Arkansas – Phlebotomy Training, Programs and Classes

If you’ve gone on weekend trips to the Ouachita Mountains or the Ozarks, and think catfish is one of the major food groups, you might be from Arkansas! All kidding aside, if you’re an Arkansas native who has pondered phlebotomy as a career, the information and details set out below might shed some additional light on the career and process associated with starting a career in phlebotomy.

In order to make this page as efficient and useful as possible, all of the information has been set apart into different sections or parts of the page. You’ll find general career information, some state-specific (Arkansas) certification details, and even some schools or colleges at the end (of this page) that might offer phlebotomy programs; so keep reading to learn more.

Phlebotomy Training Classes: Details & Information

Phlebotomy training typically holds one major goal: to teach students how to become phlebotomists. Phlebotomists usually draw blood from one of two methods, both of which may be taught in a class: venipuncture and dermal puncture. The more common technique is venipuncture, or poking through the skin with a hollow needle inside a vein and applying a vacuum force in order to draw the blood out. Dermal puncture may be used instead, depending on the scenario. Dermal puncture the term for describing when a needle is used to puncture the surface layer of the skin (often on a heel or fingertip), drawing out a drop or more of blood. In addition to these techniques potentially being taught, other material may be covered, such as CPR/AED usage, the history of phlebotomy, medical terms, anatomy, physiology, and layout of the circulatory  or venous system, and difficult draws. A phlebotomy course may also have a lab portion, where, while participating with other students, a person may possibly be able to practice or work on their blood-drawing skills. Phlebotomy courses may also include an externship, allowing a person to practice phlebotomy in the real world.

Arkansas – Phlebotomist Job Tasks

Throughout Arkansas, practicing phlebotomists generally have one main job duty: drawing blood. They may do this through venipuncture or dermal puncture. Depending on where the phlebotomists work, they may also prepare and transport blood specimens, check labels for accurate information, record data, use a computer system, calm upset patients, help take patients through the collection process, and perform difficult draws. A difficult draw is where a blood draw presents a challenge for some reason; reasons can be mental, physical, or social. For instance, extracting blood from a prisoner with mental health issues may qualify as a difficult or complex draw. Drawing blood from a hard-to-locate vein on an elderly person may also constitute a difficult draw. And taking blood from someone who is needle-phobic may qualify as a difficult draw. Other job duties not listed here may also be required of phlebotomy technicians.

Arkansas Certification Information for Phlebotomists

There are several states that require certification for phlebotomists; however, Arkansas is not one of them. National certification in Arkansas is not required. But, many employers might not accept applicants who are not nationally certified. They may do this to ensure their entering phlebotomists have a minimum level of experience, skill, and knowledge.

Sometimes national phlebotomy certification may be included in a phlebotomy training course as part of it. A training course may also be sponsored by a certifying organization. However, some courses do not include national certification, so if you desire to be certified, it’s a wise idea to check with the certifying organization that you’d like to get your certification from (such as AMT, NCCT, NCA, etc) to get information about requirements they might have in place for phlebotomy training courses to help ensure that the course you choose will qualify you for certification.

Individual requirements may be different from course to course and from certification organization to certification organization. You might need to have a high school diploma or graduation equivalent diploma (GED) in order to participate in a course or to apply for certification; CPR/AED certification is another potential requirement. When applying for a phlebotomist certification, you might also need to have a certain amount of lab hours from the course, as well as have documented a specific number of successful blood extractions or draws (both venipuncture and dermal puncture). The certification agency may also require you to have externship experience, as well.

On-the-job experience may be helpful in gaining your national phlebotomy certification. If you have extracted blood as part of your regular job function (such as an EMT or Registered Nurse), you might qualify to get certified without going through some of the steps that someone without the same level of experience must complete. To find out if this applies to you, you’d want to first inquire with the certification organization that you’re considering getting your certification from to find out if a program such as this exists, and if it does,if you might qualify for it or what you might need to do to qualify.

Training – Local Arkansas Schools & Colleges

Below is a list of colleges and schools in Arkansas where you might be able to locate phlebotomy training classes or courses.

Northwest Arkansas Community College
One College Drive, Bentonville, AR 72712
(479) 636-9222

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
4301 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 686-7000

University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton
1537 University Boulevard, Morrilton, AR 72110
(501) 977-2053

University of Arkansas Community College at Hope
2500 S Main Street, Hope, AR 71801
(870) 777-5722

University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville
2005 White Drive, Batesville, AR 72501
(870) 612-2000

Black River Technical College
1410 Arkansas Highway 304, Pocahontas, AR 72455
(870) 248-4000

Cossatot Community College
183 College Drive, De Queen, AR 71832
(870) 584-4471

South Arkansas Community College
300 SW Avenue, El Dorado, AR 71730
(870) 862-8131