Bachelor's Degrees in Phlebotomy

A phlebotomist is someone who draws blood samples. Continue reading to learn what degrees are available in phlebotomy, whether you need to be licensed, if degrees can be earned online, what classes will be included and what the employment outlook is for this field. Schools offering Clinical Laboratory Science degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Do I Need a Bachelor's Degree to Work in Phlebotomy?

If you wish to become a phlebotomist, you need to complete a training program in phlebotomy. Such programs generally lead to a certificate or diploma. Phlebotomy courses are also sometimes offered as part of an associate's degree in the allied health field.

A bachelor's degree in phlebotomy isn't generally available, but you can pursue a related degree in clinical laboratory sciences. A bachelor's degree in this field prepares you to work in a lab or blood bank using some of the same skills utilized in phlebotomy. Tasks include performing lab tests on blood, tissue and other body fluids.

Degree Overview Training to work in a lab or blood bank performing lab tests
Online Availability Some classes are available online, but the majority of classes require in-person attendance for practice
Common Courses Clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, hematology, ethical medical issues, immunology
Licensure and Certification Licensure requirements vary by state; some employers require certification
Median Annual Wage (2015) $31,630 (for phlebotomists)*
Job Outlook 25% increase between 2014-2024 (for phlebotomists)*

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Can I Earn a Degree Online?

There are some online courses that you can take as part of a phlebotomy program. Classes like anatomy and physiology and medical terminology can be taken online, but the majority of clinical phlebotomy classes require hands-on practice to guarantee that you can perform the necessary procedures. Related degrees in clinical laboratory sciences are also offered online, but nearly always require practical lab experience that must be completed in person.

What Classes Will I Take?

In a phlebotomy program, you take classes like:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Hematology
  • Clinical chemistry
  • Ethical medical issues
  • Blood banking

In a clinical laboratory science bachelor's degree program, you take classes like:

  • Laboratory management
  • Infectious diseases
  • Immunology
  • Clinical microbiology
  • Statistics

Do I Need a License to Work in Phlebotomy?

Some states require phlebotomists to be licensed, so be sure to check with your state about licensing requirements. In addition, some employers may want you to be certified in phlebotomy, a process that involves taking specific classes and passing an exam. You can find more information about certification at the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences website (www.naacls.org) or the American Medical Technologists website (www.amt1.com).

Is This a Good Career Field For Me?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment opportunities for phlebotomists were expected to increase 25% from 2014-2024 (www.bls.gov). Phlebotomists work on shifts around the clock, which is one reason why there are so many vacancies. The BLS reported the median annual earnings for phlebotomists to be $31,630 in 2015. The BLS listed the average wage for a phlebotomist to be $15.76 an hour in 2015.

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