Texas | Phlebotomy Training – Programs

Texas is the second largest state in the US, filled with sweet tea, BBQ, and a relaxed way of life. If you are a Texan who’s interested in phlebotomy, both as a field of study and possibly as a career, you might enjoy looking at the content laid out on this page. In fact, you might even find it to be rather insightful.

It’s true that Texas is a big state, and in addition to being the second largest state in the US, it’s also got a large health care system, of which phlebotomists are an important part. That being said, there’s a lot of information here that has to do with both specific (including Texas-specific information) and general aspects of the field of phlebotomy. In addition to these points, there’s an additional section (the last one at the bottom) which lists various schools and colleges that might offer phlebotomist training classes or various programs.

Basic Information About Texas Phlebotomist Training

The direct focus of phlebotomy technician training is teach students to become competent phlebotomists by teaching them fundamental information about phlebotomy, teaching the practical skills that comprise the essence of phlebotomy, and providing experience in practicing various phlebotomy techniques.

Topics that students might study in a phlebotomy training program might be things like the the history of modern medicine and phlebotomy, various terminology related to phlebotomy and medicine in general, as well as basic anatomy. Students may also learn about other topics depending upon the specific course and where it’s being taught.

Skills that students may learn as part of a training course might involve learning CPR and basic first aid procedures, in addition to the core phlebotomy skills of venipuncture (which is the method of drawing blood through veins) and dermal puncture (which involves piercing the skin). Venipuncture is a blood-drawing technique that uses a hollow needle to pierce a vein and pull blood through that needle into the collection device, such as a tube or bag. Dermal puncture, another technique, is when a small, sharp needle to pierce a capillary vein just under the skin (often on the forefinger), drawing out a small amount of blood to the surface that can then be collected. This technique is usually used when only a few drops of blood are necessary.

Experience in drawing blood may be gained through a lab, where students might practice their techniques on one another or on instructional mannequins. Further experience may be provided through an externship (which isn’t always an option), that might take place in a medical setting such as a hospital or a local clinic. If it is available, this may provide students with real-world practice.

Texas Phlebotomists – Responsibilities & Duties

The most common job duties that phlebotomists perform are venipuncture and dermal puncture. Other job duties might involve things like reporting patient data on computers, organizing or restocking supplies, maintaining a sterile and clean work environment, answering questions that patients ask, and other related duties.

Difficult draws may also be encountered in a phlebotomist’s job. This occurs when, for one reason or another, a blood draw presents a higher level of difficulty than normal. It may be caused by physical challenge, such as hard-to-locate veins, or a mental problem, such as a person with strong fear of needles.

Texas Phlebotomy Certification Information

Texas is one of the states that does not require phlebotomists to be state or nationally certified. There are also no federally mandated licensing requirements. Employers in Texas may require applicants for phlebotomist positions and also employees to hold a national certification, however. This may be done for a wide range of reasons, the top one being to establish a minimum threshold of experience and competency among their staff. A number of national phlebotomist certification agencies do exist that offer the opportunity for certification like American Medical Technologists (AMT), and National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

Some phlebotomist training programs might provide certification at the end of course, but some courses do not provide or offer this. If you do wish to become certified you can do it outside of the scope of a course, but you should understand that not all training programs satisfy the specific requirements of all the various phlebotomy certification agencies. Before you take the time to sign up for a course, you may also want to talk to one of the certification agencies that you’re interested in and find out if the training program that you want to start satisfies their requirements. If the training program you’re considering doesn’t meet their requirements, they may also be able to tell you which ones do.

There might be certain other requirements that you may be required to meet on an individual level to become nationally certified as a phlebotomist. For instance, being done with high school or having a GED might be examples of educational requirements. Being CPR certified is also another example of something that you might need to do. Doing a blood draws in an externship (they are not always available with all courses), both dermal puncture and venipuncture, might be another possible requirement. You might have to pass various written tests too.

If you’ve previously worked in the medical field as a Registered Nurse or something similar like an EMT, or another related profession, and you have had career experience drawing blood while on the job, you may be able to gain your national phlebotomist certification through a “fast-track”-type program. If a program like this is available, you may not have to proceed through all the training that someone without any previous blood-drawing experience would have to go through. If you are interested in a program like this and think you may qualify, take the time converse with some of the different certification agencies to learn more about what you might be able to do in this situation.

Texas Schools and Institutions

Read the listings below to see various schools and other educational institutions that might offer various training courses for phlebotomy.

Central Texas Phlebotomy Institute
113 S. River Street Suite 202, Seguin, TX 78155
(830) 822-1481

McLennan Community College
1400 College Dr, Waco, TX 76708
(254) 299-8622

Mountain View Community College
4849 W Illinois Avenue, Dallas, TX 75211
(214) 860-8680

Cedar Valley Community College
3030 North Dallas Avenue, Lancaster, TX 75134
(972) 860-8201

Northeast Texas Community College
2886 Farm to Market 1735, Mt Pleasant, TX 75455
(903) 434-8100

San Jacinto College
8060 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, TX 77505
(281) 476-1501

Austin Community College
1555 Cypress Creek Rd, Cedar Park, TX 78613
512-223-2000

Paris Junior College
2400 Clarksville Street, Paris, TX 75460
(903) 785-7661

Tyler Junior College
1327 South Baxter Avenue, Tyler, TX 75711
903-510-2200

Texarkana College
2500 North Robison Road, Texarkana, TX 75599
903-823-3456

Panola College
1109 West Panola Street, Carthage, TX 75633
903-693-2000

Central Texas College
6200 West Central Expressway, Killeen, TX 76549
(254) 526-7161

College of the Mainland
1200 N Amburn Rd, Texas City, TX 77591
(409) 938-1211

Houston Community College
555 Community College Dr, Houston, TX 77013
(713) 718-8300