University of Cambridge
Phlebotomy technician programs are found in community colleges, post-secondary schools, proprietary schools, hospital (and medical center)-based programs and pharmaceutical companies. The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) fully accredits 503 programs for medical and clinical laboratory technologists, medical and clinical laboratory technicians, histologic technologists and technicians, and pathologists' assistants. NAACLS also approves 70 programs in phlebotomy, cytogenetic technology, molecular biology, and clinical assisting. Other nationally recognized accrediting agencies include the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). Certified nursing assistants and medical assistants are sometimes selected for cross-training in phlebotomy skills. Phlebotomists can find employment in hospitals; long-term care facilities, physicians offices, public health clinics, independent laboratories, pubic health clinics, pharmaceutical firms and research institutions. Job opportunities for phlebotomists are expected to increase 10% 20% through 2010. Diagnostic testing will encourage more testing and spur employment.