Wyoming – Phlebotomy Courses and Training Classes

Wyoming is a beautiful state, filled with state parks that have become household names, such as Yellowstone and The Grand Tetons. If live in Wyoming and you’ve taken some time to think about whether or not you might like helping patients and working with them as a phlebotomy technician, then you may find this page to be insightful, informative, and even fun to read.

There’s quite a bit of phlebotomy-related information here, including some basic details about the career, to more specific details about certification in Wyoming. In addition to these things, there’s also more information contained in the last section near the bottom about schools in Wyoming that might offer training classes or programs.

Phlebotomy Training Information – Wyoming

The primary point of phlebotomist training is to help students learn the information and skills that they’ll need to become competent, capable phlebotomists. In a typical phlebotomy training program, students might learn some basic information relevant to phlebotomy, common skills needed for blood drawing and other things, and get some time to practice these skills that they’ve learned in the program.

Drawing blood is the main practical skill involved in phlebotomy, but this may be broken down into two techniques: venipuncture and dermal puncture. Students might be instructed on these two techniques, along with CPR and different first aid techniques. Venipuncture is the art of inserting a hollow needle into a patient’s vein and drawing blood out through the needle into specific kind of container (like a test tube). Another phlebotomy technique, dermal puncture, alternatively known as skin puncture or skin pricking, is the art of piercing a patient’s skin (often on the pad of the finger) and squeezing out a smaller volume of blood to be collected.

To achieve a good understanding of the field of phlebotomy, more than practical skills may typically taught; students may also be taught other phlebotomy-related subjects. This may include things like the basic background information about the field of phlebotomy, anatomy, and also medical terminology that applies to phlebotomy. It’s important to note though that from practical skills to classroom instruction, what’s specifically taught might be different in one course than another, and also different in at one school compared to another.

Students may take the time during a course to practice the skills of phlebotomy in a safe environment such as a lab. Some courses may also include an externships (although not always), where students might get to practice things they’ve learned in the real world under close supervision, such as at a hospital, doctor’s office or medical clinic.

Job Duties and Responsibilities of Phlebotomists in Wyoming

Phlebotomists in most places generally practice venipuncture and dermal puncture as their main job duties. Other key job tasks may vary from employer and location to employer and location, but may include preparing blood samples, transporting blood samples, collecting urine samples, using a computer system, recording data, and guiding patients through the blood collection process.

Phlebotomists may also have to perform difficult blood draws in some situations. A difficult draw is a draw where it’s harder than a normal blood draw for one reason or another; for example, getting a blood sample from a premature baby’s tiny, fragile veins would count as a difficult draw, as would drawing blood from an uncooperative inmate for a drug and alcohol test.

Certification Information for Wyoming Phlebotomists

Phlebotomists in Wyoming are not required by the state to be certified or licensed, nor are they required federally to be certified or licensed. Employers in Wyoming, however, may require phlebotomists to be certified so that there is a standard minimum level of training and skill. Certification can be obtained through one of several national phlebotomist certification agencies like American Medical Technologists (AMT) or National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

There are some phlebotomy courses that may include a certification as a part of the course, while other courses may simply be training and not include any type of certification. It’s definitely important to understand the distinction between these two because not knowing might mean making a mistake in choosing a course. There are many people who believe that taking a course that includes certification is beneficial because there’s less to worry about, and that may be true. However, there are other people who may prefer to take a course that doesn’t provide certification through the course and then go test to get certified on their own once the course is done. If you plan on taking a course that doesn’t include certification, it can save you a lot of trouble if you first make sure that it matches up with the requirements of one (or more) of the various certification agencies before beginning the course; this way you don’t end up completing a course and finding out when it’s done that it didn’t count toward earning a certification.

There may also be personal requirements that may need to be met in addition to various course level requirements in order to earn a certification from one of the various national agencies. For example, you may be required to have a diploma from high school or something equivalent, or hold CPR certification. You might also have to to record of how many hours you participate in a lab or externship, as well as document a certain number of blood draws. You may also need to pass a test or complete other various requirements.

If you’ve spent time working in the medical field in a profession such as a Registered Nurse or an Emergency Medical Technician and have drawn blood as a result of that profession, and you are seeking phlebotomist certification, you might be able to obtain it sooner than a person who has no experience. In order to learn more about  the possibility this, you should take the time to connect with one of the certifying agencies to find out about any programs like this, and what type of experience might be required.

Wyoming Schools and Community Colleges

Keep reading to see a list of community colleges and local schools where you might find phlebotomist training courses, programs or classes.

Casper College
125 College Dr, Casper, WY 82601
(307) 268-2100

Central Wyoming College
2660 Peck Ave, Riverton, WY 82501
(307) 855-2000

Northwest College
231 W 6th St, Powell, WY 82435
(307) 754-6000

Sheridan College
3059 Coffeen Ave, Sheridan, WY 82801

Laramie County Community College
1400 E College Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82007

Gillette College
300 West Sinclair Gillette, WY 82718

Western Wyoming Community College
2500 College Dr, Rock Springs, WY 82901
(307) 382-1600