Louisiana – Phlebotomy Programs & Training

The most well-known city in Louisiana is New Orleans, filled with Cajun food and soul music. Louisiana is an amazing state, and its residents are even more amazing. If you’re one of those residents, you may have also noticed that Louisiana is also a place that a number of medical professionals call home. Physicians, nurses and even phlebotomy technicians are some of the people you’ll find working in the Louisiana health care system. It’s also possible that you may have thought about joining this system as a phlebotomist, and if that’s the case, this page might be particularly interesting to you; mainly because there’s a lot of informative content here.

Everybody knows that being slammed with information isn’t a good thing, so even though there’s a lot of it here hopefully after reading the various sections you won’t feel overloaded because a lot of care has been taken to keep things organized and light. You’ll see below that information is presented in different sections. There’s a section for basic information about phlebotomy, job tasks, certification details for Louisiana, and finally you’ll come across a section listing information for local schools and colleges (the last section).

Phlebotomist Training – Louisiana – A Quick Overview

You may have wondered about what the main point of phlebotomy training is? Well, that’s a relatively simple question to answer: it is to teach people taking a training course the trade of phlebotomy. Phlebotomy courses may include three components: teaching students the knowledge necessary for a solid grasp of phlebotomy as a field of science, instructing them in practical skills essential to practicing phlebotomy, and providing students with opportunities to perform the techniques learned.

Students may be taught several different practical skills, from venipuncture which is puncturing a vein, to dermal puncture which is puncturing skin; both skills are the heart of phlebotomy. Students in a training class might also be taught basic CPR, and how to use a defibrillator. Venipuncture is the primary technique that a phlebotomist uses when he or she needs to draw a large amount of blood. The phlebotomist inserts a thin, hollow needle into a vein (often in a patient’s arm) and extracts blood through the needle into a specific collection device, such as a blood bag or laboratory test tube. Dermal (skin) puncture is a technique commonly used by phlebotomists when they only need a small amount of blood, such as a single drop or two. A sharp, small needle is pierced into the patient’s skin, creating a puncture wound that reaches capillaries just beneath the surface. A small amount of blood comes to the surface of the skin and can be collected by the phlebotomist.

In a phlebotomy course, students may learn other related information about the field of phlebotomy. Some of this information might include learning about phlebotomy as a science, medical terms and measurements, and general anatomy. These topics may vary according to the specific course or school.

In order to practice the skills they learn, students might be eligible to participate in a lab (if available), where they can perform these techniques one another or on possibly on training mannequins while an experienced instructor guides them and provides correction. Students might also be able to do an externship (although this isn’t always available) at out in the field in a medical setting (doctor’s office, hospital, etc). This may provide them with real-life experience in a closely-controlled environment. Again, it’s important to note that what’s covered in one school or program may be quite a bit different from what’s covered in another school or program.

Duties & Responsibilities of Phlebotomists in Louisiana

The chief job duties of phlebotomists typically consist of performing venipuncture and dermal (skin pricking) puncture on patients. Various job duties can vary according to a specific location though, but examples of common job duties might involve collecting urine samples, using computers for a number of reasons like logging patient data or entering other information into a database, going over labels on tubes and other containers to make sure they contain accurate information, getting blood samples ready for testing, bringing blood samples from one place to another (such as from a treatment room to a lab), helping patients to understand both the procedure and any after-care instructions, and bandaging patient wounds from the phlebotomy that was performed.

Difficult or complicated blood draws may also be included in a phlebotomists’ day. A difficult blood extraction or draw is one that is more challenging than a typical blood draw. This might be because a patient having a physical or a mental issue. Trying to extract blood from a patient who has fragile veins might be difficult because the veins may collapse limiting blood flow. Also trying to draw blood from a patient who refuses to calm down because they are anxious might be another example of a difficult draw.

Louisiana – Phlebotomy Certification – Details & Basic Information

Louisiana happens to be one of the few states that does require its phlebotomists to be certified. The most current, comprehensive, and up-to-date information can be found online on the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiner’s (LSBME) web page on Clinical Laboratory Personnel.

People interested applying for a phlebotomist certification through the state of Louisiana may first need to complete a training course and written exam through a national certification agency or complete an approved training course and exam written by the LSBME.

There are several forms that may need to be filled out and notarized; one of these may ask personal questions, such as about mental health, arrests, and professional disciplinary action. If an applicant answers yes to any of those questions, they may need to write an affidavit and have it notarized as well. Another form requiring notarization is the third party authorization form allowing the board to obtain information from places like schools attended or agencies to which the applicant had applied for a license of some sort. The third form requiring notarization may require a passport-quality photograph; this form may be sent to the dean or registrar of the college from which the applicant graduated. There may be one other form that is sent to other states in which a person may hold a healthcare license; however, this form may not require notarization.

Notarized copies of an applicant’s birth certificate and marriage certificate (if their name is different than on their birth certificate) might also need to be included with the other forms. A background check may also be conducted on applicants. Once a person has filled everything out and sent it in, along with the application fee, the board may begin reviewing the application, and this process of review may take 90 days or more.

The information laid out on this page might not be current or completely comprehensive, and it’s important to note that because Louisiana is one of the states that does require state-level certification of phlebotomists, people interested in phlebotomy in Louisiana should visit the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiner’s site (linked below) to get the most accurate information regarding the certification process and requirements, as they may be subject to change at any time. Again, for questions about the general process of review and application, it’s a good idea to visit the LSBME’s General Instructs page at and their web page on Clinical Laboratory Personnel.

Louisiana Schools That May Offer Phlebotomist Training Courses or Programs

Outlined below are local Louisiana schools that may potentially offer phlebotomy training courses or programs. It’s very important to note that the colleges and schools listed below may or may not currently offer training programs (and these programs, if offered, may or may not meet the requirements of the state of Louisiana and any national certification agency). There may also be more schools offering phlebotomy programs than those listed below. Before beginning any training program, it’s imperative to make sure that it satisfies the requirements set forth by the state of Louisiana and also any national certification agency or organization that you’re interested in obtaining or receiving your phlebotomist certification from.

Louisiana Technical College
5960 US 167, Winnfield, LA 71483
(318) 628-4342

Baton Rouge Community College
201 Community College Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
(225) 216-8000

Central Louisiana Medical Academy
3550 Government Street, Alexandria, LA 71302
(318) 445-4006

Crescent City Career Institute
429 Wall Boulevard, Gretna, LA 70056
(504) 391-2271

Nunez Community College
3710 Paris Road, Chalmette, LA 70043
(504) 278-6200

South Louisiana Community College
908 Ember Drive, New Iberia, LA 70560
(337) 373-0185

Delgado Community College
207 E Lockwood Streer, Covington, LA 70433
(985) 893-6286

Camelot College
2618 Wooddale Boulevard Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA 70805
(225) 928-3005