North Dakota | Phlebotomy Training & Courses

North Dakota is a great Midwestern state home to plains and rolling hills. North Dakota is also a state where the pace of life is a bit slower and more peaceful, removed from the hustle and bustle of more metropolitan areas. Even with that said, North Dakota still has a modern health care system, with many different people performing different duties. There are doctors, nursing assistants, registered nurses, phlebotomists, and other various people helping patients.

If the word “phlebotomist” peaks your interest because you’ve thought about what it might potentially be like to be one, then this page may prove to be an interesting and informative read for you. There’s a wide array of information here, from basic information about what a phlebotomist is, what they do, and other related things, to North Dakota-specific information about certification and more. In addition to the aforementioned information, you’ll see at the end of this page that there’s some listings for local community colleges and schools in North Dakota that may offer various phlebotomy training classes or programs.

North Dakota Phlebotomist Training – A General Overview

It should go without saying that the primary and main point of phlebotomist training is simple: to teach people taking a course what they need to know in order to become phlebotomists. A phlebotomy technician training program might cover some basic knowledge of phlebotomy, practical phlebotomy skills, and may also offer the opportunity for students to practice these skills. It’s important to understand clearly that what might be covered in one particular class or program may be somewhat different from what’s taught in a course somewhere else, and the curriculum may also be different among courses and different schools.

The knowledge required to understand phlebotomy well is an important part of the training process. This knowledge establishes a good foundation on which practical skills rest. To provide this foundation, phlebotomy training courses may include subjects such as how phlebotomy came to be considered a field of study, circulatory system (description, function and anatomy), phlebotomy terminology of phlebotomy, phlebotomy theory, and other related topics.

Practical instruction is important, as well; students learn the actual techniques involved in the practice of phlebotomy. These techniques generally involve dermal puncture (of the skin) and venipuncture (of the veins). Venipuncture, is perhaps, what most people think of when they think of phlebotomists; a needle is carefully and methodically inserted into a vein and blood is drawn out into a container designed to hold medical specimens. Dermal puncture, sometimes called skin puncture, is when a needle simply pierces the skin (such as on a fingertip) and a small amount (less than venipuncture) of blood is coaxed out onto a medical collection device (such as a strip of testing paper). Other practical instruction may include first aid, CPR, and AED usage, although whether these particular skills are included may depend on a course’s specific syllabus.

Students may also be given opportunities to practice the techniques and skills they have picked up during the course through labs and externships (if available). In the lab, students may practice getting better at venipuncture (vein) and dermal puncture (skin) by performing these techniques on one another, or in other situations on medical mannequins designed for the instruction of phlebotomy techniques. Under close supervision, they may also have the ability to practice their various techniques in the real world during an externship (if available), such as at a clinic or hospital.

Typical Job Duties of North Dakota Phlebotomists

The primary job function of a phlebotomist is collecting blood samples (which should be fairly obvious), typically by performing the techniques of venipuncture (piercing veins) and dermal puncture (pricking skin). Other auxiliary duties may include applying first aid if necessary, using a computer system to report data, checking patient information accuracy on labels, readying  blood samples or specimens  for the lab, delivering blood specimens, and helping patients in other various ways such as explaining procedures or answering questions. These duties may vary among locations; for instance, a phlebotomist collecting specimens at a blood bank may have significantly auxiliary duties from a phlebotomy technician who works in a hospital. Phlebotomists may, from time to time, also encounter difficult blood draws while working. A difficult or complicated draw is a blood specimen collection on a particular patients that presents a challenge and an increased level of difficulty to the phlebotomist. As an example, a difficult draw may include collecting a blood specimen from a squirming newborn with tiny veins, or from an uncooperative inmate trying to refuse having blood drawn for alcohol or drug testing.

Phlebotomist Certification Information for North Dakota

North Dakota does nor, at the time of writing, have requirements in place for the licensing of phlebotomists. There are also no federal requirements either that exist at the time of writing. But, this doesn’t mean that certification isn’t beneficial becaue employers may often require their applicants and also their employees to obtain national certification. This might be for a variety of reasons, one being be to ensure a minimum level or amount of skill and training among their staff. Several non-governmental national phlebotomy technician certification agencies do exist that offer phlebotomist certification options such as the National Credentialing Agency (NCA), among others.

Some phlebotomist technician training programs might wrap certification into the course, while others might not. If the course you’re possibly thinking of taking does not, and you want to be a certified phlebotomist, set aside the time to contact one or more of the various phlebotomy certification agencies to find out what they may require for a training course to qualify you for certification. For instance, if you want a certification from NCA, make some time to reach out to them first prior to taking a class to help make sure that the one you are considering meets whatever requirements they might have. They may additionally be able to refer you to other courses in your area, or inform you of courses that they run or sponsor.

The various phlebotomist certification agencies may also have various individual requirements for people pursuing certification, as well. Requirements may vary among the agencies, and may include things like a high school (or equivalent) diploma or GED, being CPR certified, having a minimum number of lab hours, participating in a number of externship hours in the field if that has been an options for you or successfully completing a number of blood draws (both venipuncture and dermal puncture), passing various written tests exams, and other possible requirements.

If you been able to get some previous phlebotomy experience while working in a separate medical profession, like working as an RN or something else such as an Emergency Medical Technician (also called an EMT), you might be able to become nationally certified without the same amount of training, preparation, or requirements as someone who has no prior experience in a medical field. If you think there’s a way that this might apply to you, then it may be in your best interest to reach out to one of the certification organizations to discuss possible options.

North Dakota – Schools, Colleges & Organizations

Look below to see various schools or colleges and organizations where you may find phlebotomy technician training programs in North Dakota.

Turtle Mountain Community College
10145 BIA Road 7, Turtle Mountain, ND 58369
(701) 477-7862

Bismarck State College
1500 Edwards Ave, Bismarck, ND 58506
(701) 224-5400

Sanford Health
300 N Seventh St, Bismarck, ND 58501
(701) 323-6000

North Dakota State College of Science, Skills and Technology
1305 19th Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102
701-231-6900

Cooperstown Medical Center
1200 Roberts Ave, Cooperstown, ND 58623
701-797-2128