A Career in Phlebotomy
As the face of Sonora Quest Laboratories/Laboratory Sciences of Arizona to our local community, our Phlebotomists are valued as professional, caring representatives who have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those we serve. At Sonora Quest Laboratories/Laboratory Sciences of Arizona, our Ethical Behaviors, Mission, Vision, and Values are more than just words on paper. They are the guidance we use in everything we do.
Experienced phlebotomists know that there are many facets to their profession. While drawing blood is the primary function of a phlebotomist, there is so much more that goes into the day-to-day work of a professional phlebotomist. We are seeking phlebotomists for a variety of environments. While all of our positions require that our phlebotomists draw blood we also ask our staff to assist with processing samples, collect a variety of specimens, enter test codes and patient demographics into the laboratory computer system, assist with patient concerns and questions, and help with the continual improvement and workflow of our workplaces. The following are brief descriptions of the types of environments for which we most commonly recruit:
Patient Service Centers
In-Office Phlebotomists (IOPs)
Long Term Care Phlebotomists
Requirements for our Phlebotomists
All of the phlebotomy positions at Sonora Quest Laboratories/Laboratory Sciences of Arizona require a minimum of either the completion of an accredited phlebotomy course, a phlebotomy or medical assisting certificate, and at least 100 draws on an externship or a minimum of six months of experience working in a clinical lab setting. A clinical lab setting is an environment that involves testing of samples for the purpose of disease detection and diagnosis and does not include blood banks, blood donation sites, or plasma services.
Gaining employment out of school can be a highly competitive experience for newly graduated phlebotomists. Here are some tips to differentiate yourself from your peers:
- Before you decide to go into phlebotomy as a career, research the position and the requirements. A good starting point is phlebotomy.com.
- Make sure you select a school program that offers extensive in-class training, as well as a good externship. Make sure the school you choose has an accredited program and ask them what companies they work with in regard to externships. If a school does not offer externships it will be very difficult for you to get a position in the phlebotomy field.
- Draw as many people as possible in your externship. Keep track of your number of draws that you successfully completed and highlight that number in your application.
- Draw patient of a variety of ages in your externship. This variety will help you to better prepare for the diversity of patients that you will see in our positions.
- Whenever possible during your externship, try to involve yourself in the processing or preparation of samples for testing.
- Our positions will involve test code and patient demographic entry into our computerized laboratory system. Be prepared to accurately type at least 25 words per minute. Having a good comfort level with computers and navigating through different programs is essential for success.
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