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Phlebotomy Classes Near You in Rhode Island

This guide includes everything you need to know to become a certified phlebotomy technician (CPT). You’ll find information on the structure of training programs and what it’s like to work when you start your career. Feel free to browse our big list of schools to find a top-notch training program near you.

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What do phlebotomists do?

Phlebotomy is closely related to the Greek words phlebo, which means veins, and tome, which means cut. Phlebotomists make an incision and draw blood from the vein or skin.

In a hospital setting, CPTs spend much of their day working with patients and coworkers. The majority of their duties involve collecting blood and transporting samples, also known as specimens. To succeed as a phlebotomist, you must have certain personality characteristics. If you are empathetic, dependable, honest, can handle stress, and have good organizational skills – this might be a great fit for you.

Explore the classes below and compare schools to see which program fits your schedule and budget. Schools cover the same material, but they may be structured differently. Please take a look at their websites for more detailed information.

Rhode Island phlebotomy program requirements

Phlebotomy school offers an opportunity for people to learn a valuable skill that can take them far in life. To enroll, you must meet the following requirements:

  • 18 years old
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Get all your shots for pathogens such as tuberculosis and hepatitis

If you don’t have all your required vaccinations, there are many different shots that you need. Others include immunization for chickenpox, rubella, polio, and others.

One of the attractive things about phlebotomy school is that it’s relatively inexpensive. You can pay as little as $700 to complete a course. Accelerated courses can be completed in as little as a month or two.

What to expect from phlebotomy classes

The standards for accredited phlebotomy schools are set by national organizations like the National Phlebotomy Association or American Certification for Healthcare. Although training may be difficult, as long as you put in the time and effort, you should be just fine.

Phlebotomy technician students will learn about the following:

  • Blood drawing procedure
  • Handling samples
  • Human Anatomy
  • Medical terminology
  • The history of phlebotomy
  • Safety practices
  • Ethics and patient confidentiality
  • Legal issues

You can start your clinical training under the supervision of a trained phlebotomist. You may be working independently with patients after you have some practice.

Classroom study will also include at least 20 hours of theory. The amount of time it takes to complete your courses depends on your schedule. Once you complete your training, you can sit for the national exam. The same bodies that oversee accredited schools provide the tests. You can expect to pay around $150 in exam fees.

Where can I work as a phlebotomist in Rhode Island?

You can work in healthcare, research, or other special settings. Outpatient centers are common places for CPTs to work in. They are facilities that offer extended care, such as hospitals or geriatric care facilities.

Inpatient settings are where people do not stay overnight for the most part. These are places like physicians’ offices or blood banks. There’s a large number of phlebotomists working in laboratories either for hospitals or research science. You may also become a traveling phlebotomist and perform services at various locations across Rhode Island.

Phlebotomy jobs in Rhode Island

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there are 5570 phlebotomists in the state. Most job opportunities are in healthcare, and you can find plenty of jobs online in hospitals. Most job opportunities are in settings such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Labs
  • Doctor’s offices
  • Ambulatory healthcare
  • Rehabilitation centers

There are many other places to work as well, including schools, prisons, veterinarian’s offices, or any other place that needs someone to regularly perform blood draws.

Where Phlebotomists Work% of Jobs
Other ambulatory healthcare services14%
Physician offices8%
Outpatient care centers1%

Phlebotomist career path

After you become certified, you’ll have a wide range of options. You may want to explore specializing in medical science or other areas, such as pediatrics or geriatrics. Many doctors and nurses start with phlebotomy school and continue their training while they work. Some career paths that you may transition to include:

  • EKG technician
  • Registered nurse
  • Paramedic or EMT
  • Laboratory technician
  • Teacher or trainer
  • Managerial position
  • Pathologist assistant
  • Sonographer

Some of these positions may take a year or two to move into. As a certified technician, you’ll definitely be an attractive candidate. If you want to become a nurse, you will have to learn phlebotomy anyway, and it’s very difficult. Often phlebotomy programs are built into nursing programs, and new students have trouble working independently, which is often required in nurse training programs.

How much does a phlebotomist get paid in Rhode Island?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, phlebotomists in Rhode Island make an average of $21.44 per hour, which comes out to $44,600 per year. The 90th percentile of earners made $25.39 per hour, which is equal to $52,800 per year.

Metro AreaPhlebotomists EmployedAvg. Hourly WageAvg. Annual Wage
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI          200 $   21.83 $ 45,400
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA          670 $   21.15 $ 43,990

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