Phlebotomists play an important role in the medical field. And because the demand for phlebotomists is growing faster than average, now is a great time to pursue this career. If you’re interested in becoming a certified phlebotomy technician (CPT). This guide provides an overview of some of the best programs available, so be sure to explore it to find one that fits your needs. We also discuss what phlebotomists do, how much they make, and what it’s like working as a phlebotomist in the state of Montana.
A phlebotomist is a healthcare professional who specializes in collecting blood samples from patients. They work in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings. Phlebotomists are responsible for preparing patients for blood draws, performing the procedure, and ensuring that the samples are properly labeled and stored. They may also be responsible for providing information to patients about the procedure and answering any questions they may have.
Phlebotomists must have excellent communication skills and be able to put patients at ease. They must also be able to follow instructions accurately and adhere to strict safety protocols. In some cases, phlebotomists may be required to draw blood from difficult or uncooperative patients.
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|Blood donation center||BioLife Plasma Services||1901 Market Pl Dr||Great Falls||MT||59404||https://www.biolifeplasma.com/locations/Montana/Great%20Falls?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=tom:reputationdo||(406) 268-0501||47.480565||-111.346601||47.4805647-111.3466008||3.1||Closed||8AM to 7PM||8AM to 7PM||8AM to 7PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 4PM||Closed||4,964||FMJ3+69 Great Falls, Montana|
|Hospital||Great Falls Clinic Hospital||3010 15th Ave S||Great Falls||MT||59405||http://www.gfclinic.com/||(406) 216-8000||47.487825||-111.255558||47.4878245-111.2555583||4.0||4,965||FPQV+4Q Great Falls, Montana|
|Private university||University of Providence||1301 20th St S||Great Falls||MT||59405||https://www.uprovidence.edu/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=gbp||(406) 791-5202||47.490692||-111.270754||47.4906921-111.2707539||3.8||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||Closed||Closed||4,966||FPRH+7M Great Falls, Montana|
|Elementary school||Lincoln Center||415 N 30th St #111||Billings||MT||59101||http://www.billingsschools.org/||(406) 281-5000||45.784360||-108.511277||45.7843599-108.5112769||4.1||4,967||QFMQ+PG Billings, Montana|
|Hospital||Benefis Health System||1101 26th St S||Great Falls||MT||59405||https://www.benefis.org/||(406) 455-5000||47.491365||-111.260940||47.4913647-111.2609395||2.8||4,968||FPRQ+GJ Great Falls, Montana|
|Adult education school||Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Montana State University||Montana State University, 128 Barnard Hall||Bozeman||MT||59717||https://www.montana.edu/olli/||(406) 994-6550||45.665506||-111.045979||45.6655059-111.0459792||5.0||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||Closed||Closed||4,969||MX83+5J Bozeman, Montana|
|Vocational school||Charter College||1595 Grand Ave #230||Billings||MT||59102||https://www.chartercollege.edu/billings-mt?utm_source=google&utm_medium=google_my_business&utm_campaign=website_click||(406) 294-0156||45.785680||-108.555966||45.7856803-108.555966||4.5||4,970||QCPV+7J Billings, Montana|
|Medical clinic||Great Falls Clinic Specialty Center||3000 15th Ave S||Great Falls||MT||59405||http://www.gfclinic.com/||(406) 454-2171||47.488122||-111.255693||47.4881216-111.2556929||4.8||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||Closed||Closed||4,971||FPQV+6P Great Falls, Montana|
|College||Helena College University of Montana||1115 N Roberts St #117||Helena||MT||59601||http://www.helenacollege.edu/||(406) 447-6900||46.595747||-112.016309||46.5957471-112.0163086||3.7||7AM to 9PM||7AM to 9PM||7AM to 9PM||7AM to 9PM||7AM to 6PM||Closed||Closed||4,972||HXWM+7F Helena, Montana|
|Learning center||Lifelong Learning Center||310 S Curtis St||Missoula||MT||59801||http://missoulaclasses.com/||(406) 549-8765||46.868491||-114.031219||46.8684908-114.0312189||4.3||8:30AM to 7PM||8:30AM to 7PM||8:30AM to 7PM||8:30AM to 6PM||Closed||Closed||Closed||4,973||VX99+9G Missoula, Montana|
