How to Become a Phlebotomist in Colorado

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Read on if you’re interested in becoming a phlebotomist in Colorado!

We’ll talk about the requirements you must meet, needed training, and the salary you could expect!

Phlebotomist Employment and Job Duties in Colorado

Finding a job in Colorado as a phlebotomist is easy if you start applying with the following institutions:

  • Hospital and clinics
  • Blood banks
  • Labs
  • Nursing homes
  • Community health centers
  • Doctor’s offices
  • Other health care facilities

No matter where you get hired, your job duties will generally be the same ones.

You’ll be responsible for: 

  • Venipunctures,
  • Choose the correct vials
  • Correctly label samples,
  • Organizing and sending off samples to the lab for testing
  • Communicating with patients
  • Calming them down
  • Explaining procedures
  • Following strict safety measures

If the facility needs to operate at any hour, you might have expanded duties and tasks to complete.

This aspect is usually mentioned in the job’s description.

Requirements to Become a Phlebotomist in Colorado

Phlebotomists are under the jurisdiction of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Professions and Occupations.

Everyone who wants to become a phlebotomist will need:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • To graduate from an accredited phlebotomy training program
  • At least 100 hours of clinical training

Certification is not mandatory in Colorado, however, this credential will considerably increase your chances of finding employment and get paid better.

Phlebotomist Training in Colorado

The first thing to know is that you cannot enroll in any training program without a high school diploma or a GED.

You might also have to show:

  • Proof of vaccinations
  • A clean criminal record
  • You passed a TB test

These requirements aren’t universal, so make sure to check with each school before applying.

All training programs need to have these 2 parts:

  • Theory classes
  • Practice classes

These are some of the classes you’ll be attending:

  • Medical terms
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Safety procedures
  • The 40 most common lab tests
  • The veins used the most for venipunctures

Training for a future phlebotomist can be offered through community colleges or training centers.

You can see the institutions in Colorado offering such programs, in the table below.

19 Phlebotomist Schools in Colorado

School Name Address
Accent Learning Systems 1450 S. Havana #232 Aurora, CO 80012
Arapahoe Community College 5900 South Santa Fe Drive Littleton, CO 80120-1801
Colorado Mesa State University 1100 North Avenue Grand Junction, CO 81501-3122
Emily Griffith Technical College 37835 Astra Way Watkins, CO 80137
Front Range Community College 4616 S. Shields Street Fort Collins, CO 80526
Front Range Community College 800 S. Taft Loveland, CO 80537
Morgan Community College 920 Barlow Road Fort Morgan, CO 80701
Phlebotomy Learning Center of Denver 1780 S. Bellaire St., #780 Denver, CO 80222
Pikes Peak Community College 5675 South Academy Boulevard Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Pikes Peak Community College 100 West Pikes Peak Avenue Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Pikes Peak Community College 11195 Highway 83 Colorado Springs, CO 80921
Pikes Peak Community College 11990 Swingline Road Falcon, CO 80831
Pima Medical Institute 3770 Citadel Drive North Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Pima Medical Institute 7475 Dakin Street Denver, CO 80221
Pueblo Community College 900 W. Orman Ave Pueblo CO, 81004
Pueblo Community College 51320 W Highway 50 Canon City, CO 81212
Red Rocks Community College 13300 West Sixth Avenue Lakewood, CO 80228
Red Rocks Community College 5420 Miller Street Arvada, CO 80002
Stillwater College 4155 E Jewell Ave #316 Denver, CO 80222

These courses last for different periods of time, with some taking a few weeks while others lasting even 1 or 2 years.

There are even limited spots in some of the classes organized.

Students will also have to complete a set number of successful blood collections before they graduate.

In many cases, the tuition will cover the costs of everything you could need for the program, while at times, additional fees could be requested.

Students should ensure the school they chose will help them find an internship or even a job after graduation.

Reading reviews of the programs will be useful when making your choice.

By the time you graduate you have to have all the knowledge of how to handle any situation in the blood collection room, right from the start.

Phlebotomist Certification in Colorado

Certification will help candidates for a phlebotomist position, to actually get hired.

It’s best to obtain the national certification from one of these institutions:

  • American Medical Technologists
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology
  • American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians
  • National Phlebotomy Association

To become certified, passing an exam is mandatory.

Two parts are forming this examination:

  • Practical
  • Written or oral

Individuals holding national certification have to renew it.

The shortest renewal period is 1 year for the credential issued by the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians.

The credential issued by the American Society for Clinical Pathology has to be renewed every 10 years.

Phlebotomist Salary Information in Colorado

Not everyone who becomes a phlebotomist will hold this job for the rest of their lives.

The majority of those employed as phlebotomists will usually choose a different medical field after gaining enough experience.

As such, there’s always a need for such specialists in the medical field.

Your experience, location, and the facility you work for will be the main factors influencing your income.

Below you can see the median salaries of phlebotomists in the largest urban settings in Colorado.

Annual Salary Range:
$28K
$35K
$43K

Average Salary of Phlebotomys in Colorado

City Name Salary
Denver $35,691
Colorado Springs $35,127
Aurora $35,668
Fort Collins $34,357
Thornton $35,691
Arvada $35,691
Westminster $35,691
Pueblo $32,730
Boulder $36,154
Greeley $34,489
* Salary information last updated 2021

Additional Information for Phlebotomists in Colorado

You’ll notice many other medical employees collecting blood samples from patients.

This other staff became certified in phlebotomy for a variety of reasons, including a shortage of personnel in the facility and a higher paycheck.

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