Technical Standards for a Phlebotomist

Certain capabilities are required for the successful practice of phlebotomy.  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 up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force 2/3 or more of the time to move objects.  The student must:

  • Be able to walk, stand and sit for periods of time, as well as stoop, bend, lift and carry.
  • Have manual dexterity, good motor skills, and eye-hand coordination.
  • Possess visual acuity, sufficient to allow for differentiation of colors, reading pre-printed labels and requisitions, and identifying patients.
  • Possess verbal, nonverbal, and auditory skills adequate for transmitting and receiving information from patient and hospital personnel.  The student must read, write, speak, and comprehend English with sufficient skill to communicate.
  • Be aware at all times of tasks being performed, and alert to the well-being of the patient.
  • Exhibit behavioral and social skills that are acceptable to the college and clinical setting.

It is your responsibility to understand the duties, responsibilities, skills and abilities required of  your chosen program/profession. In addition to the technical standards as described above, please review the information regarding Phlebotomists at the O*NET website at