Kentucky Phlebotomy Courses, Programs & Training

Kentucky, sometimes called “The Bluegrass State,” is a place that’s known for it’s rich southern heritage and famous horse races. If you live in Kentucky and have been pondering the idea of becoming a phlebotomist, you may have wondered about various aspects of phlebotomy like “What types of things might a person learn in a phlebotomy training class?” or “What are some typical job duties of a phlebotomist?” The content this page might help to give you a better, more thorough understanding of some of the various answers to these and similar questions, and also some other related phlebotomy training information.

In order to make the information on this page a bit easier to read, it’s been divided into separate but related sections. The first section deals with some basic information related to phlebotomy training, followed by a section about typical phlebotomist job duties, and a section containing information related to phlebotomy certification in Kentucky. The final section on this page lists various schools in Kentucky where you might possibly be able to find phlebotomist training.

General Information About Phlebotomist Training

The main purpose of phlebotomy training is to teach a student the skills that they need in order to becoming a successful phlebotomist. In a typical phlebotomy training class, a student may learn the two most common techniques for drawing blood: venipuncture and dermal puncture. While these are both techniques used for drawing blood, they are different ways of doing so. In venipuncture, a small, hollow needle is used to draw blood from a vein, usually in the arm or hand. This blood may be collected into a test tube or other type of collection medium that a phlebotomist may be responsible for labeling. Dermal puncture, also known as a “pin prick” is where the skin is punctured and blood flows from the surface veins and may be collected in a smaller tube. Typically a smaller amount of blood is collected in a dermal puncture compared to a venipuncture.

In a phlebotomy training course, a student may also learn a number of other techniques such as how to deal with patients who are needle-phobic, how to label sample tubes, or how to operate medical computer systems. A student may also learn basic anatomy and physiology, the history of phlebotomy, and some basic medical terminology. In addition to the classroom instruction, a phlebotomy course may also contain a lab section where students may be able to practice their skills on each other or on mannequins. Some courses may also include an externship where a student may be able to go work in a hospital, physician’s office, lab, or similar setting to practice their skills. It’s important to keep in mind though that not all courses may offer externships, and the content of the course and what’s offered or taught may vary considerably from course to course and school to school.

Duties and Responsibilities of Kentucky Phlebotomists

A phlebotomist’s work is typically centered around drawing blood typically through either venipuncture or dermal puncture. Aside from the act of drawing the blood, there may be many auxiliary duties that a phlebotomist may need to complete. For example, a phlebotomist drawing blood for testing may be required to label test tubes, or enter information into a computer system. They may also be required to greet patients, or calm patients who are experiencing anxiety before having their blood drawn. In addition to some of the common duties listed here, a phlebotomist may have other additional duties depending upon where they work, and the needs of their patients.

Kentucky Phlebotomy Certification Information

While there are some states that do require phlebotomists to be certified in order to practice phlebotomy, Kentucky is not one of them. There is no state-level requirement for phlebotomists to be certified in Kentucky, and there is also no national requirement across the US. However, there are a number of national agencies that offer phlebotomy certification such as the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). While a national certification from one of the national certifying agencies may not be required to practice phlebotomy in Kentucky, it’s true that employers may prefer their applicants or employees to be certified. This may be to ensure a minimum standard in terms of competence and skill level among their phlebotomists.

Some phlebotomy training courses may have certification through a national agency as an integrated component of the course, while others may not. Some courses may meet the requirements of some of the national certification agencies and others may not. Some training courses may be sponsored or run by one of the various national agencies, and some may not. The important thing to take away here is that it’s a good idea to make sure that any course you take meets the requirements for certification from the various national agencies before you sign up it. So, for example, if you want to get your certification from the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), it’s a good idea to contact them first and see if there are any courses in your area that are either run by them, or that at least meet their requirements. This would be the same if you were interested in getting your certification from another certification agency.

If you have previous on-the-job experience working in another medical career (such as an RN, EMT, etc.) and have drawn blood as part of your job, it’s possible that you may not need to go through as much training in order to become certified as someone who has had no previous experience. Some national certification agencies may have a expedited way of obtaining certification like this for people with relevant experience, and if you think there’s a chance that you might be a fit for a program like this, the best action would be to contact the one of the various national agencies (or all of them) to see if they offer something like that, and if they do, if you qualify for it.

Local Kentucky Schools and Technical Colleges

Listed below are local schools in Kentucky that may offer phlebotomy training classes.

Bluegrass Community and Technical College
470 Cooper Drive, Lexington, KY 40502
(859) 246-6200

Madisonville Community College
2000 College Drive, Madisonville, KY 42431
(270) 821-2250

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
700 College Road, Cumberland, KY 40823
(606) 589-2145

Maysville Community and Technical College
1755 US Highway 68, Maysville, KY 41056
(606) 759-7141

Jefferson Community and Techincal College
109 East Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 213-5333

Henderson Community College
2660 South Green Street, Henderson, KY 42420
(270) 827-1867

Southcentral Community and Technical College
1845 Loop Drive, Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 901-1000

West Kentucky Community and Technical College
4810 Alben Barkley Drive, Paducah, KY 42001
(270) 554-9200

Ashland Community and Technical College
1400 College Drive, Ashland, KY 41101
(606) 326-2000