Phlebotomy Training – Tampa, Florida

Tampa is a beautiful city that sits by the ever-relaxing Gulf of Mexico, and is popular winter retreat for those who live in the northern states. Tampa is also obviously part of Florida, which has a large health care system. In this system, there are lots of different health care workers who provide care to a number of patients on a daily basis, and phlebotomists are included among these workers.

Phlebotomy is an interesting field of study with a funny-sounding name (pronounced like flah-bot-o-me), but it’s definitely a real field of study and profession. That said, if you’ve thought at some point about being a phlebotomist that’s probably why you’re reading this page. If that’s the case, then you’ve definitely stumbled upon an interesting source of information. There’s both detailed and general information here, as well a list of schools and colleges (located in the last section, near the bottom) that might have training courses and programs. One final thing to note: if you’ve landed on this page but live closer to a different Florida city, this site has a page about Jacksonville and Orlando as well.

Phlebotomist Training in Tampa – Basic Information

Phlebotomy training, simply put, is intended to teach students how to practice phlebotomy, which primarily involves drawing blood. A student may typically be shown how to collect blood samples from a patient’s veins using a needle, called venipuncture, as well as how to draw blood using a small skin prick, called a dermal puncture. A student may also be taught some of the history of phlebotomy, safety and basic first aid skills, anatomy, how to handle challenging blood draws (scenarios involving challenges like hard-to-find veins and drawing blood from a squirming newborn), phlebotomy medical terminology, and other topics. A student may also be involved in lab practice where they can work on some of the techniques they learn in a class. An externship in a professional medical setting may cap a training course, and a student might get the opportunity to practice as a phlebotomist in real situations (if an externship is available as this is not always the case). Length of training may be less than a year, or more than a year in certain situations depending upon the specific program and other factors.

Possible Job Duties of a Tampa Phlebotomist

A phlebotomist will typically draw blood through either venipuncture or skin puncture as their main responsibility. Other things they are responsible for may include collecting urine samples, checking labels, preparing and transporting specimens, calming upset patients, reporting blood draws according to standard procedures, entering information on a computer, and following other workplace policies. A phlebotomist may have difficult patients or difficult draws come their way; these could be the elderly, inmates, children, infants, the mentally ill, or those with a phobia of needles. A phlebotomist may need to have good social skills and the ability to remain calm under stress to be able to deal effectively with these people and situations.

Florida Phlebotomy Certification – General Information

Florida does not have state requirements to become a phlebotomist. However, for a person to be a more competitive candidate for a position as a phlebotomist, they may want to consider not just taking a phlebotomy course but also applying for national certification as a phlebotomist. Employers may typically prefer a national certification in phlebotomy from their applicants and employees to ensure a minimum standard of skills.

Certain courses might offer national phlebotomy certification with the course, but not all available courses offer this. It’s important to understand that many of the national certification agencies may have specific standards and other requirements that phlebotomist training courses need to meet, so if you find a local course that you’re interested in it’s definitely advisable to reach out to one or more of that national agencies that interest you and make sure that course meets their requirements. Some national certification agencies may also run their own courses locally; so again, it’s important to talk to the agency that interests you and find out what their requirements are.

In addition to standards relating to a particular agency and their requirements for a course, there may be individual requirements or standards set forth by that agency. Other standards that a certifying agency may put in place may include:

  • High school graduate or GED
  • A certain number of venipunctures (performed either in lab or in an externship/job, if that is available)
  • A specific number of dermal punctures (same as above)
  • A set amount of hours in an externship (if available)
  • CPR/AED certification (which may or may not be taught in the phlebotomy course; this may need to be taken separately)

If you work in a medical setting already and have performed blood draws as part or your typical job duties, you might be able to get certified without going through as much training as someone without that experience. Standards may vary as to how much on-the-job experience you have, and not all of the various certification agencies may have this “fast track” option for people with previous experience. If this sounds like something that might be a fit for you, then again, take the time to talk to the agency or agencies that interest you to learn more about the possibilities for something like this.

Schools & Colleges in or Near Tampa

Look at the listings below to see schools and colleges both in and near Tampa that might potentially have some phlebotomy training courses or programs.

Southwest Florida College
3910 Riga Blvd, Tampa, FL ‎33619
(813) 630-4401 ‎

Hillsborough Community College
1206 N Park Rd, Plant City, FL 33563
(813) 253-7000

Pasco-Hernando Community College
10230 Ridge Rd, Port Richey, FL ‎34654
(727) 847-2727

Fortis College
6565 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, FL 33771 ‎
(727) 531-5900

Meridian College
7020 Professional Pkwy E, Sarasota, FL ‎34240
(941) 377-4880 ‎

Polk State College
3425 Winter Lake Rd, Lakeland, FL ‎33803
(863) 297-1000

State College of Florida
5840 26th St W, Bradenton, FL ‎34207
(941) 752-5000 ‎