Training programs to become a phlebotomist are available to high school graduates and usually take from four to eight months to complete, or one to two semesters. In addition, the American Society for Clinical Pathology and the National Phlebotomy Association offer certification and licensing examinations.
Phlebotomy training curriculum includes courses on human anatomy, physiology and medical terminology, as well as a hands-on clinical component that gives students the opportunity to draw blood and interact with patients. In the ASCP's 2010 annual salary survey, staff-level phlebotomists earned an average of $13.50 per hour. The main duties of a phlebotomist include drawing and safely handling blood.