What to Expect From Your Phlebotomist Training

Categories: Phlebotomy

Each day Phlebotomists are on the front lines in healthcare rooms across the globe easing people’s nerves, drawing blood and properly storing that blood for future use. Getting the proper Phlebotomist training will ensure a fulfilling career on these critical front lines. At Arizona College, we provide a skills-based curriculum and adaptable schedule so you can learn the skills needed to flourish in Phlebotomy through our Medical Assistant with Phlebotomy program. Well-Rounded Curriculum An effective curriculum balances theoretical classroom instruction with real world, hands-on training. Our hands-on training involves drawing blood from fellow students and using lab facilities. Learn how to operate industry-standard lab equipment like microscopes, examination tables, centrifuge, platform scales, stethoscopes, medical instruments, anatomical charts and organ models from the guidance of an experienced faculty. In addition to in-classroom and lab resources, each student also has access to open lab and tutoring sessions. All you need to do…

4 Places to Use Your Phlebotomist Certification

Categories: Phlebotomy

Ever mention you’re thinking about getting your Phlebotomist certification and others either react with “what’s that?” or “ewww, I hate needles!”—? While your friends and family may look puzzled, or squirm, each time you mention phlebotomy as a career, they’ve likely encountered one or two in their life when donating blood or getting a blood test. At Arizona College, we’re trying to prep eager minds for a career as a phlebotomist through our curriculum of coursework and a clinical externship.  Our graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Phlebotomy Certification Examination offered through American Medical Technologists.   To work as a phlebotomist, certification is not required, however Arizona College recommends that our graduates gain a phlebotomist certification as a way to enhance their resumes and gain additional validation of their knowledge. Phlebotomists play a crucial role in the healthcare industry. They’re the people applying the tourniquet, disinfecting the needle’s access…

Allied Health Professions Week 2014

Categories: Dental Assisting, Health Information, Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy

Every year, the health care community desires to create awareness for particular health care related professions, including Allied Health. November 3rd-9th, 2014, is a week dedicated to honoring all Allied Health Professionals.  This event honors the more than 3 million health care providers working in more than 80 allied health professions.  It promotes the celebration of allied health careers by providers, educators, and allied health accreditors. Who are Allied Health Professionals? Allied Health Professionals provide patient care, which including the medical, dental and pharmacy fields.  They work within a team to make the health care system function effectively and efficiently by providing a wide range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic, and direct patient care and support services.  These professionals are crucial to the health care providers they support and the patients they tend.  It is estimated that Allied Health Professionals make up approximately 60% of the health care workforce. What are…

Arizona College Donates Blood for American Red Cross

Categories: Career Services, Phlebotomy, Uncategorized

Have you ever donated blood? Donating blood is a simple thing to do and it makes a significant impact in the lives of others. If you have ever needed surgery, there is a large chance that you have answered the question, “If required, would you be willing to accept a blood transfusion?” Donated blood and blood products processed from donated blood saves lives every day. Donated blood is used for many purposes; including patients who require a blood transfusion during or after surgery, chemotherapy patients during treatment, and for patients living with various medical conditions such as sickle cell disease. Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, and 41,000 pints of donated blood are used on a daily basis. Recently, both of our Arizona College campuses partnered with the American Red Cross, and held successful blood drives at each campus location. The Mesa Campus drive was held on…

Needle Positioning: The Key to a Successful Blood Draw

Categories: Phlebotomy

Those training to enter the field of Phlebotomy should know that one of the keys to a successful blood draw is needle positioning – an improper needle position is one of the most common causes of blood draw failure. Once trained, a Phlebotomist can use several simple visual cues to determine if the needle is positioned correctly in the vein. The angle of the needle can greatly affect the success of a blood draw. If the bevel of the needle is resting against the lower or upper wall of the vein, blood flow can be affected – this problem can easily be fixed by changing the needle angle. If the needle angle is too shallow, this can cause the needle to come in contact with the upper wall, resulting in an angle that is too steep, which can cause the needle to come in contact with the lower wall. To…