Choosing to become a Phlebotomist allows you to invest just a short amount of time in your education before reaping the rewards of your career. As a phlebotomist, you will meet new people daily, work in a healthcare facility of dedicated professionals, and use the skills you learn to help others.
Phlebotomists in the State of Arizona earn an average salary of $26,000 annually, depending on where they live and choose to work. One of the great benefits of becoming a Phlebotomist is the ability to adjust your salary simply by picking up overtime. Many healthcare facilities are willing to pay Phlebotomists overtime, because this career is in such demand. Overtime wages can increase a Phlebotomist’s pay by as much as two times the normal hourly rate of $12.02 per hour.
In the State of Arizona, it is not a requirement that Phlebotomists become certified. However, most employers do require certification or registration. There are several accredited organizations that certify Phlebotomists such as the:
American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians
National Credentialing Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel
National Phlebotomy Association
American Society of Clinical Pathologists
American Medical Technologists
In selecting a Phlebotomy program, it is very important you select one that is accredited (validated) by the above mentioned organizations. This ensures the program you choose has met all the standards necessary to provide you quality instruction, to teach you all you will need to know to become a successful Phlebotomist. If you select a program that is not accredited, you may complete their program but find yourself ineligible to sit for the certification exam.
There are many ways to obtain your Phlebotomy training in the State of Arizona such as:
Arizona Medical Training Institute (formerly RSAA) 1530 N. Country Club Drive, Suite 11, Mesa, AZ 85201Telephone (480) 835-7679
This Institute offers classroom instruction during day or evening for those who are working. The Phlebotomy program is a 220 hours course. Students must be able to complete 100 hours of clinical practicum (externship) and 120 venipunctures (blood collections) in order to graduate as a certified Phlebotomy Technician. After graduation, students are eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) test. The program is in the process of being nationally accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
Arizona College of Allied Health 4425 W. Olive Avenue #300, Glendale, Arizona 85302-3851 Telephone (602)222-9300
This college offers students an accelerated Phlebotomy program that couples education with a hands-on approach, with both morning and evening classes. The program is two quarters long, each quarter is ten weeks. After class instruction, students will complete a five week, two hundred hour externship. The total program length is approximately twenty weeks long, after which students are eligible to sit fr the American Medical Technologists Registered Phlebotomy Technician certification exam.
Coconino Community College 2800 S. Lone Tree Rd. Flagstaff, AZ 86001 Telephone (928) 226-4299
This college is the second largest in the State that offers a Phlebotomy program. The college offers students a well-rounded Phlebotomy program that includes medical ethics, anatomy and physiology along with blood collection techniques. The program length is 32 credit hours, and upon successful completion the student would be eligible to sit for the national certification exam. The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Phoenix College 1202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013 Telephone (602) 285-7800
The Phlebotomy program at this college teaches blood collection, sample preparation and safety compliance. Students will be provided 120 hours of clinical training, three weeks of hands-on and classroom instruction totaling forty hours. The college is the flagship of Maricopa Community Colleges, the largest community college system in Arizona, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a certificate of completion from the school and are qualified to take national a certification exam.
Phoenix Campus 2445 W. Dunlap Avenue, Suite 100, Phoenix, Arizona 85021-5820 Telephone (602)242-6265
Tempe Campus 1140 S. Priest Drive, Tempe Arizona 85281 Telephone (480)545-8755
Tucson Campus 5441 E. 22nd Street Suite 125, Tucson, Arizona 85711-5444 Telephone (520)748-9799
The Phlebotomy program offered at this college prepares students for blood collection by providing clinical instruction in a laboratory, clinic or drawing station while under supervision. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be eligible to sit for a national certification exam. The College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. There are three campuses that offer the Phlebotomy program throughout the State of Arizona.
Tucson College 5151 Broadway Blvd. Suite 155, Tucson Arizona 85711 Telephone (800)915-2096
This college provides students a phlebotomy program that includes training in specimen collection, laboratory testing and standard medical procedures. Students will be eligible to test for the National Health Career Association’s Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam when they successfully complete the Phlebotomy Technician program. The Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education approves the Phlebotomy Technician program.