Oklahoma – Phlebotomy Courses – Training Programs

Oklahoma, being located in Tornado Alley, is a state subjected to a fair amount of severe weather. Beyond the weather, Oklahoma is also an important producer of certain agricultural products including cattle, cotton, coal, and various other exports. Aside from these known exports and other aspects of Oklahoma, the state also has a medical industry that consists of a number of workers in various specialties. From doctors and all types of nurses and phlebotomists, there’s a wide variety of health care professionals who provide care to patients on a daily basis.

Chances are that if you’ve landed on this page, you’ve at least given some thought to the idea of becoming part of this industry as a phlebotomist. If that’s true, that you might truly like reading this page, and may even find the content to be quite informative. With that said, there are a various section on this page that contain both basic information, and specific information (such as Oklahoma-specific certification information). If you take a look at near the bottom of this page, you’ll also be able to see a section that lists some local schools and community and technical colleges where if you look, you may be able to locate phlebotomist training classes.

Phlebotomist Training  in Oklahoma: Basic Information

The fundamental goals of phlebotomist training are to give students a knowledge base of phlebotomy, teach practical skills associated with phlebotomy, and provide some opportunities for students to fine tune the skills required for phlebotomy.

Having good working knowledge of phlebotomy as a field is necessary to succeed in phlebotomy. Therefore, subjects such as the historical significance of phlebotomy as a field of science, related terminology, and anatomy of the veins and circulatory system may be taught in a phlebotomist technician training class or course. Other subjects may be taught as well, and what’s taught in one class though may specifically vary though from what’s taught in another course, and this may also be different at various schools too.

Practical, real-world phlebotomy skills that may be taught may include the classic techniques of venipuncture (drawing blood from veins) and dermal puncture (drawing blood from the top layer of skin), general first aid procedures, and CPR. Venipuncture is the skill of drawing blood through a hollow needle; the needle is usually inserted into a major vein in the forearm area (such as the inside of an elbow or near the wrist). Dermal puncture is when a small needle pierces skin, often on the fingertip, and a drop (or two or more) of blood is squeezed out onto a collection device. While CPR and first aid may be taught in some courses, be aware that not all phlebotomy courses may include these skills, and you may need to or want to take them separately.

Learning how to do something is different than actually practicing it, however. In order to help students sharpen their skills and actually perform these techniques, phlebotomy training courses may include a lab where students can practice the skills of venipuncture (collection of blood from veins) and dermal puncture (collection of blood from the skin). An instructor might be supervising the students, offering instruction where needed. A phlebotomist technician training course may also provide an externship in some situations, and this might take place at a hospital, medical clinic, or another similar medical setting where a student can work in improving their skills.

Possible Responsibilities & Tasks of Oklahoma Phlebotomists

Phlebotomists are usually given the primary job duty of performing venipuncture and dermal puncture techniques on patients. They may be given other job duties, as well, such as the use of a computer to record blood draw data, taking time to check labels for accurate information about patients, helping patients who might be uneasy or upset, taking the time to prepare blood samples, and delivering blood specimens to certain places like laboratories. Specific duties may obviously vary depending upon the exact location.

Sometimes, phlebotomists may also work with patients where they perform difficult blood draws. This type of draw is one that, for one reason or another, creates a certain element of difficulty for the phlebotomist, more so than a typical blood draw. For example, a phlebotomist may consider drawing blood from a newborn a difficult draw due to tiny veins. A phlebotomist may also consider drawing blood from a mentally unstable person as a difficult draw, too, especially if that person is uncooperative or cannot understand instructions.

Oklahoma Phlebotomy Certification Information

Oklahoma is one of the many US states that doesn’t require state certification or licensing for phlebotomists. There are also not federal licensing requirements for phelbotomists. However, a number of employers may have a preference toward certification, or even require both their applicants and employees to be certified by one of the non-governmental certification agencies that exists (such as National Healthcareer Association). One reason that employers may require certification is so that all applicants are at least at a standard level of knowledge and skill.

There are some courses that might roll certification though one of the national agencies into the course so that when the course is done you can test for certification, but there are also many courses that don’t offer certification as something that is included with the course. Before actually taking a course, you should verify whether certification is included or not, and if it isn’t, then make sure that the course meets the requirements of whatever certification agency you want to be certified from, because not all courses will meet all of the various agency’s requirements. What you want to avoid is taking a course that does not include certification and finding out later that none of the certification agencies accept it either, leaving you in a bad position. This can be avoided though by taking the time to do the proper research and contacting the certification agencies prior to signing up for any specific courses.

There might additionally be individual certification requirements beyond the requirements that an agency has for a specific course. Examples may include holding a GED or high school diploma, or having a current CPR certification. Other requirements that you might need to meet in order to become nationally certified as a phlebotomist may include completing a number of externship (if available) and/or lab hours, successfully drawing blood through venipuncture or dermal puncture for a certain number of times, passing a written test, and other potential requirements.

One thing worth making a mental note of is that fact that some certification agencies may offer expedited certification options to those who have experience working in the medical field, experience drawing blood, or both. If you think there’s a chance that you might fall into a category like that, then it might be worth your time to contact some of the certification agencies to find out what programs they might have similar to that and what your chances might be in terms of  qualifying for of them.

Oklahoma Schools, Colleges and Technology Centers

Below are local Oklahoma schools and technology centers that may offer various training courses or programs.

Rose State College
6420 SE 15th St, Midwest City, OK 73110
(405) 733-7673

Moore Norman Technology Center
4701 12th Avenue NW, Norman, OK 73069
(405) 364-5763

Chisholm Trail Technology Center
283 Oklahoma 33, Omega, OK 73764
(405) 729-8324

Metro Technology Center
1720 Springlake Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73111
(405) 424-8324

Great Plains Technology Center
4500 SW Lee Blvd, Lawton, OK 73505
(580) 355-6371

Seminole State College
2701 Boren Blvd, Seminole, OK 74868
(405) 382-9950

Tulsa Community College
3727 E Apache St, Tulsa, OK 74115
(918) 595-7000

Oklahoma City Community College
7777 S May Ave, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73159
(405) 682-1611