This guide includes everything you need to know to become a certified phlebotomy technician (CPT). You’ll find information on the structure of training programs and what it’s like to work when you start your career. Feel free to browse our big list of schools to find a top-notch training program near you.
Phlebotomy is closely related to the Greek words phlebo, which means veins, and tome, which means cut. Phlebotomists make an incision and draw blood from the vein or skin.
In a hospital setting, CPTs spend much of their day working with patients and coworkers. The majority of their duties involve collecting blood and transporting samples, also known as specimens. To succeed as a phlebotomist, you must have certain personality characteristics. If you are empathetic, dependable, honest, can handle stress, and have good organizational skills – this might be a great fit for you.
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|Community health centre||Lifespan Community Health Institute||335R Prairie Ave Suite 2B||Providence||RI||02905||https://www.lifespan.org/centers-services/lifespan-community-health-institute||(401) 444-8009||41.804811||-71.415355||41.8048107-71.4153546||5.0||8:30AM to 4:30PM||8:30AM to 4:30PM||8:30AM to 4:30PM||8:30AM to 4:30PM||8:30AM to 4:30PM||Closed||Closed||5,612||RH3M+WV Providence, Rhode Island|
|Beauty school||ANLI Academy||599 Waterman Ave||East Providence||RI||02914||http://www.anliacademy.com/||(401) 431-2654||41.816632||-71.358082||41.8166324-71.3580824||4.6||9AM to 8PM||9AM to 8PM||9AM to 8PM||9AM to 8PM||9AM to 2PM||Closed||Closed||5,613||RJ8R+MQ East Providence, Rhode I|
|Private university||Johnson & Wales University Center for Physician Assistant Studies||35 Claverick St||Providence||RI||02903||https://www.jwu.edu/academics/colleges/college-of-health-and-wellness/physician-assistant-studies/||(401) 598-2381||41.818111||-71.412627||41.8181106-71.4126265||8AM to 4PM||8AM to 4PM||8AM to 4PM||8AM to 4PM||8AM to 4PM||Closed||Closed||5,614||RH9P+6W Providence, Rhode Island|
|Non-profit organization||Genesis Center||620 Potters Ave||Providence||RI||02907||http://www.gencenter.org/||(401) 781-6110||41.802165||-71.430418||41.8021646-71.4304179||4.6||6:30AM to 4:30PM||6:30AM to 8:30PM||6:30AM to 8:30PM||6:30AM to 8:30PM||6:30AM to 4:30PM||Closed||Closed||5,615||RH29+VR Providence, Rhode Island|
|Non-profit organization||American Red Cross||100 Niantic Ave Suite A||Providence||RI||02907||https://www.redcross.org/local/rhode-island.html?CID=organic_gmb_listings||(877) 287-3327||41.800121||-71.438512||41.8001207-71.4385119||4.5||8:30AM to 5PM||8:30AM to 5PM||8:30AM to 5PM||8:30AM to 5PM||8:30AM to 5PM||Closed||Closed||5,616||RH26+2H Providence, Rhode Island|
|Technical school||Providence Career & Technical Academy||41 Fricker St||Providence||RI||02903||http://www.providenceschools.org/PCTA||(401) 456-9136||41.816529||-71.421874||41.8165292-71.4218737||4.5||8AM to 2:45PM||8AM to 2:45PM||8AM to 2:45PM||8AM to 2:45PM||8AM to 2:45PM||Closed||Closed||5,617||RH8H+J7 Providence, Rhode Island|
|Medical school||911Programs Career Training Institute||22 Veterans Memorial Dr||Warwick||RI||02886||http://www.911programs.com/||(401) 773-7716||41.702037||-71.456705||41.7020371-71.4567045||3.5||9AM to 7PM||9AM to 7PM||9AM to 7PM||9AM to 7PM||9AM to 7PM||Closed||Closed||5,618||PG2V+R8 Warwick, Rhode Island|
|School||American Safety Programs And Training||150 Niantic Ave||Providence||RI||02907||https://www.asptems.com/||(401) 273-6900||41.798909||-71.438853||41.798909-71.438853||4.6||7:30AM to 10PM||7:30AM to 10PM||7:30AM to 10PM||7:30AM to 10PM||7:30AM to 4:30PM||7:30AM to 4:30PM||Closed||5,619||QHX6+HF Providence, Rhode Island|
|Adult education school||Aquidneck Island Adult Learning Center - AIALC||23 America's Cup Ave||Newport||RI||02840||http://newportcommunityschool.org/||(401) 847-7171||41.490940||-71.317590||41.4909401-71.3175898||4.5||8:30AM to 4:30PM||8:30AM to 7PM||8:30AM to 6PM||8:30AM to 7PM||8:30AM to 4PM||Closed||Closed||5,620||FMRJ+9X Newport, Rhode Island|
|Training centre||HITEP, Inc. - CNA Training||515 Elmwood Ave||Providence||RI||02907||http://hitepcna.org/||(401) 785-2202||41.798211||-71.426521||41.7982108-71.4265205||4.9||9AM to 9PM||9AM to 9PM||9AM to 9PM||9AM to 9PM||9AM to 7PM||Closed||Closed||5,621||QHXF+79 Providence, Rhode Island|
