Virginia Phlebotomy Courses & Training

Virginia is a is a state full of history, from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War and beyond. If you are a Virginian and are interested in the possibility of helping patients as a phlebotomist, then you might enjoy some of the content on this page and you might even find it to be intriguing or insightful.

This particular page about phlebotomy has been structure in a way that hopefully prevents information overload. To accomplish this, the information is broken up into multiple sections that cover different but relevant topics. There are some details about Virginia-specific certification information, as well as general details about the field. You’ll also see that there are schools listed at the end of this page that might have different courses or programs available for phlebotomy training.

Basic Phlebotomy Training Information – Virginia

Simply put, the main aim of a phlebotomist training program is to prepare students for the world of phlebotomy. A phlebotomist training course may cover a number of subject areas and skills, which may include basic knowledge of phlebotomy, blood drawing techniques, and also a practical section where students might work on improving upon the skills that they’ve learned. The subjects that students may build a foundational understanding of phlebotomy my include things like the history of phlebotomy, phlebotomy-related anatomy, and medical terminology that is relevant to phlebotomy. What’s taught specifically in one course may vary from what might be taught in a different course, or from school to school.

The main techniques involved in phlebotomy are venipuncture and dermal puncture. Students may be taught these techniques in the training course along with other practical skills such as CPR and AED usage and first aid procedures. Venipuncture is the phlebotomy technique used to draw larger amounts of blood, such as during a blood donation. The phlebotomist inserts a needle into the patient’s vein; the needle is hooked up to some type of collection device (like a test tube). Blood is drawn through the hollow needle into the collection device. A phlebotomist may also use dermal puncture, which is a procedure that is performed when a small amount of blood is required. The phlebotomist pierces the patient’s skin (often on the forefinger) with a small needle and squeezes the required amount of blood (often only a few drops) onto the collection device.

Students might get time to practice the skills they have learned during the course in a lab. They may be able to perform venipuncture and dermal puncture and an instructor may be close by to offer guidance and constructive criticism. Some courses may even offer students the opportunity to participate in externships (if available), which may take place at a clinic, doctor’s office, blood bank, or a similar place. The externship (if available) may allow students to gain real-world experience in a closely supervised setting.

Phlebotomists in Virginia: Common Responsibilities

The major job duties of phlebotomists in Virginia are similar to those of phlebotomists elsewhere. Performing venipuncture and dermal puncture are the biggest components of phlebotomists’ work. Other job duties may vary according to employer, but might involve preparing blood samples for testing purposes, transporting blood samples, guiding patients through the phlebotomy process, utilizing computers, reporting specific data from patient blood draws, and applying first aid, if necessary.

Phlebotomists, in some situations, may also have to do difficult draws, which are challenging draws that prove harder than normal draws due to physical, emotional, or other reasons. For example, attempting to draw blood from an inmate who is uncooperative, for drug or alcohol testing  purposes, can be a difficult draw. Another common example of a difficult draw might also be trying to draw out a blood specimen from an elderly person’s fragile veins.

Certification Information for Phlebotomists in Virginia

Virginia does not require phlebotomists to be certified or to be licensed, and there are also not federal requirements for licensing or certification. However, many employers in Virginia might want (or even require) that their phlebotomists are certified via one of the many national agencies in order to be sure that their staff has a collective minimum level of skill and competency.

If you wish to be certified, you have a few different options. You can take a course that allows students to be certified at the end of the program; that is one option. You can also take a course that doesn’t offer certification at the end, but you can then get certified by an agency outside of the course. However, it’s important that you understand the difference between these two. Getting certified through a course may be the easiest option, because it’s all rolled into the course. But there are courses that don’t offer this, which is why the options exists to pursue being certified independently from the course you take, although it’s not always that simple because prior to registering for a course you need to ensure that it meets the certification requirements of one or more of the national agencies (AMT, NCCT, NHA, etc) first, otherwise you might end up taking a course that doesn’t count toward your certification, so make sure that you do your due diligence when choosing a course and verifying that it either includes certification or meets the qualifications of one of the certification agencies before you commit to that particular course.

You may also need to meet some individual requirements for certification. For instance, you might have to to hold a high school diploma or alternatively a GED, or hold CPR a certification. You might additionally have to complete certain requirements as you proceed through a phlebotomy training course. For example, you may need to participate in the lab or an externship for a specified number of hours. You may also need to document a certain number of successful blood sample draws, or even pass various written tests or examinations.

Work experience in a medical career might also qualify you for an expedited certification from one of the national certification agencies. If you think that something similar to this may be applicable to your situation, then you should reach out and inquire about the various options that might be available to you.

Virginia Schools, Colleges, and Institutions

Below are numerous schools and institutions that might potentially have phlebotomy technician training programs.

Northern Virginia Community College
6699 Springfield Center Dr, Springfield, VA 22150
(703) 323-3000

Northern Virginia Phlebotomy, LLC
42020 Village Center Plaza Suite 120-144, Stone Ridge, VA 20105
(571) 246-2892

Medical Educators
4920 East Millridge Parkway Suite 202, Midlothian, VA 23112
(804) 539-0303

Tidewater Community College
300 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 822-1122

America School of Nursing and Allied Health
14914 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Woodbridge Virginia 22191
(703) 490-8402

Danville Community College
1008 S Main St, Danville, VA 24541
(434) 797-2222

Southwest Virginia Community College
724 Community College Rd, Cedar Bluff, VA 24609
(276) 964-2555

Norfolk State University
700 Park Ave, Norfolk, VA 23504
(757) 823-8600

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
1651 E Parham Rd, Richmond, VA 23228
(804) 371-3000

Mountain Empire Community College
3441 Mountain Empire Rd, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
(276) 523-2400

Virginia Highlands Community College
100 Vhcc Dr, Abingdon, VA 24210
(276) 739-2400

Southside Virginia Community College
109 Campus Dr, Alberta, VA 23821
(434) 949-1000