Vermont – Phlebotomy Training Classes and Courses

Vermont is a major producer of maple syrup and is also a quintessential East Coast state, full of charm and interesting things to see. If you reside in Vermont and have thought for a moment or two about what’s involved in becoming a phlebotomy technician, or what it may be like to work with patients as a phlebotomist, then you may find that this page offers some valuable insight.

It’s also easy to be overwhelmed by information, and because of that fact, the information below is laid out in an uncluttered manner. There are many different things that are covered on this page, from basic information about phlebotomy and the career in general to Vermont-specific training and certification information. You’ll also find more information about training classes and programs at the bottom of this page where schools and colleges that may potentially offer training are listed.

Basic Information About Phlebotomist Training

What’s the purpose of phlebotomist training? It’s to train students to be competent, capable and knowledgeable phlebotomists. This goal is accomplished by teaching students foundational information on the subject of phlebotomy, instructing students in the techniques used in phlebotomy, and providing students with the opportunity to practice those techniques.

Subjects that students may learn in a phlebotomy training course may learn a variety of things such as terminology that’s related to phlebotomy, some history of modern medicine, general anatomy, and other similar subjects. These things that are taught might be different among different classes and schools.

The practical skills that students may learn in a training course may include venipuncture, dermal puncture, CPR, and first aid. Again, these may vary according to course, but students typically learn the learn the basic blood-drawing techniques of venipuncture and dermal puncture. Venipuncture is where a needle is inserted into a vein and blood is extracted through that needle into a container, like a test tube or bag. Dermal puncture is where a needle is used to pierce the skin and capillary veins, causing blood to come out through the wound and onto a collection device held by the phlebotomist.

In order to work on improving their skills, students might spend time in lab or out at a hospital or clinic (this may be called an externship, and isn’t always available in all courses).

Common Job Tasks of Vermont Phlebotomists

The primary duty of most phlebotomists is typically performing venipuncture and dermal puncture. While drawing blood is obviously the phlebotomist’s main job duty, other duties may not be as clear. Tasks may vary from workplace to workplace, but may include the following:

  • Getting blood specimens ready for lab testing purposes
  • Labeling and delivering patient blood samples to the lab
  • Educating patients and helping them to understand the blood specimen collection process
  • Reporting patient data from blood draws
  • Using various computers to record relevant information
  • Providing first aid care

Phlebotomists might also encounter difficult draws throughout their day. A difficult draw is a more challenging draw than a normal blood draw; this could be due to a mental difficulty, such as a patient having a phobia of needles, or to a physical difficulty, such as a patient having very delicate and weak veins.

Phlebotomists in Vermont – General Certification Information

There are no certification or licensing requirements for phlebotomists in Vermont. There are also no federal certification or licensing requirements. However, employers may require phlebotomists to hold national phlebotomist certification in order to work at their location. This might be in order to establish a standard level of competence and training experience among their employees. Several agencies do offer the chance to become nationally certified like American Medical Technologists (AMT) or the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

If certification is something you desire to pursue, you may be to obtain it through a training course. But, need to understand that while some courses offer this, others do not. In the even that a course you’re planning to take doesn’t offer certification, you’d want to ensure that the course at least meets the requirements of one or more of the national certification agencies so that you can test for certification after the class is over. This is important because you don’t want to take a course only to realize later that it didn’t meet the proper requirements for certification. You can typically avoid this though by talking to one or more of the multiple agencies first (especially the ones that you are interested in) and making sure that a course you’re considering does meet their requirements. Some people might find it to be easier to take a course where certification is a component of it, but like anything else, that’s a personal choice that you would want to make and decide what’s best for your situation.

There may be personal requirements in addition to the fact that a course you select may need to meet certain requirements. Some examples of personal requirements could be things that are educational like requiring the minimum of a high school education or GED. Other requirements might involve things that you need to do related to phlebotomy such as a minimum amount of time spent in a lab or performing blood draws, among other things.

If you’ve drawn blood samples while working in an occupation such as nursing or emergency medicine (like a paramedic), it might be possible to get your national certification without having to meet all the same requirements that someone without any experience might have to meet. If you think there’s a chance or possibility that something like this may potentially apply to you, then you’d need to talk with one of the several certification agencies that interests you in order to learn more about possible programs and options.

Vermont Schools & Organizations That May Have Phlebotomy Training Classes or Courses Available

Central Vermont Medical Center
130 Fisher Rd, Berlin, VT ‎
(802) 371-4100

Vermont HITEC, Inc.
156 Commerce St, Williston, VT 05495
(802) 872-0660

Community College of Vermont
1 Abenaki Way, Winooski, VT 05404
(802) 654-0505

Northwest Technical Center
71 S Main St, St Albans, VT 05478
(802) 527-6517

Burlington Technical Center
52 Institute Rd, Burlington, VT 05408
(802) 864-8426

Essex Junction Technical Center
3 Educational Drive, Essex Junction, VT 05452
(802) 878-5559

University of Vermont
194 South Prospect Street, Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 656-3370