New Hampshire – Phlebotomy Training Courses

New Hampshire is a state known for its outdoor recreational opportunities, from snowmobiling to skiing, to hiking and relaxing on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. If you live in this outdoorsy state and you’ve spent some of your free time thinking about what it might be like to be a phlebotomist, then this page is something you may want to take the time to read.

From general information to New Hampshire-specific details, there’s a considerable amount of information here. Not only is there details about the field in general, but there’s also information (in a section at the bottom) about where you might be able to locate training programs and classes.

New Hampshire Phlebotomy Training: General Information

In order to be successful at their jobs, phlebotomists must have a good grasp of the skills and knowledge behind their field. Equipping students with those skills and knowledge is the purpose of phlebotomy training. This may be done by teaching practical skills, fundamental knowledge of phlebotomy, and providing hands-on phlebotomy practice opportunities. It’s important to take note of the fact that not every course and school will have the same material and content, and what might be taught in one course or in one schools might not be the same as how things are taught in a different course or school.

Practical phlebotomy skills that might be taught to course participants during a training class include venipuncture, dermal puncture, first aid, and CPR/AED usage. Venipuncture is the main phlebotomy technique used; it involves a needle being inserted inside a vein and drawing blood out (usually into a test tube or something similar). Dermal (skin pin pricking) puncture is a secondary phlebotomy technique; this one involves using a needle to pierce the skin and causing one (sometimes more) drop of blood to form on the skin. This drop of blood can then be collected for testing.

Other topics taught might include things like why phlebotomy is historically significant, a basic overview of anatomy, and phlebotomy-related medical terminology. These subjects can help the student to have a better grasp of the field of phlebotomy.

Students might be able to hone their phlebotomy skills hands-on in a laboratory and/or during an externship (if available). An externship may allow the students to gain crucial real-life experience drawing blood from patients in place like a hospital or clinic, or even a blood bank.

Common Responsibilities of Phlebotomists in New Hampshire

Drawing blood through dermal puncture or venipuncture is the typically the primary job function of phlebotomists in New Hampshire, as well as the rest of the United States. There may be other duties required, however; a list follows of duties that phlebotomists might be called to perform:

  • Prepping blood samples for laboratory testing
  • Delivering blood specimens to a specific place
  • Educating patients and answering questions
  • Entering data into a computer
  • Checking test tubes ensure accurate patient information is printed on the labels
  • Performing first aid

Sometimes work on difficult draws might be necessary while on-duty. Difficult draws are those that pose a particular challenge to the phlebotomist for a specific reason, such as an elderly person’s hard-to-locate, fragile veins. A mental patient with a severe handicap may also be a difficult draw. It’s imperative to keep in mind that specific job duties may vary depending upon the location where a phlebotomist performs their duties and the needs of patients.

Phlebotomist Certification Information for New Hampshire

No state-certification is required for phlebotomists in New Hampshire. However, many employers might require a national phlebotomy certification from one of the popular certifying agencies for all their applicants; this may be to set a basic level of understanding of phlebotomy across the board. Examples of national certifying agencies would be organizations like American Medical Technologists (AMT) or American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).

A person taking a phlebotomy training course might, in some situations, be able to obtain a phlebotomist certificate through their course, as some programs may include this as part of their curriculum. However, some courses don’t include any nationwide certification as part of the program curriculum. It’s a recommend to check with one or more of the certification agencies to ask if they have specific requirements in place for a course to qualify for consideration in terms of certification. Here’s an example: if want to be certified by ASCP, then you should check with them first before you actually sign up for a course (if your course doesn’t include certification) to make sure that you aren’t taking a course that doesn’t count toward being certified. This is something that you don’t want to find out after the fact, so it’s good to be proactive in these situations.

You also may need to meet individual requirements in order to get a certification, like having finished high school (or equivalent) or knowing CPR and being certified. You might have to fulfill other conditions as you move through a phlebotomy training course, as well. Some of these may include completing a specified amount of lab or externship hours (if one is part of your course or available), recording a specific amount of successful blood draws, or passing various exams, which might include oral and written tests.

If, in your previous jobs, you’ve done some work similar to phlebotomy like starting IVs or even collecting blood specimens as a nurse or similar role, you might be able to go on a fast track style program and get your certification earlier than someone who doesn’t have that kind of experience. This isn’t always the case though, and it’s a very individual thing. All certification agencies may not offer this either, so if you think that it might apply to you then it’s advisable to take the time to contact one or more of the agencies to find out.

New Hampshire – Local Schools and Organizations

Below are various schools and organizations in New Hampshire that might offer phlebotomist training classes.

Red Cross New Hampshire Regional Office
2 Maitland St, Concord, NH 03301
(603) 225-6697

Great Bay Community College
320 Corporate Dr, Portsmouth NH 03801
(603) 427-7600

Manchester Community College
1066 Front St, Manchester, NH 03102
(603) 206-8000

Nashua Community College
505 Amherst St Nashua, NH 03063
(603) 578-8900

White Mountains Community College
2020 Riverside Dr, Berlin, N.H. 03570
(603) 752-1113

River Valley Community College
1 College Pl Claremont, NH 03743
(603) 542-7744

NHTI Community College (Concord)
31 College Dr, Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-6484

Lakes Region Community College
379 Belmont Rd, Laconia, NH 03246
(603) 524-3207