|Trade school||National Personal Training Institute||255 S Russell St||Missoula||MT||59801||https://nationalpti.org/school/missoula-mt/||46.869797||-114.018941||46.8697973-114.0189412||5.0||9:30AM to 10:30P||9:30AM to 10:30P||9:30AM to 10:30P||9:30AM to 10:30P||Closed||9AM to 7PM||Closed||4,974||VX9J+WF Missoula, Montana|
|Medical Center||Alluvion Health||601 1st Ave N||Great Falls||MT||59401||http://www.alluvionhealth.org/||(406) 454-6973||47.506634||-111.296879||47.5066343-111.296879||2.9||7AM to 6PM||7AM to 6PM||7AM to 6PM||7AM to 6PM||7AM to 6PM||8AM to 5PM||Closed||4,975||GP43+M6 Great Falls, Montana|
|College||City College at Montana State University Billings||3803 Central Ave||Billings||MT||59102||http://www.msubillings.edu/||(406) 247-3000||45.771260||-108.612859||45.7712597-108.6128585||4.0||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||Closed||Closed||4,976||Q9CP+GV Billings, Montana|
|College||Gallatin College||101 Hamilton Hall||Bozeman||MT||59715||http://www.montana.edu/gallatincollege/||(406) 994-5536||45.667544||-111.047735||45.6675438-111.047735||4.7||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||Closed||Closed||4,977||MX92+2W Bozeman, Montana|
|Medical clinic||Great Falls Medical Services||1118 Central Ave||Great Falls||MT||59401||https://www.greatfallsmedicalservices.com/||(406) 454-3247||47.505092||-111.287483||47.5050915-111.2874831||4.2||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||Closed||Closed||4,978||GP47+22 Great Falls, Montana|
|College||Bitterroot College||103 S 9th St||Hamilton||MT||59840||http://www.umt.edu/bitterroot-college/||(406) 375-0100||46.246147||-114.168165||46.2461467-114.1681653||4.2||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||10AM to 2PM||Closed||4,979||6RWJ+FP Hamilton, Montana|
|Diagnostic center||St. James Healthcare Outpatient Laboratory Services||435 S Crystal St Ste 210||Butte||MT||59701||https://www.sclhealth.org/locations/st-james-healthcare/services/laboratory/||(406) 496-3610||46.008557||-112.545619||46.0085568-112.545619||8AM to 6PM||8AM to 6PM||8AM to 6PM||8AM to 6PM||8AM to 6PM||Closed||Closed||4,980||2F53+CQ Walkerville, Montana|
|Non-profit organization||American Red Cross||233 Edelweiss Dr #9||Bozeman||MT||59718||http://www.redcross.org/mt/billings||(800) 733-2767||45.677119||-111.071342||45.6771191-111.0713416||3.0||4,981||MWGH+RC Bozeman, Montana|
|School district office||Billings Public Schools||415 N 30th St||Billings||MT||59101||https://www.billingsschools.org/||45.784448||-108.510093||45.7844476-108.5100927||7:30AM to 4:30PM||7:30AM to 4:30PM||7:30AM to 4:30PM||7:30AM to 4:30PM||7:30AM to 4:30PM||Closed||Closed||4,982||QFMQ+QV Billings, Montana|
|Vocational school||Charter College||1930 Brooks St||Missoula||MT||59801||https://www.chartercollege.edu/missoula-mt?utm_source=google&utm_medium=google_my_business&utm_campaign=website_click||(406) 303-3259||46.852263||-114.010277||46.8522631-114.0102765||4.8||4,983||VX2Q+WV Missoula, Montana|
|Emergency training||Billings Clinic Community Training Center||1020 N 27th St #315||Billings||MT||59101||https://www.billingsclinic.com/health-info/community-training-center/||(406) 657-4228||45.791935||-108.514180||45.7919345-108.5141797||5.0||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||Closed||Closed||4,984||QFRP+Q8 Billings, Montana|
|Laboratory||Billings Clinic Lab||2800 10th Ave N||Billings||MT||59101||https://www.billingsclinic.com/services-specialties/laboratory/laboratory-services-blood-draw/||(406) 657-4060||45.789884||-108.512518||45.7898839-108.5125182||3.7||6:30AM to 6PM||6:30AM to 6PM||6:30AM to 6PM||6:30AM to 6PM||6:30AM to 6PM||Closed||Closed||4,985||QFQP+XX Billings, Montana|
|Medical school||Providence Health & Services - International Heart Institute||2829 Great Northern Loop #300||Missoula||MT||59808||(406) 541-7000||46.883955||-114.033269||46.8839553-114.0332692||4,986||VXM8+HM Missoula, Montana|
|School||Missoula Adult Education||310 S Curtis St||Missoula||MT||59801||https://missoulaclasses.com/||(406) 549-8765||46.868211||-114.030708||46.8682114-114.0307077||4,987||VX99+7P Missoula, Montana|
|Blood donation center||American Red Cross Donor Center Missoula||2401 N Reserve St||Missoula||MT||59808||https://www.redcross.org/local/montana/about-us/locations.html||(800) 448-3543||46.887706||-114.041511||46.8877057-114.0415105||1.0||11AM to 7PM||11AM to 7PM||Closed||Closed||7AM to 3PM||7AM to 3PM||7AM to 3PM||4,988||VXQ5+38 Missoula, Montana|
