Clinical Laboratory Science

Educational Programs
City College
Technical Career Institute

A. Phillip Randolph Academies of Technology
Baptist Medical Center
Bradford-Union Area Vocational-Technical Center
Brevard Community College
Central Florida Community College
Charlotte Technical Center
D. A. Dorsey Educational Center
Erwin Technical Center
Florida Career College
Florida Gateway College
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Henry W. Brewster Technical Center
Indian River State College
Lively Technical Center
Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology
Manatee Technical Institute
Marion County Community Technical & Adult Education
Miami-Dade College
Miami Skill Center
Palm Beach State College
Pasco-Hernando Community College
Pensacola Junior College
Pinellas Technical Education Center
Sarasota County Technical Institute
St. Johns River Community College
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
Suwannee-Hamilton Technical Center
Technical Educational Center Osceola
Thomas P. Haney Technical Center Traviss Career Center
Washington-Holmes Technical Center

Associate Degree
First Coast Technical Institute

Professional Associations
American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians, Inc.

Phlebotomists are trained to draw blood samples from people of all ages by venipuncture, skin puncture, or arterial collection as needed for medical tests and blood donations. In the practice of phlebotomy, safety precautions must be taken to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases. Phlebotomists are instructed to adhere to strict policies and procedures accurately and efficiently while treating the patient with care.


Work Environment
Phlebotomists may work in hospital/commercial laboratories, clinics, large medical offices, blood banks and occasionally in scientific or product development research, or marketing and sales of homecare products.

Job Outlook
Approximately 236 job openings are expected each year in Florida until 2008.

Length of Training/Requirements
The training takes 150 to 230 hours and may be obtained in health facilities, vocational schools, and community colleges. The curriculum may include instructions in venous blood specimen collection and handling, skin puncture collection techniques, and safety in blood collection.

Phlebotomists may advance to phlebotomy facilitator or supervisory positions.

Although there is no state licensure for phlebotomists, those who obtain certification from national credentialing agencies such as the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians will have a better chance for employment. To be eligible to take the certification exam, the student must complete one year as a part-time phlebotomist or six months as a full-time phlebotomist or successfully complete an accredited phlebotomy training program, including at least 100 documented successful venipunctures and 25 documented successful skin punctures. Continuing education hours are required every year to maintain certification.

The average salary of phlebotomists was $27,500 in 2009.

Updated: 2009