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Phlebotomy Programs in New York

Phlebotomists in New York are some of the most well-paid technicians in the country. This page contains information on enrolling in classes to become a certified phlebotomist (CPT). We’ve compiled a large list of some top-notch schools for you to look at. There’s also plenty of good information on what you can expect from training, what you need to do to enroll, and what you can expect on the job.

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What do phlebotomists do?

Phlebotomy is the practice of drawing blood for diagnostic purposes. Phlebotomists are professionals that draw blood and prepare blood samples for laboratory analysis.

Your job duties as a phlebotomist will vary depending on the setting you work in, but mainly you will be collecting and organizing blood samples. In places like hospitals, you can expect to work with a team and handle patient correspondence. Good qualities to have to be successful in this role are dependability, good communication skills, empathy, the ability to perform under pressure, and emotional intelligence.

More phlebotomy classes near you in New York

Please take a look at our list to find the class that fits your goals and budget. Most of the classes will cover the same things, but the structure of the programs may be different. We recommend visiting school websites and contacting the schools directly if you have questions that you can’t find answers to online.

New York phlebotomy program requirements

Accredited phlebotomy courses will prepare you in a number of ways. Below are the minimum requirements needed to attend classes in New York.

  • Be 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Proof of immunization for major pathogens like tuberculosis and hepatitis

The certification bodies that provide testing in monitor continuing education units (CEUs) include the American medical technologists (AMT) and the national phlebotomy association (NPA). While the test may be slightly different based on which agency provides it, the content will be the same no matter which organization you get certified by.

Certifications last for two years and require continuing education units to be completed in order to renew. Although certification is not required in New York, there’s no doubt it will be beneficial to your career.

What to expect from phlebotomy classes

Students in accredited programs are required to complete both classroom and practical training. Most of your training revolves around the technical skills and theory required to collect blood safely and work with patience. You will learn about the following:

  • The history of phlebotomy
  • Medical terminology
  • Blood drawing procedure
  • Human anatomy
  • Lab analysis
  • Blood disorders
  • Communication
  • Laws and regulations

Training is split up into practice in a clinical setting and classroom work. Depending on the program you attend, it can take anywhere from a few months to longer. Level one certification classes typically take a few months to finish. Students learn how to draw blood by venipuncture, which means drawing blood from a vein, and skin puncture, which means drawing blood from the skin.

Where can I work as a phlebotomist in New York?

There are many different settings you can work in as a phlebotomist. The two main places you’ll work in the healthcare industry are outpatient facilities and inpatient facilities. You may also choose to work in a research lab.

In most settings, you’ll be working with coworkers and patients. They’re also traveling phlebotomists who transport specimens to off-site labs and travel to patients to obtain samples.

Phlebotomy Classes by City:

Many phlebotomists work in the New York City metro area. We have listed all major providers of phlebotomy classes in New York City. We have also assembled listings for those located in Brooklyn, Buffalo, and Long Island.

Phlebotomy jobs in New York

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there are more than 6,400 phlebotomists working in New York. The job growth outlook is positive throughout the US, estimated at 10% growth from 2020 to 2030.

Most of the job opportunities will be in hospitals or laboratories. Healthcare facilities have in-house laboratories or off-site laboratories. Below is a list of the most common places where CPTs work.

  • Hospitals
  • Research laboratories
  • Ambulatory care centers
  • Health maintenance organizations/HMOs
  • Physician’s offices

There are many other facility types where you can work as a phlebotomist, especially in New York City since there’s such a large population.

Where Phlebotomists Work% of Jobs
Other ambulatory healthcare services14%
Physician offices8%
Outpatient care centers1%

Phlebotomist career path

But most phlebotomists work in healthcare at hospitals, there are many different career paths and specialties to take. Below is a list of career options you may want to explore.

  • Nurse
  • Physician’s assistant
  • Research scientist
  • Training and development manager
  • EMT or paramedic
  • EKG technician
  • Teacher or professor
  • Molecular biologist
  • Medical sales product specialist

There are many different specialties to explore when you start out. You can improve your career prospects if you obtain a level 2 certification that allows for arterial punctures. You may also want to join a professional trade organization and attend workshops to advance your skills.

How much does a phlebotomist get paid in New York?

Phlebotomists in New York make an average of $22.58 per hour according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2022 job report. That comes out to $46,960 a year. The top 10% of earners made $29.25 per hour, which equals $60,840 per year.

Phlebotomist salaries in New York vary substantially among the major metro areas.

Metro AreaPhlebotomists EmployedAvg. Hourly WageAvg. Annual Wage
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY          240 $   19.14 $ 39,810
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY          460 $   19.44 $ 40,430
Kingston, NY            40 $   19.41 $ 40,370
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA       9,880 $   22.38 $ 46,540
Rochester, NY          360 $   19.89 $ 41,360
Syracuse, NY          180 $   20.17 $ 41,950
Utica-Rome, NY            70 $   19.21 $ 39,960

Useful links

Explore the links below to learn more about becoming a CPT.