The healthcare field is experiencing a great period of growth. This growth has translated into over five million new jobs that are projected to open up for healthcare and social service workers. Many people are looking to join the healthcare field but do not want to invest the long educational requirements necessary for some professions. For people interested in a career change, Phlebotomy offers great benefits and requires only a short investment of training before you are able to begin working.
Phlebotomists are employed by hospitals, laboratories, doctor’s offices, clinics, and home health agencies. In the State of Arkansas, Phlebotomists enjoy an average salary of $29,000.00.
It is not a requirement to become certified in the State of Arkansas; however, Certified Phlebotomists enjoy a higher salary and most employers require certification. To become certified you must have training that has been approved by the National Accrediting for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Many vocational schools, colleges and programs offer Phlebotomy training that can be completed in less than one year. After completion, students can chose to take a certification exam to become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician.
In the State of Arkansas, there is one NAACLS approved Phlebotomy program:
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA) Campus Drive, Helena-West, Helena Arizona 72342 Telephone (870) 338-6474
This college offers a Phlebotomy program that instructs students on patient and blood donor venipuncture, blood preparation and processing. The course requires medical terminology and intro to anatomy and physiology. The program is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Students are given a Technical Certificate after successful completion of the program. The college also offers career services after graduation
There are several educational opportunities to obtain Phlebotomy training in the State of Arkansas such as:
Southeast Arkansas College 1900 Hazel Street, Pine Bluff Arkansas 71603 Telephone (870)543-5900
Dedicated to providing technical educations for Jefferson and surrounding counties, this college offers a one-semester Phlebotomy program. The program instructs students on venipuncture, collection techniques, and equipment, as well as age-specific collections. The program includes laboratory experience to reinforce classroom instruction. Upon successful completion of the program, students can apply for certification through the National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel (NCA) or the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
The program states “A Letter of Intent to apply for approval through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) has been submitted. “
To become accepted into this program, the student must have completed (or be concurrently enrolled in) HEAL 1113 Medical Terminology (or by instructor permission) and have their current CPR certification (Level C).
Arkansas State University 1600 South College Street, Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653 Telephone (870) 508-6100
Established in 1995, this University is located in the Ozark Mountains and offers a Phlebotomy program that instructs students on the collection, handling and processing of blood and other fluids for analysis. The curriculum balances classroom with clinical experience. Students are recommended to take a medical terminology course before attending this program. Upon successful completion of the program, students are given a Certificate of Proficiency in Phlebotomy (CP).
The student would only be eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certification exam after documenting 120 competed clinical hours of training in a CLIA accredited laboratory.
University of Arkansas 2500 S Main St. Hope, Arkansas 71801 Telephone (870) 777-5722
Campus for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham St., Little Rock, Arkansas 72205
This accredited University offers students a thirteen week Phlebotomy course through the Department of Laboratory Sciences. This course instructs students on all aspects of venipuncture through lectures, a ‘hands-on’ laboratory, as well as clinical rotation. After successfully completing the course, students will be awarded a certificate of completion, making them eligible to apply to take the national registry exam given by the ASCP.
North Arkansas College 1515 Pioneer Drive | Harrison, AR 72601
This two-year public college was established in 1974 and was the State of Arkansas’ first ‘Climate Neutral’ campus, committed to reducing the greenhouse gas emission. The College offers a Phlebotomy Technician program that instructs students on venipunctures, laboratory techniques, fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology, and dermal punctures. After successfully completing the program, students are eligible to take the ASCP certificate examination, and become a certified Phlebotomy Technician.
Arkansas Northeastern College 2501 South Division Street, Blytheville, AR 72315 Telephone (870)762-1020
This two-year College was opened in 1977. Through a “Great River Promise” program, students who fulfill criteria are promised a college education, increasing high school graduation and lowering poverty rates. This college offers a Phlebotomy course that provides the skills and knowledge to work as a Phlebotomy Technician, and includes a medical terminology course. After successfully completing the program, students are awarded a Certificate of Completion.
Black River Technical College 1401 Hwy 304 East Pocahontas, Arkansas 72455 Telephone (870)239-0969
This college offers an affordable education through its Pocahontas and Paragould campuses. A 13 week Phlebotomy program is available that instructs students on venipunctures, basic anatomy and physiology, blood collection and safety procedures. Upon completion of the program students are given a Proficiency Certificate.
Arkansas State University – Newport Campus 7648 Victory Blvd, Newport, Arkansas 72112 Telephone (870)512-7800
Founded as the White River Vocational Technical School in 1976, this University campus offers students a Phlebotomy program which meets all requirements of the NAACLS. The 240 hour program instructs students through classroom lectures and return demonstration of skills, as well as medical terminology, basic anatomy and physiology.