How to Find Phlebotomy Schools

While it is impossible to list schools for every state in the United States, we can begin with the only two states currently requiring full training and certification for phlebotomists. California has some excellent schools with phlebotomy programs. Newbridge College offers phlebotomy training at its Long Beach, El Cajon, and Santa Ana campuses. Kaplan College has thirteen campuses in California. Empire College of Santa Rosa, the Santa Clara Institute for Business and Technology, and Blake Austin College in Vacaville, are also leading schools in California with phlebotomy training programs. Some of these schools offer the additional option of EKG training along with phlebotomy training.

At present, Louisiana is the only other state requiring phlebotomists to be certified. Two schools in Louisiana which offer phlebotomy training are Southern University at Shreveport, and Bossier Parish Community College, with their certificate programs.

Even if you do not live in a state with certification requirements, you can find phlebotomy schools. On-campus phlebotomy training can be found at the Pima Medical Institute, Mesa, Arizona; Lansing Community College, Lansing, Michigan; North Seattle Community College, Seattle, Washington; Clover Park Technical College, Lakewood, Washington; Spencerian College, Lexington, Kentucky; Davis Applied Technical College, Kaysville, Utah; and Lincoln College of Technology, Cincinnati, Ohio. There are also a number of schools with a network of campuses. CHI Institute and the Ultimate Medical Academy are two schools with training programs on more than one campus. If you do not live near any of these schools, you are still likely to find one in your area. You can easily have a traditional training program in a classroom setting. Simply check at a local hospital or community college to ask where you can train.

Another option is online phlebotomy schools. Many students choose this option because of job or family obligations, or living at a distance from traditional schools. If the school is accredited, is within your budget, and offers the coursework you need while informing you about internships, it can make training possible even when in-person training is not within your abilities.

Your best bet in online education is to choose a well-known school that has a good reputation. DeVry University is one example. When you train through DeVry, your work will result in much more than a diploma or school certificate. DeVry University’s phlebotomy technician program results in earning a Bachelor’s degree. Whether you plan to always work as a phlebotomist, or eventually advance your career to a higher level, this degree can give you a head-start from the beginning.

Other distance learning schools with online phlebotomy programs include the University of Cincinnati online, Grand Canyon University, Keiser University Campusonline, American Intercontinental University, SouthUniversity, and Virginia College online. These schools offer a variety of certificate and degree programs. Prospective students who wish to utilize distance learning should check with the school they are considering to learn about its policy for internships.

What can you do if there are no schools in your area offering phlebotomist training programs, and you do not want to take your coursework online? You do not have to give up your dream of becoming a phlebotomist. If neither of these options work for you, there is another option. On-the-job training may be the solution. A hospital, blood bank, or health care facility in your area may consider on-the-job training. One benefit is you will have a ready job when you are finished training. If you view this as a benefit rather than a drawback, on-the-job training may be the right answer for you. However, you must be sure it meets the requirements for your certification exam. Learning while you work is a good way to gain knowledge and experience, but it is only useful if it prepares you for certification. If you are unsure, checking with the certifying agency through which you plan to take your examination will give you the information you need about its requirements.

In general, completing a training program through a traditional school is usually best. There are numerous reasons why this is difficult or impossible for some students. If there are no suitable schools in your region, online learning or on-the-job training can provide the education you need. Making sure the program you choose will leave you ready for the certification exam is your responsibility. Whichever method you decide is right for you, all you need to do is take it seriously, work hard, and do your best. You will then be able to take the official exam to prepare yourself for your new career. You will see how your training has opened many doors for you, when you are successful at finding a job. Your journey all starts with finding the right school, and making phlebotomy training the foundation for your future.

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