Understanding Phlebotomy and its Demanding Job Market
- During the 18th century phlebotomy was introduced to the United States as bloodletting, the surgical removal of blood for therapeutic purposes.
- Surgeons believed that bloodletting could cure any disease imaginable, but soon they would discover this procedure did more harm than good.
- In the 19thcentury, bloodletting was no longer practiced as it caused more deaths than it prevented. This was mainly due to a lack of training and technology.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 27,000 phlebotomists are expected to have secure employment by 2022. A 27% increase in the number of healthcare professionals since 2012, which represents a growth that’s faster than the average for all occupations. The increase for this occupation is mainly due to the growing population, new and improved medical testing, and the increased availability of medical services. Blood analysis is an essential function in medical laboratories and hospitals. The demand for phlebotomists will rise as doctors and other healthcare professionals require blood work for analysis and diagnoses.
The average annual pay rate for a phlebotomist in Los Angeles is $36,000. However, top phlebotomists can earn over $41,000 annually in this high demand occupation.
LA ORT’s Phlebotomy program meets the requirements of California’s Department of Public Health (CDPH) and prepares students for state certification as a Certified Phlebotomy Technician 1 (CPT-1). Upon successful completion of this program, students will be ready for the National Certification Examination and certification as CPT-1 phlebotomist. For CPT-2 level phlebotomists, students will have the opportunity to satisfy additional on-the-job training for supervised arterial punctures at the workplace, as required by CDPH.
LA ORT’s Phlebotomy program runs for 175 hours of instruction, laboratory and an externship, which includes practice on real patients.