How to Become a Phlebotomist in Ohio

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If you are looking for a stable career in healthcare in Ohio, becoming a phlebotomist could be the right choice.

You will first need to know how to get certified, so read on this guide for more info.

Phlebotomist Employment and Job Duties in Ohio

In Ohio, if you start a phlebotomist career, you will be able to get hired in any medical facility.

Some of these healthcare facilities include:

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

Your main job responsibility will be to draw blood.

But, you will also have to finish other job duties on a day to day basis.

Some additional tasks you will have daily are:

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

As a phlebotomist, you may need to spend a good portion of your day standing on your feet.

Sometimes, you might also have to work during weekends if the demand is high.

Requirements to Become a Phlebotomist in Ohio

While Ohio doesn’t require certification by law, facilities will not hire you if you don’t have it.

The Ohio Department of Health and Social Services oversees the phlebotomists in this state.

You will first have to attend a suitable training program and develop your skills.

To become a phlebotomist in Ohio, you need:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Specialized training
  • Strong communication skills
  • Good listening skills
  • Pay attention to details

Some of these skills are required to explain procedures to patients or to try to calm them down when they show signs of stress.

To minimize the risk of accidents, you should ask the patient about any particular health issue.

Phlebotomist Training in Ohio

The first thing to do to train is to choose the program you like most.

The training program you choose needs to be approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory.

The training programs in Ohio offer either a diploma or a degree.

The programs offering a diploma last for 3 weeks, which gives you the chance to obtain certification fast.

The programs that offer a degree have a duration of at least 2 years.

There is a certification exam you will need to pass before getting your certification.

If you have a criminal record, you may not be able to get certification in Ohio.

You can read more about the available schools when looking for a training program.

30 Phlebotomy Schools in Ohio

School NameAddress
Belmont College68094 Hammond Road, St. Clairsville, OH 43950
Butler Tech3603 Hamilton-Middletown Road, Hamilton, OH 45011
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College10100 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241
Columbus State Community College550 East Spring St, Columbus, OH 43215
Columbus State Community College5100 Cornerstone Dr., Delaware, OH 43015
Cuyahoga Community College4400 Richmond Road, Warrensville Heights, OH 44128
Cuyahoga Community College25425 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, OH 44145
Cuyahoga Community College31001 Clemens Road, Westlake, OH 44145
Cuyahoga Community College34250 Richmond Road, Highland Hills, OH 44122
Cuyahoga Community College32900 Community College Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115
Cuyahoga Community College311000 Pleasant Valley Road, Parma, OH 44130
Edison State Community College1973 Edison Drive, Piqua, OH 45356
Knox Technical Center308 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
Lakeland Community College7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, OH 44094
Lorain County Community College31005 North Abbe Road, Elyria, OH 44035
National College3855 Fishcreek Road, Stow, OH 44224
National College3487 Belmont Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44505
Northcoast Medical Training Academy1832 State Route 59, Kent, OH 44240
Northwest State Community College22600 State Route 34, Archbold, OH 43502
Ohio Medical Career College1133 South Edwin C. Moses Blvd, Dayton, OH 45417
Ohio School of Phlebotomy17 Aldrich Road, Columbus, OH 43214
Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center1410 Industrial Drive, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center424 East Mound Street, Circleville, Ohio 43113
Polaris Career Center7285 Old Oak Blvd., Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
Rhodes State College4240 Campus Drive, Lima, OH 45804
Southern State Community College100 Hobart Drive, Hillsboro, OH 45133
Southern State Community College1270 US Route 62 SW, Washington Court House, OH 43160
Southern State Community College1850 Davids Drive, Wilmington, OH 45177
Southern State Community College12681 US Route 62, Sardinia, OH 45171
The Career Center - Adult Technical Training21740 State Route 676, Marietta, OH 45750

Every school has its own admission rules, tuition, and available courses.

The phlebotomy training will be split into two sections:

  • Theory classes
  • Practice classes

You will also attend many classes related on:

  • Medical terms
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Safety procedures
  • The 40 most common lab tests

The tuition can also cover the costs of textbooks, exam fees, uniform, and other supplies you might need.

Some schools in Ohio provide job placement options, and this is an aspect worth looking into if you want to find a job fast.

Phlebotomist Certification in Ohio

All the clinics, hospitals, and other medical facilities in Ohio have job openings for certified phlebotomists.

Some of the facilities that offer a phlebotomist license in Ohio are:

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

The National Phlebotomy Association also provides different classes on phlebotomy.

The phlebotomy exam is split into two different parts, which are:

  • Practical
  • Written or oral

The phlebotomist certification stays current for a period going from one and up to 10 years.

Before the renewal period expires, you will also need to take several additional classes

Phlebotomist Salary Information in Ohio

In Ohio, the phlebotomy industry is on the rise.

The median salary you can get as a phlebotomist in Ohio is $34,460 per year.

The salaries also vary based on factors like experience, demand, and location.

The next table below shows the average salaries for phlebotomists in Ohio’s largest regions.

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of Phlebotomists in Ohio

City NameSalary
* Salary information last updated 2024

Regional Salary

RegionEmployedAvg. Annual SalaryAvg. Hourly PayTop 10% Annual SalaryBottom 10% Annual Salary
Akron, OH270$37,810$18.18$45,810$30,410
Canton-Massillon, OH160$36,260$17.44$44,120$29,150
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN1,020$36,200$17.41$44,780$21,470
Cleveland-Elyria, OH950$38,350$18.44$46,220$30,710
Columbus, OH790$37,170$17.87$44,770$29,260
Dayton, OH620$35,820$17.22$45,440$25,960
Lima, OH130$33,480$16.1$38,460$26,810
Toledo, OH360$36,300$17.45$45,400$29,570
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA220$34,660$16.67$42,820$28,020
* 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 Ohio

Many individuals who want to work in the medical field choose other specialties, such as being a nurse or an EKG technician.

In fact, these assistants can and often need to get certified in phlebotomy to expand their duties and expertise.

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