Introduction to Phlebotomy

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Introduction to Phlebotomy


updated on icon Updated on Nov, 2023

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Lectures -17

Duration -15 mins


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Course Description

Did you know that the job market for a phlebotomist is one of the fastest growing industries out there, with a 20-30% growth predicted over the next ten years? 

Phlebotomy, also called blood draw or venipuncture, is the surgical practice of using a needle to take blood from a vein. A licensed phlebotomist can work in medical centers or blood drives, where they use their skills in phlebotomy to take blood from patients which are then sent to a laboratory.

This course is your first step towards becoming a certified phlebotomy technician. Whether you are an aspiring student or already a licensed phlebotomy technician, you can get the steps for how to provide a successful venipuncture attempt from start to finish. While this course will not provide you with a formal qualification to practice professionally, it is a great starting point.

Taught by former army nurse and medic Mark D. Ingram, you’ll learn the importance of your phlebotomy technique, how to greet patients, how to perfect your tourniquet, and step-by-step the process of drawing blood from a vein.

Start a career helping others with this online Introduction to Phlebotomy course.

In this course, you will learn:

  • How to safely perform a venipuncture from the antecubital region
  • How to perfect your technique to avoid blunders and accidents
  • How to greet clients and keep them comfortable
  • Different techniques for applying your tourniquet
  • How to anchor the vein and prepare the needle


What will you learn in this course:

  • Develop fundamental phlebotomy skills: Acquire essential knowledge and techniques for proper blood sample collection, handling, and processing, ensuring accurate and safe procedures.

  • Understand infection control and safety protocols: Learn about the importance of maintaining a sterile and safe environment during phlebotomy procedures, minimizing the risk of infections and ensuring the well-being of both patients and healthcare professionals.

  • Prepare for a career in phlebotomy: Gain the necessary knowledge and confidence to pursue a career as a phlebotomist, ready to contribute to healthcare settings and positively impact patient care through proficient blood collection practices.


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • This Phlebotomy course is open to all, with no formal entry requirements.

Introduction to Phlebotomy


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

Module 1: Getting Started
2 Lectures
  • play icon Course Introduction 01:18 01:18
  • play icon Shadow Video 02:55 02:55
Module 2: First Steps
2 Lectures
Module 3: Tourniquet Technique
2 Lectures
Module 4: Getting Ready
8 Lectures
Module 5: Conclusion
3 Lectures

Instructor Details

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