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Phlebotomy Certificate

Technical Standards

In order to perform the tasks of a phlebotomist, certain capabilities are required. These capabilities are associated with the successful practice of phlebotomy.

Physical Requirements:

The position of Phlebotomist has been given a strength ratio of LIGHT WORK by the U.S. Dictionary of Occupational Titles (exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force 2/3 or more of the time to move objects).

  1. The student must be able to walk, stand and sit for periods of time, as well as stoop, bend, lift and carry.
  2. The student must have manual dexterity, good motor skills, and eye-hand coordination.
  3. The student must possess visual acuity, sufficient to allow for differentiation of colors, reading preprinted labels and requisitions, and identifying patients.
  4. The student must possess verbal and nonverbal skills adequate for transmitting and receiving information from patients and hospital personnel. The student must read, write, speak and comprehend English with sufficient skill to communicate.
  5. The student must be aware at all times of tasks being performed, and alert to the well-being of the patient.
  6. The student must exhibit behavioral and social skills that are acceptable to the college and clinical setting.
  7. The student must be able to follow verbal and written instruction.


    ___  I am capable of meeting the requirements

    ___  I am not capable of meeting the requirements

    ___  I am capable of meeting the requirements with accommodations


Student Signature: _____________________________________Date:_______

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