What You’ll Learn in Phlebotomy School
Phlebotomy is about many more things than the simple taking of blood. At a phlebotomy school, you’ll learn a wide variety of topics that will help you in all phases of your specialized career in the field of healthcare.
You’ll learn collection techniques, of course, but you’ll also learn what you need to know regarding controlling infections, safety in a variety of medical settings, the preparation of specimens for the laboratory, medical ethics and legal issues, and communication in the healthcare field.
And all of these classes will be supported by the latest in textbooks devoted to the safe and effective practice of phlebotomy in a wide variety of settings.
General Phlebotomy, Collection Techniques, and Specimen Preparation
The majority of what you will learn in phlebotomy school will focus on the basics of phlebotomy practice. The topics you will learn include medical terminology for technicians; basic human anatomy and physiology; specimen, equipment, and collection tray identification; site selection and preparation; collection equipment; venipuncture, skin puncture, and post-puncture care.
Infection Control and Safety
In addition to the basics of phlebotomy listed above, your course of study in phlebotomy school will also include rigorous training in the prevention and control of infections, and how to operate in the safest way possible. Your class work will focus specifically on infection control and safety precautions in the lab, and in a variety of different clinical and hospital settings, as well as potential error, risks, and risk prevention.
Medical Ethics, Legal Issues, and Communication
And finally, no course of study in phlebotomy would be complete without topics dedicated to the administrative and interpersonal aspects of the job. Additional courses will include classes in medical communication, workplace stress, coworker and patient behavior, medical ethics, aspects of quality assurance in phlebotomy, and certification and review.
While general coursework outside of what will be used in your career as a phlebotomist is generally not required during phlebotomy school, you will still have the opportunity to learn much more than how to draw blood safely and effectively. Course work in infection control, medical ethics, medical communication, specimen preparation, and other relevant subjects will help to see you on your way to a rewarding career in phlebotomy.
So if you’re ready to begin a career in the healthcare industry as a phlebotomist, then get in touch with an admissions advisor at MTI College of Sacramento where we offer students the opportunity to become a certified phlebotomist in our certificate program, or in conjunction with the medical assistant program.
As part of the training, MTI College offers the Test Pass Assurance Program where students are prepared for the state certification exam. MTI will even pay qualifying students to take the exam one time!