Essential Functions of a Phlebotomist

In order to participate in a medical laboratory science education program, which includes phlebotomy, students must be able to comply with program designated essential functions, or request reasonable accommodations to execute these essential functions. Requirements include:

  • A sound intellect

  • Good motor skills

  • Eye-hand coordination and dexterity

  • Effective communication skills

  • Visual acuity to perform macroscopic and microscopic analyses or to read procedures, graphs, etc.

  • Professional skills such as the ability to work independently and to manage time efficiently

  • To comprehend, analyze and synthesize various materials

  • Hold sound psychological health and stability


American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences [ASCLS] (n.d.) Essential functions. 

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