Phlebotomist or Phlebotomy Technician

At a Glance

Years in School (after high school graduation):

2 years or less

Hourly Wage:

$15.17-$25.16 (Mean $19.55)
*based on 2016 Alaska DOL data

One-page Description (PDF):

Phlebotomist or Phlebotomy Technician

Professional Activities

Phlebotomists are specially trained to draw blood samples needed for laboratory testing.  They must create an atmosphere of trust and confidence while skillfully collecting blood specimens in a safe and reliable manner. In addition to collecting specimens, they maintain collection areas and equipment, do basic specimen processing and perform record keeping duties.

Phlebotomists work in medical laboratories in hospitals, for-profit laboratories, clinics, nursing homes, public health facilities, and associated healthcare industries. In rural Alaska, phlebotomists are employed in hospitals, subregional clinics, physician’s offices, and other medical laboratory settings.

Educational Requirements

Education requirements vary. However, the minimum education requirements are a high school diploma (or equivalent) and acceptable phlebotomy training or work experience.

Academic Programs

UAA offers an Occupational Endorsement Certificate for Phlebotomists. Students are qualified to sit the national certification exams for phlebotomists after completing the phlebotomy practicum. For more information, contact;

University of Alaska Anchorage
Contact: Angela Craft, Assistant Professor
Allied Health Science Building, Room 148R
Phone: (907) 786-6961

UAF’s one-year Phlebotomy certificate program meets accreditation for Phlebotomy Technician programs. A student who earns the certificate in Phlebotomy will satisfy the training requirements to sit for the ASCP (American Society of Clinical Pathologists) national certification examination for Phlebotomy Technician (PBT). For more information, contact:

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Community & Technical College-Allied Health Dept
604 Barnette Street
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
Contact: Cathy Winfree, RN, BSN
Phone: (907) 455-2876

Other programs providing training in Alaska:

Alaska Career College
1415 E. Tudor Road
Anchorage, AK 99507-1033
Contact: Admissions
Phone: 907-563-7575 or 800-770-7575

Certifications are awarded by a number of professional associations. Further contact information is listed under National Contacts section.


National Organizations:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Phone: (773) 714-8880 or (847) 939-3597
Fax: (773) 714-8886

American Medical Technologists
10700 West Higgins Road, Suite 150
Rosemont, Illinois 60018
Phone: (847) 823-5169
Toll Free: (800) 275-1268
Fax: (847) 823-0458

National Healthcareer Association
NHA - National Headquarters
11161 Overbrook Rd.
Leawood, Kansas 66211
Toll Free: (800) 499-9092
Fax: (913) 661-6291

American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians
P.O. Box 1831
Hickory, NC 28603
Phone: (828) 294-0078
Fax: (828) 327-2969

National Phlebotomy Association
1901 Brightseat Road
Landover MD 20785
Toll Free: (301) 386-4200
Fax: (301) 386-4203

American Society for Clinical Pathology
33 West Monroe, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 541-4999
Toll Free: (800) 267-2727
Fax: (312) 541-4998

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
1861 International Dr., Suite 200
McLean, VA 22102
Phone: (571) 748-3770

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