For people looking to switch careers or for those just starting out, becoming a Phlebotomist is one of the smartest career choices. Phlebotomists enjoy an impressive starting salary, an interesting work environment and job security.
Currently, Phlebotomists who work in Alabama enjoy a salary of $31,000 annually. Growth in the healthcare field is expected to continue, making Phlebotomy a promising, and rewarding, career.
In Alabama there are many exciting opportunities to obtain your Phlebotomy education such as:
1. Remington College 828 Downtowner Loop West, Mobile, AL 36609 Telephone (1-877) 317-3025 This college focuses on career-based training, and offers a complete phlebotomy course from venipuncture to practical training. Online classes, as well as career services are available for students after they graduate. The College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, a nationally recognized accrediting agency. Once graduated, students can take the certification exam to become a Registered Phlebotomy Technician
2. Jefferson State Community College 2601 Carson Road, Birmingham AL 35215 Telephone (205) 856-7710 This community college offers a phlebotomy certification program that is two-hundred hours long. Both classroom lectures and practical training provide students the skills necessary for a productive career in this field. Job placement assistance is offered after the student completes their certification, to transition them from college to real life.
3. Virginia College 2970 Cottage Hill Road, Mobile, AL 36606 (251) 343-7227 New campus is located at 3725 Airport Blvd., Suite 165, Mobile, AL 36608 Telephone (251) 343-7227 Offering small classes and flexible schedules, this college provides students career placement and job assistance. The program provides students with medical assistant training, as well as phlebotomy training, through classroom and practical sessions. Under supervision, students will also complete an externship in a physicians’ office or other healthcare facility to gain valuable experience.
4. St. Vincent’s – Jeremiah’s Hope Academy, 2800 University Blvd. Suite 234, Birmingham, AL 35233 Telephone (205) 939-7263 Students at this Academy are taught using a combination of healthcare and faith-based study, which provides the student a holistic view in faith-based hospitals. The Phlebotomy Program offered at this Academy is a fifteen week course. The course teaches a full 240 hours of classroom, as well as lab and clinical experience in a hospital.
5. Fortis Institute, formerly known as Tri-State Institute 100 London Parkway, Suite150, Birmingham, AL 35211 Telephone (205)940-7800 This school offers training to become a Medical Laboratory Technician, which includes important procedures in phlebotomy such as venipunctures, blood collection and lab analysis. The training is 102 credit hours, and is accredited by both the Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education.
6. South University 5355 Vaughn Road, Montgomery, AL 36116 Telephone (800) 688- 0932 Established in 1899, this University offers students smaller classroom size, flexible programs and online courses. While the University does not have a specific phlebotomy training program, the Associate of Science in Allied Health Sciences degree provides students complete training that will qualify them for the Phlebotomist certification exam.
7. Gadsden State Community College 100A Gamecock Drive, Anniston, AL 36205 Telephone (256) 549-8471 This college of over 8,000 students offers both classroom and online courses. The phlebotomy program is 15 hours of lecture and 45 hours of clinical experience in a laboratory/hospital setting. Students must pass the course with 70% or more and rotate through the clinical site. To qualify for the certification exam, students must complete 45 clinical hours as well as 100 or more successful venipunctures.
8. DCH Regional Medical Center, School of Phlebotomy 809 University Blvd. East, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401-2029 Telephone (205) 759-7111 This Center offers students a full-time nine week program in Phlebotomy. Students will be trained in techniques, venipuncture and laboratory testing, after which the student will participate in clinical rotations. Upon completion of this program, students will be eligible for certification. The curriculum is designed to provide students the skills for accreditation through the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT).
Once you have completed your education, you may wish to become certified. While certification is not mandatory, many employers require it. There are three national bodies that provide certification for Phlebotomists:
American Society for Clinical Pathology – If you have no experience, ASCP requires:
- High school graduation or equivalent
- Completion of 40 classroom hours
- 120 hands-on training hours
- 100 successful, unaided blood collections
Association of Phlebotomy Technicians – If you have no experience, ASPT requires:
- Completion of an accredited phlebotomy training program
- 100 successful documented venipunctures
- 5 successful skin punctures
- A current membership to APT
National Phlebotomy Association – If you have no experience, NPR requires:
You to attend a phlebotomy training program that must include:
- Venipuncture techniques
- A hands-on clinical practical internship
- 160 classroom hours in addition to the clinical practical internship