Phlebotomy Training & Programs in Ohio

Ohio is definitely a state of many paths, connecting the Northwest to the Midwest and acting as a major transportation hub due to its Lake Erie coastline, the Ohio River boundary, and its well-developed highway system. Ohio is also home to a fantastic medical system, which includes the world famous Cleveland Clinic. This medical system is comprised of a number of various workers in different specialties. From physicians and nurses, to nursing aides and phlebotomists, everyone in the health care field plays an important part.

It’s possible that if you’ve ended up on this page, you’ve thought about the role of a phlebotomist, and possibly what might be involved in becoming one. If that’s true, you might enjoy reading through this page and learning about the field, as well as some information about training, and some Ohio-specific details about certification. You may also want to scroll to the end of the page to see information about schools and technical colleges in Ohio where you may potentially be able to locate phlebotomist training classes or courses.

Ohio Phlebotomist Training – A Brief Overview

Teaching phlebotomy students the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed as phlebotomists is the should be the single most important goal of any phlebotomy training course. This may be accomplished by teaching practical phlebotomy skills, general phlebotomy and medical knowledge, and giving students the chance to practice and improve upon what they’ve learned.

Specific topics that might possibly be taught in phlebotomist technician training class may vary, however, some examples might include the history of the career, medical terms closely related to phlebotomy, and other various relevant topics. These subjects may help broaden the student’s knowledge about phlebotomy and may establish a good base on which students can build their practical skill.s

Phlebotomy’s practical skills typically include venipuncture (the puncturing of veins) and dermal puncture (the puncturing of skin). Venipuncture is the technique used to draw blood with a hollow needle from a vein. Blood flows up through the inside of needle and out into a container like a test tube. Dermal puncture (skin pricking) is a phlebotomy technique used to draw out a smaller (than venipuncture) amount of blood by piercing the skin with a needle and then squeezing the area until the appropriate amount of blood is withdrawn, often onto a strip of paper or a small plastic device. Other things taught might include how to perform CPR or how to use and AED and also some basic first aid.

Opportunities that students may have to practice the various skills they have learned may include lab and an externship (when available). In the lab section of a course, students may be closely supervised by an instructor while they work on practicing the techniques. They may be allowed to practice the techniques on each other, or if not, on specialized training mannequins. If an externship is offered (which isn’t all the time), students might get the chance to apply the new techniques they have learned as they draw blood in a real-life setting under supervision. This may occur at a hospital or a clinic, or in a similar setting.

Potential Job Duties of Ohio Phlebotomists

Phlebotomists generally perform venipuncture (vein puncturing) and dermal puncture (skin puncturing) as their main job duties. They may have other duties, as well, that may vary in different locations. Some of these potential duties might include:

  • Performing work on a computer
  • Logging data from blood specimen collections
  • Helping patients to understand the blood specimen collection procedure
  • Getting blood specimens ready for testing
  • Delivering blood specimens to the laboratory
  • Inspecting information on blood sample labels for accuracy

Sometimes phlebotomists may encounter difficult draws throughout the course of performing their duties. A difficult blood draw is one that presents a tough challenge for some reason to the phlebotomy technician; for example, a challenging draw may be one that includes an uncooperative patient or a patient with hard-to-find veins.

Phlebotomists in Ohio: Basic Certification Information

Phlebotomists are not required to be licensed or certified in Ohio. They are not required to be licensed or certified on a national level, either, although non-government run, national certification agencies do exist. Often, employers may require applicants for phlebotomy techician positions to be certified via one of these agencies before they will consider an applicant for any type of phlebotomy employment. This may be to set the bar at a certain level in terms of experience and skill level among their phlebotomy technicians.

In certain situations, a certification through one of the nationwide agencies may be included an aspect of a training class. But, even with that said, it’s important to take a moment to make a mental note of the fact that not all courses include national certification. If you want to become nationally certified as a phlebotomist, then you should dedicate some time to checking with the specific certification agency in which you want to receive a certification from to learn about their potential requirements that courses must meet. Each certification agency may have a number of different requirements for phlebotomy training programs or courses, and not all courses or programs may meet their requirements. For instance, if you do want to get a national phlebotomy certification from NCA (the National Credentialing Agency), it’s wise to reach out to them prior to signing up for any type of phlebotomy training course to get more information about a) whether or not the course that you’re planning or thinking of taking meets their requirements and b) if it does not, whether or not they can refer you to any classes in your area that do (sometimes the certification agencies may even run or put on a local course too).

You may also want to find out what the personal requirements are for some of the various national certification agencies too. For example, knowing that you might need to hold a  high school graduation diploma (or something equivalent such as a GED) or even a CPR certification is important information to know. Other requirements might involve the completion of lab hours and externship hours (if that’s available), or successfully drawing blood by performing a specified amount venipunctures (blood drawing through a vein) and dermal punctures (blood drawing through the skin), passing various written exams, and other potential requirements.

One additional thing to think about is that if you’ve got some career experience collecting blood specimens as part of another field of work (liek being a paramedic or nurse), you might qualify for a program that may let you earn certification quicker and with less training than someone who does not have any previous on-the-job experience. If this sounds like something you think that there’s a possibility that you may qualify for, it’s most likely worth taking the time to talk to some of the certification agencies to see if that have programs like that that might be applicable to you and your specific situation.

Ohio Colleges and Technical Schools

Here are various colleges and technical schools potentially offering phlebotomy courses or training in Ohio.

Columbus State Community College
550 E Spring St, Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 287-5353

Ohio School of Phlebotomy
17 Aldrich Rd, Columbus, OH 43214
(614) 262-6691

Ohio Medical Career Center
1133 S Edwin C Moses Blvd #110, Dayton, OH 45417
(937) 567-8880

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
3520 Central Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45223
(513) 569-1500

Polaris Career Center
7285 Old Oak Blvd, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
(440) 891-7600

Sinclair Community College
444 W 3rd St, Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 512-3000

Mercy College of Northwest Ohio
2221 Madison Ave, Toledo, OH 43604
(419) 251-1313

Cuyahoga Community College
2900 Community College Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 987-3330

Clark State Community College
570 E Leffel Ln, Springfield, OH 45505
(937) 325-0691