Maine | Phlebotomy Classes, Courses & Training

Maine is a historic state associated with lobsters and picturesque scenery: rugged coastline, heavy forests, and petite mountains. If you’re currently living in Maine and you’ve spent some time pondering what it might be like to be a phlebotomist, you’ll find that the information on this page might be quite informative.

It’s easy to read something and get overwhelmed with information, so to help avoid that this page is structured in such a way that presents the information in an easy-to-read manner. Keep reading to learn more about the field of phlebotomy including general information about training, details about things that phlebotomists do (job duties, etc), and if you continue reading you’ll see the last section has some information about schools and colleges in Maine that might have training programs and classes for phlebotomy.

Phlebotomist Training in Maine: Fundamental Information

Providing the skills and knowledge which help to students so they can become successful phlebotomists is the main purpose of a phlebotomy course. Phlebotomy training may be divided into three parts: the teaching of practical blood-drawing skills, the instruction of fundamental phlebotomy knowledge, and providing practical blood-drawing experience. Courses may vary in content depending upon the course itself and the school where it is taken.

Venipuncture (blood drawing through veins) and dermal puncture (blood drawing by pricking the skin) are the main practical skills involved in phlebotomy. Venipuncture is where a phlebotomy technician places a needle into a vein on the patient and draws blood out into a collection device (a test tube, container, etc). Dermal puncture, another phlebotomy technique, is where a phlebotomy technician pierces the top layer of a  patient’s skin, frequently on the fingertip, and squeezes a small amount of blood out. These examples of the primary fundamental skills that might be taught in a phlebotomist training course. There may be other fundamental skills that might be shown or taught including first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPA), the use and operation of an AED,  and handling  difficult blood draws. A difficult draw (sometimes called a complicated draw) is a situation that sets up a challenging situation for the phlebotomist for a psychological reason, physical reason, or other reason. For example, a difficult draw might be a situation where a phlebotomy technician is trying to draw blood from a tiny newborn’s veins, or trying to get blood from an upset, mentally-challenged patient. Some of the things covered in a phlebotomist training class might include the basic anatomy of the human circulatory system, various medical information and terminology related to phlebotomy, and other related information.

Practical experience may be provided through a lab and through an externship in some phlebotomy training courses, if one is available, and not all courses may offer this. In a lab setting, students might have the chance to practice some of the blood-drawing techniques that have learned during the course on other students, and if not that, then possibly on instructional mannequins. Sometimes, an externship (an opportunity to hone phlebotomy skills out in the real world) may be available, although this isn’t always the case. If it does happen to be available, it might be done at a place like a local hospital, laboratory, or even possibly a blood bank, etc.

Typical Duties of Maine Phlebotomists

The most common duty for phlebotomists is usually drawing blood through venipuncture and/or dermal puncture. Other auxiliary duties might be required of phlebotomy technicians too. For instance, employers might require that their phlebotomists to check labels for information accuracy, apply first aid when necessary, guide patients through the phlebotomy process, report data, use a computer to help enter a patient’s information and record data, and prepare and deliver blood specimens. Obviously some job duties or tasks might vary from one work location to another, and also from one particular employer to another.

Maine Phlebotomists: Basic Certification Information

Maine happens to be among the states that does not (at the time of writing) require state licensing and/or certification to practice phlebotomy. There aren’t any national requirements, either. Employers, however, might require their potential phlebotomists to become certified via one of the national phlebotomy certification organizations; this may be so that all workers have at least a certain level of knowledge and skill.

If national certification as a phlebotomist is your desire, you might possibly be able to get certified via a local phlebotomy course, because there are some phlebotomist training programs that actually include certification through the course. However, you should take note of the fact that not all courses offer phlebotomist certification through the course, and not all courses and programs meet the necessary requirements for the national certification agencies. As an example, if you’d like to become certified by American Medical Technologists (also known as AMT), you would want to check with AMT (or any other organization) to find out of there happen to be any classes or programs in your area that might meet their requirements, or alternatively, if they sponsor or put on a course in your area. It’s important to prior to actually committing to a course so that you can be sure that the course you’re taking satisfies the requirements of the particular certification agency that you wish to receive your phlebotomy certification from.

A person interested in becoming a phlebotomist might also have to meet more individual requirements or prerequisites, as well, for both a national phlebotomist certification and for a local training program. For example, you might have to have a graduation equivalent diploma, also known as a GED, or have high school diploma, or you might also have to be CPR certified.

Other requirements for certification may include completing a number of hours of classroom instruction, lab practice, and/or externship experience (if available, which isn’t always the case). You might also be required to log, document or record a specific number of successful blood draws or extractions (perhaps both dermal puncture and also venipuncture), and pass a written exam.

If in the past you’ve worked (or happen to currently work) as a medical professional with some experience in obtaining blood samples (drawing blood)  like am Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic, you may qualify to bypass some of the standards required for applicants for national certification without on-the-job blood drawing experience. If you’re interested in a program that is structure like this and believe you might qualify, take some time to contact the specific certification agency that you want to be certified from and see what options might be available.

Maine Community Colleges, Schools & Technical Institutes

The schools listed below may offer training programs or classes for phlebotomists.

Eastern Maine Community College
354 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 974-4600

Northern Maine Community College
33 Edgemont Drive, Presque Isle, ME 04769
207-768-2700

Northeast Technical Institute
51 US 1, Scarborough, ME 04074
(207) 883-5130

Southern Maine Community College
2 Fort Road, South Portland, ME 04106
207-741-5500

York County Community College
112 College Drive, Wells, ME 04090
207-646-9282

Central Maine Community College
1250 Turner Street, Auburn, ME 04210
207-755-5100

Kennebec Valley Community College
92 Western Avenue, Fairfield, ME 04937
207-453-5000