Connecticut Phlebotomy Training and Classes

Connecticut is a small state home to the collegiate giant Yale University, and is full of historic, East Cost-style charm. If you’re one of the many people who can call themselves a Connecticut resident, this page might be interesting and helpful to you!

First of all, don’t be overwhelmed by the amount of information here; it’s quite detailed, but that’s because the aim of this page is to be helpful and informative at the same time. With that said, you’ll see that there are a number of various topics here, from basic career information to specific details and certification information for Connecticut. In addition to the aforementioned bits of information, there’s also some potentially helpful information in the final section details local Connecticut schools that might (you’ll need to check with them to know for sure) have training programs for phlebotomists.

Connecticut Phlebotomists – Fundamental Information About Training

What is the main focus of phlebotomy training? Well, it’s essentially to teach prospective phlebotomists how to draw or extract blood, typically through either dermal or skin puncture and also through venipuncture (piercing a vein). Dermal or skin puncture is a technique that involves using a small needle to poke through the skin, drawing out blood from capillary veins near the surface of the skin. This is typically done on fingertips. Venipuncture is a technique that involves a needle being inserted into a vein, and then blood is pulled out out using  subtle vacuum pressure and deposited into a tube. Other thigs of note that might be taught during a phlebotomist training class or course might involve learning about the background of phlebotomy (how it came to be a field), medical terms and language related to phlebotomy,  basic anatomy or physiology, CPR or AED usage, first aid, and tough blood draws. Topics may vary in different courses. A lab section may also be included with the course; this may allow you to practice your skills on mannequins or possibly even other students. It may be followed by an externship that may take place in a number of medical settings like a hospital or doctor’s office, a local blood bank, or another similar setting. An externship (if available) like this might allow students to get the chance to practice their skills in the real world.

Phlebotomists: Common Duties in Connecticut

The main responsibility of phlebotomists is to extract blood to send it off to be analyzed; it may be analyzed for disease, odd cell structures, or content evaluation. The job duties of a phlebotomist in Connecticut may be very similar to the duties of a phlebotomist in most other states. Other tasks may include entering data on a computerized system, double checking labels for complete and accurate information, helping nervous patients during the blood draw or extraction process, calming any upset patients, performing difficult draws, applying first aid when necessary, and preparing and transporting blood specimens.

Other responsibilities might vary according to the particular location. For instance, a phlebotomy technician might be asked to perform more difficult draws (or perform different duties) at a children’s hospital than a doctor’s office. A difficult or complex draw is an extraction that is harder than normal due to at least one of several reasons: physical difficulty (such as locating a hard-to-find vein), social difficulty (such as attempting a draw on an uncooperative prison inmate), or mental difficulty (which might happen when trying to extract blood from someone who is fearful of needles).

Certifications: Information for Connecticut Phlebotomy Technicians

Connecticut isn’t one of the states that requiring phlebotomists  to be certified or licensed to practice phlebotomy at the state level. There is no requirement for national certification either, but many employers may require their employees to be nationally certified. They may even require certification at the time of application.

Some training courses for phlebotomists may include national phlebotomy certification; others may not. If you want  to get a certification eventually as a phlebotomist, and a course you want to take doesn’t include nationwide certification as part of it, it would be a wise decision to reach out to the certification agency that you want to be certified from to find out  if the course you have chosen meets their course requirements, if there are any. Sometimes the certifying organizations provide their own phlebotomy training courses, so that may be an option, as well. For instance, if you want to obtain a certification from an organization such as the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), obviously it’s smart to contact them first to see if they have any courses in your area that fulfill their requirements, or even a course that they run themselves.

A person may need to meet individual course and certification requirements, as well. For example, having graduated high school (or at least having a GED) might be an example of common requirements. Other requirements that might be in place for a person to be able to get a national phlebotomy certification may include participation in a lab for a certain amount of hours or performing a number of successful draws (including both dermal/skin puncture and venipuncture). Other things like potentially participating in an externship for a specific amount of hours may be something that you might need to do. A person may also have to pass a written exam as well.

If a person has drawn or extracted blood from patients as part of a past or current job, such as a nurse (licensed or registered) or another job like an EMT, they may be able to take part in a program that allows them to move past some of the requirements for students who don’t have the same type of on-the-job experience. If this seems like something that might apply to you, you can check with the organization where you’d like to receive your certification for additional information, as not all agencies might have a program similar to this in place.

Connecticut Organizations and Schools – Training & Classes

Read below to see various organizations and schools in Connecticut that may potentially have training classes for phlebotomists.

Red Cross – Hartford
209 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06032
(877) 287-3327

Gateway Community College
20 Church Street, New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 285-2000

Northwestern Connecticut Community College
2 Park Place, Winchester, CT 06098
(860) 738-6300

Naugatuck Valley Community College
750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708
(203) 575-8000

Manchester Community College
60 Bidwell Street, Manchester, CT 06040
(860) 512-3000

Capital Community College
950 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 906-5000

Middlesex Community College
100 Training Hill Road, Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 343-5800