Montana Phlebotomy Training Classes

Filled with ranches, plains, and mountain ranges, Montana is a beautiful state containing national treasures such as Glacier National Park and Yellowstone. Aside from an amazing amount of wildlife and breathtaking nature, Montana also has a medical system that’s made up of a variety of workers. This includes everyone from doctors to nurses, and it also includes phlebotomists.

If you call Montana home and have taken some time to ponder what it would be like being a phlebotomist, then it’s possible that you might enjoy reading the content on this page. While there’s a lot of information here, it’s laid out in a way that hopefully isn’t overwhelming. There’s both general information and Montana-specific information here, as well as some details below (at the bottom of this web page) about where you might find phlebotomist training classes.

Basic Information – Montana Phlebotomist Training

Helping students learn how to become phlebotomy technicians is the chief intent of phlebotomy technician training. This might be accomplished through the teaching of various practical skills involved in phlebotomy, teaching essential information about phlebotomy, and providing opportunities for hands-on blood drawing practice and experience. What’s taught in a phlebotomy course may vary though depending upon the course and the school.

There are a variety of skills that might be taught in a phlebotomy technician training course such as the basic techniques of drawing blood which are venipuncture, and also dermal puncture. Other things like CPR, how to use and AED, and first aid might be taught. Not all courses may teach all of this, and some courses may teach other practical skills not listed. Venipuncture and dermal puncture are the heart of phlebotomy; these are the two main phlebotomy techniques used to extract blood. Among these techniques, venipuncture is the most common, and is the technique where a needle pierces a blood vein, and blood is then drawn through the needle into a test tube or another type of collection device (there are many other options such as bags or other types of containers designed for medical use). Dermal puncture (which is also called skin pricking) is the technique where the skin (often on the finger) is pierced with a small needle, just deep enough to puncture a capillary vein, and blood is then squeezed out onto the collection device (such as a paper strip).

To fully understand phlebotomy and to be successful as a phlebotomist, other topics may need to be learned, as well. These topics may include subjects like anatomy, physiology and function of the body or circulatory system, the historical significance of the field of phlebotomy, medical terms and definitions related to the field, and other similar topics. Again, subjects may vary by course and school.

Finally, practical experience may be provided so that students can better their technique under supervision. This may happen in a lab, where students can might perform techniques on one another or on instructional mannequins. An externship (the oppurtinity to work out in the field) may also be provided in some courses (although this isn’t always the case). If this is available, it might be in a place like a blood bank, or another place where blood is drawn or collected like a hospital laboratory or even a health clinic.

Phlebotomist Job Duties & Responsibilities in Montana

Phlebotomists will primarily perform venipuncture and dermal puncture. However, depending on where they are employed, they may be asked to do other auxiliary duties too. Some of these auxiliary duties might include things like delivering blood samples from one place to another, checking test tube labels to make sure they’re correct, working patients to educate them about the procedures being performed, and even applying first aid in certain situations.

In certain situations, phlebotomists may be called to perform difficult blood draws; these are blood draws that present an elevated level of difficulty for the phlebotomist. This challenge may be a physical challenge, such as trying to draw blood from someone with hard-to-locate veins, or it may pose a more mental challenge that requires interpersonal skills, such as trying to collect a blood sample from someone who is terrified of needles.

Phlebotomy Certification Information for Montana Phlebotomists

Some states do require phlebotomists to hold a certification; however, Montana doesn’t not require that phlebotomists need to have a certification or be licensed. National certification does exist, however, through several phlebotomy certification agencies. Many times, employers may require applicants to be a certified phlebotomist through one of these organizations so that a standard level of skill, training and experience is assured.

Certification may be obtained through the phlebotomy training courses in some situations, but some courses may not include it. If you’re interested in pursuing a national phlebotomy certification, it may be a wise decision to choose a phlebotomy training course that includes it. It’s possible to take a class that doesn’t include certification and then obtain the certification later, but if you don’t first make sure that the course satisfies the requirement of a certification agency you might find yourself having taken a course and then it doesn’t count toward certification, so that’s definitely something you should look into beforehand.

As a illustrative example, if you’re sure that you want a phlebotomy certificate and agency like AMT (American Medical Technologists) then you should contact AMT prior to registering for a course to ensure it their requirements for a phlebotomy training course. You may also want to find out if they can recommend a nearby course that does meet their specific requirements, or you can also ask if they run, sponsor or put on any courses in your area. This would be the same for any other certifying organization that you’re interested in; the point here is to avoid taking a class that doesn’t count toward certification, and to find this out before you register for the course.

In addition to course requirements, there may also be individual requirements that the certification agencies may have for applicants for national certification. These requirements may vary from agency to agency, and a person may be required to fulfill some, all, or even more than the following:

  • Hold a high school certificate, diploma, or equivalent (even possibly a GED)
  • Hold a certification in CPR
  • Log a certain a number of hours in a phlebotomy lab
  • Log a certain amount of time in an externship (if an externship is available)
  • Document a specific number of blood draws
  • Pass a an oral exam or written exam

Some people who have worked in the health care field before and have collected blood specimens as part of their job (or worked with starting IVs) might be able to skip past some of the requirements that other people without that experience might have to meet, in “fast track” situation. If this sounds like a situation that might apply to you and your work experience, you might want to inquire with one of the certification agencies to learn about your options for something like this.

Colleges, Schools & Organizations in Montana

Scroll down below to see some of the schools or organizations in Montana they might have training classes.

Montana State University
100 Culbertson Hall, PO Box 172435, Bozeman, MT 59717
(406) 994-0211

Dawson Community College
300 College Drive, Glendive, MT 59330
(406) 377-3396

The Discovery Care Center
601 North 10th Street, Hamilton, MT 59840
(406) 363-2273

Helena College
1115 N Roberts Street, Helena, MT 59601
(406) 447-6900

The Lifelong Learning Center
310 South Curtis Street, Missoula, MT 59801
(406) 549-8765

Flathead Valley Community College
777 Grandview Drive, Kalispell, MT 59901
(406) 756-3822

Miles Community College
2715 Dickinson Street, Miles City, MT 59301
(406) 874-6100