Phlebotomy Training in Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas is known as a city of glitz and glam, an oasis located in middle of a very dry and hot desert. There is more to do in Las Vegas than just frequenting the casinos, though – horseback rides through canyons, stargazing at night, and being able to visit a famous pawn shop are some of the things that Las Vegas residents have the opportunity to do. If you live in Las Vegas or greater Nevada and have been thinking about pursuing phlebotomy, the information that is set out on this particular web page might be of some help so you can get a better, more complete idea of some of the things that are involved in the general process.

With that said, this page is divided into various related, but different sections. Each section contains information on a different topic related to phlebotomy. You’ll find some general information about different aspects of the career, as well as more specific information about obtaining a certification in Nevada. Lastly, you’ll find that the last section offers some information about places a person living in Nevada might be able to locate phlebotomy training courses.

Nevada Phlebotomy Training – A General Overview

What is the purpose of phlebotomist training? It’s pretty simple actually; it’s to teach students to be competent and capable phlebotomists. A phlebotomy training course may cover venipuncture (drawing blood up through a vein), dermal puncture (drawing blood by doing skin prick), CPR/AED, anatomy of the various systems of the body, phlebotomy-related terminology, difficult draws, and other courses. Difficult draws might involve drawing a blood sample from a newborn, handling patients who have a phobia of needles, locating good draw areas for hard-to-find veins, etc. Some courses may have a lab component where phlebotomy students might be able to work in improving their newly-acquired phlebotomy skills on either other fellow students or on special phlebotomist training mannequins. Courses might also include externships (if available with that course), where students might possibly be able to use their skills in a live environment at a, clinic, hospital, doctor’s office, blood bank, or other medical settings.

Job Duties of Las Vegas Phlebotomists

Job duties in Las Vegas and Nevada for phlebotomists are much like phlebotomists elsewhere. They may include the major function of a phlebotomist, which is drawing blood, and which may include both venipuncture and dermal puncture. Job duties may also include recording data, using computers, preparing specimens, transporting specimens, checking labels, calming upset patients, and helping patients during the blood collection process. These duties might vary by location and a may include or exclude some of the duties mentioned in this section.

Nevada Phlebotomy Certification – Information and Details

Nevada is one of few US states that does require their phlebotomists to be state-certified. In Nevada, phlebotomists may also be referred to as “clinical laboratory personnel.” Although no federal requirements currently exist mandating that phlebotomists be certified, Nevada has the requirement that anyone practicing phlebotomy in the state must be licensed through the state of Nevada.

In order to obtain a phlebotomy license in Nevada (which may also be called a clinical laboratory personnel license), a person may need to do a number of things. These things may include:

    • Being at least 18 years of age (or older)
    • Having a diploma from high school, or in the absence of a diploma, a GED
    • Passing a criminal background check
    • Having proof of current immunizations, including TB
    • Completing 6 months or more of a phlebotomy training program that meets the requirements of the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health or
    • Obtaining a phlebotomy certification from AMT, ASCP, ACAHP, NCCT, NHA or NHP or
    • Obtaining a letter from a previous or current employer stating that you’ve worked a minimum of 30 hours per week for at least 3 years in the immediate preceding 5 years in a CLIA certified laboratory or in a laboratory that is licensed by a federal or state governmental agency in any state or territory of the United States.

It’s important to note that the requirements above may not be complete, comprehensive, or include all potential requirements, and there may more things that a person needs to do in order to obtain a phlebotomy license from the state of Nevada. The best thing to do is contact the department of Medical Laboratory Services Division of Public and Behavioral Health in order to obtain the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding phlebotomy certification in Nevada.

Their contact information is: 727 Fairview Drive, Suite E, Carson City, NV 89701, 775-684-1030. You can also visit the Nevada State Department of Health’s website.

Local Schools and Organizations That May Offer Phlebotomist Training

Keep in mind that because Nevada requires state licensure, and because there may be multiple paths to licensure, it’s important to check with the Medical Laboratory Services Division of Public and Behavioral Health if you have any questions about the licensing process, and whether or not a course you’re thinking about taking is appropriate for your situation.

It’s also important to note that while some courses may offer certification through one of the major certification agencies as a part of the course program, not all courses do. If you’re interested in pursuing certification from one of the many national agencies, you may want to talk to the particular agency that you’re thinking of becoming certified from before you actually register for a class in order to help ensure that it meets whatever training requirements they may have in place for phlebotomists. As an example, if you’re considering getting a certification from the NCA (the National Credentialing Agency), then you may want to talk with them prior actually committing to a course so you can find out if there might be courses near you that do meet the requirements they’ve laid out, or they might alternatively be able to steer your toward a course that does.

Again, before registering for any course, it’s also a wise idea to first check with both the Medical Laboratory Services Division of Public and Behavioral Health and also any national certification agency that you want a certification from to confirm that you’re going to be taking a course program that meets your needs.

Here are some schools that may have training courses in Las Vegas or greater Nevada.

University of Nevada – Las Vegas
4505 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 895-3011

Western Nevada College
2201 West College Parkway, Carson City, NV 89703
(775) 445-3000

Truckee Meadows Community College
7000 Dandini Boulevard, Reno, NV 89512
(775) 673-7000

College of Southern Nevada
700 College Drive, Henderson, NV 89002
(702) 651-3000

Phlebotomy Learning Center of Las Vegas
2110 East Flamingo Road #155, Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 982-5380

Northwest Career College
7398 Smoke Ranch Road, Las Vegas, NV 89128
(702) 254-7577

Medical Skills for Life Institute
3110 S Rainbow Boulevard #104, Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 645-7900