Phlebotomy Training in NYC

New York City, the largest city in the US, is known as one of the most exciting places on the East Cost. It’s also a worldwide tourist attraction, with an incredibly diverse population and culture. If you currently live in or near New York City and there have been times where you’ve considered the possibility of being able to people as a phlebotomist, then this page might be something that you’ll find to be both interesting, and possibly even quite insightful.

Phlebotomists are important members of the medical field, and there’s a lot to their professional. On this page, you’ll find some of the various facets of phlebotomy explained, as well as other general information and details specific to New York and NYC. You’ll also see that there is more information in the final section here about schools and colleges (such as community colleges) that might have various training courses and other types of phlebotomy classes.

Another thing to note, is that if you’ve found this NYC page, but you’re geographically closer another city in New York, there are also pages about Buffalo and Rochester in addition to the information outlined on this page.

Basic Information On Phlebotomist Training

Phlebotomy training is typically focused on the goal of making sure  that when students complete it, they should know how to function as capable phlebotomists, and because phlebotomy involves drawing blood, phlebotomy training typically focuses on the various methods of doing so like drawing blood from a vein through a needle (venipuncture) or gathering a small sample of blood through a skin prick (dermal puncture).

There may be other auxiliary topics that are also taught in a phlebotomist training course such as basic safety, first aid, CPR, basic physiology and anatomy, medical terminology specific to the field, difficult draws (such as those on newborns, inmates, the elderly, or mentally ill patients). In addition to classroom training, a phlebotomy student may participate in practicing what they’ve learned in a lab setting with other students. They may also finish the training with an externship (if available) in a clinic, or other type of medical location, where they may be able to put their new skills to use in a real-world setting. What’s taught in a course specifically may vary from one school to another, and also from one course to another.

Typical Tasks of Phlebotomists in New York City and Greater New York

Drawing blood, many times through dermal puncture or venipuncture, is often the primary duty of a phlebotomist. Phlebotomists may also collect urine samples from patients. Other duties may include checking that labels are correct and applying labels to blood samples, preparing samples for transport, transporting samples, following safety procedures, reporting blood draws (this may be on a computer so computer skills may be necessary), and handling difficult patients. Because there are needle-phobic people who may not be cooperative, phlebotomists need good interpersonal skills and the ability to handle stress to be able to calm them down and help them through the blood draw procedure. These skills may also help phlebotomists perform difficult draws too.

New York Phlebotomy Certification Information

New York state does not require state licensing or state certification to become a phlebotomist. There are also no federal licensing requirements. But, there are a number of various non-governmental agencies and organizations that do offer national phlebotomy certification such as American Medical Technologists (AMT) and the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). Many employers might want people who are seeking a position as a phlebotomist as well as people who are employees in order to set the bar at a minimum level in terms of skill level and experience among their staff of phlebotomists.

In some situations, national certification from one of the certification agencies may be part of a phlebotomy training course, but in other situations it may not be. It’s important to be able to understand this distinction, because it affects a lot of the aspects of how you might decide to go about getting your certification. There are essentially two options: you can take a class where certification is part of it, or you can take a class where it is not. If you opt for the latter, you need to then make sure that whichever class you do take meets the requirements at least one (or more) of the national certifying agencies before you actually take it. You should be able to do this by reaching out to one (or more) them (such as AMT, NCCT, etc) and letting them know the class you’re wanting to take and finding out whether or not it meets whatever requirements they may have in place. This is important to do before you actually take the class so you don’t end up stuck by having taking a class that doesn’t count toward certification. Alternatively, you can take a class where certification is part of it, which some people might consider to be an easier route to becoming certified. Like other similar situation, the decision is yours to make depending upon what you see the being a good fit for your situation.

In terms of individual requirements, many phlebotomy certification agencies might require that you’ve got at least diploma from high school, or GED and be 18 years of age or older. They may also require that you perform a certain number of successfully completed blood draws in a laboratory or externship setting (if available), and they may have minimum requirements for training hours, or other various requirements. You may also need to take and pass a written exam, among other things in order to obtain a phlebotomist certification from one of the various certifying agencies.

If your current job duties include phlebotomy duties (for example, if you are a nurse and have drawn blood from patients), you might be able to get a national phlebotomist certification without as many training requirements as someone with no experience. Whether you can receive certification this way usually depends on how long you have worked in that capacity, how much experience you have with drawing blood, and whether or not the certifying agency that you’re contemplating getting your certification from has a path to certification like this. If you think that something like this may apply to you, you may want to take the time to reach out to them in order to learn about their specific requirements for your situation.

New York Schools and Institutions That May Offer Phlebotomist Classes or Training Near NYC

Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007

Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center
163 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027

Manhattan Institute
255 5th Ave #6, New York, NY 10016
(212) 564-1234

New York Institute of Medical Careers
67-09 Woodside Ave, Woodside, NY 11377
(718) 565-9500

York College
94-20 Guy R Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11451
(718) 262-2000

Access Institute
80-02 Kew Gardens Road, Queens, NY 11415
(718) 263-0750

Dutchess Community College
53 Pendell Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 431-8000

Corning Community College
1 Academic Dr, Corning, NY 14830
(607) 962-9222

Broome Community College
907 Front St #1, Binghamton, NY 13905
(607) 778-5000