Mississippi – Phlebotomy Classes, Courses and Training

Mississippi is a state known to be rich with history and southern charm, and it’s considered by many people to be a great place to live. Jackson, Mississippi is known as the “City with Soul” and, believe it or not, sits on top of an extinct volcano! If you call Jackson or greater Mississippi your home and you’ve been considering or pondering the notion of becoming a phlebotomy technician, the information presented here might be helpful to you in gaining a stronger understanding some things that may be involved in the general process, as well as general information about the field.

The information here is broken down into various sub sections, with each sub section covering different information relating to phlebotomy. The first sub section of information has some general information about the phlebotomy training process, and then there’s a section that contains information about what phlebotomists do, while the next section contains certification details relevant to Mississippi, and the final section, located at the end, has a number of local schools that might have training programs in Mississippi.

Mississippi Phlebotomist Training – Fundamental Information

The primary purpose of phlebotomy technician training is to prepare a person to become a phlebotomist. There are two main techniques for drawing blood: venipuncture, which is drawing a blood sample from a suitable vein using a needle. There is also the technique of dermal puncture, which is drawing a patient’s blood through a prick on the skin. A phlebotomst training class may also teach other things, as well, such as general circulatory system anatomy and physiology, difficult blood draws, CPR/AED usage, medical terminology, history of phlebotomy, etc. A person taking a phlebotomy course might be able to work on bettering their skills in a lab setting on other students or mannequins, and an externship (if available) may cap off the course, possibly allowing a person to practice phlebotomy in a real-world setting, such as at a blood bank, doctor’s office, medical clinic, or hospital.

Mississippi Phlebotomists – Responsibilities And Tasks

Since the main duty and role of a phlebotomy technician is to draw blood samples, it is likely that a phlebotomist working in Mississippi will be doing that as their primary job duty. Other job duties may vary by location (for example, phlebotomists working at a blood bank may be required to do different things than phlebotomists working at a medical clinic). Some job duties may include using a computer system, reporting data about draws, preparing and transporting specimens, helping put patients at ease during blood drawing process, checking labels, calming upset patients, and performing difficult draws. Difficult draws are blood draws that are difficult for various reasons; these may be physical, psychological, and/or social reasons. Examples may include a person with difficult-to-find veins, an uncooperative prison inmate, a newborn, or someone who is needle-phobic.

Certification – Phlebotomists in Mississippi – General Information

Phlebotomists in Jackson and in surrounding areas of Mississippi are not required to be certified either on a state or national level. No state-level licensing exists in Mississippi; however, there are national phlebotomist certification agencies that can offer a nationally-recognized level of certification. A number of employers might require applicants and employees to have this certification before they will consider them for employment. This may be to ensures a standard level of skill among their employees.

While it’s true that some phlebotomist courses might include a certification component with the course, other course might not include certification and may simply be training. If you want to be nationally certified, check to see if it is included in a phlebotomist training class. If you desire to receive a certification from a particular agency, you might want to contact them first to find out their requirements before signing up for training in Jackson or greater Mississippi. Some agencies may have specific criteria that a phlebotomy training course must meet in order for them to recognize the course as meeting their training requirements. For example, if you want to be certified by the National Center for Competency Testing (also known as NCCT), you may want to reach out to them initially to find out which courses in your area might meet their requirements. This way, you can know which courses meet the criteria of the certification agency that you may want to receive your certification from and avoid the possibility of taking a class that doesn’t meet the requirements; just remember checking with the certification agency first can to make sure a course meets their criteria can help you avoid a problem instead of taking a course and realizing later that it didn’t meet the necessary requirements.

To take part in a training course or to receive a national certification, there may be individual requirements for a person to meet, as well. For instance, a high school education or GED may be required. CPR/AED certification may be a prerequisite, as well, although some courses might include this training in their syllabus. Requirements specific to receiving national certification may include proof of a completed phlebotomy training course, successfully passing a written exam, a lab for a specific amount of hours, an externship (if available) for a specific amount of hours, and a number of successful venipunctures and dermal punctures. Again, these requirements be different from one agency to another, and also from one college or school to another.

If you have previous experience in the medical field and have performed (or are performing) venipunctures and dermal punctures as part of your job description, you may be able to bypass a full phlebotomy training course and other requirements to receive national phlebotomy certification. If you think this sounds like a scenario that may apply to your situation, then it may be worthwhile to check and find out if they have a certification program like this and also if you might be able to qualify based on your previous career experience.

Colleges & Schools in Mississippi

The schools below are places that may offer phlebotomy training or classes  in Mississippi.

University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive, Hattiesburg, MS 39406
(601) 266-1000

Northwest Mississippi Community College
5197 We Ross Parkway, Southaven, MS 38671
(662) 342-1570

East Central Community College
275 W Broad Street, Decatur, MS 39327
(601) 635-2111

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Old Highway 49, Perkinston, MS 39573
(601) 928-5211

Eastern Mississippi Community College
1512 Kemper Street, Scooba, MS 39358
(662) 476-8442

East Mississippi Community College
1512 Kemper Street, Scooba, MS 39358
(662) 476-8442