How to Become a Phlebotomist in Virginia

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Check out what you need to do in order to become certified in Virginia.

Phlebotomist Employment and Job Duties in Virginia

Phlebotomists draw blood needed for various medical tests.

Although this will be your main responsibility, you will also have others to complete.

As a phlebotomist, you will work in a healthcare facility.

Some of the healthcare facilities in Virginia are:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Blood banks
  • Labs
  • Nursing homes
  • Community Health Centers
  • Doctor’s Offices
  • Other Health Care Facilities

Other duties you will have include:

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

Requirements to Become a Phlebotomist in Virginia

In Virginia, phlebotomists don’t need a specific certification by law.

However, most of the hiring medical facilities prefer phlebotomists who are licensed.

You can only apply for certification if you first join a training program in a trade school or college.

The program you choose depends on how long you want the program to be.

For example, a short program that provides a diploma can be completed in only 3 weeks.

But if you want to get a degree, you have to attend a program that lasts for 6 months to a year.

A degree program is more helpful even though it lasts longer, as you can get a better job in the future.

To work as a phlebotomist in Virginia, 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 Virginia

In order to train, you need to select a suitable program.

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

Those candidates with a criminal record might not be able to apply for certification.

You can learn more about the available schools when searching for a training course.

25 Phlebotomy Schools in Virginia

School NameAddress
AlliedRX Institute Of Healthcare2105 E Parham Rd #108, Henrico, VA 23228,
American National University3926 Seminole Trail, Charlottesville, VA 22911;
American National University1515 Country Club Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802;
American National University104 Candlewood Court, Lynchburg, VA 24502;
American National University1813 East Main Street, Salem, VA 24153
America School of Nursing & Allied Health14914 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Woodbridge, VA 22191
Blue Ridge Community CollegeOne College Lane, Weyers Cave, Virginia 24486
Central Virginia Community College3506 Wards Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502-2498
ECPI University800 Moorefield Park Dr, Richmond, VA 23236
ECPI University5555 Greenwich Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Fast Track Health Care Education3201 Brandon Ave., SW Suite 8, Roanoke, VA 24018
Hear to Heart Training Center312 Waller Mill Rd #600, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Medical Educators4920 East Millridge Parkway, Suite 202, Midlothian, VA 23112
Metropolitan Institute Of Health And Technology8170 Silverbrook Road, Lorton, VA 22079
Mountain Empire Community College3441 Mountain Empire Road, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Norfolk State University700 Park Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23504
Northern Virginia Community College6699 Springfield Center Drive, Springfield, VA 22150
Northern Virginia Phlebotomy, LLC42020 Village Center Plaza, Suite 120-144, Stone Ridge, VA 20105
Southside Virginia Community College109 Country Road 378, Alberta, VA 23821
Southwest Virginia Community College724 Community College Road, Cedar Bluff, VA 24609
Tidewater Community College315 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
Tidewater Medical Training1503 Hardy Cash Drive, Hampton, VA 23666
Tidewater Medical Training1300 Diamond Springs Road, Suite 102, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23455
Virginia Highlands Community College100 VHCC Drive, Abingdon, VA 24210
Virginia Western Community College3094 Colonial Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24015

Each of the available schools has its own admission rules, tuition, and classes.

The phlebotomy training will be split into three sections:

  • Theory classes
  • Lab practice
  • 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 for:

  • Equipment
  • Textbooks
  • Exam fees
  • Uniform for the graduation

Many programs provide job placement to students who receive diplomas.

Phlebotomist Certification in Virginia

Most employers prefer the certification issued by one of these agencies:

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

Keep in mind you will need to take an exam before you can get your new certification.

This certification test is open book and requires an appointment beforehand.

The phlebotomy exam is split into two different parts.

The practical part of the exam is common to all the agencies.

The other part of the exam is either written or oral, depending on the agency.

The phlebotomist certification stays current for a period going from 1 and up to 10 years.

You will need to get the license renewed after it expires.

For this, you have to attend some additional education hours.

Phlebotomist Salary Information in Virginia

The phlebotomy sector in Virginia is meant to see an increase in the upcoming years.

This means that the salaries are also on the rise.

In Virginia, a phlebotomist makes an annual salary of about $35,081.

In big cities, the salaries also higher, so this is something you may want to pay attention to.

You will also earn a higher salary if you have some years of experience as a phlebotomist.

The following table shows the average salaries for phlebotomists in the bigger cities of Virginia.

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of Phlebotomists in Virginia

City NameSalary
Virginia Beach$33,740
Newport News$33,062
* Salary information last updated 2024

Regional Salary

RegionEmployedAvg. Annual SalaryAvg. Hourly PayTop 10% Annual SalaryBottom 10% Annual Salary
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA60$37,350$17.96$45,990$29,630
Charlottesville, VA60$40,710$19.57$50,750$32,760
Lynchburg, VA70$33,200$15.96$38,580$29,780
Richmond, VA710$40,670$19.55$48,480$31,710
Roanoke, VA240$36,860$17.72$46,070$30,170
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC540$36,620$17.61$47,900$28,950
Winchester, VA-WV80$36,680$17.63$38,820$33,950
* 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 Virginia

There are many good aspects to training and becoming a phlebotomist, especially if you’re a nurse or an EKG technician.

They include a higher salary and better job opportunities.

Finding a suitable training program is the most significant part when starting a new career in phlebotomy.

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