Alabama Phlebotomy Training & Classes

The heart of Dixie is also known as sweet home Alabama. It is filled with pine forests across the state, Appalachian mountains to the north, and frequent thunderstorms. If you call Alabama home and have spent some time thinking about phlebotomy, becoming a phlebotomist, and the career in general, the information set out here (on this page) might be of assistance to you so you can learn about some of the things that might be involved in the overall & general process. This particular page contains sections covering some basic information about phlebotomy, common duties of phlebotomists, and a lot of other information. You’ll also notice that there’s a listing of schools at the bottom or end of the page that may have local phlebotomy training classes.

Phlebotomist Training: Basic Details & Information

The primary aim of phlebotomist training is to help students & people taking the class learn the skills of drawing blood. Drawing blood may be done via several techniques, and the most popular may be venipuncture (which is puncturing a vein) and dermal puncture (which is puncturing the skin). Venipuncture is the process of drawing blood from inside a vein using a needle, and dermal puncture (also sometimes called skin pricking) is drawing blood through the process of making a skin prick, such as on the tip of a finger or the bottom of a heel.

Other topics may be taught during the course of training as well. These subjects may be things like historical significance of phlebotomy, anatomy,  physiology, and details of the circulatory system, standard medical terminology,  the use of CPR and AEDs, and difficult blood draws. Drawing blood from a psychiatric patient or a newborn may be examples of difficult draws, or draws that are challenging due to other mental or physical reasons. A laboratory portion of the class may be offered, where skills can be practiced on other students in some situations,  or on specialized training mannequins. A course may be capped off with an externship, which may take place in a number of medical settings such as hospitals, blood banks, doctor’s offices, or clinics. This is an example of where live experience in the real world may be gained.

What Do Phlebotomists in Alabama Do?

Phlebotomists in Alabama generally have the main duty of drawing blood, often utilizing the method of venipuncture or the method of dermal puncture. Secondary duties can involve patients, such as guiding them through the blood collection process, calming upset or scared patients down, and checking for correct information on labels with the patient. Other secondary duties may involve preparing and transporting blood samples to laboratories or other destinations and reporting blood draws. Phlebotomists may use a computer system to enter patient information, and other important details. Of course, job tasks and demands will vary depending on location; a phlebotomist who works in a blood bank might have a day that looks very different from a phlebotomist in a hospital.

Phlebotomy Certification Information for Alabama

While state certification requirements exist in some states, Alabama isn’t one of them. At the time of writing, there was no state licensing or certification necessary to be a phlebotomist in Alabama. National phlebotomy certification is not required by the state, either, but it does exist, and a fair amount of  potential employers may prefer or require applicants to hold a national certification before applying to or working at their location.

Sometimes obtaining national phlebotomy certification may be part of a particular phlebotomy training course, but this is not true for all of the courses. Some courses may be sponsored by a particular certifying agency, while others may be independent. If you want to have a certification from one of many the national certification organizations or agencies, you should make sure that any independent courses you’re considering match the requirements that the national certifying organization you wish to go through has put in place for phlebotomy training courses.

National certification organizations may also have individual requirements, as well as phlebotomy training courses. These requirements may include minimum education level standards, like holding high school diploma or if high school hasn’t been completed, a GED. CPR certification may also be necessary. Other requirements to obtain phlebotomist certification from a national organization may include finishing a specific amount of lab time, successfully completing a specified amount of venipunctures (blood drawing from a vein) or dermal punctures (blood drawing by pricking the skin), or spending time in an externship. A person might also have to pass a written exam, test, or some other form of paper examination in order to be eligible for national certification.

If a person has previous on-the-job phlebotomy experience, such as performing blood draws as a nurse (any registered or licensed variant) or another type of medical technician (EMT, paramedic, or something similar), they be able to obtain their national phlebotomy certification without completing all the requirements necessary for someone without on-the-job experience. You should note that some certification agencies may not have a “fast track” or “expedited” route like this. In order to know for sure, it is typically considered to be a good idea to get in touch with the agency you’re thinking about receiving a certification though to inquire about whether or not they do offer a program similar to this, and if so, to find out about the necessary qualifications.

Alabama Colleges & Schools

Listed below are local Alabama schools that might potentially offer phlebotomy training in the form of classes or programs.

Bevill State Community College
101 State St, Sumiton, AL 35148
(800) 648-3271

Bishop State Community College
351 North Broad St, Mobile, AL 36603
(251) 405-7000

Calhoun Community College
6250 Highway 31 N, Tanner, AL 35671
(800) 626-3628

Chattahoochee Valley College
2602 College Dr, Phenix City, AL 36869
(334) 291-4900

Drake College
3421 Meridian St, North Huntsville, AL 35811
(256) 539-8161

Faulkner State College
1900 U.S. Highway 31, South Bay Minette, AL 36507
(800) 231-3752

Gadsden Community College
1001 George Wallace Dr, Gadsden, AL 35903
(256) 549-8200

Jefferson Davis College
220 Alco Dr, Brewton, AL 36426
(251) 867-4832

LBW College
1000 Dannelly Blvd, Andalusia, AL 36420
(334) 222-6591

Lawson College
3060 Wilson Rd, SW Birmingham, AL 35221
(205) 925-2515

Reid College
100 Highway 83, Evergreen, AL 36401
(251) 578-1313

Shelton State College
9500 Old Greensboro Rd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
(205) 391-2211

Wallace Selma College
3000 Earl Goodwin Pkwy, Selma, AL 36702
(334) 876-9227