Alaska | Phlebotomy Training Programs & Courses

Known as a rugged state filled with northern beauty, Alaska is the largest state by area but has one of the smallest populations out of the fifty states. It is a state of extremes – extremely cold weather, extremely high mountains, extremely dangerous winters. Yet, many people love to call Alaska home.

If you’ve given any thought to the possibility of becoming  phlebotomist (a person who draws blood), the information below on this page might give you a more complete idea of how that process works, and might also provide some other relevant and insightful information. To make things easier to read, all of this information has been divided into different sections containing various bits of information, including some basic information about the career, as well as information specific to Alaska, and in the final section you’ll see a list of some schools that might offer training in the form classes, programs, or other formats.

Phlebotomy – General Information About The Field

Most people know that the chief  intent of phlebotomist training & preparation is to make sure that students come away knowing how to draw blood properly, and perform the various duties of a phlebotomist. This is often done through either venipuncture, which is drawing blood from a needle placed into a vein, or dermal puncture, which is taking blood from a small skin prick in a place like a fingertip or heel. Other topics may be explored in the training course too, like medical terminology, the back story of phlebotomy, CPR/AED, anatomy or physiology of the circulatory/venous system, and complex blood draws. Difficult phlebotomy draws occur when there is a physical difficulty, like trying to extract blood from the tiny, fragile veins of a newborn baby, or a mental difficulty, like trying to draw blood from someone who is mentally handicapped or mentally ill. Even a difficult social situation can be labeled a complex or draw, such as drawing blood from someone in prison. Practicing these skills on other students or even mannequins may take place in a lab, which may be offered along with the course. As a capstone, an externship may also be offered near the end of the course. This externship, if offered, might occur at a hospital, private practice doctor’s office, medical clinic, blood bank, or other similar location that may have needs for a phlebotomist or phlebotomy students. The externship allows for real-world scenarios and experience.

Alaskan Phlebotomists – Job Duties & Tasks

In Alaska, job duties as a phlebotomist correspond to other states’ phlebotomists. The main duty is usually drawing blood, which may be accomplished through either venipuncture (when is when a phlebotomist uses a needle to extract blood from veins) or dermal puncture (pricking the skin and collecting blood that flows from the top layer of skin) most of the time. Utilizing computers for a number of reasons, reporting patient data, checking labels for accuracy, calming upset patients, helping them understand the procedure, and preparing or delivering blood tubes or samples may also be part of the phlebotomist’s job function. Job demands may vary according to workplace and location.

Alaska – Phlebotomy Certification Details

Alaska is one of the states in the US that does not require phlebotomists to have a state certification or licensing in order to practice as a phlebotomist. National certification, in Alaska,  is not required, but it is generally available for those who desire to be nationally certified. A large number of employers may require national certification or equivalent for people who apply to be a phlebotomist at their location; this might be to ensure minimum levels of education and experience for all incoming phlebotomists.

If you want to become nationally certified, there are several different certification organizations you can use such as American Certification Agency (ACA), American Medical Technology (AMT), American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), National Credentialing Agency (NCA), National Healthcareer Association (NHA), and National Phlebotomy Continuing Education (NPCE). Sometimes certification might be offered as part of a training program; some courses may even sponsored and run by a certifying agency. Other courses may not be affiliated with a national certification organization or agency. It’s a excellent idea to first verify that any course you’re interested in taking meets any minimum requirements that a national certifying organization may have in place for an acceptable phlebotomy training course. Different organizations may have different standards in terms of which courses they’ll accept, and it’s important to verify this with the particular organization you’re seeking certification from. One example might be, if you want to get an ACA certification, you should make sure that a course you’re thinking about taking is accepted by the ACA, otherwise they may not count it.

Individual requirements may also be a factor in choosing a training course or getting nationally certified, as well. Both phlebotomy training courses and national certifying organizations may have minimum standards, like holding a high school diploma or even a GED in the absence completing high school. Other requirements might even include being CPR certified. In order to obtain national phlebotomy certification in Alaska, you may have to meet even more requirements involving your phlebotomy education. There might be a  number of hours in a lab required, and/or a minimum amount of successful venipunctures or dermal punctures. There also may be standards set for an externship. A written exam may also be required to get a national phlebotomy certificate from one of the national certifying agencies.

Previous on-the-job history and experience may qualify you to be able to forego some of the requirements a certification organization may have in place for non-experienced phlebotomy students. If you have worked or are currently working as a registered nurse, paramedic technician, EMT, or another capacity in which you might have drawn blood or performed phlebotomy as part of your normal job duties, you might be eligible to participate in a program like this, if available. It may be good and proactive idea to get in contact with the certification organization you’re thinking about getting a certification from to get additional information about whether or not they something like this, if you qualify, and what the requirements may be, as not all certifying organizations may offer “fast track” options.

Alaska –  Colleges & Schools That Might Offer Phlebotomist Training

Here are various local schools where a person might be able to find phlebotomy training courses.

AVTEC – Alaska’s Institute of Technology
1251 Muldoon Road, Anchorage, AK 99664
(907) 334-2230

Prince William Sound Community College
303 Lowe Street, Valdez, AK 99686
(907) 834-1600

UAA Community and Technical College – University of Alaska
3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK 99701
(907) 786-1800

Kodiak College
117 Benny Benson Drive, Kodiak, AK 99615
(907) 486-4161

University of Alaska – Ketchikan Campus
2600 Seventh Avenue, Ketchikan, AK 99901
(907) 796-6100

Kenai Peninsula College
156 College Road, Soldotna, AK 99669
907) 235-7743

Matanuska–Susitna College
8295 College Drive, Palmer, AK 99645
(907) 745-9774