Kansas – Phlebotomy Training – Programs

The home state of Dorothy and Toto, Kansas, is a highly productive agricultural state, with miles of fields of wheat and sunflowers. It is often hit with severe weather, too, such as tornadoes like the one that picked Dorothy up to Oz in that classic movie. Kansas is also home to a vast array of medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, and even phlebotomists. It’s possible that while thinking about careers, you might have thought about phlebotomy, thought of becoming a phlebotomist, and other things related to the career. If so, you might find this page to be quite informative.

To keep things simple, you won’t find a bunch of cluttered information on here; everything is well laid out and organized into individual sections. Form the basics about training to Kansas-specific information, there’s a lot of good details here. On top of that, you’ll find additional information in the furthest section down this page showing some local Kansas schools and community colleges that might offer training classes.

Kansas: Phlebotomist Training – A General Overview

Have you ever wondered what’s main goal of phlebotomist training? Well, it’s simply to pass on the skills, knowledge, and ability necessary to become fully-functional phlebotomists to students pursuing a career in phlebotomy. This purpose is typically threefold in its application: instruct the practical skills of blood drawing, teach the mental, “book knowledge” that is necessary for a proper understanding of phlebotomy, and provide practical experience in phlebotomy (which may not be offered the same way in every course). Course contents may vary depending upon where the course is taken and other factors.

The practical skills of blood drawing may involve venipuncture and dermal puncture (the two most common phlebotomy techniques). Venipuncture is generally the most-used process of drawing blood and is generally the process thought of when considering phlebotomy. In venipuncture, a phlebotomist places a needle inside a patient’s vein, often on their arm, and blood is drawn out through the center or middle of the needle and collected into a tube or other device for diagnostic or donation purposes. Dermal puncture is an additional way of drawing blood that phlebotomists use; in dermal puncture, a needle is used to quickly poke through a patient’s skin and pull out a minimal amount of blood out from surface capillary veins. This is often times done on the patient’s fingertip. Additional practical skills that might be taught in a training class might include the use of CPR and automatic external defibrillators, entry level first aid, and how to deal with difficult draws. A complex (also called a difficult draw) is a blood draw that creates a definite challenge for the phlebotomy technician for one or more reasons, usually physical or psychological. For example, drawing blood from a person in their 80’s or older who has fragile veins or drawing blood from an emotionally charged inmate at a prison may both be labeled difficult draws.

Classroom instruction might vary somewhat from one course to another (as should be expected), but examples of topics that may be taught are may include:

  • The history and  timeline of phlebotomy as a field of study
  • General anatomy of the body, including the venous system
  • Medical terminology, specifically that which is related to phlebotomy

Hands-on experience and exposure might be provided in a lab, where students might be able to practice the techniques of venipuncture or dermal puncture on fellow students or medical training mannequins. More experience may also be provided as part of an externship (though not available in every course), where students might be able to work in a medical scenario like a blood bank or hospital for a period of time, drawing blood in real-world scenarios.

Typical Duties of Phlebotomists in Kansas

Extracting blood through the techniques of dermal puncture and venipuncture is typically the main thing that phlebotomists do. Secondary duties vary, but they may include checking labels of specimens, preparing and transporting specimens, using computers to help supporting staff and patients, helping patients with their nerves, labeling test tubes or containers, or organizing supplies. Duties might vary though depending upon the setting in which a phlebotomist works; employers at a doctor’s office may require tasks that differ from tasks required of phlebotomists at a hospital.

Phlebotomists in Kansas: Certification Information

While there are states that require state or national certification for phlebotomists, Kansas doesn’t have any specific  certification criteria or requirements that phlebotomists must meet. There are also no national requirements. But, prospective phlebotomists may want to note that some employers might require applicants or employees to have or obtain a phlebotomy technician certification through a national certification agency.

If becoming certified as a phlebotomy technician is something you know that you eventually want to do, you might be able to become certified by completing a training course or program that includes phlebotomy certification as an integral portion of the course or program. Some courses don’t include certification with the course, so it’s definitely wise to check the course contents if you wish to pursue certification through a course. If you want to be certified outside of a course, then you should contact or reach out to the agency that you are thinking about receiving a certification from to learn about any specific course requirements that a course must meet in order to qualify you to take their certification test. For instance, if you’re thinking about getting certified by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), then, again,  you might want to talk with the them to figure out which courses nearby might satisfy their requirements, or if they happen to put on any programs in your area. This way, you’d be able to avoid taking a course only to find out later after finishing it that the course doesn’t meet their standards or requirements. This is true of any national organization that you’re planning on receiving a phlebotomy certificate from; it’s a great idea to talk to them first to find out about the requirements before committing or signing up for a particular course.

You might additionally want to check on the individual requirements for both certification and for training. Some specific requirements or prerequisites might be the same, such as having obtained a GED or having graduated high school and some might not the same. Certain courses might also require CPR certification. Others may be different. For example, to get a national phlebotomist certificate, you might have to complete a certain number of blood extractions or draws, complete a specified amount of classroom hours, log a certain about of lab hours, and possible complete a certain about of externship hours (if one happens to be available in your particular program). You might also have to pass and complete a written exam and test through the certification agency.

A “fast track” style program may be available for those who people have had some previous work experience extracting blood from patients in as a part of their previous career or work; this program may allow people such as RNs and EMTs to bypass some of the prerequisites of certification meant for those without any previous experience. If you this type of experience with blood draws and want be nationally certified, take some time to check with one or more of the certification agencies that you’re considering receiving your phlebotomy certification from to find out what options might be available.

Colleges and Schools – Kansas

Read below to see some of the educational institutions in Kansas where a person might potentially be able to locate phlebotomist training programs.

Saint Luke’s Health Care System
421 S Maple Street, Garnett, KS 66032
(785) 448-3188

Independence Community College
1057 W College Avenue, Independence, KS 67301
(620) 331-4100

Hutchinson Community College
1300 N Plum Street, Hutchinson, KS 67501
(620) 665-3500

Butler Community College
901 S Haverhill Road, El Dorado, KS 67042
(316) 321-2222

Johnson County Community College
12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS 66210
(913) 469-8500

Cowley County Community College
125 S 2nd Street, Arkansas City, KS 67005
(620) 442-0430

Kansas City Kansas Community College
7250 State Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66112
(913) 334-1100