|College||Highlands College||25 Basin Creek Rd||Butte||MT||59701||http://www.mtech.edu/||(406) 496-3707||45.937773||-112.510462||45.9377733-112.5104615||3.8||4,989||WFQQ+4R Newcomb, Butte, MT|
|School||Montana Adult Learning Center (Adult Basic Education)||200 Valley Dr||Helena||MT||59601||(406) 333-5000||46.616284||-112.046915||46.6162836-112.0469151||4,990||JX83+G6 Helena, Montana|
|College||College of Technology-Bozeman||20 E Olive St||Bozeman||MT||59715||(406) 522-0830||45.677314||-111.036454||45.6773136-111.0364543||5.0||4,991||MXG7+WC Bozeman, Montana|
|Laboratory||Great Falls Clinic Laboratory||3000 15th Ave S||Great Falls||MT||59405||https://www.gfclinic.com/department/laboratory/||(406) 454-2171||47.488462||-111.255873||47.4884624-111.2558726||4.0||7AM to 5PM||7AM to 5PM||7AM to 5PM||7AM to 5PM||7AM to 5PM||8AM to 6PM||9AM to 4PM||4,992||FPQV+9M Great Falls, Montana|
|University||Mt State University||750 6th St SW||Great Falls||MT||59404||https://www.montana.edu/||(406) 315-3640||47.499335||-111.324542||47.4993346-111.3245416||4,993||FMXG+P5 Great Falls, Montana|
|Education center||Butte Adult Education||1050 S Montana St||Butte||MT||59701||https://www.bsd1.org/adult-education/calendar/2642378/adult-community-education-course-registration||(406) 533-2967||45.998341||-112.538163||45.9983409-112.5381627||8AM to 4PM||8AM to 4PM||8AM to 4PM||8AM to 4AM||8AM to 4PM||Closed||Closed||4,994||XFX6+8P Williamsburg, Montana|
|Trade school||Hands-On Bozeman Trade School for Dental Assisting in Montana||2018 Stadium Drive RM: T102||Bozeman||MT||59715||https://hands-on-bozeman-trade-school-for-dental-assisting.business.site/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=referral||(406) 589-9161||45.658663||-111.054977||45.6586631-111.0549771||5.0||4,995||MW5W+F2 Bozeman, Montana|
|University||MSU Academic Technology and Outreach||West Grant St. & South 6th Ave||Bozeman||MT||59717||http://ato.montana.edu/||(406) 994-6550||45.665726||-111.047973||45.6657262-111.0479728||4,996||MX82+7R Bozeman, Montana|
|Medical group||Best Practice Medicine||601 Haggerty Ln suite a||Bozeman||MT||59715||http://www.bestpracticemedicine.com/||(406) 602-4202||45.673231||-111.012964||45.673231-111.012964||4.8||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||Closed||Closed||4,997||MXFP+7R Bozeman, Montana|
|School||Billings Adult Education||415 N 30th St||Billings||MT||59101||https://www.billingsschools.org/community/billings-adult-and-community-education||(406) 281-5005||45.784432||-108.511097||45.7844316-108.5110969||4,998||QFMQ+PJ Billings, Montana|
|Adult education school||(MOLLI) Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Montana||32 Campus Dr||Missoula||MT||59812||http://www.umt.edu/molli||(406) 243-2905||46.860577||-113.982128||46.8605765-113.982128||5.0||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||Closed||Closed||4,999||V269+64 Missoula, Montana|
|University||Great Falls College Montana State University||2100 16th Ave S||Great Falls||MT||59405||http://www.gfcmsu.edu/||(406) 771-4300||47.485998||-111.269829||47.4859978-111.2698288||4.3||6AM to 10:15PM||7:45AM to 4:45PM||7:30AM to 4:45PM||7:30AM to 4:45PM||7:30AM to 4:45PM||Closed||Closed||5,000||FPPJ+93 Great Falls, Montana|
|Blood donation center||American Red Cross Blood Donation Center||1300 28th St S||Great Falls||MT||59405||https://www.redcrossblood.org/local-homepage/location/great-falls-american-red-cross.html?utm_source=GMBlisting&utm_medium=organ||(800) 733-2767||47.491514||-111.260319||47.491514-111.2603185||4.4||11AM to 7PM||11AM to 7PM||9AM to 5PM||Closed||Closed||7AM to 3PM||7AM to 3PM||5,001||FPRQ+JV Great Falls, Montana|
|Community college||Flathead Valley Community College||777 Grandview Dr||Kalispell||MT||59901||https://www.fvcc.edu/||(406) 756-3822||48.228380||-114.327602||48.2283799-114.3276015||2.8||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||8AM to 5PM||Closed||Closed||5,002||6MHC+9X Kalispell, Montana|
Phlebotomy training programs in Montana are typically offered at community colleges and technical schools. These are relatively short compared to other healthcare trade programs. Explore the links below to find out what programs can offer. Please contact the schools directly if you can’t find answers to your questions online.
