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Phlebotomists are trained to draw blood from patients or blood donors for medical tests and/or blood donations. They assemble equipment such as needles, disposable containers for needles, blood collection devices, tourniquets, and other items needed for drawing blood.

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Work Activities/Environment
Phlebotomists are usually employed by hospital laboratories, private laboratories, clinics, large medical offices, and blood banks. They are supervised by medical technologists and are trained to apply tourniquets, locate veins and insert needles to draw blood. Some phlebotomists are also trained to conduct interviews, take vital signs and draw and test blood samples to screen blood donors.

Academic/Special Requirements
A high school diploma or equivalent is required before entering training as a phlebotomist. Technical college programs are available in Marshfield, Milwaukee, Appleton, and Madison. Some hospitals have on-the-job training. Training programs can vary. Certification, although voluntary, may be required for employment.

Educational Institutions
Blackhawk Technical College
Chippewa Valley Technical College
Herzing University - Brookfield
Lakeshore Technical College
Madison Area Technical College
Mid-State Technical College
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Moraine Park Technical College - Fond du Lac
Nicolet Area Technical College
Northcentral Technical College
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
University of Wisconsin - Marshfield
Waukesha County Technical College
Western Technical College

Hospitals with Associated Educational Programs
Marshfield Laboratories -- St. Josephs Hospital & Marshfield Clinic

Average $21,944

Professional Organizations
American Medical Technologists
10700 West Higgins Rd., Suite 150
Rosemont, IL, 60018

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS)
1861 International Drive, Suite 200
McLean, VA, 22102

American Society for Clinical Pathology
33 West Monroe, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL, 60603
312/541-4999 or 800/267-2727 (ASCP)

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