|Blood donation center||CSL Plasma||66 Newport Ave||Rumford||RI||02916||(401) 214-0587||41.856565||-71.352414||41.8565652-71.3524135||4.3||7AM to 7PM||7AM to 7PM||7AM to 7PM||7AM to 7PM||7AM to 7PM||8AM to 4PM||8AM to 4PM||5,622||VJ4X+J2 Rumford, East Providence|
|Community college||Liston Campus - Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI)||1 Hilton St||Providence||RI||02905||http://www.ccri.edu/||(401) 455-6000||41.807507||-71.413238||41.8075068-71.4132382||4.5||7AM to 8PM||7AM to 8PM||7AM to 8PM||7AM to 8PM||7AM to 8PM||Closed||Closed||5,623||RH5P+2P Providence, Rhode Island|
|Training school||Your Choice of CNA Training School||15 Broom St||Providence||RI||02905||https://yourchoiceofcna.com/||(401) 919-5532||41.790869||-71.403863||41.7908691-71.4038626||4.8||9AM to 9PM||9AM to 9PM||9AM to 9PM||9AM to 9PM||9AM to 4PM||Closed||Closed||5,624||QHRW+9C Providence, Rhode Island|
|Adult education school||Blue Angel Education||1989 Mineral Spring Ave||North Providence||RI||02904||(401) 441-4744||41.859944||-71.472094||41.8599441-71.4720942||5,625||VG5H+X5 North Providence, Rhode|
|High school||Nurses Institute Middle College||150 Washington St||Providence||RI||02903||https://rinimc.org/contact-us/||(401) 680-4900||41.822593||-71.415001||41.8225927-71.4150008||5.0||7:30AM to 4PM||7:30AM to 4PM||7:30AM to 4PM||7:30AM to 4PM||7:30AM to 4PM||Closed||Closed||5,626||RHFM+2X Providence, Rhode Island|
|Community College Of Rhode Island||400 East Ave||Pawtucket||RI||02860||41.868007||-71.386920||41.8680071-71.38692||5,627||VJ97+66 Pawtucket, Rhode Island|
|Educational consultant||Comprehensive Educational Services||807 Broad St||Providence||RI||02907||(401) 369-8458||41.801796||-71.419448||41.8017957-71.4194483||5,628||RH2J+P6 Providence, Rhode Island|
|Educational institution||Bastien Academy||44 East Ave||Pawtucket||RI||02860||(401) 369-9174||41.876436||-71.384583||41.876436-71.3845826||2.0||9AM to 5PM||9AM to 5PM||9AM to 5PM||9AM to 5PM||9AM to 5PM||Closed||Closed||5,629||VJG8+H5 Pawtucket, Rhode Island|
|School||Cranston Adult Education Programs||83 Rolfe Square||Cranston||RI||02920||http://cranstonadulteducation.weebly.com/||(401) 270-8166||41.775946||-71.437069||41.775946-71.4370686||3.0||5,630||QHG7+95 Cranston, Rhode Island|
|School||New England Medical Training Institute||Pawtucket||RI||02860||41.868372||-71.402628||41.8683718-71.4026277||5,631||VH9W+8X Pawtucket, Rhode Island|
|High school||East Providence Career and Technical Center||1998 Pawtucket Ave||East Providence||RI||02914||https://eastprovidencectc.com/2015/09/15/about-us/||(401) 435-7500||41.819013||-71.353916||41.8190134-71.3539157||3.7||5,632||RJ9W+JC East Providence, Rhode I|
|School||Genesis Center RI||40 Leander St||Providence||RI||02909||41.829517||-71.460644||41.829517-71.4606444||5,633||RGHQ+RP Providence, Rhode Island|
|School||Genesis Center RI||1 Reservoir Ave||Providence||RI||02907||https://www.gencenter.org/||41.796833||-71.426524||41.7968329-71.426524||5,634||QHWF+P9 Providence, Rhode Island|
|Technical school||Warwick Area Career and Technical Center||575 Centerville Rd||Warwick||RI||02886||https://wactc.warwickschools.org/||(401) 734-3150||41.702882||-71.486727||41.7028818-71.4867274||4.0||7:24AM to 1:51PM||7:24AM to 1:51PM||7:24AM to 1:51PM||7:24AM to 1:51PM||7:24AM to 1:51PM||Closed||Closed||5,635||PG37+58 Warwick, Rhode Island|
|Social services organization||Seven Hills Ri||535 Centerville Rd STE 301||Warwick||RI||02886||https://www.sevenhills.org/affiliates/seven-hills-rhode-island||(401) 921-1054||41.697842||-71.479377||41.6978422-71.4793771||5,636||MGXC+46 Warwick, Rhode Island|
|Community college||Knight Campus - Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI)||400 East Ave||Warwick||RI||02886||http://www.ccri.edu/||(401) 825-1000||41.712953||-71.481607||41.712953-71.4816068||3.7||8AM to 4PM||8AM to 4PM||8AM to 4PM||8AM to 4PM||8AM to 4PM||Closed||Closed||5,637||PG79+59 Warwick, Rhode Island|
|School||Medical Skills Training Center||681 Park Ave UNIT 11||Cranston||RI||02910||(401) 272-4500||41.777806||-71.428015||41.7778057-71.4280149||5.0||9AM to 4PM||9AM to 4PM||9AM to 4PM||9AM to 4PM||9AM to 4PM||Closed||Closed||5,638||QHHC+4Q Cranston, Rhode Island|
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Rhode Island phlebotomy program requirements
