Draw blood for tests, transfusions, donations, or research. Explain the procedure to patients and may assist in the recovery of patients with adverse reactions.

Make a Difference

A Typical Day

  • Organize or clean blood-drawing trays, ensuring that all instruments are sterile, and all needles, syringes, or related items are of first-time use.
  • Engage with clients in confident, friendly manner--including verifying client matches blood draw requisition forms.
  • Draw blood from veins by vacuum tube, syringe, or butterfly venipuncture methods. 
  • Match laboratory requisition forms to specimen tubes.
  • Dispose of contaminated sharps, blood or other biohazard fluids or tissue in accordance with applicable laws, standards, and policies.

Recommended Credentials

Certificate or on-the-job training experience

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Phlebotomy Technician Certificate 
— North Central Michigan College
Internally train at Munson Healthcare (Program includes pay for your degree through NCMC if employed by Munson) or Versiti Blood Center of Michigan

Elsewhere in Michigan


Phlebotomy Certification program:

Phlebotomy Training Specialists - Grand Rapids and Detroit areas

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

Take biology and chemistry classes

Visit the Northwest Ed (formerly TBAISD) Career Tech Center Health Sciences program and consider attending.

Donate blood and conduct an informal informational interview with your phlebotomist. 

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Northwest Education Services Career Tech Center – Health Sciences Program

Consider enrolling in the Northwest Education Services Career Tech Early College program: Allied Health

Pathway 2

Work for Munson and participate in internal training program. Munson will pay for your phlebotomist training at NCMC.

Pathway 3

Take advantage of experiencing all areas of a hospital to inform your next career move! Common next steps include Medical Laboratory Science, Nursing, or Pre-Med.


Sample Employers in Our Region

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Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.


Sample Job Titles...

  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Registered Phlebotomist
  • Lab Liaison Technician
  • Mobile Examiner
  • Patient Service Technician (PST)

Hear It From The Pros

10-Year Job Growth Projections

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Employed Regionally

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Wage Range & Median 10-County Region


Annual Hires Regionally

In 2021

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Munson Lab-related Careers

Sample Career Pathways

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Diagram of Paths To and From Other Careers for Phlebotomist

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