Program of the Month Faculty Spotlight: Amy Voytek, Phlebotomy/Specimen Processing


Date Published: September 11, 2017

The Phlebotomy/Specimen Processing Certificate Program is Westmoreland County Community College’s Program of the Month for September. Amy Voytek is the program’s director.

“As an educator, I love the fulfillment that comes with teaching others a new skill,” Voytek said. “Since phlebotomy is a hands-on skill, the classes are fully engaging and stimulating.”

Voytek worked as a lab technologist for five years and as a lab manager for 14 years. She has been teaching at Westmoreland since 2012 and was named program director in 2016. She has a MBA/MHA, a bachelor's degree in Medical Technology and certifications in Cytology, Medical Assisting and Healthcare Compliance.  She is also an American Heart Association First Aid and CPR instructor. Phlebotomy1

“Phlebotomy is a great program for someone who wants to start a career after one semester of classes,” Voytek said.  “Or, since many healthcare professions require phlebotomy skills, it’s the perfect way to gain experience in healthcare while pursuing another program. “

Medical Assisting, Radiology, Nursing and other students can complete a phlebotomy certificate while also completing other coursework towards their degrees. 

“Our classes have students of all ages, educational backgrounds and work experiences.,” Voytek said.

Pennsylvania ranks third on employment of phlebotomists.  They can work in hospitals, laboratories, physician offices, blood banks, pharmaceutical firms, home health agencies, research institutions and public health clinics. 

The Phlebotomy/Specimen Processing certificate program at Westmoreland qualifies for financial aid. 

The application deadline for the spring semester is October 1. Find more information at westmoreland.edu/phlebotomy.