The phlebotomist must be trained in all aspects of blood specimen collection and processing. To become proficient in venipuncture and capillary punctures the students must do plenty of hands-on training! Therefore a phlebotomy training program should teach safe and efficient work practices when obtaining specimens by capillary or venipuncture. Training in specimen handling, labeling, sorting, preparation for testing, as well as communication, employability skills, and emergency procedures should also be taught and practiced. The course work should also cover anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system and an externship without pay in one of the local medical facilities, laboratories, or hospitals.
Phlebotomy students in the RIO clinical lab:
ATTENTION: Please realize that this video (published from YouTube) is NOT HERE TO TEACH you phlebotomy techniques, but merely to show you different scenarios of the phlebotomist's daily routine. The video may contain techniques, or procedures that do not conform to proper, and safe venipuncture protocol. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.
Purpose of the Phlebotomy Practicum
In addition to theoretical and practical training received in the class room an externship, or clinical practicum, provides phlebotomy students with unpaid hands-on experience under the guidance of seasoned professionals in the "real world" work setting before graduation. Upon graduation the new phlebotomist may then qualify to sit for a national registry or certification exam, and after that, the job hunt begins. See some great photos taken during their phlebotomy training classes!