester, four-credit hour course, HES 109 Phlebotomy, includes two hours per week devoted to lecture and four hours of lab class. You will learn both the theory and practice of phlebotomy with in-class training and practice in specimen collection, as well as a practicum (externship) conducted at local labs.
Labs and Classrooms
The four-credit Phlebotomy class (HES 109) is only offered at the Show Low and Winslow campuses.
A separate community clinical site practicum (externship) will be arranged.
Prerequisites: Satisfactory placement scores and successful completion, with a grade of "C" or better, of Medical Terminology for Clinical Health Professionals (HES 109).
To enroll, students must be 18 years of age with a high school diploma or equivalent, have current Healthcare Provider CPR and First Aid certification, current negative TB skin test or negative chest X-ray, Hepatitis B series proof of immunity or waiver, MMR and Varicella immunization proof of immunity or waiver.
- Prior to beginning the required externship, students must obtain a DPS Level I Fingerprint Clearance Card, which requires submission of legal U.S. residency documentation.
Phlebotomists work mainly in hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers and doctors’ offices.
Employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 25 percent through 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Blood analysis remains an essential function in medical laboratories and hospitals. Demand for phlebotomists will remain high as doctors and other healthcare professionals require blood work for analysis and diagnosis.
The median national annual wage for phlebotomists was $35,560 in May 2018. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) SOC 31-9097
Potential Job Titles
Medical lab technician, phlebotomist, blood draw technician
Students may be eligible to acquire the Registered Phlebotomy Technician (RPT) from the American Medical Technologists (AMT) association or the the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) following completion of this course.
This stand-alone course is also a required component of the Medical Assistant program.