Phlebotomy Training in Texas
March 24, 2012
The practice of drawing blood, or phlebotomy, is a vital part of the medical industry. Professionals who collect blood for testing, research or transfusion purposes are known in the industry as phlebotomists.
Phlebotomists principally work with patients and donors to draw samples from arteries, veins and capillaries, but there are other duties they perform occasionally. Proper care and handling of sterile instruments, transportation of samples between medical facilities and explanation of sampling procedures are a few of the more common tasks of the profession.
List of Phlebotomy Training Programs In Texas
- Diploma: Phlebotomy/EKG Technician
Candidates for enrollment in phlebotomy training programs must be at least 18 years of age and possess a high school diploma or equivalency degree. Applicants may also be asked to submit to a criminal background check, provide current immunization records or pass a basic test of reading, writing and arithmetic skills.
Finding phlebotomy training in Texas
Community colleges, career institutes and vocational schools all offer phlebotomy training classes in the Lone Star State. Some programs require regular college enrollment and offer course credit that can be transferred to count toward a future degree path, while others are non-credit courses that provide a certificate of completion but don’t count toward a degree or diploma.
Training can differ from institution to institution, varying in cost and program length, but the knowledge and skills you learn are generally consistent wherever you go. Some programs instruct students for more than 350 total hours of clinic or classroom work, over multiple academic terms, and some can be completed in 10 weeks or less.
Phlebotomy certification in Texas
The American Society of Clinical Pathologists indicates that there are no requirements for phlebotomy certification in Texas, although employers may prefer applicants that have completed a recognized training program.
Students who wish to earn nationally recognized certification should look first at programs recognized by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, or NAACLS.
Job outlook for Texas phlebotomists
Employment opportunities for phlebotomists are expected to grow faster than the national average for all occupations between 2010 and 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The expected 17.2 percent increase in jobs nationwide should bring at least 1,750 new positions to Texas over the next several years, according to BLS data for health care support workers, a category that includes phlebotomists.
Health care support workers in Texas, including phlebotomists, earned a mean annual wage of $31,410 in 2010, according to the BLS, which is about on par with the national average. Phlebotomists in certain fields, such as those working for the executive branch of the federal government or those employed by colleges, can earn more than $40,000 in an average year, according to national data from the BLS.
Medical and surgical hospitals provide the highest percentage of jobs for professionals with phlebotomy training, followed by medical and diagnostic laboratories and ambulatory health care services.