This online Fundamentals of Phlebotomy e-learning course teaches you all the essential theory, skills, and regulatory requirements for taking blood. We will provide you with the background and rationale for blood taking practice and a discussion of the equipment and processes to form a solid theoretical foundation. You will then be able to go on to gain clinical competence and practice under supervision.
So who is the course suitable for?
The course is suitable for anyone wishing to add phlebotomy to their list of professional skills, including those who wish to apply for jobs in GP surgeries, hospitals and other healthcare organisations.
Who is the Author?
So what’s included in this online Fundamentals of Phlebotomy course?
Firstly, this is an interactive, engaging, and comprehensive e-learning course. We have therefore included all of the core skills and topics required for the successful delegate to confidently commence the practice of blood taking under supervision. There are videos, interactions, assessments, and reflective opportunities throughout the course. You will not be practically assessed as part of the course.
- Roles and responsibilities for practitioner
- Summary of national standards, current resources and legal aspects of phlebotomy
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Practical demonstrate of techniques
- Safety, infection control, ANTT and consent
- Complications of phlebotomy using case studies
- Competency and sign off of skills in practice
So what’s NOT included in this phlebotomy training course?
You will observe videos and diagrams of practical demonstrations on the course as well as examples of using the correct equipment. You will not, however, be practically assessed as part of the course.
The course does not cover cannulation. This requires an additional course.
Whilst the course covers blood taking techniques for children, it does not cover techniques such as scalp and heel prick samples which are specialist skills requiring additional training.
Arterial blood gas technique and analysis are not covered on this course
Venous blood gases can be obtained from the principles learned on this course. However, using blood gas machines and blood gas analysis are not covered on the course.
Are there any other considerations with this training?
You will get much more out of the course if you have access to relevant equipment to practice. To make this super easy for you we have some comprehensive packs that can be sent out in advance of your course containing a simulation vein, a variety of different sizes, models and types of needle device and sampling tubes:
The following equipment will be useful to have available (All included in our comprehensive pack):
- Blood taking needles/butterflies, and related ‘connector systems’
- a selection of the sample tubes
- IV training pad
Please note that all of our phlebotomy training follows national and international guidance on best practices for taking blood. The guidance states that competence in phlebotomy practices should be an essential part of the final evaluation of those training as health workers, and that regular in-service training and supportive supervision should be provided. Our free phlebotomy competency workbook provides a framework for guiding supervised practice. All health workers undertaking phlebotomy must also be trained in infection prevention and control procedures, and sharps disposal. These course can be found in our Mandatory & Compliance Healthcare Courses Section.