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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 321E
Category: Health Care

Class Series Concept

Perform phlebotomy on patients to obtain laboratory specimens.


Collect blood specimens and perform simple laboratory procedures.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general supervision, following established standards and practices, collect blood from patients; instruct patients in the procedure for the collection of specimens.

Typical Work

Prepare patient and collection equipment according to established procedures for blood collection; verify patient identification; 

Instruct patients in the procedure for collecting urine and stool specimens; 

Assist with inventory and ordering of supplies; 

Perform simple laboratory procedures such as bleeding time, whole blood prothrombin time, whole blood glucose determinations and setting up bacterial cultures; calibrate and perform preventive maintenance to laboratory instruments; 

Maintain required records, reports and statistics; 

Assist in the orientation and training of students and new employees; 

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

Obtain state of Washington certification as a Health Care Assistant Level A within sixty days of employment date. 

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

High school graduation




Completion of a phlebotomy course


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class: 2-7-92
Revised new class code: (formerly 6394) effective July 1, 2007.