What is Phlebotomy?

Phlebotomists (CPTs) are people trained to draw blood from a patient for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, donations, or research. Phlebotomists collect blood primarily by performing venipunctures.  The duties of a phlebotomist may include properly identifying the patient, interpreting the tests requested on the requisition, drawing blood into the correct tubes with the proper additives, accurately explaining the procedure to the patients, preparing patients accordingly, practicing the required forms of asepsis, practicing standard and universal precautions, performing the skin/vein puncture, withdrawing blood into containers or tubes, restoring hemostasis of the puncture site, instructing patients on post-puncture care, ordering tests per the doctor's requisition, affixing tubes with electronically printed labels, and delivering specimens to a laboratory.

AAPT's Mission

American Academy of Phlebotomy Technicians (AAPT) is a voluntary, non-governmental, independent national certification agency established to recognize Phlebotomists who have attained a standard of knowledge through structured training programs or work experience and for the purpose of establishing industry standards and professional code of ethics. AAPT is firmly committed to excellence in certification and education.

Did You Know?

A recent study predicts that the U.S. economy will need 5.6 million more healthcare workers in the next eight years, and most of the workers will need to have a post-secondary education or training. In fact, The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce predicts 82% of those positions will require extra schooling or training by 2020. For technical and professional occupations, the requirements rise, as 94% will need the extra schooling or training. Employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow.

Hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and other locations will need phlebotomists to perform blood work!


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AAPT is proud to be affiliated with Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute. CLSI promotes the development and use of voluntary laboratory consensus standards and guidelines within the health care community.


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American Academy of Phlebotomy Technicians treats all personal information in a confidential manner based on the highest ethical standards. We will not share your personal data or information with any individual or organization without your prior authorization.

Our Mission

The mission of the American Academy of Phlebotomy Technicians is to provide excellence in certification and education while ensuring that its members meet the industry standards as laboratory professionals.

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