Wisconsin | Phlebotomy Training

Wisconsin is home of proud Green Bay Packers fans, and it’s also one of the US’s leading cheese and dairy producing states. Aside from being known for sports and the dairy industry, Wisconsin has a large health care system that provides care to a wide range of people on a daily basis. There are lots of different individuals working in various specialties (doctors, nurses, phlebotomists, etc) to make this happen.

If you’ve ever considered helping patients by taking on the role of a phlebotomist, then you might find some of the information below to be considerably insightful, and potentially helpful too. There’s a lot of great information to read here, including general details about the career, as well as Wisconsin-specific information about certification, and also a list of schools (in the last section) that might have training classes or various programs

Phlebotomy Training in Wisconsin – Fundamental Information

The primary focus of a phlebotomist training program is simply to teach students the knowledge and skills necessary to become a phlebotomist. In a phlebotomy training course, students may learn basic information about phlebotomy as well as common phlebotomy skills. They may also have the opportunity to practice the skills that they’ve learned.

In order to create a foundational understanding of phlebotomy as a field, students may learn about several phlebotomy-related topics, which may differ among programs and schools. For instance, students may learn about general anatomy, medical terms related to phlebotomy, and some historical information about phlebotomy.

Training in the practical skills of phlebotomy is also typically part of a phlebotomy course. The principal practical skills taught to students of phlebotomy include venipuncture and dermal puncture. Venipuncture is a technique that phlebotomists use when needing to draw a relatively large amount of blood; a hollow needle is pierced into a vein, and blood flows through the needle and is collected in a tube, bag, or other collection device. Dermal puncture is a technique used when phlebotomists need only a small amount of blood, such as a few drops. A sharp needle is pierced into and out of the patient’s capillary veins (often located on the forefinger), drawing a bead or two of blood outside of the puncture, which the phlebotomist then collects in a device such as a paper stick or hollow plastic tube. Sometimes, the phlebotomist may squeeze the punctured area to bring out a little more blood, as necessary. First Aid and CPR/AED usage may also be instructed, but again, what’s taught in any phlebotomy training course may vary from one course to another course, and also from one school to a different school.

Depending upon the specific course, students may practice their skills in a lab designed for phlebotomy instruction or externship (if available). If a lab is offered, dermal puncture and venipuncture may be performed under the close eyes of a watchful instructor as students use each other and mannequins as dummies. If a course offers an externship, the students may be able practice venipuncture and dermal puncture at a location that is a medical situation, such as at a clinic, blood bank, or possibly even a hospital.

Possible Job Duties & Responsibilities of Wisconsin Phlebotomists

Phlebotomists typically draw blood through dermal puncture and venipuncture each day. Other job duties may vary from location to location, as well as employer-to-employer, but other responsibilities may include:

  • Checking labels for accurate patient information
  • Preparing blood samples for transport or testing
  • Transporting blood samples
  • Using computers to record patient information and other details
  • Reporting certain data from blood draws
  • Guiding patients through the collection process

A phlebotomist may also encounter difficult draws. A difficult draw is one that is harder than the phlebotomist’s normal draws. For example, trying to draw blood from a screaming, crying newborn may count as a difficult draw. A difficult draw may also be one where the patient is simply uncooperative for any reason, such as because the patient is terrified of needles.

Certification Information – Phlebotomists in Wisconsin

No certification or license is required to practice phlebotomy in Wisconsin. There is also no federal licensing or certification requirement. However, many Wisconsin employers may require their phlebotomists to be certified through a national agency. This might be to make sure that a standard level of competence or skill exists amount their phlebotomy technicians. Several national phlebotomy certification agencies exist for this purpose.

Some courses might offer certification as an integral part of the course, but some do not. If you’re planning to take a class that includes certification as part of it, then you should not need to pursue it yourself. However, if you’re considering taking a class or program that does not include certification, you would then need to pursue it yourself. If this is the case, you should make sure that you’re taking a course that does meet the various requirements put in place by the certification agency that you’d like to get your phlebotomy certification from. Again, not all courses will meet the different requirements of all of the certifiying agencies, and if you’re going to pursue your certification outside of a course, then you’ll want to make sure that you’re taking a course that meets their requirements and your needs before signing up for it. Also, if you do take the time to contact one of the certifying agencies and find out the course you’ve picked doesn’t meet their requirements, they might be able to tell you which ones do meet their requirements.

In addition to any course level requirements, there might also be different personal requirements that you may have to meet in order to get your phlebotomist certification. You may be required to hold a CPR certification or high school diploma or equivalent. You may also be required to show that you have had a certain amount of hours in a lab and/or externship (if available) and that you have drawn the correct number of venipunctures and dermal punctures. You may also be required to pass a written exam or meet other requirements.

If you’ve got any previous job experience drawing blood , such as what an Emergency Medical Technician or Registered Nurse may do, you may be able to obtain your certification faster than someone without any on-the-job experience. It’s important to note thought that not all certification agencies may offer a expedited option like this. If you think this may apply to your situation, then you should make the time to connect with a certifying agency where you want to get a phlebotomist certification to gather additional information about how that might work and what type of experience you might need to have in order to qualify for a program like that.

Wisconsin Schools and Organizations

Continue reading to see various schools, colleges and organizations that may have training courses, classes, or programs in Wisconsin.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
2740 W Mason St, Green Bay, WI 54307
(920) 498-5400

Aurora Health Care
10400 75th St, Kenosha, WI ‎
(262) 948-7031

Madison Area Technical College
1701 Wright St, Madison, WI ‎
(608) 246-6100

Northcentral Technical College
1000 W Campus Dr, Wausau, WI 54401
(715) 675-3331

Blackhawk Technical College
6004 S County Road G, Janesville, WI 53546
(608) 758-6900

Waukesha County Technical College
800 Main St, Pewaukee, WI 53072
(262) 691-5566

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
505 Pine Ridge Drive, Shell Lake, WI 54871
(715) 468-2815

Moraine Park Technical College
700 Gould St, Beaver Dam, WI 53916
(920) 887-1101

Mid-State Technical College
500 32nd St N, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
(715) 422-5300

Lakeshore Technical College
1290 North Ave, Cleveland, WI 53015
(920) 693-1000