Phlebotomy Schools in Oregon
Phlebotomy is a high-demand and well-paying career in Oregon. The state has among the highest concentration of phlebotomists anywhere in the U.S., but that doesn't mean jobs are scarce. Some of the largest phlebotomy employers are in Oregon, and the state has one of the highest wages for the field.
Oregon has no shortage of phlebotomy training programs, with six located in the Portland area alone. Phlebotomy classes are offered at several community colleges, a couple of colleges and some phlebotomy-specific training centers.
Additionally, phlebotomy classes are increasingly becoming available online. Online coursework still provides high-quality training while offering more convenience. Not only can students take classes from the comfort of their home, but classes often can be arranged around work or family obligations.
When choosing a phlebotomy program, it's important to find one that offers national certification (see below). Instructors also should be experienced phlebotomists, and they of course ought to be nationally certified themselves. Community colleges generally offer high-quality programs, but there are also other solid options that may be more affordable and/or better fit a schedule.
Oregon has no formal certification or licensing requirements for phlebotomists in the state, but national certification is still highly recommended. Many employers will only hire nationally certified phlebotomists who have completed the requirements for one of the following organizations:
- National Center for Competency Testing
- American Society for Clinical Pathology
- American Medical Technologists
- National Phlebotomy Association
- American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians
The vast majority of phlebotomists work in hospital (state, local and private), medical laboratory, or ambulatory settings. A small percentage are employed by physician offices and outpatient clinics.
In Oregon, Samaritan Health Services, the American Red Cross, Aerotek, and Legacy Health are some of the more common employers — although there are plenty of others. Legacy Health itself has phlebotomy jobs in many different positions, as do many other employers.
Phlebotomists in Oregon are some of the most well-paid professionals in this career, and phlebotomists can earn a good salary regardless of where they work in the state.
Across the state, most phlebotomists earn somewhere between $39,690 and $47,230 per year. That works out to anywhere from $19.08 to $22.70 an hour. For comparison, the Bureau of Labor Statistics places the median annual wage for phlebotomists across the country $36,320 annually and $17.46 per hour.
Moreover, phlebotomists in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas make good money. Phlebotomy jobs in the major cities tend to command the highest salaries, but the jobs in the state's more rural areas still pay well. Both Coastal Oregon and Eastern Oregon are among the five nonmetropolitan regions in the U.S. that pay the best. Even in these areas, phlebotomists can earn a median salary of $38,380 (Coastal Oregon) or $35,040 (Eastern Oregon).
The following cities in Oregon offer phlebotomy training schools and courses.
- Portland, OR 1 school