Phlebotomy Classes, Programs & Training | Delaware

Delaware is a small Atlantic ocean-side state with an amazing amount of charm and history, there’s no doubt about that. With that being said, if you happen to be a Delaware resident who’s given some thought to a career as a phlebotomy technician, you might find the information here to be both fascinating and quite helpful.

One thing to think about is that it’s relatively easy to get overloaded or inundated with information, and this page has taken that into consideration. To help combat that, information present here doesn’t just run on and on; instead, it’s precisely separated into unique sections. You’ll find a wealth of general information, as well as specific information for Delaware. Lastly, you’ll see near the end of the final section that there are various local schools listed which might offer training classes for people looking to becoming phlebotomists.

Delaware: Phlebotomist Training – An Overview

It generally goes without saying that the aim of phlebotomist training  programs is to give students with the fundamental,  necessary skills to function as phlebotomists. The primary skill needed to practice phlebotomy is the skill of venipuncture, or inserting a needle into a vein to draw blood. Another skill often practiced by phlebotomists and taught in training is dermal puncture, or pricking or piercing the skin using a needle to pull out a small amount of blood. Training may also include other topics, such as information about how the field of phlebotomy came to be, CPR/AED usage, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology of phlebotomy, first aid, and handling difficult draws. Other topics may be included, as well. Often, a lab might be a component of the course, where students may practice things they’ve learned on one another or on special medical mannequins. A capstone experience may be an externship in places like hospitals, a local blood bank, or even a doctor’s office, medical clinic, or other such setting. If available, this may help to equip students with real-life experience.

Possible Job Duties or Responsibilities of Phlebotomists in Delaware

Phlebotomists may have many job duties, but usually the main one will be to draw blood using venipuncture or dermal puncture. Blood is usually drawn to be tested or analyzed for information about the patient’s health or disease. Other duties that phlebotomists may have include using a medical computer system to record or report data about blood extractions, assisting or helping patients through the process, calming upset patients, applying first aid if necessary, checking labels or tubes for accurate and correct information, preparing, moving and transporting blood or urine specimens, and handling difficult draws. Job duties may vary by location; for example, a phlebotomist may have to perform more difficult draws at a nursing home than at a blood bank. A complex or difficult draw is an extraction of blood that poses a particular challenge for various reasons. For example, at a nursing home, blood draws may be more difficult due to hard-to-locate veins or very fragile veins. Attempting to withdraw blood from a mentally-challenged patient may also be classified as a difficult draw or extraction.

Phlebotomists in Delaware: Information Relating to Certification

Delaware does not have any state-level requirements for licensing or certification for phlebotomists. here are not national requirements, either. However, national phlebotomist certification is an option that is available through several different organizations, and many employers may prefer or require prospective phlebotomists to have this certification.

If a national phlebotomist certification is part of your goal, some phlebotomist training courses might offer certification as a component of their syllabus. Not all do, however, so it’s important to check the information on a particular course to see if it is offered. Otherwise, you may be able to apply for certification on your own, but it’s important to be aware that the certification organizations (such as NCCT, NCA, AMT, etc.) may have requirements for phlebotomy courses to meet in order to be accepted for their certification. As an example, if you desire a certification from an organization like American Medical Technologists (AMT) you’d need to contact them in order find out if a course you’re interested in meets there requirements.

There may be individual requirements for certification (or to even apply for a phlebotomy training course); some basic requirements may include obtaining a GED (also known as a graduation equivalent diploma) or high school diploma,  or even being CPR certified. Other possible requirements necessary for a national phlebotomist certification may include a certain number of hours of participation in a lab, a particular amount of blood extractions (often both vein punctures and skin punctures), and possibly a length of time of involvement in an externship. A written exam is usually required by the certification organizations as part of the certification process.

If you have previous or prior experience drawing blood on the job, such working as a nurse (a registered or licensed variant) or a different career like an EMT, you might be able to get a national phlebotomy certification with a faster process than people who do not have any phlebotomy experience (for example, you may not need to have the same amount of phlebotomy training), although this may vary quite a bit between the various certification organizations and among individuals. If you are interested in that path and think you might be a good fit for a program like this, then you may want to make it a point to reach out to the certification organization or agency that you’re looking to receive your certification from for additional information about the process, and to find out whether or not they might offer a program for those with previous on-the-job experience.

Colleges & Schools: Delaware

Read the information below to see various schools and colleges (such as community colleges) that might have programs or courses where people can learn phlebotomy.

Delaware Technical & Community College
100 Campus Drive, Dover, DE 19904
(302) 857-1000

Beebe Medical Center School of Nursing
424 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958
(302) 645-3251

Tri-State Technical School
210 Front Street, Laurel, DE 19956
(443) 523-8429

Wilmington Job Corps Center
9 Vandever Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19802
(302) 230-2539

Poly Tech Adult Education
823 Walnut Shade Road, Dover, DE 19901
(302) 697-4545