Phlebotomy Programs and Training Courses | Arizona

Arizona is a state of numerous colors, from blue sky to orange desert, to green pines and turquoise stones. Arizona is also free of cold weather and snow, making it a popular winter retreat for some and a permanent place to live for others.

If you reside in Arizona and you’ve given some thought to a career in phlebotomy,  you might find some of the information on this page to be helpful. There are a number of sections here that break down some of the most common aspects of the career and provide some commentary on other aspects such as job tasks, state-specific certification information, and even places where you might be able to find classes or training programs (the last/final section on this page).

Fundamental Information About Phlebotomy Training

Phlebotomy training typically has one main purpose that may cover a lot of subjects: to instruct students and class participants how to draw blood, usually through venipuncture or dermal (skin puncture or pricking). Venipuncture is a technique for extracting blood that uses a needle to draw it out from a vein. Dermal puncture, on the other hand, uses a needle to make a small prick in the skin, forcing blood out through the tiny wound. This may be done on a fingertip, heel, or sometimes in another place. Other subjects that might be covered in a phlebotomy training course or program may potentially include medical terms that are related to phlebotomy,  as well as some basic anatomy of the venous system, CPR/AED usage, history of phlebotomy, and difficult draws (when a phlebotomist has a hard time drawing blood due to a number of reasons such as an anxious patient). A course might include a lab, where a person might practice some of their classroom skills on other students or instructional mannequins and it may include an externship at a local hospital, local blood bank, private  practice or public medical clinic,  a doctor’s office, or another similar setting, where your skills may be able to be practiced in real-life scenarios.

Arizona Phlebotomists: Information About What They Do

The number one  job duty of a phlebotomist in Arizona (or typically anywhere else) is to perform blood draws, often by way of venipuncture (needle puncture) or dermal puncture (skin pricking). Other job functions may include (and this may be dependent on location or other factors) reporting data, checking collection tube labels for accuracy of patients’ details and information, preparing and possibly transporting blood specimens to laboratories or other final destinations, calming patients down (some patients may be anxious about having their blood drawn), and helping anxious patients through the blood draw process. Depending on location, difficult draws may be part of the job, as well. A difficult draw (also sometimes called a complex or complicated draw) is a blood draw that poses a specific challenge due to a physical, mental, or social obstacle. For example, extracting blood from a newborn’s extremely tiny veins or drawing blood from a psychotic or mentally ill patient may be considered a difficult draw. Therefore, phlebotomists in children’s hospitals may be presented with more difficult draws than phlebotomists in regular doctor’s offices, although this depends on the exact location and a number of other factors and variables.

Certification Information – Arizona

No state phlebotomy certificate or specific license is required to work as a phlebotomist or practice phlebotomy in Arizona. The state of Arizona does not require a national certificate or license, either. However, national organizations do offer phlebotomy certification, and many job providers may require a phlebotomy certificate before allowing job seekers to apply there or work for them.

Some phlebotomy courses might include a national certification as a part of the specific course. Some courses may be run by a phlebotomy certification organization, while other courses may not include phlebotomy certification and may simply teach the skills. If you want to become nationally certified, you might want to either find a course that has phlebotomy certification through a national agency as part of it, or contact a national certifying organization and inquire about what their requirements are to ensure that a course near you meets those particular requirements. For example, if  becoming nationally certified by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) is what you want, then you may want to get in touch with them to determine if there are any nearby courses that meet their specific requirements, because not all courses may be approved or meet to requirements of all the various national certification organizations.

A person might also need to meet separate requirements for course participants or phlebotomy certification applicants. For example, such requirements may include particular education qualifications like having graduated or completed high school or at least having attained a GED (or equivalent), or holding a CPR certification. Requirements may vary according to course or certification organization. There may also be other requirements for applying for a national phlebotomist certificate outside of the course requirements too. For instance, you might be required to participate or take part in a specific number of lab hours, or successfully complete a specified amount of venipunctures (needle drawing) and/or dermal punctures (pin pricking). You might also be required to take part in an externship for a certain amount of hours. A written examination might also be required in order to be considered for certification.

If you have any on-the-job experience, training, or work history as a registered nurse, EMT, paramedic, or other medical professional and have experience performing blood draws or inserting IVs as part of your job duties or functions, you may be able to get your phlebotomist certification without meeting all of the same requirements as someone who does not have previous experience on-the-job. If you think that there’s a possibility that something like this might apply to you, then you should take the time to inquire with the particular certification agency you’re interested in to learn more about whether or not they have a program like that, and if they do happen to have a program like this, what might be needed in terms of qualifications or other requirements.

Arizona Schools and Colleges

Here is a listing of local colleges and schools in Arizona that may potentially offer phlebotomy training programs or courses. In order to find out, it’s best to check with the school to learn about their current offerings.

Scottsdale Community College
9000 E Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85256
(480) 423-6000

Glendale Community College
6000 W Olive Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85302
(623) 845-3000

Mesa Community College
1833 W Southern Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85202
(480) 461-7000

Paradise Valley Community College
18401 N 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032
(602) 787-6500

Estrella Mountain Community College
3000 North Dysart Road, Avondale, AZ 85392
(623) 935-8000

Phoenix Community College
1202 W Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013
(602) 285-7500

Chandler-Gilbert Community College
2626 E Pecos Road, Chandler, AZ 85225
(480) 732-7000

Gateway Community College
108 N 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
(602) 286-8000