Phlebotomy Courses and Training | Colorado

Mountains cover half of the state of Colorado while fields cover the other half; Colorado’s largest cities lay right in the center of the foothills in the Rockies. Mountain or plain, city or country, if you call Colorado home, you might find the information on this page both helpful and interesting.

There’s a lot to take in here, so to make it as easy as possible (and to help with information overload), things have been broken down by topic. You’ll find sections covering general career information, phlebotomist tasks or duties, and even some certification information that’s specific to the Colorado. Finally, if you scroll down to the bottom you’ll see a list of local community colleges and other schools that might (you’ll likely want to reach out to them to find out for sure) have phlebotomy training programs.

Colorado Phlebotomist Training – The Basics

It pretty much goes without saying that the objective of phlebotomist training is to set up students with the knowledge, know-how, and skills  that are necessary to be competent phlebotomists. Typically, this involves students learning the two main techniques in phlebotomy, dermal puncture and venipuncture. Dermal puncture (or skin puncture) is when a sterile needle is used to poke the outermost layer of skin (for example, on a fingertip or a newborn’s heel). The small amount of blood that comes out is collected. The second technique, venipuncture, involves using a hollow needle to pierce a vein. The needle is left in place, and vacuum force is used to draw blood into a needle and then into a collection tube. Other topics may be covered in a course, as well. These may include history of phlebotomy, how to handle difficult draws, physiology of the veins and circulatory system, CPR and AED usage, first aid, and other applicable topics. Topics taught may vary among courses. A lab may also be included in the course; you might be allowed to practice the techniques learned in the lab. Externships may also be part of phlebotomy training courses. A person may work in a hospital, blood bank, or physician’s office during an externship (if available), and this would typically provide some real-world experience as a phlebotomist.

Colorado Phlebotomists – Duties and Tasks

Phlebotomists in Colorado typically draw blood as their main job function. They may do this through varying techniques, and other tasks may be required of them per their location and employer. Some of these duties may include checking information on labels, preparing blood specimens, transporting blood specimens, greeting patients and guiding them both during and after the blood draw process, calming upset patients, reporting both on paper and with a computer, and handling difficult draws. A difficult draw may be explained as one that provides a challenge or obstacle to the phlebotomist for a variety of reasons: social, mental, physical, etc. For instance, drawing or extracting blood from a crying newborn with very small veins may be challenging and could qualify as a difficult draw. Using venipuncture on a patient who is extremely needle-phobic and resistant could also constitute a difficult blood draw. Some job locations may present more difficult draws than others. Other job tasks might vary from one employer to another.

Certification – Information for Phlebotomists in Colorado

Colorado does not have any state requirements in place for licensing or certification of phlebotomists. National phlebotomist certification does exist; however, it is not required by the state of Colorado. Individual employers may require national certification, though.

A person wanting to work in phlebotomy might be able to become nationally certified as a phlebotomy technician by taking a local phlebotomist training class; but, not all classes offer certification as part of the class or program, and not all courses are approved by every certifying agency or organization. As an example, if you’d like to be certified by NCCT (The National Center for Competency Testing) you’d need to contact them first to find out which courses they’ll accept, and what their course requirements are. Some local courses may include the certification with the course; but others may not. Again, the best idea is to check with the certification agency that you want to get your phlebotomist certification from (there are many) in order to make sure that they’ll accept a course that you want to take, or if not, they might be able to point you to a course or program that does meet the requirements that they outline for certification.

There might also be individual requirements for a person to meet too, like already having completed high school or obtained a GED, or having cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. Additional requirements for obtaining a nationwide phlebotomist certification might include participating in a lab and an externship and successfully passing a written exam. There might be a specific number of hours of both lab time and externship time that you may need to do. There may also be a certain number of blood draws that a person might need to successfully complete. A person may need to meet various requirements that may go along with applying for certification at a particular organization or school where a phlebotomy training course is held.

Some certification organizations may have a program where a person can get their national phlebotomist certification faster if they have on-the-job experience. For example, if a person has worked as a nurse (registered or licensed) and has drawn or extracted blood as part of their job function, they might be able to skip some of the requirements that a non-experienced applicant has to meet. To see find out if something like this might apply to your situation, you’d first need to contact the agency or certification company that you’re considering getting your certificate from to find out what there specific requirements are, and if something like this is even available.

Colorado Schools – Phlebotomy Classes

The following list shows a number of schools what might have phlebotomy training  programs in Colorado.

Colorado Community College of Aurora
16000 E Centretech Pkwy, Aurora, CO 80011
(303) 360-4700

Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Springs
831 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
(970) 945-8691

Community College of Denver
1111 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80204
(303) 556-2600

Emily Griffith Opportunity School
1250 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80204
(720) 423-4757

Morgan Community College
920 Barlow Road, Fort Morgan, CO 80701
(970) 542-3100

Trinidad State Junior College
600 Prospect St, Trinidad, CO 81082
(719) 846-5011

Pueblo Community College
900 West Orman Avenue, Pueblo, CO 81004
(719) 549-3200