Program of the Month: Phlebotomy/Specimen Processing Certificate
Date Published: September 01, 2017
Get the skills you need for a new career in one semester!
Phlebotomists draw blood in doctors’ offices, blood banks, hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Phlebotomy includes venipuncture (drawing blood from veins) and capillary punctures (heel sticks and finger sticks). In addition to phlebotomy, specimen processors collect, evaluate and process laboratory samples.
Completing both programs is beneficial for those wishing to work in the laboratory as a phlebotomist and/or lab assistant.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment of phlebotomists to grow 25 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. The median salary for a phlebotomist was $32,710 in 2016.
At Westmoreland, the first 8 weeks of the semester consists of lectures and lab. In the classroom, the phlebotomy experience starts with practice arms. Once the skills are demonstrated, they are perfected with each student being both the phlebotomist and the patient. For the second 8 weeks, students report directly to their assigned clinical site.
The application deadline is October 1st for the spring semester.
Visit westmoreland.edu/phlebotomy to learn more.