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What is a phlebotomist?

Phlebotomists are allied health professionals who have been trained to collect a patients' blood, as well as to process other specimens, such as urine and stool for laboratory tests. They are the part of the clinical laboratory that is most often seen because they collect the ordered specimens prior to the actual laboratory testing.

Phlebotomists usually work in hospitals or clinical laboratories under the supervision of medical technologists or laboratory managers. The practice of phlebotomy generally refers to the collection of blood from a vein, but other microcollection techniques may also be used, such as those involving the use of a sterile lancet for piercing skin to draw blood from capillaries.

Where will the phlebotomy training classes be held?

WellSpan York Hospital
The class room portion of the program will be held at York Hospital TransLab Services (1803 Mt Rose Ave, Suite C-1, York, PA 17403).  Clinical portions of the program will rotate between WellSpan York Hospital and several WellSpan annexes.

WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital
The class room portion of the program will be held at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital Education Rooms (147 Gettys St. Gettysburg, PA 17325).  Clinical portions of the program will rotate between WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital and several WellSpan annexes.

WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital and WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital
The class room portion of the program will be held at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital’s Donor Center (750 Norman Drive Lebanon, PA 17042). Clinical portions of the program will rotate between WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital, WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital and several WellSpan annexes in Lebanon and Lancaster counties.

How long is the training?

The course lasts for seven weeks.

What hours will classes be held?

WellSpan York Hospital
Class times will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clinical hours will vary according to location (most sites are 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.). Please note: Students must provide their own transportation to and from clinical sites.

WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital
Class times will be from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Clinical hours will vary according to location (hours can vary from 5:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m. and 7:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.). Please note: Students must provide their own transportation to and from clinical sites.

WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital and WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital
Class times will be from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Clinical hours will vary according to location (hours can vary from 5:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m. and 7:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.). Please note: Students must provide their own transportation to and from clinical sites.

What is involved in the training?

The training consists of 60 hours of classroom learning and 160 hours of clinical training. This usually means four days clinical and one day of class per week. There will be an average of two hours per night for independent study.

How much will it cost?

The cost for the WellSpan Phlebotomy Training Program is $600. This will be collected 4-6 weeks prior to the start of the class. This includes the cost of textbooks and a CPR training class.

What are the admission requirements?

A high school diploma or GED is the minimum educational requirement.
Applicants selected to interview may be required to take additional testing.
Applicants will also be required to shadow a phlebotomist at work.

How many students are selected for the class?

WellSpan York Hospital
Due to the extensive individual training received at the collection sites, only six to eight students are selected for each class.

WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital
Due to the extensive individual training received at the collection sites, only five students are selected for each class.

WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital and WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital
Due to the extensive individual training received at the collection sites, only four students are selected for each class.

Are there any physical requirements for being a phlebotomist?

Must be able to lift and carry up to 30 pounds
Must be able to stand or walk for up to 10 hours per day

What will be the outcome of successful completion of the program?

Each student will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible to take the certification exam for Phlebotomy Technician offered by the ASCP.

How can I apply to the program?

To receive an application, please contact:

Stacey Stevens
WellSpan York Hospital
1001 South George St.
York, PA 17403
(717) 851-2580
sstevens@wellspan.org

Please note: Application does not guarantee an interview or acceptance into the program.

When will the next class be offered?

WellSpan York Hospital
Classes are scheduled twice a year, usually in February and September.

WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital
Classes are scheduled twice a year, in April and August.

WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital and WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital
Classes are scheduled once per year, in October.