Phlebotomy Training in Chicago, IL

Illinois is defined by two things: cornfields and Chicago. Chicago is an incredible city – lots of food (Chicago-style pizza or hot dogs, anyone?), music (Chicago blues), and sports (“da Bears,” the White Sox, and the Bulls). It is also the third largest city in the United States, with an international economy, diverse culture, and even the largest medical school in the United States.

If you currently live in Chicago or greater Illinois and have thought, even for a moment, about becoming a phlebotomist and working with patients, then this page might offer some helpful insight into the career and other aspects of phlebotomy including some Illinois-specific certification information. There’s also, if you scroll to the bottom, a list of schools in Illinois and greater Chicago that might have phlebotomy training classes or programs.

Chicago Phlebotomy Training – A Basic Overview

The basic function of a phlebotomy course is to instruct students how to collect blood samples from veins, known as venipuncture, and how to draw blood through a skin prick, known as dermal puncture. A person taking a phlebotomy course may also learn, depending on the specific course, CPR/AED, medical terminology, safety and first aid, basic anatomy, how to handle difficult draws, etc. Difficult draws can be physically difficult or interpersonally difficult. An example of a physically difficult draw would be locating a vein and drawing blood from a newborn; an example of an interpersonally difficult draw would be drawing blood from someone who has a phobia of needles or blood. If a course includes a lab, a student might have the chance to practice and improve upon what they have learned on by drawing blood from other fellow students or by using phlebotomy training mannequins. An externship might be part of the course or program, as well; this might take place in a hospital, emergency center, local clinic, community blood bank, or another alternative medical setting. The whole training process may take less than a year, and in some situations it may take more than a year. This varies depending upon where the class is being taught and various other factors.

Common Job Duties of Phlebotomists in Chicago

Phlebotomists typically use the techniques of dermal puncture and venipuncture to perform their main job duty, drawing blood. Some phlebotomists might also collect urine samples from patients, depending on where they work. Other phlebotomist job duties may include label checking, preparing specimens and transporting them to labs or other destinations, calming difficult patients down, reporting data using a computer, and following other policies and procedures at your workplace. A phlebotomist should be able to handle stress well and have good social skills; they should also have good attention to detail.

Phlebotomy Certification Information for Chicago & Greater Illinois

Currently, Illinois doesn’t require phlebotomists to have a certification or specific licensing at the state level. However, it is a good idea to seek out national certification for multiple reasons. First, employers may require their applicants and also their employees to have a certification. Second, even if the employer does not require certification, it may make you a more competitive candidate because you have to meet certain standards in order to obtain certification.

When considering the various phlebotomy certification agencies, it’s a good idea to look into their requirements before you actually sign up for a phlebotomist training course or program. Many certification agencies may have certain requirements for courses to be considered approved training, and it’s a wise decision to make sure that a course you choose meets those requirements. Some courses may be associated with or run by certifying agencies, making national certification part of the course’s process; other courses may be run independently and not connected to any specific certification agency. For instance, if you are interested in the National Credentialing Agency (NCA) as an agency to receive a certification from, you should set some time aside to talk to them first to find out if a) there are courses near you that meet their specific criteria, and b) if not, if they can point you toward a course that does. This way, you’ll know if the course you’re taking counts toward certification as there are some courses that do not meet the requirements of different certification agencies, so as stated earlier, it’s a good idea to figure this out before you actually sign up for a class or course.

To attend a phlebotomy training course or receive a phlebotomy certification, there may be other personal requirements that a person may have to meet. For instance, you might need a proof that you graduated high school, or have a GED, or some type of proof of higher education. You may also need to be CPR-certified first. Requirements for receiving a national phlebotomy certification may include, depending on the specific agency, proof of finishing a phlebotomy training course, a specific number of hours logged in a lab, a specific number of hours participating in an externship (if one is available in the course you’re taking), a specific number of successful draws and skin pricks, and a final exam specific to the certifying agency. You might also have to take a final written test.

RNs,  paramedics, EMTs, and other various medical professionals with blood-drawing experience may be able to receive national phlebotomy certification or complete a training course without the fulfilling the same amount requirements as someone without that type of experience. To know for sure, you’d need to check with a certification agency that interests you to find out more about what types of programs like this they might offer, and what a person might need in terms of qualifications to take part in a program like this.

Colleges, Organizations & Schools That May Offer Training Near Chicago, IL

City Colleges of Chicago
226 W. Jackson Street, Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 553-2500

Wilbur Wright College
4300 N. Narragansett Avenue, Chicago, IL 60634
(773) 777-7900

Harry S. Truman College
1145 West Wilson Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 907-4000

Harold Washington College
30 E Lake St, Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 553-5600

Northwestern Institute of Health and Technology
4641 N. Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 506-2136

Morton College
3801 S. Central Avenue, Cicero, IL 60804
(708) 656-8000

Moraine Valley Community College
9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL 60465
(708) 974-4300

Oakton Community College
1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016
(847) 635-1600