Phlebotomy Programs, Classes & Training in Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon is home to a wide array of coffee, beer, and roses. Straddling the Willamette River, it resides in a mild climate near the Pacific Ocean. If you live in Portland or greater Oregon and have been considering the idea of being a phlebotomist, the details and information set out on this web page might help you to get a more complete understanding of some of various things that may be involved in the process.

This particular page is divided into multiple sections that cover related but different topics. The first section on this page covers some general information about phlebotomist training, and then you’ll find a section that lists some of the common job duties of a phlebotomist. The third section has some certification information for Oregon, and the last section (at the bottom of the page) lists various schools that may offer phlebotomy training near Portland or in greater Oregon.

Oregon Phlebotomist Training – Basic & Fundamental Information

Phlebotomy training is typically set up to teach students taking a class or course how to draw blood through venipuncture (or drawing blood from a vein using a needle) and dermal puncture (taking blood through a small prick in the skin). Other things may also be taught during the training course, such as history of phlebotomy, CPR/AED, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system.

Difficult draws are something else that might be taught to students in a phlebotomist training class. A difficult draw is one that involves either a physical difficulty, such as attempting to draw out blood from a newborn’s vein or from a person with hard-to-locate veins, or a social/psychological difficulty, such as drawing blood from a needle-phobic person or an uncooperative inmate in jail. A lab might also be part of a phlebotomy training course where students may be allowed to practice what they have learned. At the end of a phlebotomist training program, students might also participate in an externship (if available) at a blood bank, hospital, medical clinic, doctor’s office, or other medical setting.

Possible Responsibilities of Phlebotomists in Oregon

Drawing blood through venipuncture and dermal puncture is typically the main job function of phlebotomists. Depending on their specific job location, a phlebotomist may also be called upon to prepare and transport the blood specimens drawn, check labels for accurate information, use a computer system to report their work, calm upset patients down and guide them through the process of blood collection, and follow workplace procedures and policies.

Oregon Certification Information

Oregon does not have state licensing or certification requirements for phlebotomists. However, national non-governmental agencies exist that provide national certification, although it’s not required. However, employers may prefer or require their employees are nationally certified as phlebotomists in order to establish a base level of skills and competency among their phlebotomy technicians.

National certification may be part of some phlebotomy training courses, and not a part of others. This is really something that’s important to understand, because not all courses offer certification through the course; in those situations, a person would need to pursue their certification outside of the course. Some people might find it easier to just take a course that includes it in order to save any type of hassle, but other people may not mind getting certified after the course. One of the most important things to realize in this situation is that if you’re going to take a class that includes no certification, you should verify that it at least meets the requirements of one of the certification agencies that you’d potentially like to be certified from like AMT (American Medical Technologists), ASCP (American Society for Clinical Pathologists), etc. By checking this out before registering for a course, you’ll be able to avoid being surprised in the end and finding out that the course you took didn’t count towards certification with any of major certification agencies, which is something that you definitely want to avoid happening.

You might also, in some situations, be required to meet certain individual requirements in order to participate in phlebotomy training or to receive national phlebotomist certification. Examples of possible individual requirements may include having a diploma or GED, or having a CPR certification. For national certification, you may need to meet even more requirements, such as passing an exam, successfully completing a certain number of blood draws (both venipuncture and dermal puncture), and working a certain number of time in an externship (if available). Requirements may vary from one agency to another agency and one course to another course, and again, if you have questions about any requirements, contact the particular agency that you’re considering receiving your phlebotomy technician certification from for more information.

Sometimes, people who have previous medical experience including drawing blood may be able to get national certification without needing to complete all the requirements of someone without any medical experience. Examples of jobs that may qualify may include Registered Nurse or Emergency Medical Technician. If you have had experience drawing blood in your line of work, you can contact the phlebotomist certification agency that you might be interested in receiving your certification from to get additional information about programs like this and whether or not you might have the proper background to qualify to a program like that.

Colleges & Organizations in Portland or Greater Oregon

Listed below are some schools that might offer phlebotomist training classes near Portland, or in greater Oregon.

Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
(971) 722-6111

Lewis & Clark College
0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd, Portland, OR 97219
(503) 768-7000

West Coast Phlebotomy, Inc.
1678 Beavercreek Rd, Oregon City, OR 97045
(503) 723-8777

Oregon Medical Training
1126 Gateway Loop, Springfield, OR ‎
(541) 343-3100

Northwest Institute for Healthcare Training
1860 Hawthorne Ave NE #30, Salem, OR ‎
(503) 743-1195 ‎

Lane Community College
4000 E 30th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405
(541) 463-3000

Umpqua Community College
1140 Umpqua College Rd, Roseburg, OR 97470
(541) 440-4600

Linn-Benton Community College
6500 Pacific Blvd SW, Albany, OR 97321
(541) 917-4811