How to Become a Phlebotomist in Iowa

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If you’re interested in entering the medical field, the position of a phlebotomist can be your first one in the healthcare industry.

Read on to learn what you need to do to become a phlebotomist in Iowa!

Phlebotomist Employment and Job Duties in Iowa

One of the first things to know is that most phlebotomists leave this field for another one after they accumulated some experience.

Due to this aspect, it’s easy to find a job and there are also many facilities hiring such professionals:

  • Hospital and clinics
  • Blood banks
  • Labs
  • Nursing homes
  • Community Health Centers
  • Doctor’s Offices

When it comes to tasks and duties you’ll need to complete, they’re almost the same ones no matter where you work.

They involve more than just collecting blood, as you can see below:

  • Choosing the correct vials
  • Correctly label samples,
  • Organizing and sending off samples to the lab for testing
  • Communicating with patients
  • Following strict procedures

Requirements to Become a Phlebotomist in Iowa

In Iowa, phlebotomists are overseen by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

There’s no need to have a certification or a license in Iowa, to become a phlebotomist.

Employers do prefer those who received certification.

Additionally, with a certification, you may be allowed to collect blood from arteries or veins as well.

These are other requirements you should meet for employment, besides certification:

  • Having a high school diploma or GED
  • Having specialized training
  • Being detail-oriented
  • Having strong communication skills
  • Having good listening skills

All these skills are needed because these professionals need to discuss with other employees in the facility and also with the patients.

Phlebotomist Training in Iowa

Generally, the certification is issued to those who undergo specialized training.

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory must accredit the training programs for phlebotomists.

The schools in the table below received accreditation and can even be near you!

13 Phlebotomist Schools in Iowa

School Name Address
Des Moines Area Community College 2006 S Ankeny Blvd Ankeny, IA 50023
Des Moines Area Community College 1125 Hancock Drive Boone, IA 50036
Des Moines Area Community College 906 N. Grant Road Carroll, IA 51401
Eastern Iowa Community College 306 West River Drive Davenport, IA 52801
Indian Hills Community College 525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, IA 52501
Indian Hills Community College 721 N. First Street Centerville, IA 52544
Iowa Valley Community College District 3702 South Center Street Marshalltown, Iowa 50158
Iowa Western Community College 2700 College Blvd. Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Kirkwood Community College 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Northeast Iowa Community College 1625 Hwy 150 South; P.O. Box 400, Calmar, IA 52132;
Northeast Iowa Community College 8342 NICC Drive, Peosta, IA 52068
Saint Luke’s College 2720 Stone Park Boulevard Sioux City, IA 51104
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics 200 Hawkins Drive Iowa City, IA 52242

As you can expect, you will need to meet some requirements when enrolling.

These may be:

  • Recent immunizations
  • No criminal history
  • No addictions
  • High school diploma or GED

Some of the most requested vaccines are the ones against Hepatitis.

The tuition and course duration will set the programs apart the most.

Depending on the school, the tuition can cover one, some, all, or none of the following:

  • Lab fees,
  • Lab supplies,
  • Liability insurance,
  • Textbook
  • Exam fee
  • Graduation uniform

You’ll be expected to attend both theory and practice classes.

The classes will be strictly covering topics related to the phlebotomy field:

  • Medical terms
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Safety procedures
  • The 40 most common lab tests
  • Medical ethics
  • Blood collection systems
  • Phlebotomist responsibilities

To graduate, you might need to be successful in collecting at least 10o blood samples.

in some of the programs you could earn extra certifications as well:

  • CPR
  • Performing and interpreting TB tests

The extra certifications will cost extra and you’ll need to meet an additional set of requirements.

Phlebotomist Certification in Iowa

Having the national phlebotomist certificate will increase your hiring chances the most.

The following institutions issue national certifications:

  • National Center for Competency Testing
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology
  • American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians
  • National Phlebotomy Association

Unless you already accumulated some hands-on experience for this occupation, you’ll have to attend a class.

When the course is completed, you’ll have to attend a two-part exam.

The parts are: 

  • Practical
  • Written or oral

All the institutions require the practical exam, but only some demand passing a written test and the others an oral one.

The national certification has to be renewed according to the rules of each institution.

For instance, the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians wants a yearly renewal.

The American Society for Clinical Pathology wants a certificate renewal after every 10 years.

Phlebotomist Salary Information in Iowa

As you can expect, your salary will depend on a variety of factors:

  • The facility you work for
    • The number of hours and shifts can differ between facilities
  • The city you live and work in

Below you can see the median salaries in Iowa’s largest cities.

Annual Salary Range:
$27K
$33K
$41K

Average Salary of Phlebotomys in Iowa

City Name Salary
Des Moines $34,083
Cedar Rapids $33,486
Davenport $33,588
Sioux City $30,038
Iowa City $33,210
Waterloo $32,021
Ames $33,765
West Des Moines $34,083
Council Bluffs $33,367
Ankeny $34,083
* Salary information last updated 2021

Additional Information for Phlebotomists in Indiana

Not everyone who collects blood from a patient is a phlebotomist.

Sometimes nurses are also trained and certified to perform this procedure.

There are varied reasons for this, including job description and the desire for a higher salary.

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