Idaho Phlebotomy Classes and Training Programs

Idaho, known as “The Gem State,” is a mountainous state in the western side of the US that many people call home. While some people think Idaho isn’t an industrious state, it’s actually home to a number of industries, including various medical careers, one of them being phlebotomy. If that’s something you’ve though about (a career as a phlebotomist), then it’s quite possible that you may find this page helpful and also quite insightful.

Most people agree that being overwhelmed with information is a bad thing, and consequently, this page has been carefully structured to avoid such a problem. You’ll find both general and specific (to Idaho) information, as well as (at the bottom or end of this page) a listing of various schools or colleges where you might possibly be able to track down phlebotomist training in your area.

Idaho: Phlebotomy Training Basics

Teaching people taking a training course the skills and specific knowledge of how to draw blood is typically regarded as the main purpose of phlebotomist training. In order to accomplish this goal, phlebotomy training courses typically teach various topics and skills. Some of the skills they teach may include dermal puncture (or skin puncture) and venipuncture. Dermal puncture is performed by pricking the skin, often on a fingertip, with a small needle and squeezing out a bit of blood to be collected. Venipuncture is performed by inserting a needle through the skin and into a vein; this needle is hollow and is attached to a vacuum tube that collects the blood. Venipuncture is more commonly practiced by most phlebotomists, but dermal puncture may also be used.

Various other topics taught in courses are things that might vary among different schools, but may include the historical significance of phlebotomy, first aid, CPR/AED usage, medical terms and specific information related to the field, some general anatomy of veins, and information and training in complicated or difficult draws. Training courses may also include laboratory sections, where students may practice the skills that they have been learning on others under the evaluation of a teacher. An externship may also be included (if available), where a person might be able to work on their phlebotomy skills in a live setting with real patients, such as at a medical clinic, blood bank, hospital, or doctor’s office.

Phlebotomist Job Duties in Idaho

Clearly, the main job duty of a practicing phlebotomist is to draw blood from patients. This might be accomplished through various methods such dermal puncture (using a skin prick) or venipuncture (which involves inserting a needle into a vein). However, other various job duties might be required beyond the obvious ones, and job functions may typically change according to the specific location where a phlebotomist works. Some other job functions of a phlebotomist might involve teaching patients about the collection process, verifying labels for accuracy of the patient information printed on them, prepping or transporting blood specimens, reporting data, using a computer or tablet to take down patient information, applying first aid if and when it’s necessary, and following employers’ policies. Some locations may require a phlebotomist to perform more difficult draws than others. Difficult draws are simply blood extractions that pose a particular challenge for a specific reason; reasons can be physical, emotional, psychological, etc. For example, performing venipuncture on a tiny newborn’s arms can be labeled a difficult draw, as well as performing venipuncture or dermal puncture on a patient who unfortunately has a strong fear of having blood drawn with needles.

Information About Obtaining a Phlebotomist Certification in Idaho

Idaho is not a state that requires state licensing or state certification in order to practice as a phlebotomist. There is no national requirement, either, although phlebotomy certification organizations do in fact exist that can provide a person with national certification. Many employers may actually require national certification for their applicants or employees; the thought behind this requirement may be so that applicants come from at least a certain standardized level of know-how, knowledge, skills, and experience.

A person might possibly be able to get a national phlebotomist certificate through a local phlebotomy training program or course. Some courses include the steps necessary to obtain certification as a component of the course itself; other courses may not include national certification in them in any way. If you’re looking to obtain a national certificate, you should inquire first with the agency that you want to be certified with to find out if they have specific requirements that the training courses near must meet in order to qualify you to receive certification. Some certification agencies might also run, sponsor, or otherwise conduct courses near you, and again, it’s important to find out that information. For example, if you’re looking to obtain a certification, for example  from NCCT (the National Center for Competency Testing), again, you should take the time to contact them to figure out what their requirements are for phlebotomy training courses, and if there might be any courses nearby that may meet those specific requirements, or if they might actually offer one of their own courses in or near your city. The same would apply to any other national agency they you’d be interested in obtaining your certification from.

It’s good to be aware of the fact that their might also be some individual requirements in addition to the specific course requirements; both certification agencies and training courses may have requirements that you as a person may have to meet before participating or gaining certification, like the requirement of holding a GED or high school diploma or even possibly having a CPR certification. National phlebotomist certification agencies may also have other requirements for a person to fulfill, such as a certain amount of lab hours or days, or even a certain number of successfully completed blood draws, and a particular or specific number of completed externship hours (if one happens to be available to you). You might also have to pass a paper or written exam in addition other various requirements.

If you have ever drawn blood as part of another job, such as while working as a nurse or another type of health care worker where you’ve drawn blood (paramedic, etc), you may be able to participate in a phlebotomist certification program for those who have job or work experience like that. This may allow you to obtain national certification faster than those who have no previous experience. If you happen to be interested in a program like this, once again, you should inquire with the various phlebotomist certification agencies that you’re interested in for more information.

Idaho Schools & Technical Colleges

These are various community colleges and technical schools where you might potentially locate phlebotomy training.

College of Southern Idaho
315 Falls Ave, Twin Falls, ID 83301
208-732-6221

College of Western Idaho
1360 South Eagle Flight Way, Boise, ID 83709
208-562-3000

North Idaho College
1000 West Garden Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
208-769-3300

Eastern Idaho Technical College
1600 South 25th Street East, Idaho Falls, ID 83404
208-524-3000