Phlebotomy Classes & Training in Maryland

Maryland is definitely a state rich in history and tradition, and due to its variety of landscape, it is nicknamed “America in Miniature.” In addition to its history and long-standing traditions, it’s a place home a number medical professionals, including medical doctors, nurses (of all different varieties) and phlebotomists, among other health care professions.

If you’ve landed on this page, chances are that you’ve at least devoted some thought to the possibility of phlebotomy as a profession. If you keep reading, hopefully you’ll find this information both informative and quite insightful. There’s both general information (about the field) and detailed information (about certification) here, as well as other information set out in the final section listing local schools and colleges that might have training programs or courses.

Maryland Phlebotomy Techician Training – Basic Information

The general purpose of phlebotomy technician training is to teach students and people taking the course the knowledge and skill set that they’ll typically need in order to become phlebotomy technicians. In a typical phlebotomist training program, students may learn a wide range of information and practical skills.

Practical instruction might include both venipuncture (drawing blood from a vein) and dermal puncture (pricking the top layer of the skin).  When most people think of phlebotomy, they think of blood being drawn through a needle into a collection tube, bag, or other container. This procedure is called venipuncture.  However, phlebotomists also perform dermal puncture, which is where they pierce the patient’s skin with a needle and squeeze out a tiny amount of blood. Other practical classroom instruction may include the use of an AED machine, performing CPR and first aid, difficult draws, and other various techniques. What are difficult draws? Well, they are blood draws that pose a challenge for the phlebotomist; drawing blood from a newborn or elderly person can pose a physical particular challenge because of fragile veins, and drawing blood from a severely needle-phobic person can pose a challenge due to the psychological state of the person.

A student taking a phlebotomy technician training course may study a variety of different topics within that course. Topics might include a variety of things such as the background of phlebotomy as a field of science, general physiology and anatomy, , and phlebotomy-related medical terminology.  Other various topics may be covered, as well.

A phlebotomy training course may (depending upon the course) include a laboratory component and potentially an externship (although this isn’t always available) as part of its program. In a laboratory setting, students might be able to work on fine-tuning some of the practical skills of phlebotomy on other fellow students, or possibly on dedicated training mannequins under the watchful supervision and guidance of an instructor. If an externship is an available in addition to regular class and lab time, those same skills might be practiced in the real world, offering valuable real-life experience to the students. Externships, if available, may take place in a real-world medical setting such as a blood collection bank, hospital, medical facility or clinic, or private practice or community doctor’s office. Specific course contents may be different from one program to another, and also from one particular school to another.

Phlebotomists in Maryland – Typical Job Tasks

In Maryland, the main tasks of a phlebotomist may include drawing blood through skin (dermal) puncture or venipuncture (through a vein). Other things might involve assisting patients in understanding the blood drawing procedure, double-checking test tube labels for accurate and complete patient information, prepping blood specimens for transport, providing the actual transport of blood specimens to their destinations, applying first aid if necessary, reporting data, using computer systems, and following other workplace policies and procedures. Phlebotomists working in certain places may have different tasks required of them than other phlebotomists working elsewhere; for example, a phlebotomist working in a hospital may have job duties that differ from a phlebotomist who works at a blood bank.

Certification Information for Maryland Phlebotomists

Maryland doesn’t require phlebotomists living in the state to be licensed or specifically certified. The federal government does not have any requirements for phlebotomy certification, either, although there are non-governmental agencies that offer national phlebotomy certification. Many employers, however, may require national certification, and this might be because they want to ensure a certain level of  skill or competency among their employees. Some employers may require applicants to already be certified, while others may allow applicants to be in the process of being certified.

If you want to obtain a national phlebotomy certification, you might be able to get it as part of the training course you take. Some course provide certification during the course; others do not. This is an important thing to remember, because every course is different. A person can apply for a phlebotomist certification outside of a particular training program, but you should make sure you understand that not all training courses meet all of the requirements for all of the phlebotomist certification agencies, and some courses may meet none of their requirements. As an example, if you’re wanting to get your national phlebotomy certification from NCCT (also known as the Nation Center for Competency Testing), you’d need to reach out to them and ask if there are any courses, programs or classes in your area that meet their requirements, or if they might put on any courses or classes in your area. Each national certification agency may have different requirements for training courses, and if you’re going to take a course that is not run by them, it’s pretty important to ensure that the course or class you plan to take at least meets their specific requirements for a phlebotomy training program.

You should also consider checking with the certification organization where you want to get your certification from for individual requirements. The training course you end up choosing might additionally have individual requirements for the participants; for isntance, you might need to have completed high school (or an equivalent amount of education), or you may be required to have a current certification in CPR.  Other additional requirements for receiving national certification may be:

  • Completing a specific number of phlebotomy training lab hours
  • Documenting a certain number of successful venipuncture and/or dermal puncture draws
  • Finishing a certain amount of hours in an externship
  • Passing a written exam or test

If in the past you’ve worked in another similar medical field such as emergency medicine (as an EMT) or as a nurse, or something similar, it’s possible that you might be able to get a phlebotomy certification faster than someone who hasn’t had that type of experience in a medical career. With that said, you should check with any of the certification agencies that you’re thinking about pursuing a certification from to see if anything like that is offered, and if so what might be required in terms of qualifications.

Maryland Schools That May Offer Training Classes

Allegany College of Maryland
12401 Willowbrook Road SE, Cumberland, MD 21502

Baltimore City Community College
2901 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215

Quality First Career Center
6475 New Hampshire Ave, Hyattsville, MD 20783
(301) 270-5105

Chesapeake College
1000 College Cir, Wye Mills, MD 21679
(410) 822-5400

Wor-Wic Community College
32000 Campus Dr, Salisbury, MD 21804
(410) 334-2800

Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Pkwy, Arnold, MD 21012
(410) 777-2222

Ghandi Health Career Services
6120 Baltimore Nat’l Pike, Baltimore, MD 21228
(443) 341-6171

Prevent First Training
3710 Riviera Street, Suite 1A, Temple Hills, MD 20748
(301) 423-5414

Montgomery Ministry for Economic Development
2116 Waterleaf Way, Bowie, MD 20721
(301) 218-6177

Hagerstown Community College
11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742