Iowa Phlebotomy Classes & Training

Iowa has long been known as a quintessential Midwestern state, with a strong agricultural community and lots of other great attributes, and many people consider it a great, down-to-earth place to live. If you’re living in Iowa and have taken the time to think about the possibility of a phlebotomy as a potential career, then you might enjoy browsing all of the information below, on this page.

To make the information easier to digest, it’s been broken down into multiple sub-sections. The first section contains some basic information about phlebotomist training, followed by an additional section listing some of the various duties of a phlebotomist, and a section that contains some certification information for Iowa. Finally, the last section on this page lists local Iowa schools where you might be able to find or locate phlebotomist training.

Phlebotomist Training in Iowa – General and Basic Information

Phlebotomy training is typically structured in a way where the main intent is to teach students taking a course how to becoming successful phlebotomists, which includes teaching them certain skills that practicing phlebotomists must know. Because the main function of a phlebotomist is to draw blood, this is typically the focus of classroom training, although there may be other topics covered in a phlebotomy course too. Venipuncture, the process of drawing blood by piercing a vein with a hollow needle, is one of the common ways of drawing blood that may typically be covered in a phlebotomy training course. Dermal puncture, which may also be called a “skin prick” is the process of poking the surface skin and drawing blood that way. This method may also be covered in a phlebotomist training program.

A student might additionally learn a number of various other things such as background information about the history of phlebotomy, some basic anatomy and physiology, how to handle difficult patients, medical terminology, and other related medical information. A class may also include lab work where students may be able to practice drawing blood from each other or on mannequins, and possible an externship (if available), where students might be able to go out and practice their skills in a medical setting like a city hospital, clinic, or other medical facility. A phlebotomy training course may also include a section where students may learn about how to handle complicated situations with patients who might be somewhat difficult to draw blood from such as elderly patients with hard-to-find veins, or patients who might be needle-phobic. There are a number of things that may be covered in a phlebotomy training course, and this may vary among difference courses and schools.

Iowa Phlebotomists – Common Tasks

Whether it’s Iowa or another state, it’s obvious that the main duty of a phlebotomist is to draw blood, often through either venipucture or dermal puncture. With that said, depending upon where a phlebotomist works, there may be other auxiliary duties that they may do. For example, a phlebotomist may also be responsible for labeling test tubes, greeting patients and helping them through the process, calming nervous patients, and other related things. Phlebotomists may also assist other medical staff with simple tasks, and may also be responsible for maintaining a clean, and sterile work environment.

Certification Information – Iowa

Iowa is not one of that states that requires phlebotomists have a certification to practice  as a phlebotomist. But, there are employers that may require or prefer that employees are nationally certified in order to ensure a certain level of training and expertise among their staff.

Some local phlebotomy training programs may meet criteria of some of the various national phlebotomy certifying agencies and some may not. There may be some courses that are run or sponsored by a national certifying agency, while others may not be. In some courses, national certification through an agency may be part of the course, and again, in other courses it may not be. If you’re looking to obtain your phlebotomy certification from a national certification agency, it’s an advisable idea to contact the agency that you might be considering receiving a certification from first before your register for a training course and find out a) if there are any classes nearby that meet their particular criteria, and b) if not, if they run or sponsor any courses in your area. The reason for contacting them first is that you don’t want to waste time and money taking a course that doesn’t happen meet the particular requirements of the agency that you’re considering getting your certification from.

If you have previous or current experience performing blood draws as part of a job you’ve had in the past; for example, if you are an RN, EMT, or something that requires you to draw blood, you may be able to forego a portion of the phlebotomy training compared to someone with no experience. To find out if an expedited option similar to this is available, you’d need to talk with (by phone or email, etc) the certifying agency you may want a certification from to find out if they have something like this available, and whether or not you might qualify for it.

Iowa Community Colleges and Schools

Below are various schools and colleges located in Iowa that may offer training programs for phlebotomists.

Des Moines Area Community College
1100 7th Street, Des Moines, IA 50314
(800) 362-2127

Iowa Western Community College
2700 College Road, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
712) 325-3404

St. Luke’s College
2800 Pierce Street Suite 410, Sioux City, IA 51104
(712) 279-3149

Iowa Central Community College
1 Triton Circle, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 576-7201

Northeast Iowa Community College
951 N Linn Avenue, New Hampton, IA 50659
(563) 562-3263

North Iowa Area Community College
500 College Drive, Mason City, IA 50401
(641) 423-1264

Ellsworth Community College
1100 College Avenue, Iowa Falls, IA 50126
(641) 648-4611