Phlebotomy Technician

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Last class of 2018 begins November 12. Register Today! The full 2019 Phlebotomy schedule is also available online. Register for any 2019 course now.

2017 Results for AMTI Students taking the ASCP-BOC PBT exam were outstanding! 100% of students passed the first time versus the National Average of 89%. That’s 11% higher than universities and colleges in the United States! Great Job AMTI Students!

“The Arizona Medical Training Institute’s Phlebotomy Technician Training Program is the only program in Arizona that has been awarded approval from the National Accrediting Agency for the Clinical Lab Sciences. Your short time investment coupled with AMTI’s low tuition for such a quality, nationally recognized program represents an unparalleled return on your future!” ~Christy Gunning, MS, MLS (ASCP), Program Director @ AMTI.

The Phlebotomy Technician Program begins with the eLearning portion that must be completed before the start of the on campus classroom portion. You have the option to take the on-campus classroom portion during the Daytime from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm over a five (5) week period, Monday thru Friday. Or, select the Evening class from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Monday thru Thursday. At the conclusion of the on-campus classroom portion, the clinical practicum must be completed at designated clinical sites assigned to you by AMTI. Students must be able to complete a minimum 100 hours of clinical practicum at a CLIA Approved Lab and achieve a minimum of 120 collections to formally graduate. All Phlebotomy students should anticipate on being available for a 3-week daytime shift externship, Monday-Friday, and typically 9-hour days. Additionally, students must be flexible as regards externship schedule which could vary according to the established schedule and needs of your assigned location.

As an overview, the Phlebotomy Program at the Arizona Medical Training Institute is a 240 hour course beginning with the online portion which represents a 40-hour equivalent eLearning curriculum covering the first 6 chapters of the textbook. Prior to starting the classroom phase, there will be a midterm assessment covering the eLearning chapters after which you will immediately transition into five (5) weeks in the classroom where you will cover the remaining curriculum. The classroom phase, consistent with all the courses at AMTI is a combination of lecture and most importantly, hands-on skill development! You will learn by doing. This phase concludes with the course final exam and clinical externship assignments. In total, your classroom session is a 100 hour commitment completed in a 5-week timeframe. Your clinical externship follows and must be completed at designated clinical sites arranged by AMTI. Students must be able to complete a minimum of 100 hours of clinical practicum and 120 unaided collections to formally graduate. To plan ahead for your externship phase, you should anticipate committing to a 3-week, Monday to Friday, day shift that typically includes 9-hour days. Upon graduation (89% graduation rate), students will be certified as a Phlebotomy Technician.

 

As an option, students desiring to become an ASCP Certified Phlebotomy Technician (PBT (ASCP)) can take the test offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) at one of three Phoenix locations. The program has been licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education and as noted above, nationally approved by the National Accrediting Agency for the Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). NAACLS is the premier international agency for accreditation and approval of education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences and related health care professions.  (NAACLS 5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720 Rosemont, IL  60018-5119; phone: 773-714-8880; fax: 773-714-8886)

Student focused class options are available. After completing 40 hours of eLearning, students can chose from the five (5) week Day Program (Monday thru Friday from 9:00am to 1:00pm); or, the five (5) week Evening Program (Monday thru Thursday from 5:00pm to 10:00pm). At the culmination of the classroom phase, students must complete an assigned externship of a minimum 100 hours and 120 unaided collections. AMTI makes no guarantee about the externship site or time , but you should plan on three full weeks of a 9-hour daytime shift. Dates and times of externship is subject to change depending on the assigned location. Your specific externship schedule will be provided to you at the time of assignment.
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How much does Phlebotomy training cost?

  • Program Cost is $2,065.00
  • Cost includes all textbooks, lab materials, CPR/FA training provided by Heart Savers, TB Test (by serum), uniform top, technology fee, clinical orientation fee and supply fee.
  • Pay tuition (1) in full at registration, (2) choose to $1,065 at registration with the remaining $1,000 due first week of class, (3) pay $445 at registration with remaining due in 3 monthly payments of $550 thru eCashier, or (4) $445 at registration with remaining due in 6 monthly payments of $275 thru eCashier. The 3 and 6-month payment plans include a $30 finance charge and require a setup fee paid to eCashier. Tell me about eCashier. Students will incur the cost of immunizations if not up to date.
  • Optional ASCP national certification exam leading to a PBT (ASCP) designation = $135.

What are the Phlebotomy program prerequisites?

  • Must be 18, Copy of High School Diploma, G.E.D., or equivalent
  • Must complete the AMTI Health Declaration. The Health Declaration is a health and safety document insuring that essential immunizations and clearance for participation by a licensed health care provider are satisfied prior to engaging in the classroom portion of the course. Potential students must be able to meet all the “essential functions” as noted. Download the AMTI Health Declaration.
  • The student must provide both documentation of both health and accident insurance, if available, and covered.
  • Students must have current CPR @ Health Care Provider level and First Aid.
  • Students must be willing to submit to a drug test and/or criminal background check, if requested. Note: Students should be aware that Employers could require a drug test and/or criminal background check as part of their employment process. Please be aware that if a student fails the drug test, criminal background check & fails to become immunized they cannot become employed.
  • Please note that some states such as California, Washington, and Louisiana have unique state laws that regulate the practice of Phlebotomy in their states. If a transfer to a state other than Arizona is in your plans, please consult the requirements of that particular state prior to enrolling at AMTI.

What are the Phlebotomy program completion requirements?

  • Complete 40 eLearning hours and pass a mid-term exam, plus 100 classroom and 100 clinical hours with 120 unaided collections.
  • Score 80% or higher on classroom exams, 85% or higher on clinical grades, and 80% or higher on the course final exam. Complete externships with positive preceptor evaluations.

Certification (optional but highly recommended)

  • While certification is not mandatory for to work as a phlebotomist, students are highly encouraged to seek certification. Students who seek certification may earn approximately $1/hr more than their un-certified counterparts. Certification is also an attestation to the professionalism and dedication to the profession the student is seeking employment in.
  • Certification is available from a number of agencies. The 2 most well know agencies include the ASCP (American Society for Clinical Pathology -$135) and the AMT (American Medical Technologists -$120).

Career outlook for a Phlebotomist?

  • Employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 25 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • Wages: $32,710 per year or $15.72 per hour per BLS ($15.60 per ASCP)

Potential Employment Environments:

  • Hospitals
  • Independent Clinical Laboratories
  • Blood Donation Facilities with additional employer training
  • Plasma Center with additional employer training
  • Physician’s Offices
  • Pharmaceutical/Research Companies
  • Health/Wellness Fairs/Clinics

Program Outcomes

  • National Certification Rates:
    • For the calendar year of 2017, 100% of AMTI Phlebotomy students who attempted the ASCP-BOC PBT examination passed on the first attempt as compared to the national average of 89%.
    • Calendar Year 2016: 97% First-time pass rate.
    • Calendar Year 2015: 97% First-time pass rate.
  • Graduation Rates: In 2016, 95% of AMTI Phlebotomy students passed the course.
  • Job Placement Rates: In 2016, 88%* of AMTI students were hired in a phlebotomy setting.

*Limited information available. Placement rates are calculated based upon voluntary student responses. To verify market necessity and likelihood of hire, perform a search for open phlebotomy positions on Monster, CareerBuilder, or healthcare facilities in your vicinity.