If you are considering a career in Phlebotomy, you will be pleased to learn that Phlebotomy is one of the fastest growing, and dependable, career choices you can make. Phlebotomists enjoy a salary range of $30,000 to $45,200 annually in the State of Colorado. In such a depressed job market, people have given up searching for certain types of employment and are, instead, looking for any type of job at all. Amazingly, the healthcare field has not followed these trends. Instead, due to the population explosion as well as the increase in our elderly, healthcare is growing faster than any other industry. Choosing Phlebotomy as your career path is a smart choice, and ensures you will have a secure and comfortable future.
It is important to obtain an education from an accredited program that will provide you the education you need to sit for, and pass, your certification exam. If you select a Phlebotomy program from an unaccredited school, even if you successfully complete the program you will not be eligible to sit for the exam. This could rob you of your chance to earn a higher wage through certification, as well as necessitate repeating your courses, this time through an accredited program.
There are three associations that provide Phlebotomy certification. These are:
The Association of Phlebotomy Technicians
The American Society for Clinical Pathology
The National Phlebotomy Association
There are many Phlebotomy programs available in Colorado. To select one that has been accredited, you may refer to the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. This accrediting body provides specialized accreditation for phlebotomy programs and can be easily reached at http://www.naacls.org/
The Phlebotomy Learning Center 1780 S. Bellaire St., #780, Denver Colorado 80222 Telephone (303) 584-0575
Located in the Denver area, this center has instructed students on Phlebotomy since 1992. The program is approved by the State of Colorado, Department of Higher Education. The Phlebotomy program is ten weeks long and instructs students on venipuncture, medical terminology, universal precautions and blood collection equipment and additives. An additional one –week clinical externship must also be completed. This externship will be at a hospital or draw site. Students must complete the full forty hours and obtain at least 100 blood draws to meet certification requirements. A grade of 85 % or higher must be achieved for a passing grade in this program. Upon successful completion of the Phlebotomy program, students are given a State-approved certificate.
Front Range Community College 3645 West 112th Avenue, Westminster, Colorado 80031 Telephone (303) 404-5000
This college is the largest community college in Colorado and opened in 1968. The Phlebotomy program at this college is an eight (8) credit hour certificate. Classes are held during the day, as well as evenings and Saturdays, convenient for working students. Students will be able to attend classes as well as complete clinical in the same semester. The Phlebotomy program meets the standards set by the American Society for Clinical Pathology. After successfully completing the program, students will be eligible to sit for the national registry examination. Passing this exam allows the student to take their certification to any State in the United States.
Concorde Career College 111 N. Havana Street, Aurora, Colorado 80010 Telephone (800) 693-7010
This College offers twenty-three programs and has fifteen campuses in seven States. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The college offers a Phlebotomy certificate program that is eight months long. The program focuses on many areas of training, so the student can work as a Phlebotomist, Medical Assistant or Clinical Technician. The program teaches venipuncture, infection control, preparing the patient for the procedure, and performing diagnostic tests. Students will also learn CPR, EKG’s, patient vital signs, charting and patient billing and fee collections. The program includes laboratory training and a clinical externship.
Arapahoe Community College Telephone (303)797- 4222
Open since 1965, this college now boasts over 18,000 students annually. The college has the lowest tuition among state-funded schools. There are over 100 degrees and programs offered. There are three campuses that provide state of the art learning and such amenities as fine art displays, large computer labs and a swimming pool. The campuses are located at:
Littleton Campus – set on 51 acres, within easy walking distance to shops and restaurants. This campus offers the Art and Design Center and is located at 5900 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, Colorado 80120
Parker Campus– This campus is convenient to students because it is within easy access to home. The campus offers meeting rooms, computer labs with video conferencing and wireless Internet. This campus is located at 15653 Brookstone Drive, Parker, Colorado 80134
Castle Rock Campus – This campus opened in 2011 and offers classrooms within easy access to a large new computer lab, configured with the latest technology. The campus is located at 4700 Castleton Way, Castle Rock, Colorado 80109.
The Phlebotomy program offered at this college, HPR 112 Phlebotomy, provides students instruction on venipuncture and capillary punctures, quality control, safety procedures and special collections. A co-requisite is HPR 113, Advanced Phlebotomy, which provides students training in more difficult venipunctures such as trauma, geriatric, neonatal and long term acute care areas. Students will be eligible to apply for a National Phlebotomy Registry examination after successfully completing the course.
Red Rocks Community College – Lakewood Campus 13300 W. Sixth Avenue, Lakewood Colorado 80228 Telephone (303) 914-6600
Open since 1969, this College offers smaller classroom sizes of fewer than twenty students, flexible classroom scheduling for those who work, and low tuition costs. The campuses are located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The Lakewood Campus offers a Phlebotomy program that instructs students on medical terminology, specimen set up, venipuncture and finger sticks, as well as customer services skills and regulatory issues that would arise in a laboratory setting. Students that successfully complete the program would be eligible to apply and sit for the National American Medical Technologist certification exam (AMT).
The College has another campus that does not currently offer Phlebotomy. This campus is: Arvada Campus 5420 Miller Street, Arvada, Colorado 80002 Telephone (303)914-6010
Pueblo Community College, Pueblo, CO 81004-1499 Telephone (719)549-3200
This College has been open over seventy-five years and is an accredited two-year college. The College offers over fifty programs and certificates for students, and proudly holds a 100 % job-placement rate for graduates of Health Profession programs. The Phlebotomy Technician course offered at this College is a one-semester (two courses) program that teaches venipuncture, capillary puncture, infection control, and laboratory computer systems. Students will be taught using lectures, labs and by clinical exposure in local pharmacies. Successful completion of the program will allow the student to sit for the National Phlebotomy Registry Exam. To enter the course, students must have assessment scores of 62 in reading, 95 in English and 45 EA in Math, or have completed these courses (REA 060, ENG 090, and MAT 060).
Pikes Peak Community College, 5675 South Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO. 80906 Telephone (800) 456-6847
The Phlebotomy program at this college provides students an introduction to medical terminology, advanced terminology, and customer service within the Healthcare field. After completing the courses, students will receive a certificate of Phlebotomy. They will also be eligible to take the National Registry Board Exam for Registered Phlebotomy Technicians (RPT).
This College also offers an Associates of Applied Science Degree. This two-year degree offers students certification in several areas of Healthcare:
Certified Nurses Aid
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
This degree also provides students a solid background in medical terminology, Medical Sciences, and Computer Literacy. This degree would allow the student to choose one career path of certification or advance onward in one area.