Michigan Phlebotomy Courses | Training and Programs

Which state borders Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Lake Erie, and Lake Huron? Which state has a population of people that calls themselves “Yoopers?” And which state has more lighthouses than any other state? The answer is Michigan! If you call Michigan your home, and have also been interested in phlebotomy, you might enjoy reading this page!

There’s a lot to read here about phlebotomy, the career, training, and all sorts of other information. You’ll find that each part of this page is sectioned off into smaller paragraphs that cover different aspects of phlebotomy. From a general overview of the field to specific information related to Michigan, there’s definitely a lot of information set out here. Also, you’ll find in the last section (down at the bottom) that there’s a list of local schools (like community colleges) in Michigan where you pay potentially be able to find classes.

Phlebotomist Training: Fundamental Information

Teaching students the skills they’ll need in order to become phlebotomists is the main goal of phelbotomy training. This is typically done by covering three areas of study: the instruction of practical skills, the teaching of basic phlebotomy knowledge, and the application pf practical skills. It’s important to note though that’s covered in a phlebotomy technician training course might be significantly different from one school to another, and also between courses too.

The instruction of practical skills may include teaching venipuncture and dermal (skin pricking) puncture, CPR, and possibly AED instruction, first aid, and/or difficult draws. Venipuncture is one of the main techniques used by phlebotomists to draw blood. This technique involves inserting a hollow, sterile, small-diameter needle into the vein of a patient and pulling blood up through the needle into the collecting container (often a tube or an alternative collection device). Skin (dermal) puncture is an additional technique commonly used by phlebotomy technicians; this involves using a small-diameter, non-hollow needle to pierce the patient’s skin, pushing out a limited amount of blood from capillary veins. Difficult draws, also known as complicated draws,  are situations where blood draws present a challenge, often for physical or psychological reasons. For example, a patient with psychological issues may not cooperate with a phlebotomist, and this scenario may constitute a problematic draw. A patient with fragile or difficult-to-locate veins may also present a physical difficulty for drawing blood.

Topics covered in classroom instruction may also involve anatomy, history of the phlebotomy profession, and medical terms or definitions related to the field. Some phlebotomy training courses may also offer practical experience through a lab and potentially through an externship (if available), as well. In the lab, the phlebotomy student is given a safe environment to practice his or her blood-drawing technique, possibly on other students in some situations, or in other situations on mannequins, and typically under the supervision of an instructor. In an externship (if available), a phlebotomy student may be provided with the opportunity to practice phlebotomy in a real life environment. This might take happen in doctor’s office, community blood collection bank, or another similar medical setting. Contents of phlebotomy training courses in may vary in content school to school, and also from course to course.

Michigan Phlebotomists: Typical Job Duties & Responsibilities

The primary job functions of phlebotomists are fairly standard across the nation. Drawing blood through venipuncture or dermal puncture is the chief job function of the phlebotomist. Other functions might getting blood samples ready for transport and then transporting them, using computers for various tasks, answering patient questions, checking for accurate patient information on blood sample labels, and applying first aid. Duties may obviously vary somewhat significantly among locations.

Certification Information: Phlebotomists in Michigan

Michigan is one of the many states that doesn’t not require phlebotomy technicians to be licensed or certified. National certification exists through several agencies, but there are no federal requirements to be certified prior to working as a phlebotomist, either. However, many employers do require a national phlebotomist certification in order to begin work at their locations. This may be a standard practice among some employers and institutions, possibly done to make sure their staff has a minimum level skill, knowledge and experience.

If national certification is something you truly desire, you might potentially be able to earn it through a training course in your area. Some phlebotomy training courses include national phlebotomist certification as part of their syllabus, but it’s very important to realize that not all courses offer it. If a course that you decide on doesn’t not include it through one or more of the national agencies or organizations as during the training course, you can typically obtain it outside of the course, but you would need to make sure that the training course you choose meets any course requirements set up by the certifying agency that you wish to get your certification from. Let’s look at an example: if you’re thinking about pursuing a certification in phlebotomy from the National Center for Competency Testing, often called NCCT, it’s generally a wise move to contact them prior to registering for any courses to ensure that the class that you’re interested in meets their specific requirements  as an organization for a phlebotomist training course. Some of the national certification organizations may also run or sponsor local courses as well.

It’s also a good move to make sure that you meet any individual requirements for certification or for training. For example, a person might be required to have completed a number of things such as high school or obtained something equivalent like a GED, or even have certification in CPR. A person might also be required to meet other standards for national certification, as well. For example, a person may need to complete do a specific number of classroom hours during training, spend a certain amount of time in a lab, and possibly a specific number of blood draws. A person might also need to pass a test (possibly written and oral) or meet other requirements as well.

If you have spent time working in a field such as nursing or emergency medical services and has taken blood samples as part of that work, you might qualify to take part in a fast track style program for national phlebotomist certification. Some certification agencies may offer this and others may not. If available, a program like this may allow you to get your national phlebotomy certification quicker than a person without any previous job-related experience. When you think about it, if you feel like this might be something that could apply to you, it’s best to inquire with one of the certification agencies that you’re interested in to learn more about the possibility of something like this.

Michigan – Schools, Institutions & Organizations

Read the list below to see a number of institutions, schools, and other organizations that may offer phlebotomist training programs or courses.

Red Cross – Southeastern Michigan Regional Chapter
100 Mack Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 833-4440

Red Cross – Greater Grand Rapids
1050 Fuller Avenue Northeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 456-8661

Red Cross – Mid-Michigan Chapter
1800 E. Grand River Avenue, Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 484-7461

Mid Michigan Community College
1375 S Clare Avenue, Harrison, MI 48625
(989) 386-6622

Lansing Community College
210 W Shiawassee Streer, Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 483-9700

Macomb Community College
44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Charter Township, MI 48038
(586) 445-7999

Oakland Community College
22322 Rutland Drive, Southfield, MI 48075
(248) 233-2700

Northwestern Michigan College
1701 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 995-1000