How to Become a Phlebotomist in Massachusetts

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The job of a phlebotomist is certainly not for the fainthearted- let alone for those who get dizzy by the very sight of blood.

However, if you are one of the “brave ones,” you have a way with people, are patient, compassionate and  you are a resident of the great state of Massachusetts, then this might be the right job opportunity for you.

Don’t worry if you don’t know anything about the job.

We got it covered.

This guide has all the information you could need!

Requirements to Become a Phlebotomist in Massachusetts

While not requested at a state level, future phlebotomists in Massachusetts should obtain national certification, to gain credibility and improve their chances of getting hired.

In order to get the said certificate, the potential phlebotomists need to pass an exam that requires training or some experience.

What you will need to be hired as a phlebotomist:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Specialized training
  • Strong communication skills
  • Good listening skills
  • To be detail-oriented
  • To be friendly
  • To be flexible

Phlebotomist Employment and Job Duties in Massachusetts

With many healthcare facilities hiring, finding a job as a phlebotomist in Massachusetts is quite easy.

Where you can find a job as a phlebotomist?

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

The main responsibility of a phlebotomist is to correctly collect blood from patients.

What are the main duties of a phlebotomist are:

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

The work of a phlebotomist includes long shifts and work on weekends or at night.

It’s the phlebotomist’ job to discover if the patients are prone to get sick or faint during or after the procedure and take appropriate measures.

Phlebotomist Training in Massachusetts

As mentioned already, you’ll have to undergo some training.

The course you’ll attend needs to have:

  • Approval from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory
  • Practice classes
  • Theory classes

The course is available usually through community colleges and training centers and the duration of the program varies from institution to institution.

You can check below the schools in Massachusetts offering phlebotomy programs.

24 Phlebotomy Schools in Massachusetts

School NameAddress
Boston College140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Coastal Career Academy288 Plymouth Ave Fall River, MA 02721
Health Care Training Services657 Quarry Street Fall River, MA 02723
Health Training Center451 Elm Street North Attleboro, MA 02760
Health Training Center358 Broadway Cambridge, MA 02139
Health Training Center296 Chelmsford Street Chelmsford, MA 01824
Health Training Center1671 Worcester Rd Framingham, MA 01701
Massasoit Community CollegeOne Massasoit Blvd. Brockton, MA 02302
Massasoit Community College900 Randolph Street Canton, MA 02021-1372
MassBay Community College19 Flagg Drive Framingham, MA 01702-5928
Metrowest Health Care Academy 100 Concord Street Suite 2A Framingham, MA 01702;208 Main Street Suite 112 Milford, MA 01757
Middlesex Community College33 Kearney Square Lowell, MA 01852
Mount Wachusett Community College444 Green Street Gardner, MA 01440
Norhtheast Metropolitan Community Education100 Hemlock Road Wakefield, MA 01880
North Shore Community College1 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, MA 01923
Phlebotomy and EKG Training Program38 11th Avenue Haverhill, MA 01830
Quincy College1250 Hancock Street Quincy Center, MA 02169
Quinsigamond Community College670 West Boylston Street Worcester, MA 01606-2092
Roxbury Community College1234 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
Smith Vocational Adult Community Education80 Locust Street, Northampton, MA 01060
Spectrum Healthcare Training Center330 Lynnway, Suite 112 Lynn, Massachusetts 01901
Springfield Technical Community CollegeOne Armory Square Suite 16/131 Springfield, MA 01102-9000
The Fieldstone School90 Madison Street Suite 200 (2nd floor) Worcester, MA 01608
The Fieldstone School76 Summer Street Suite 025 Fitchburg, MA 01420

To be accepted you’ll usually need:

  • A clean background
  • Free of addictions
  • Recent vaccinations
  • To be at least 18 years old
  • Passing a reading test
  • English proficiency
  • To pay the application fee

Expect to learn about:

  • Medical terms
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Safety procedures
  • The 40 most common lab tests
  • Introduction to phlebotomy
  • Legal compliance in phlebotomy

The tuition will vary between schools and may cover:

  • Exam fees
  • Textbooks
  • Lab supplies
  • Uniform for the graduation

Some of these schools will also offer additional certifications that are usually needed in the medical field, such as CPR.

In some places, like at the Quinsigamond Community College, you need to show a performance of over 75% to pass and graduate.

At the Massasoit Community College, students need grades f at least “C” to graduate and become certified.

All the programs prepare students for entry-level positions and may even help them get hired.

Phlebotomist Certification in Massachusetts

With the national certification in hand, you have the best chances of getting hired at the facility you want the most to work for.

You can get nationally certified by:

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

Each of these agencies has different requirements as to how they issue certifications.

They might require:

  • Some work experience
  • Passing an exam
    • Written or oral
    • Practical
  • 100 venipunctures and 10 skin punctures

The written test with NCCT lasts for 2.5 hours and has 145 questions.

National certification must be renewed and for this, you usually have to continue your education.

Phlebotomist Salary Information in Massachusetts

Like in most other states, phlebotomists are in high demand in Massachusetts, which makes the salaries more attractive for this field.

With the table below you can get a better idea of how much you can earn as a phlebotomist in Massachusetts.

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of Phlebotomists in Massachusetts

City NameSalary
New Bedford$37,198
Fall River$37,198
* Salary information last updated 2024

Regional Salary

RegionEmployedAvg. Annual SalaryAvg. Hourly PayTop 10% Annual SalaryBottom 10% Annual Salary
Barnstable Town, MA50$50,020$24.05$69,900$39,990
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH1,700$48,660$23.4$60,010$39,330
Leominster-Gardner, MA60$42,780$20.57$53,860$38,140
New Bedford, MA100$42,590$20.48$50,890$37,670
Springfield, MA-CT450$46,500$22.36$51,840$38,700
Worcester, MA-CT240$45,050$21.66$56,920$36,920
* Salary information based on the May 2022 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey for Phlebotomists, OCC 31-9097, BLS.
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.

Additional Information for Phlebotomists in Massachusetts

It’s common for other medical specialists to know how to draw blood from patients.

In most cases, the nurses are tasked with this procedure, if they received proper training.

Many phlebotomists also accumulate enough knowledge during training for a career as an EKG technician.

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