Tennessee | Phlebotomy Training – Courses & Programs

Tennessee is known as the home of American music, with such genres as rock ‘n’ roll, country, and blues originating there. But beyond the music industry, there’s also a significant medical industry in Tennessee; from doctors to and nurses of all varieties, to even people working as phlebotomists, there are a number of individuals who work together on a daily basis to help provide care to patients all over the state.

If phlebotomy is something that you’ve ever been interested in, you might find that this page is not only informative, but possibly insightful as well. There are a lot of difference sections here, some with general information and some with more detailed information (such as a section about Tennessee-specific certification information). In addition to these sections, you’ll also note that there is a section at the end of this page covering some schools and colleges in Tennessee that may have various phlebotomist training  classes or courses.

Phlebotomy Training – Basic & Fundamental Information

Phlebotomy training, in general, has one aim: to teach students the things that they need to know (including the various phlebotomy skills) in order to be well-rounded phlebotomists. This typically involves both book learning as well as hands-on training so that they can learn the actual techniques of phlebotomy.

Training students to understand the field of phlebotomy typically includes certain amount classroom time, focusing on subjects like anatomy as well as some physiology, the history of medicine (and more importantly, of phlebotomy) as well as general medical terminology (and also phlebotomy-specific terminology), and other various subjects and topics related to the field. These topics may also be different to a certain extent depending upon the class being taken and the school where it is being taught.

Various hands-on skills that might be taught to students in a phlebotomist training class or program might include venipuncture and dermal puncture, which are two blood drawing techniques. Other skills may also include, depending on the course, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the usage of an AED; general first aid may also be taught. Venipuncture is the main blood drawing technique that most people think of when thinking of phlebotomy. It involves a needle being placed into a vein by a phlebotomist, who then draws using a hollow needle, which is typically connect via a small diameter tube to a test tube or other collection container. Dermal puncture is another technique used by phlebotomists when they only need to draw a few drops of blood. It is a simple skin prick by a small, sharp needle, which causes a puncture wound that blood comes through. A squeeze of the area close to the puncture wound may help bring out few more drops of blood necessary for testing, and the phlebotomist typically collects the blood using anything from a strip of testing paper to a plastic collection device.

In order to be practice their skills, a lab may be provided as part of a phlebotomy training program. An instructor may closely supervise the students’ blood draws and provide instruction or correction. Courses may also provide a capstone experience in the form of an externship that takes place at a local medical facility (such as a hospital, clinic, etc) where students have the chance to perform blood draws on real patients under supervision (although an externship like this isn’t always available in all courses).

Possible Job Duties of Tennessee Phlebotomists

The most important job duty for phlebotomists is obviously, to collect blood samples by using the method of venipuncture, and also the method of dermal puncture. Additional job duties might vary according to employer, but many duties may be similar, and may include some of the following:

  • Checking patient details and information on test tube and container labels for accuracy
  • Preparing patient blood specimens for testing
  • Transporting patient blood specimens
  • Recording data using computers
  • Applying basic first aid, in the event that it is necessary
  • Guiding patients through the process of having their blood drawn

Phlebotomists may also encounter difficult draw in their day’s work. A difficult blood draw is any type of draw that is more challenging than regular blood draws, for any of a variety of reasons. For example, a physical difficulty may be present, as in trying to collect a blood sample from an patient (typically an elderly person) who happens to have fragile, difficult-to-locate veins. A difficulty may also be caused by a mental condition in a patient, such as someone who is highly fearful of needles or having blood drawn.

Tennessee Phlebotomists – Basic Information About Becoming Certified

Tennessee does not have any requirements for phlebotomists to be certified or licensed in order to practice phlebotomy within the state. However, phlebotomists may be required to be certified by employers in the state of Tennessee. With that said, it’s not uncommon for employers and institutions like hospitals to require both applicants and employees to be certified. This might be for a number of  reasons, but the main one being that they want to have a general minimum level of both experience and capability among their phlebotomy staff. Certification agencies like the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) exist for this purpose.

Some phlebotomy certification courses may include certification through one of the national agencies, but it’s important understand that some courses offer this and some do not. If a course that you’re considering taking doesn’t include this, it’s still possible to obtain a phlebotomist certification after the course. However, not all available courses will meet all of the necessary requirements of all of the different certification agencies. So before actually committing to a course, you should find out if the course you want to take meets the requirements the various certification agencies that you’re interested in. If it does not, they might be able to steer you in the direction of a nearby program that does meet their requirements. For example, if you’re sure that you want to get your phlebotomy certification from NHA, set aside some time to contact them before committing to a course to determine whether or not it meets whatever requirements they have in place, and if it doesn’t meet those requirements, whether they can point you int the direction a course or program in your area that does.

Sometimes there are individual-level requirements that are also involved in getting a certification such as educational requirements (like graduating high school or getting a GED), or holding a CPR certification.  Other requirements may be fulfilled as you proceed through a training course. For example, you may be required by the certification agency to participate in a lab for a certain number of hours, participate in an externship for a certain amount of time, draw blood through venipuncture and dermal puncture a number of times, and pass a written exam. etc. There might also be other additional requirements, and if you want to know more about what these might be, then you should reach out to the certification agencies for more information.

If you have previous experience drawing blood while working in the medical field under another occupation, you may be able to get certified as a phlebotomist without going through all the training as someone without previous experience. For example, if you’ve worked as an RN or EMT this might lessen the amount of requirements that you may need to meet, and it might not. Not every certification agency may offer an expedited option like this, so to find out for sure you should definitely reach out to the certification agencies to get specific information about this.

Tennessee Schools & Educational Institutions

Some of the schools and organizations that might offer phlebotomist training programs are listed below.

Red Cross – Knoxville
6921 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville , TN 37909
(865) 584-2999

Tennessee Technology Center at Knoxville
1100 Liberty St NW, Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 546-5567

Southwest Tennessee Community College
737 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 333-5000

Walters State Community College
500 S Davy Crockett Pkwy, Morristown, TN 37813
(423) 585-2600

Tennessee College of Applied Technology
1303 Old Fort Pkwy, Murfreesboro, TN ‎
(615) 898-8010

University of Tennessee Knoxville
320 Student Services Building, Knoxville, TN 37996-0230
(865) 974-2184

Allied Health Careers Institute
1800 S Rutherford Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 396-8733

East Tennessee State University
807 University Pkwy, Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 439-1000

EduMed Partners, LLC
907 Rivergate Parkway, Suite D2, Goodlettsville, TN 37072
(615) 528-5443

Jackson State Community College
2046 North Pkwy, Jackson, TN 38301
(731) 424-3520

Roane State Community College
276 Patton Ln, Harriman, TN 37748
(866) 462-7722

Prepare to Care Training Center, LLC
891 Keith Street NW, Suite 7, Cleveland, TN 37311
(423) 614-3838