Phlebotomy Training Online

If you’ve spent some time considering the idea of becoming a phlebotomist, you may have thought about a number of things, including the possibility of taking phlebotomy training online. You may have thought about things like “Can a person take their phlebotomy training online?” or “Is an online training class more difficult than an in person class?” The information on this page may help you to better-understand the answers to some of these questions, as well as other things related to phlebotomy training. Without further ado, let’s move into some of this information.

Is It Possible to Take Phlebotomy Training Online?

This may be one of the most common thoughts or questions when it comes to phlebotomy training. Many people may wonder “Can a person take their phlebotomy training online?” Here’s the short answer: it depends where you live, what your local regulations are, and what specific certification you are pursuing, but no matter what, a person cannot take 100% of their training online, and some states and certifying organizations may not allow a person to take any of their training online. It’s important to make this distinction because some people may fall into the line of thinking that phlebotomy training can be done completely over the internet without ever setting foot into a classroom, and that’s completely false. Sure, the internet is a great thing, and it’s really helped advance education and ways that people learn, but nevertheless, there are some things that need to be learned in person. On top of that, some states may have rules that do not allow a person to take any of their training online. In addition to that, different private certifying agencies/organizations may have different rules with respect to taking training online, and they may or may not allow you to take training online if you’re looking to become certified by their organization. From reading this, it should be clear that the rules may vary significantly depending upon where you live and the certifying organization that you are looking to receive your credentials from. In order to know what the specific rules are where you live, it’s best to contact the department of health in your area or the governing body responsible for phlebotomy certification. If there aren’t any local regulations where you live concerning phlebotomy certification, then you may want to contact the organization where you’re looking to receive your credentials from (such as ACA, AMT, ACSP, etc.) Then you’ll have a more precise idea of what needs to be done, and what your options are in terms of training.

With that said, depending upon where you live and local regulations, it’s possible that you may be able to take a portion of your phlebotomy training online, but no matter where you live you’ll still need to learn some of the hands-on skills in person. Imagine for a moment that you were about to have blood drawn by a person who had taken all of their training online, and had never actually worked on a real person…would you feel comfortable with this? Of course not! Which is why when it comes to medical careers like phlebotomy, there’s always some type of in person instruction required in addition to the classroom training.

Online Phlebotomy Training vs Traditional Training

If you’re able to take a portion of your training online where you live, it may be a good idea to spend some time thinking about whether online training is a good choice for you. As referenced above, no matter what, you’ll still have to take some of your training in person so you can learn the hands-on skills.

With that said, the idea of learning over the internet may be attractive to some people, but that doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. Distance learning courses may require a person to be more self-disciplined when it comes to meeting deadlines, and also taking in information. Without the presence of an instructor physically in front of you, it may be harder for some people to stay on track, or retain information in the same way. In contrast, some people who lead busier lives or have less flexible schedules may find it hard to meet the scheduling demands of a completely in person course. Again, this depends on the individual and their own circumstances; what is right for one person may not be for another.

Is Online Training More or Less Difficult Than In Person Training?

This is another interesting thing to think about, as there may be some misconceptions surrounding this subject. First of all, online learning (on any subject) isn’t always the walk in the park that many people think it will be. When it comes to online classes, they can actually be more difficult depending upon the individual person, where they are taking the class, how they learn best, and a number of other factors. As referenced in the previous paragraph, if you’re someone who learns better with the help of an instructor in person, then an online class might be considerably more difficult for you, and then again, it may not. The idea though that online classes are easier than in person classes by default just isn’t so.

Finding Phlebotomy Training

If you’re looking for a phlebotomy training course, online or in person, it’s important to make sure that the course fits your needs and the school is properly credentialed or recognized. The last thing that you want to do is waste your time and money taking phlebotomy training classes online or in person at a school or in a program that doesn’t meet the criteria for the certifying agency that you’re looking to get your credentials from. For example, some of the various phlebotomy certifying agencies like ACA, AMT, ACSP, NCCT, NCA, and NPCE may all have different requirements in terms of what they require for prerequisites, and what they’ll consider qualifying training, which means that you need to make sure that a school you sign up for is properly recognized by the agency that you want your certification credentials from. Some courses may include certification as part of the course, but some do not, so that’s something that’s important to be aware of. In addition to that, if you live in a state where the local government oversees phlebotomy certification, then that may also dictate where you may need to take your training.

One thing that you may be able to do is contact the agency where you want to obtain your phlebotomy certification from, and find out which schools they recognize in terms of meeting their criteria, and then you may have a better idea of where you may be able to find training. Again, some courses may include certification through one of the national certification agencies, which may make the process quite a bit easier, but some schools do not, and if you’re thinking about taking a course that does not, it’s important to do your due diligence and research, and verify with the certification agency that you’re interested in receiving your certification from that the course you’re thinking of taking meets their requirements. It’s also a good idea to verify a school’s credentials with a certifying agency (whether it be your local government or one of the popular private certifying agencies) to confirm that a school really is approved for that particular agency like they say they are. If you’re looking for a list of schools that may offer training, you can click here to visit the home page on this site and select your state from the map and scroll down to the bottom of the state page where you can find a list of schools that may offer phlebotomy training in your area. Keep in mind that even though there are schools listed at the bottom of the state pages, those schools may or may not meet the requirements for the particular state or private certifying agency that you may want (or need) to get your certification from, so you should always be double checking things on your own and following up with the appropriate certifying agency or your local government and the school you’re interested in to ensure that you’re considering an appropriate program that meets your needs.