Phlebotomy Courses & Training | Omaha, NE

Omaha, Nebraska’s largest city, called the “Gateway to the West,” sits on the banks of the Missouri River. Nebraska is a place frequently known for being a great Midwestern state, but it’s also home to a large health care system that involves a number of workers in a wide range of specialties or concentrations. For example, you’ll find doctors, different kinds of nurses, sonographers, and phlebotomists too in Nebraska.

If you’ve landed on this particular page, there’s a relatively good chance that you live in Nebraska and have at least considered the idea of phlebotomy as a career to some degree. If that is true, then you’ll hopefully enjoy reading this page and the information on it. There are some sections that cover general information, and others that cover Nebraska-specific information; this entire page is full of insightful information. When you’re reading, if you take the time to look at the end of the page you’ll also see a section that lists various colleges and schools in Nebraska that might have phlebotomy courses or training programs.

Fundamental Information About Phlebotomy Training

Teaching students how to draw blood is the main goal of phlebotomy technician training. There are two major techniques in drawing blood: venipuncture and dermal puncture. Venipuncture involves using a needle, inserted in a vein, to pull out blood. Dermal puncture involves using a tiny needle to prick the skin and cause a blood drop to form; this may be used more often when a tiny amount of blood is needed for testing.

Phlebotomy training courses vary in the material they teach, but other subjects taught may include of history related to phlebotomy, physiology and some basic anatomy of the circulatory system, CPR, the use of an AED, and difficult draws. Making an effort to draw blood from a newborn or a needle-phobic patient may count as a difficult draw; if this topic is taught, you may learn how to handle physical, social, and psychology difficulties in drawing blood. Along with the classroom portion of a course, a student may be able to take part in a lab, where you may practice drawing blood on mannequins and other students. A student might have the chance to participate (along with other students) in an externship (which not always available) at a medical clinic, physician’s office, hospital, or blood bank, and put the skills they have learned to use in a live, real-life setting.

Nebraska Phlebotomist Job Duties

Phlebotomists’ primary job duty is to draw blood. This may be accomplished through dermal puncture or venipuncture, depending on the laboratory’s, doctor’s, and patient’s needs. Phlebotomists also may be asked to perform other duties. These may include calming an upset patient, helping patients understand the process of having their blood drawn, checking labels for accuracy of information, preparing and transporting blood samples, using a computer system, and reporting draws. Job duties, policies, and procedures may vary from location to location.

Certification Information for Phlebotomists in Nebraska

Nebraska is not one of the states in the US that requires certification or licensing for phlebotomists. National certification is not required, either; however, national certifying agencies do exist that do offer phlebotomist certification. Employers might require that job-seeking phlebotomists be nationally certified by one of these agencies to ensure at least a minimum level of knowledge and ability before applying or working at the location.

Sometimes a phlebotomy training courses might include national certification through a particular agency as part of its course; the course may even be sponsored by the agency. However, it’s important to realize that not every course offers this, and some may simply be training and not include a certification component. If national certification is not part of a course that you’re interested in taking, but you desire to obtain it, check with the certifying agency you wish to be certified through for any course requirements. The agency may have specific requirements in place that phlebotomy training courses need to meet; and if they do, you may have to choose your course according to those various requirements. For example, if NHA (the National Healthcareer Association) is where you want to obtain a phlebotomy certification from then contact them first before you register for a class or course to find out what their requirements are and if they can recommend any training in your area that does meet their specific requirements. This would also be the same for any of the other certification agencies that you were interested in as well.

Both the certification agencies and the phlebotomy training course may have individual requirements for you to meet, as well. For example, you might be required be one of the certification agencies to have a high school diploma (or something equivalent like a GED) and also CPR and AED certification. The phlebotomist certification agencies may have even more requirements before you can receive your certification. For example, you might need to take part in a lab, you may need to participate in an externship (if available), and you may need to document that you have successfully completed a number of blood draws performing both venipuncture (which is the method of drawing blood from a vein) and dermal puncture, also called skin pricking; these two are the most common phlebotomy procedures. A written exam may be included as part of phlebotomist certification requirements. Various requirements may be different from one agency to another, and again, you may want to check with the agency that you might want to be certified from in order to get more information about what their requirements are so that you can choose a course accordingly.

If you have worked as a registered nurse (RN), emergency medical technician (EMT), or another job in the medical setting, and have drawn blood as part of the job duties, you may be eligible to get nationally certified as a phlebotomist without needing to meet all the requirements for someone who has no job-related experience drawing blood. Again, you should check with the certification agency you might want to be certified from to see if they have any programs that allow you to jump ahead in the certification process and to find out if you are qualified for a program like that.

Colleges & Schools Near Omaha

Below is a list of different schools that might have phlebotomy training courses in or near Omaha, Nebraska.

Nebraska Methodist College
720 N 87th St, Omaha, NE 68114
(402) 354-7000

Metropolitan Community College
5300 North 30th Street, Omaha, NE 68111
(402) 457-2400

Southeast Community College
8800 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68520
(402) 471-3333

Western Nebraska Community College
1601 East 27th Street, Scottsbluff, NE 69361
(308) 635-3606

Central Community College
4500 63rd Street, Columbus, NE 68601
(402) 564-7132

Northeast Nebraska Community College
801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68701
(402) 371-2020

Midland University
900 North Clarkson Street, Fremont, NE 68025
(800) 642-8382

Mid-Plains Community College
601 West State Farm Road, North Platte, NE 69101
(308) 535-3701