July 26, 2015

Areas of Study for Phlebotomists

If you take a course of study in phlebotomy at a reputable, accredited college or training institute, you will probably have a wide range of subjects that you can choose to study, all of which will contribute toward your mastery of phlebotomy. Here are some of them: Anatomy – Knowing how the human body (and especially the circulatory system) works is essential for anyone who plans to draw blood in a safe and efficient manner. Studying anatomy will give you a clear idea of why certain sites are better for drawing blood than others and why patients need blood drawn in the first place.

Biology – Knowing how cells work, how living tissue functions, and what separates living organisms from non-living matter will give you a greater appreciation for the procedures you will utilize daily in the extraction of blood.

Chemistry – Chemistry is the science that allows laboratories to analyze blood. By understanding the chemistry of blood analysis, you will come to better understand what will happen with the blood that you draw, and it may even lead to your working in a laboratory to perform the analysis yourself.

Epidemiology – Blood is a potential source of dangerous infections. Understanding how infections spread from organism to organism and individual to individual will make it easier for you to understand why stringent safety precautions are in place for the handling of blood.

Hematology – Hematology is the study of blood and, as a phlebotomist, blood is the very, well, life’s blood of your profession. The more you know about it, the better you will be at your job.