Phlebotomy Colleges and Classes
A 2-3 semester phlebotomy certificate program can prepare you for a job collecting blood samples and processing them in a laboratory. Read on for information about how to pick a college and what classes to take.
What You Need to Know
Phlebotomy certificates can be completed either online or through the traditional on-campus route. It's important for students to choose an accredited program since phlebotomy requirements vary from state to state. Phlebotomists who are interested in continuing their education may choose to pursue associate's or bachelor's degrees in medical laboratory science.
|Colleges||Look for schools approved by state health departments or accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)|
|Classes||Blood extraction techniques, anatomy, physiology, medical terminology|
|Online||Some schools offer online programs with in-person clinical requirements|
What Should I Look For in a Phlebotomy College?
When searching for a phlebotomy certificate program, you'll want to make sure it is accredited by a professional organization, such as the NAACLS. Accreditation helps ensure that the college you select can provide you with sufficient laboratory facilities and clinical training to prepare for a job in this field. Some employers might only accept completion of a program that has been accredited by the NAACLS or some other professional organization.
Which Schools Offer Phlebotomy Programs?
Many community and technical colleges across the United States offer phlebotomy certificate programs. Certificate programs are typically 12 credit hours and include a clinical experience. Some of the following schools provide phlebotomy training programs:
- Tidewater Community College
- Cleveland Community College
- Quinsigamond Community College
- Colorado Mountain College
- Everett Community College
- Miami Dade College
- Rock Valley College
- St. Luke's College of Health Sciences
- Macomb Community College
- Rhodes State College
What Classes Can I Take?
Phlebotomy certificate programs often include lecture classes in anatomy, physiology and medical terminology. You'll also learn methods for reducing the risk of infection. Laboratory and clinical classes are usually conducted in an on-campus lab or at a hospital, private practice or diagnostic lab. You can learn how to extract blood using syringes and collection tubes. You may also be taught how to operate laboratory testing equipment. Topics covered in an introductory or basic phlebotomy class included in a certificate program include:
- Laboratory safety
- Disposal of biohazardous waste
- Blood composition
- Laboratory math
- Patient preparation
- Medical law and ethics
Can I Complete Any of These Programs Online?
Some colleges do offer the option of earning a phlebotomy certificate online. These programs often allow you to complete lecture courses from home while attending lab sessions and clinical requirements on campus.
Other colleges may allow students who are already employed in a clinical or medical lab to enroll in an online medical laboratory technology associate's or bachelor's program. Students complete lab requirements at their place of employment under the supervision of a manager. The remaining courses can be completed online.
Do I Have Any Continuing Education Options?
Some colleges offer associate's and bachelor's degree programs in medical laboratory technology or medical laboratory science. Earning an associate's degree in this field could prepare you for a job as a medical laboratory technician who performs chemical or biological diagnostic tests. A bachelor's degree program could prepare you for a supervisory role as a medical laboratory technologist.