Georgia | Phlebotomy Classes and Training

Known for delicious peaches and sweet southern spirit, Georgia is one of the best states in the south. It has both popular urban areas like Atlanta, and calm, beautiful rural areas too. Phlebotomy, although it has a funny-sounding name (pronounced flah-bot-o-mee) is a career that many people enjoy. That said, if you’re someone who’s thinking about it as a possibility for you then you might find this page useful.

It’s no secret that being information overload is a tough thing to deal with, and because of that this page is structured to avoid it. That means that information is presented in small sections, rather than one large, hard-to-read section. With that in mind, there are sections about general information, and also sections about more specific information (like certification information that’s specific to Georgia). If you look at the bottom of this page, you’ll also find a listing of schools and colleges where you might be able to look and find training programs.

Georgia Phlebotomy Training – Basic Details

Phlebotomy training is typically designed to help students learn the skills they need to become phlebotomists. The main skill is that of drawing blood, usually accomplished through either dermal puncture or venipuncture. Dermal puncture (which is also known as skin puncture), consists of pricking the skin to reach a capillary vein and draw out a few drops of blood. Many times this is performed a patient’s fingertip or, with a newborn baby, it may be done on the heel. Venipuncture consists of placing a hollow needle inside a vein and using vacuum force to draw blood out, often into tubes or a bag. Other topics may be included in training, such as medical terms and word related to phlebotomy, first aid, and AED usage or CPR, difficult draws, and some basic anatomy and information about the circulatory system. There may be other topics taught, as well. A lab may be included as part of the training, allowing a student to practice their blood-drawing skills. A person may also get the chance to take part in an externship (if it’s available), which could be at a hospital,  a community blood bank,  or at doctor’s office or even a medical clinic. People who do take part in an externship, might have the chance to practice what they have learned in a real world medical setting as opposed to staying in the classroom.

Phlebotomists in Georgia: Job Duties

Phlebotomists typically have several job functions. The main one will usually be drawing blood from patients, which is typically done via dermal (skin) puncture or venipuncture (through a vein). A phlebotomist may then label the blood and prepare it and transport it to a final destination to be tested or analyzed. Some blood draws may be more complex than others; these are often known as “difficult draws.” Phlebotomists may be called upon to perform these difficult draws. An example of a hard or difficult draw might be extracting blood from a patient who has a fear of needles, or drawing blood from a hard-to-find vein. Some locations may have more difficult draws than others. Additional job duties that phlebotomists may be asked to do might potentially include reporting medical data and other facts using a computer, helping patients understand the process of blood collection, easing the nerves of upset patients, checking labels on blood specimens for accuracy, and performing first aid when necessary, and different job duties which might vary from one location to another.

Georgia: Certification Information

No phlebotomy license or certificate at the state level is required to hold a job as a phlebotomist in Georgia. No state licensing exists, although there are several national agencies offering a national phlebotomist certificate. Various employers might require national phlebotomy certification before they will hire an applicant; this might be required to ensure a base level of professionalism, skill, and education among employees.

If one of your goals is to obtain national phlebotomy certificate, you might be able to get it through a local training course, but not all courses include it, though, and you may have to apply for it on your own after you complete your training. It’s important though, before choosing a training class to ensure it meets the various requirements of the agency that you want to receive your phlebotomy certificate from. As an example, if you are looking to receive your certificate from the National Center for Competency Testing (also called NCCT), it is obviously a smart idea to get a hold of them and find out that their requirements are for training courses. Some certifying agencies may also hold courses locally, and again, you need to contact them to get more information.

There might also be requirements at the individual level that a person might have to meet in order to get a national phlebotomy certificate or to be a part of a training course such as completing high school (or equivalent), or being CPR certified. To get a national phlebotomy certification, you might need to meet even more additional requirements. These might include finishing a certain amount of lab work, doing a specific a number of venipunctures (drawing blood through a vein) and dermal punctures (drawing blood through a skin prick), and possibly completing an externship (if it happens to be available), and you might additionally need to pass a paper examination or test. These requirements may vary among the different agencies that offer national certification.

If you have previously worked or currently work as a medical professional who has previously performed blood draws as part of your job, you might be able to take part in a certification program specifically for those with on-the-job phlebotomy experience. This kind of program might allow you to get a national phlebotomist certification quicker than a person who doesn’t have any on-the-job training from a previous career. If this sounds like a situation that might apply to you, then you may want to check with some phlebotomist certification organizations that you’re interested in to see if they offer this type of a program, and if they do, whether or not you might qualify.

Schools and Colleges in Georgia

The following are various schools in Georgia where you may find phlebotomy programs or classes.

Atlanta Technical College
1560 Metropolitan Parkway SW, Atlanta, GA ‎30310
(404) 225-4400 ‎

West Georgia Technical College
176 Murphy Campus Blvd, Waco, GA 30182
(770) 836-6615

Albany Technical College
1704 S Slappey Boulevard, Albany, GA ‎31701
(229) 430-3500 ‎

Gwinnett College
4230 Highway 29 Northwest, Suite 11, Lilburn, GA ‎30084
(770) 381-7200

North Georgia Technical School
121 Meeks Avenue, Blairsville, GA 30512
(706) 439-6300

Georgia Piedmont Technical College
495 N Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021
(404) 297-9522

Augusta Technical College
3200 Augusta Tech Drive, Augusta, GA 30906
(706) 771-4000

Tender Care Training School
1140 Park Avenue, Augusta, GA 30909
(706) 736-9225

Okefenokee Technical College
101 W 17th Street, Alma, GA ‎31510
(912) 632-0951 ‎

First Step Health Agency
1805 Wynnton Road, Columbus, GA 31906
(706) 221-8847

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
4089 Val Tech Road, Valdosta, GA 31602
(229) 333-2100