Phlebotomy school offers an opportunity for people to learn a valuable skill that can take them far in life. To enroll, you must meet the following requirements:
- 18 years old
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Get all your shots for pathogens such as tuberculosis and hepatitis
If you don’t have all your required vaccinations, there are many different shots that you need. Others include immunization for chickenpox, rubella, polio, and others.
One of the attractive things about phlebotomy school is that it’s relatively inexpensive. You can pay as little as $700 to complete a course. Accelerated courses can be completed in as little as a month or two.
The standards for accredited phlebotomy schools are set by national organizations like the National Phlebotomy Association or American Certification for Healthcare. Although training may be difficult, as long as you put in the time and effort, you should be just fine.
Phlebotomy technician students will learn about the following:
- Blood drawing procedure
- Handling samples
- Human Anatomy
- Medical terminology
- The history of phlebotomy
- Safety practices
- Ethics and patient confidentiality
- Legal issues
You can start your clinical training under the supervision of a trained phlebotomist. You may be working independently with patients after you have some practice.
Classroom study will also include at least 20 hours of theory. The amount of time it takes to complete your courses depends on your schedule. Once you complete your training, you can sit for the national exam. The same bodies that oversee accredited schools provide the tests. You can expect to pay around $150 in exam fees.
You can work in healthcare, research, or other special settings. Outpatient centers are common places for CPTs to work in. They are facilities that offer extended care, such as hospitals or geriatric care facilities.
Inpatient settings are where people do not stay overnight for the most part. These are places like physicians’ offices or blood banks. There’s a large number of phlebotomists working in laboratories either for hospitals or research science. You may also become a traveling phlebotomist and perform services at various locations across Rhode Island.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there are 5570 phlebotomists in the state. Most job opportunities are in healthcare, and you can find plenty of jobs online in hospitals. Most job opportunities are in settings such as:
- Doctor’s offices
- Ambulatory healthcare
- Rehabilitation centers
There are many other places to work as well, including schools, prisons, veterinarian’s offices, or any other place that needs someone to regularly perform blood draws.
|Where Phlebotomists Work||% of Jobs|
|Other ambulatory healthcare services||14%|
|Outpatient care centers||1%|
After you become certified, you’ll have a wide range of options. You may want to explore specializing in medical science or other areas, such as pediatrics or geriatrics. Many doctors and nurses start with phlebotomy school and continue their training while they work. Some career paths that you may transition to include:
- EKG technician
- Registered nurse
- Paramedic or EMT
- Laboratory technician
- Teacher or trainer
- Managerial position
- Pathologist assistant
Some of these positions may take a year or two to move into. As a certified technician, you’ll definitely be an attractive candidate. If you want to become a nurse, you will have to learn phlebotomy anyway, and it’s very difficult. Often phlebotomy programs are built into nursing programs, and new students have trouble working independently, which is often required in nurse training programs.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, phlebotomists in Rhode Island make an average of $21.44 per hour, which comes out to $44,600 per year. The 90th percentile of earners made $25.39 per hour, which is equal to $52,800 per year.
|Metro Area||Phlebotomists Employed||Avg. Hourly Wage||Avg. Annual Wage|
|Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI||200||$ 21.83||$ 45,400|
|Providence-Warwick, RI-MA||670||$ 21.15||$ 43,990|
Check out the links below to see more information on certification.
- Phlebotomist jobs in Rhode Island 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 Technicians (ASPT)