Phlebotomy Training Programs in Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina is a well-known southern city with a mild climate. It’s also the capital of North Carolina. If you live in Charlotte or greater North Carolina and are considering being a phlebotomist, the information on this web page might give you a better idea of some of what’s involved in the process.

The information on this page is laid out in multiple sections, with each section covering a separate but related topic. The beginning section covers general information about phlebotomist training. You’ll also see a section about common phlebotomist job tasks, and another section that contains various details and certification information for North Carolina. The section at the bottom of this page has a list of various schools that  might have phlebotomist training classes or programs in Charlotte or greater North Carolina.

North Carolina Phlebotomy Training – Basic & General Information

The one, main aim of phlebotomist training is primarily to show students how to perform a phlebotomist’s job, which is drawing blood. This may include learning practical skills such as venipuncture (using a needle to draw a patient’s blood from a vein, often in their arm), and dermal puncture (using a small needle to prick the skin, such as a heel or fingertip and draw out a smaller amount of blood than with venipuncture). Depending on course content, practical training may also include CPR and AED usage.

Other topics may be taught in a phlebotomy training course, as well, such as the history of phlebotomy, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system, and difficult draws. Difficult draws are blood draws that are harder than normal for various reasons; examples may include drawing blood from a newborn, a mentally ill person, or a frail, elderly person. Besides the teaching portion of the class, a laboratory portion may be included. In the lab, students may have the chance to practice drawing blood using various techniques they’ve learned. With some phlebotomy training courses an externship may be included. If a student participates in an externship (if available), they may have the opportunity to work at a hospital, doctor’s office, emergency clinic, blood bank, or other medical setting, and if available, this may give them the opportunity to practice their blood-drawing skills in real-world scenarios. It’s important to note that what’s taught in one course may be different from what’s taught in another course, and this may also vary from school to school as well.

North Carolina Phlebotomists – Possible Job Duties – Responsibilities – Tasks

The main responsibility of a phlebotomy technician is to collect blood samples, primarily through dermal puncture and venipuncture. Other functions may be required as part of a job. These may include guiding patients through the blood drawing process, calming upset or needle-phobic patients, checking for accurate information on labels, preparing and transporting specimens to labs or other final destinations, and reporting data, possibly using a computer system to do so. Job functions and requirements may vary according to location (for example, a phlebotomist at a blood donation bank might be performing different duties than one at a cardiology clinic).

North Carolina Phlebotomy Certification Information

North Carolina does not require state licensing for phlebotomists, nor certification. There is also no federal licensing requirement for phlebotomists. However, non-governmental national certification agencies and organizations exist offer phlebotomy certification. While certification is not required in North Carolina, many employers may require applicants and employees to be nationally certified to establish a minimum level of skill and experience among their phlebotomy technicians.

Some phlebotomist courses may have national certification as part of the program; they may even be sponsored by one of the certifying agencies. However, it’s important to grasp the concept that not all courses have certification as a part of the curriculum. Certification may also be pursued outside of a training course, but the national certification agencies typically have requirements that phlebotomy training courses must meet. If you want to pursue becoming nationally certified, you might want to contact the particular certifying agency prior to signing up for a class or program to find out if it meets the requirements they might have set in place. For example, if you’re considering receiving your certification from the an agency like NCCT (the National Center for Competency Testing), then you may want to contact them before registering for a phlebotomy training course to find out if the course that you’re thinking about taking meets their requirements. They might also recommend programs in your area (programs that meet their requirements, or programs that they may run or sponsor).

Individual requirements may also exist beyond the requirements that a certification agency sets for the a course. Examples of individual requirements that may be in place may include having a completed high school education or equivalent (like a GED, etc), and having a CPR for medical personnel certification. Other requirements may be in place for obtaining national phlebotomy certification, such as completing a certain number of lab hours, completing a certain number of externship hours (if available), and completing a certain number of venipunctures or dermal punctures. It may also be necessary to pass a final written exam among other requirements.

RNs, EMTs, and other medical professionals who have prior experience drawing blood samples as part of a previous job may be able to obtain national phlebotomist certification without having to satisfy the same number of requirements as someone who hasn’t had any previous training. Requirements for a program like this may vary from agency to agency, and not all agencies may have a program like this. If you think this is something that may pertain to you, you might want to talk with a certification agency that you’re considering the possibility of receiving your certification from to learn about whether or not a “fast track” program like this, and if so, if you might meet the necessary qualifications.

North Carolina Colleges, Schools and Organizations

Below are various colleges and schools that may have phlebotomist training programs near Charlotte, North Carolina.

Central Piedmont Community College
1141 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 330-2722

Carolinas College of Health Sciences
1200 Blythe Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 355-5043

Chosen Health Care Institute, Inc.
8430 University Executive Park Dr #640, Charlotte, NC ‎
(704) 547-1988 ‎

American Academy of Health Care, LLC
4822 Albemarle Road Suite 110, Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 525-3500

Continual Health Education and Training
2920 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28206
(980) 205-4299

Wake Technical Community College
9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 866-5000

Fayetteville Community Technical College
2201 Hull Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28303
(910) 678-8400

Central Carolina Community College
1105 Kelly Drive, Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 775-5401