Montana phlebotomy program requirements
There are no specific education requirements for becoming a phlebotomist in Montana. However, most employers prefer to hire applicants who have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Many phlebotomy training programs require students to have a high school diploma or equivalent before being accepted into the program. Requirements are:
- Have completed high school or equivalent
- Provide proof of immunization
- Have a current state ID
There are a number of national accreditation organizations that provide testing and accreditation to schools such as the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Check out the links section below to see a full list of accrediting agencies. These organizations also provide testing and some provide CEUs, continuing education units required to renew your license.
To be successful as a phlebotomist, you will need to have excellent communication skills and be able to put patients at ease. You must also be able to follow instructions accurately and adhere to strict safety protocols. In some cases, you may be required to draw blood from difficult or uncooperative patients. During training you will learn about:
- Preparing patients for blood draws
- Obtaining blood samples from patients
- Labeling and storing blood samples
- Providing information to patients about the procedure
- Answering questions from patients
- Maintaining equipment and supplies
- Adhering to safety protocols
Most phlebotomy training programs take about two semesters to complete and include both classroom and clinical instruction. Training consists of both classroom instruction and hands-on training. You can expect at least 20 hours of classwork and 20 hours of practice in a clinical setting for a level one phlebotomy certification. After completing a training program, you will need to pass a certification exam to become certified.
Phlebotomy can be done in a hospital setting, a clinic setting, or in a doctor’s office. It all depends on what type of work you want to do. In a hospital setting, you might be working with patients who are admitted for care. In a clinic setting, you might be working with walk-in patients. And in a doctor’s office, you might be working with patients who are coming for regular check-ups. In a laboratory setting, you might be working with samples that need to be tested.
The exact duties and hours you work vary depending on your employer and where you work. In a hospital, you might work nights, weekends, and holidays. In a clinic, you might work regular business hours. And in a doctor’s office, you might work regular business hours as well.
The demand for certified phlebotomy technicians is growing nationwide. In fact, the profession is expected to grow by 10% from 2021 to 2031, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that there are around 300 phlebotomists in Montana. The state doesn’t require certification, but it’s normal for entry-level employees to be certified. Plus a certification makes you more attractive to potential employers and demonstrates that you have the skills to handle the job.
|Where Phlebotomists Work||% of Jobs|
|Other ambulatory healthcare services||14%|
|Outpatient care centers||1%|
The most opportunities are in healthcare, and the majority of phlebotomists work in hospitals and laboratories. But phlebotomists can take many different career paths in the healthcare field. They can become nurses, doctors, or researchers. They can also become sales representatives for medical companies or educational instructors for phlebotomy programs. Below are possible career choices:
- Research scientist
- EKG technician
- Medical sales representative
- Phlebotomy program instructor
The Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2022 report shows that Phlebotomists in Montana made an average of $18.18 per hour in 2021. The annual salary is listed at $37,820.
|Metro Area||Phlebotomists Employed||Avg. Hourly Wage||Avg. Annual Wage|
|Billings, MT||130||$ 18.58||$ 38,650|
|Great Falls, MT||40||$ 17.71||$ 36,850|
|Missoula, MT||70||$ 17.06||$ 35,470|
Take a look at the links below to learn more about phlebotomy, national certification, and standards.
- Phlebotomist jobs in Montana on Indeed
- NPA national phlebotomy license verification
- National Phlebotomy Association (NPA)
- National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
- American Certification for Healthcare (ACA)
- American Allied Health National Certification (CPT)
- American Medical Techniques (AMT)
- American Society for Clinical Lab Science (ASCLS)
- American Society for Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC)
- National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT)
- National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
- American Society of Phlebotomy Technician (ASPT)