Online Phlebotomy Classes and Schools

A phlebotomist draws blood and collects specimens from patients. Learn about the training requirements for this position, schools with programs, and employment opportunities. Schools offering Clinical Laboratory Science degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Phlebotomy certificate programs are available at a variety of schools, but only a handful offer hybrid programs, where some of the classes are delivered online. Due to the medical nature of this field, you are required to be current on your immunizations and to participate in hands-on skills practice. Once you have completed your training, you will be able to find employment in a many healthcare settings.

Schools Universities, colleges and for-profit schools offer programs
Classes Phlebotomy, anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, laboratory procedures and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
Training In-person clinical work is required

Where Can I Find Online Phlebotomy Classes?

Because of the clinical aspect of a phlebotomy program, most schools do not offer these studies in a fully online format. Some universities, colleges, and for-profit schools offer hybrid phlebotomy certificate programs, which are only available partially online. These schools include:

  • St. Charles Community College
  • Sullivan University
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • Idaho State University

What Online Phlebotomy Courses Are Available to Me?

Courses in these programs train you to collect, handle and process blood samples and other specimens. The courses focus on how to puncture a vein on infants, children and adults as well as training you to adhere to certain precautions when dealing with blood. Specific program topics can include:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Medical terminology
  • Laboratory operations
  • Infection control and safety
  • Capillary and arterial puncture procedures

Upon completion of a certificate program in phlebotomy, you may be eligible to sit for the national certification exam offered through the National Phlebotomy Association (www.nationalphlebotomy.org). Each individual state has its own licensing conditions, so be sure to check with your state's regulations.

What Are the On-Campus Requirements?

When selecting a school, you must be aware that phlebotomy programs cannot offer the training entirely online. This is because it's vital for you to have hands-on training to practice collecting blood samples and other clinical specimens from actual patients. The clinical training requirement may be fulfilled on campus or at a health care facility, depending upon the program.

What Prerequisites Do I Need to Fulfill?

Since you will be interacting with patients and come in contact with their blood, you must be current on specific immunizations. Among those may include Hepatitis A and B, rubella, mumps, chicken pox, tuberculosis and diphtheria/tetanus. Some immunizations only dictate that you submit to a blood test to verify immunity while others require that you receive actual shots.

It is important to verify which shots or blood tests you need with your school before you officially enroll. Additionally, some programs state that you submit to a drug test prior to beginning your clinical rotations. Most programs don't have any academic prerequisites beyond a high school diploma.

What Careers Can I Pursue?

Once you complete an online phlebotomy program, you can be eligible to work as a laboratory phlebotomist technician. You can find work at a multitude of locations, whether you are traveling to patients who are housebound or working inside a healthcare facility. Businesses you may find employment at include:

  • Physician's offices
  • Hospitals
  • Laboratories
  • Community health clinics
  • Blood donor centers

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