How to Become a Phlebotomist in Georgia

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Becoming a phlebotomist in Georgia could be your first step into a successful career in the medical field!

Read this presentation to find out what is that you need for this occupation as well as the salary you could expect!

Phlebotomist Employment and Job Duties in Georgia

The majority of those who become phlebotomists will usually move to other medical fields when they accumulated enough work experience.

This aspect makes it easy for new phlebotomists to find a position.

These are the facilities in need the most of such personnel:

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

While you’ll have to mostly collect blood from patients, you’ll be assigned a variety of other tasks as well.

Here are some examples: 

  • 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

You could expect that the tasks are similar among facilities, though some might be specific to some and not seen elsewhere.

Requirements to Become a Phlebotomist in Georgia

Like many other jobs and occupations out there, that of a phlebotomist also has some requirements to be met.

Off the bat, you should know that in Georgia you don’t need a certification to get hired as a phlebotomist.

The Georgia Division of Professional Regulation oversees this profession.

The ideal candidates for this position:

  • Are friendly
  • Pay great attention to details
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Are very organized
  • Have national certification

The certification is obtained after a training course.

Phlebotomist Training in Georgia

Training as a venipuncturist means that you’ll first have to enroll in a school with specialized programs for this field.

The training programs for this profession have 2 parts:

  • Theory classes
  • Practice classes

To ensure you enroll in a good course, make sure it received accreditation from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory.

You’ll learn a variety of subjects while enrolled:

  • Medical terms
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Safety procedures
  • The 40 most common lab tests
  • Introduction to computers
  • Fundamentals of English 1

You can see below the schools in the State of Georgia that offer a phlebotomy course.

27 Phlebotomist Schools in Georgia

School Name Address
Albany State University 504 College Drive, Albany, GA 31705;
Albany State University 2400 Gillionville Rd, Albany, GA 31707
Atlanta Career Institute 5380 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Suite 120 Norcross, GA 30071
Athens Technical College 800 US Hwy 29 North Athens, GA 30601
Atlanta Technical College 1560 Metropolitan Parkway SW Atlanta, GA 30310-4446
Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology 5669 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30342
Central Georgia Technical College 80 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins, Georgia 31088
Clinical Skills Training Center 2459 Roosevelt Highway ste C-9, College Park Ga 30337
Coastal Pines Technical College 1701 Carswell Avenue Waycross, GA 31503
Columbus Technical College 928 Manchester Expressway Columbus, GA 31904
Dalton State College 650 College Drive Dalton, GA 30720
Georgia Northwestern Technical College 265 Bicentennial Trail Rock Spring, Georgia 30739
Georgia Piedmont Technical College 495 North Indian Creek Drive Clarkston, GA 30021
Health Tech of Georgia 202 N. Davis Drive Warner Robins, GA 31093
Lanier Technical College 2990 Landrum Education Drive Oakwood, GA 30566
Lanier Technical College 7745 Majors Road Cumming, GA 30041
Life Solutions for Health 4798 Flat Shoals Parkway Decatur, GA 30034
Premier Medical Careers 1015 Milstead Ave., Suite 200, Conyers, GA 30012
Savannah Technical College 5717 White Bluff Road Savannah, GA 31405
Savannah Technical College 100 Technology Drive Hinesville, GA 31313
Savannah Technical College 2890 Hwy 21 South Rincon, GA 31326
South Georgia Technical College 900 South GA Tech Pkwy Americus, GA 31709
Southern Crescent Technical College 501 Varsity Road Griffin, GA 30223
University of North Georgia 1201 Bishop Farms Pkwy P.O. Box 1748 Watkinsville, GA 30677
West Georgia Technical College 401 Adamson Square Carrollton, GA 30117
West Georgia Technical College 4600 Timber Ridge Drive Douglasville, GA 30135
West Georgia Technical College 220 Fort Drive LaGrange, GA 30240

To be accepted in these programs, you’ll generally need:

  • A clean criminal record
  • A high school diploma or GED
  • To pass drug tests
  • Recent immunizations

To graduate from some of these classes you’ll have to conduct a set number of  120 successful blood collections.

The programs from the schools above may even last for up to 2 years.

At the end of those 2 years, you’ll graduate with an associate’s degree.

Many of them will last for just 1 year and award certifications of completion.

Each school has its own tuition, that may cover the following as well:

  • Exam fees
  • Uniform for the graduation

When choosing a course, read reviews from past students and pay attention to whether the school helps with job placement or not.

All the programs must prepare students enough for entry-level positions and for a variety of situations that may occur from the first day on the job.

Phlebotomist Certification in Georgia

The best certification to have as a phlebotomist in Georgia is the national one.

You can obtain it from one of these institutions:

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

Each of these associations requires you to pass two types of exams: 

  • Practical
  • Written or oral

You need to renew your national certification.

You’ll have to check with each institution for the requirements related to the renewal of your credential.

Phlebotomist Salary Information in Georgia

The demand for phlebotomists in Georgia is relatively high, therefore finding employment won’t be difficult once you’re certified.

These are the factors influencing how much you’ll earn:

  • Experience
  • Demand and supply
  • Location

In the larger urban areas of the state, the salaries are higher, as you can see from the table below.

Annual Salary Range:
$27K
$34K
$41K

Average Salary of Phlebotomys in Georgia

City Name Salary
Atlanta $34,911
Augusta $33,027
Columbus $32,098
Macon $32,929
Savannah $33,163
Athens $34,664
Roswell $34,779
Warner Robins $32,830
Albany $32,442
Alpharetta $34,730
* Salary information last updated 2021

Additional Information for Phlebotomists in Georgia

Nurses will sometimes be required to learn how to draw blood as well.

Other medical practitioners might also need how to perform this type of procedure.

These individuals will have to follow the same procedures as those who train as phlebotomists from the start.

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