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June 12, 2023
June 12, 2023
A phlebotomist is one of the most in-demand jobs at major healthcare employers in Kansas City and the surrounding area. National job growth in this field from 2021-2031 is projected to grow 10 percent, faster than the average for all occupations.
A recent review of phlebotomist jobs advertised by local healthcare employers offer the equivalent of up to $41,000-58,000 in annual wages. That range is well above the 2021 national median of $37,380 in annual wages for the role.
Let’s look at what a phlebotomist does, the steps to take to earn certification through UMKC TalentLink’s online healthcare training partner MedCerts, and the job outlook for the industry.
Phlebotomists are medical professionals who draw blood and collect other samples for testing or donation. Samples are sent to a medical lab for analysis. Physicians use the results to diagnose conditions such as chronic disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes that impact the health of many Americans.
Samples are also used to evaluate the effectiveness of medications, and determine whether a patient is receiving proper nutrition. Phlebotomists may also collect blood for blood drives or for blood donation centers.
Phlebotomists communicate with patients and donors to put them at ease about having their blood drawn, which takes a considerable amount of patience and compassion. Being detail-oriented is an important trait. A phlebotomist verifies patient identity, ensures proper labeling of specimens, and enters information into the healthcare facility’s recordkeeping system.
Phlebotomists work in physicians’ offices, hospitals, outpatient care facilities, blood donation centers, and laboratories.
Tuition is $2,000 and includes expert-led online video-based learning, e-book, assessments, and the National Certification exam fee. A monthly payment plan is also available.
MedCerts offers four CPT certification programs for aspiring medical professionals. The NHA, one of the USA’s biggest allied health certification providers, issues all of MedCerts’ certifications.
With certification and experience, a phlebotomist can progress to higher-paying roles. The national average salary for a laboratory phlebotomist is $54 per hour, according to ZipRecruiter.
A phlebotomy supervisor can earn $50,000-$60,000 per year, where you monitor activity in the laboratory, schedule staff, organize inventory supplies and equipment, and liaise with other professionals in the clinic, donation center, or hospital.
A traveling phlebotomist earning $38,000-$59,500 per year will make visits to facilities with patients who need blood drawn, such as nursing homes. They may also travel as part of a blood drive.
Certified phlebotomists can earn $35,000-$46,500 per year. They must meet specific criteria and pass a certification exam. Earning certification increases the opportunity for hiring because these phlebotomists tend to have more training and experience.
Request more information from UMKC TalentLink’s healthcare training partner MedCerts about the Phlebotomist Certification Training Program. A MedCerts representative will contact you to share program information and answer your questions.
During the 12-week Phlebotomy Technician online program, students learn essential knowledge that can help them earn certification and secure a job with a healthcare employer.