The Phlebotomy – Laboratory Assistant program is a nine-month diploma program that prepares students for success as phlebotomists and laboratory assistants.
Phlebotomists collect, transport, handle, and process blood and other specimens for laboratory analysis. They identify and select equipment, supplies, and additives used in blood collection and understand factors that affect specimen collection procedures and test results. Recognizing the importance of specimen collection in the overall patient care system, phlebotomists adhere to infection control and safety policies and procedures. They monitor quality control within predetermined limits while demonstrating professional conduct, stress management, and communication skills with patients, peers and other health care personnel as well as with the public.
Phlebotomists are employed in hospitals, physician offices and clinics, medical laboratories, and in blood banks as blood procurement specialists. According to the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the wage range for the West North region is between $9.00 and $12.72 per hour with WDT students earning $9.70 on average upon graduating.