How to Become a Phlebotomist in North Carolina

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In North Carolina, there is a high demand for specialists trained to collect blood samples from people.

Continue reading this guide if you want to know more about what you must do to become a phlebotomist in North Carolina!

Phlebotomist Employment and Job Duties in North Carolina

Many people choose this occupation because of the many places needing such technicians.

These places include:

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

You already know the job of a phlebotomist: that of pricking people with a needle to draw some blood for various purposes.

However, they need to complete a series of other tasks, such as:

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

In this field, the duties of this occupation are the same across most facilities.

It is possible that at times for these technicians to receive extra tasks.

Requirements to Become a Phlebotomist in North Carolina

In North Carolina, individuals need a certification to become phlebotomists.

The credential needs to be from a Phlebotomy Licensing committee or organization with national recognition.

You’ll also have to meet the following requirements:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • A clean criminal record
  • Strong communication skills
  • Good listening skills
  • Being detail-oriented
  • Being able to wok in a team
  • Having CPR certification

It’s not uncommon to see in an ad other skills or duties that employers expect of you once you’re hired.

Phlebotomist Training in North Carolina

Finding a training school in North Carolina is relatively easy as there are about 20 such institutions.

Of course, not everyone can enroll in a phlebotomist program as these schools have strict requirements.

The ones below are pretty much universal:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have CPR certification
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Recent immunizations
  • Pass a background check
  • Basic computer skills
  • Strong English skills – reading, writing, speaking

In some cases, the CPR certification is not required and it can be earned through the program, usually for a separate fee.

The programs can be for one of these specializations:

  • Medical assisting
  • Lab assistance
  • Phlebotomy

Below you can see the North Carolina schools offering phlebotomy programs.

32 Phlebotomy Schools in North Carolina

School NameAddress
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College340 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28801
Brunswick Community College50 College Road, Bolivia, NC 28422
Cape Fear Community College411 N. Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
Cape Fear Community College4500 Blue Clay Road, Castle Hayne, NC 28429
Cape Fear Community College100 East Industrial Drive, Burgaw, NC 28425
Care One Health Training Institute309 Chapanoke Road, Suite 116, Raleigh, NC 27603
Catawba Valley Community College2550 US Highway 70 SE, Hickory, NC 28602
Cleveland Community College137 South Post Road, Shelby, NC 28152
The College of Albemarle1208 North Road Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909
The College of Albemarle132 Russell Twiford Road, Manteo, NC, 27954
The College of Albemarle800 North Oakum Street, Edenton, NC 27932
The College of Davidson and Davie Counties1205 S Salisbury St, Mocksville, NC 27028
Continual Health Education and Training2920 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28206
Gaston College201 Highway 321 South, Dallas, NC 28034
Gaston College511 South Aspen Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092
Gaston College7220 Wilkinson Blvd., Belmont, NC 28012
Halifax Community College200 College Drive, Weldon, NC 27890
Johnston Community College245 College Road, Smithfield, NC 27577
Montgomery Community College1011 Page Street, Troy, NC 27371
Nash Community College522 North Old Carriage Road, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Piedmont Community College1715 College Drive, Roxboro, NC 27573
Piedmont Community College331 Piedmont Drive, Yanceyville, NC 27379
Rockingham Community College215 Wrenn Memorial Road Highway 65, Wentworth, NC 27375
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College1333 Jake Alexander Blvd. South, Salisbury, NC 28146
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College1531 Trinity Church Road, Concord, NC 28027
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College660 Concord Parkway North, Concord, NC 28027
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College942 Cloverleaf Plaza, Concord, NC 28081
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College399 Biotechnology Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College200 West Avenue, Kannapolis, NC 28081
Southeastern Community College4564 Chadbourn Hwy PO Box 151 Whiteville, NC 28472
Southwestern Community College447 College Drive, Sylva, NC 28779
Wake Technical Community College9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh, NC 27603

One aspect to pay attention to is the tuition that may or may not cover:

  • The exam fees
  • The uniform for the graduation
  • Lab tools
  • Textbooks

Once enrolled, your classes will include:

  • Medical terms
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Safety procedures
  • The 40 most common lab tests
  • Pediatrics
  • Needle or syringe draws
  • Butterfly needles

Individuals will often have to complete the following before graduating:

  • An internship of at least 160 hours long
  • 100 successful blood collections, unaided

You’ll easily see that many programs will have a length of 16 weeks.

They also usually include an internship, most often provided by the school.

More rare are the programs lasting for 2 years that award an associate’s degree.

Phlebotomist Certification in North Carolina

One of the best certifications to earn for a phlebotomist position is the one recognized at a national level.

This credential can be earned through one of the following agencies:

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

To get the nationally recognized certificate, you’ll usually have to attend a training program.

Oftentimes, the programs mentioned earlier are the ones through which you can earn this certificate.

One of the schools with this option is the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

Once you have your credential, you’ll have to renew it at least every year.

Make sure to check with the agency issuing it, as the rules differ among them.

Phlebotomist Salary Information in North Carolina

Compared to the rest of the country, the median salary in this state is slightly lower but close to the national average.

The table below shows the median salaries in North Carolina’s 10 largest urban areas.

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of Phlebotomists in North Carolina

City NameSalary
Winston Salem$33,810
High Point$33,930
* Salary information last updated 2024

Regional Salary

RegionEmployedAvg. Annual SalaryAvg. Hourly PayTop 10% Annual SalaryBottom 10% Annual Salary
Asheville, NC250$36,720$17.65$44,100$30,180
Burlington, NC**$38,240$18.39$43,590$32,030
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC1,230$39,680$19.08$46,690$32,350
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC510$40,740$19.59$48,030$32,200
Fayetteville, NC140$33,520$16.11$44,540$25,300
Greensboro-High Point, NC**$39,530$19$45,000$34,120
Greenville, NC60$36,610$17.6$39,040$30,080
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC110$32,950$15.84$38,110$25,960
Jacksonville, NC80$34,680$16.67$45,580$28,270
New Bern, NC50$32,170$15.47$38,110$29,120
Raleigh, NC460$39,880$19.17$46,810$32,220
Rocky Mount, NC40$33,050$15.89$35,740$28,070
Wilmington, NC150$37,910$18.23$44,270$30,870
Winston-Salem, NC520$38,870$18.69$47,540$31,880
* 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.

Accumulating more experience and more certifications, are just 2 ways of increasing your paycheck.

Additional Information for Phlebotomists in North Carolina

This piece of information is useful if you want a phlebotomy certification even if you’ll end up in a different medical field.

Many people start their medical career with a phlebotomist’s position to gain work experience and then they transition to their preferred specialty.

Nurses, EKG technicians as well as other medical assistants, are the most commonly certified phlebotomists as well.

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