Hawaii – Phlebotomy Courses – Training

Hawaii is a mild, tropical state that’s amazing for big wave surfing as well as catching a sun tan end enjoying time on the beach. But aside from being a hot spot for tourism, Hawaii is home to a large number of people. If you’re one of the aforementioned Hawaii residents and have spent some time here and there pondering the idea of a career as a phlebotomist, you might find this page particularly helpful.

To make this page both helpful and insightful, it’s been structured in a way that helps visitors avoid being bombarded with a paragraphs of information that doesn’t make any sense. Instead, it’s laid out in a way that allows the information to be presented in smaller sections, making it easier to understand. You’ll see below that there’s general information about phlebotomists as well as specific information that pertains to Hawaii. Beyond that, you’ll notice that the final section has a listing of schools that might have instructional programs where you might be able to find or take phlebotomy classes.

Hawaiian Phlebotomist Training – Fundamental & Basic Information

It’s not a secret that the intent of phlebotomy training is to provide instruction to potential phlebotomists so they can learn the skills and know-how required to be successful phlebotomists. Generally, the practical focus is on venipuncture (vein) and dermal (skin pricking) puncture. Venipuncture, as it sounds, is a common technique used to remove blood from veins that involves a needle placed in a vein, most often in the inner elbow, to pull blood into a vacuum tube, bag, or other alternative collection device. Dermal puncture is a different technique; it uses a different type of needle to prick the skin, which causes a drop of blood to pool on the outside of the skin. This is often done on fingertips.

Other topics that might be taught in phlebotomy training courses may include first aid, CPR/AED usage, the background story of the field of phlebotomy, basic anatomy of the veins, medical terms and definitions, and complicated draws. A complicated or draw is a blood draw which might be challenging for a variety of reasons, such as social, emotional, mental, or physical. For example, taking blood from a newborn baby might be considered a difficult draw due to the small size of newborns’ veins and the amount of squirming a newborn may do. Drawing blood from a person who has a fear of needles might also be a difficult draw. Specific topics covered might vary among different courses. Other aspects of the phlebotomy training course may include a lab, in which a student might be able to possibly perform some of what they have learned in the course on fellow students and/or special medical mannequins. An externship (not always available), is where a student might be able to apply what they’ve learned in the real world. Externships may occur at hospitals, blood banks, doctors’ offices, or medical clinics.

Phlebotomist Job Duties & Responsibilities in Hawaii

More than one duty typically comprises the job of a phlebotomist. While the main duty for a phlebotomist may be drawing blood, usually through dermal puncture or venipuncture, other duties may be asked of the phlebotomist and considered just as important. Some of these other duties may include labeling, prepping, and transporting blood specimens; educating patients about the blood collection process; entering data using a computer; calming upset patients; and applying first aid if necessary. Some locations may require more difficult draws than other locations, and other job functions may vary according to workplace.

Basic Certification Information & Details for Hawaiian Phlebotomists

Hawaii falls among the states that do not require a certification from the state in order to become a phlebotomist or practice phlebotomy. There isn’t a national certification requirement either, but even with that said, national certification does exist through several private, non-governmental agencies. Many employers may request (or require) their applicants to have national certification, though. This might be a way of ensuring a flat base among applicants and workers of a specific minimum level of skill and knowledge.

National certification can be obtained through some phlebotomy training courses or on your own after being trained. If certification is something you wish to pursue, you may want to find a training course that includes it. If the training course you select does not include it, you may want to get information from the particular certification agency that you might be interested in getting a certificate from on the requirements they may have for phlebotomy training courses to qualify as training for a certification. For instance, if you’ve thought about getting a certificate from the National Center for Competency Testing (also called NCCT), you should contact them to find out which, if any, local courses meet their specific requirements or if they happen to run or sponsor a course near you. This same logic applies to any alternate national certification agency that you might also want to find out about getting a certification from.

There may be individual requirements that you might have to meet too, in order to be able to participate in a phlebotomy training course in Hawaii or to receive a national phlebotomy certification. For example, it may be required that a person be a high school graduate or have a GED. Another thing that a person might also need to have is a CPR certification. To receive a national phlebotomy certification, other individual requirements associated with phlebotomy training may apply, as well. For example, it’s possible that you might have to show some type of proof of completing a number of hours participating in lab, a number or specific venipunctures or dermal punctures, and a possibly even a specific number of externship hours (if  one was available to you).

If you’ve previously worked in a medical occupation and you’ve drawn blood as part of your duties or work, you might possibly be able to get certified as a phlebotomy technician without having to complete all the same requirements of a person who has had no experience drawing blood. Here’s an example: if you are a registered nurse who has drawn blood as part of daily routine tasks, you may be able to cut down on the number of lab hours required. Again, you should check with whichever certification agency that you might be interested in to see if they offer such a program, and if they do, what’s required of you in terms of prerequisites and qualifications.

Hawaii: Colleges – Schools

The schools below may have training classes or programs, but to know for sure you may want to contact them.

Honolulu Community College
874 Dillingham Boulevard, Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 845-9211

Hawaii Community College
200 W Kawili Street, Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 934-2500

Leeward Community College
96-045 Ala Ike Street, Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
(808) 455-0011

Windward Community College
45-720 Keaahala Road, Kaneohe, HI 96744
(808) 235-7400

Kapiolani Community College
4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 734-9000

Healthcare School of Hawaii
98-025 Hekaha Street, Aiea, HI 96701
(808) 488-9449

Maui College
310 Ka’ahumanu Avenue, Kahului, HI 96732
(808) 984-3500