Online Phlebotomy Training: Can it be Done?

The internet is a great thing, that’s for sure. It has revolutionized the world. Now people are connected nearly all the time, and there are a lot of different possibilities within the internet culture that we live in. One thing that has been revolutionized by the internet is the education industry. Now students can practically live anywhere in the world with an internet connection and still attend classes. Nothing like this has ever existed before, and it’s definitely an amazing thing. Someone who wants to be a business major can complete their entire bachelor’s degree online. Someone who wants to be an English major can also complete their entire bachelor’s degree online. But what about medical training like phlebotomy? Can a phlebotomist complete an entire course online? Can a phlebotomist take any training online? These are all relevant questions to the topic at hand, so let’s take a look at some of the answers.

First of all, it’s important to understand that no one can take an entire phlebotomy training course online, no matter what. The fact of the matter is that some professions (like phlebotomy) have a number of physical skills that students must learn, and these skills just can’t be taught online. Sure, a person could watch a video that teaches them how to draw blood, but that just doesn’t matter when it comes down to it. In order to learn something like that, a person needs to be in a classroom where they can be supervised by and instructor who can help correct their technique as they go, and tell them what they’re doing right or wrong. You just can’t get that kind of instruction via a computer interface.

In some situations and at some schools, it’s possible that a student may be able to go ahead and take a portion of their phlebotomy training online, but there’s no school where a person will be able to take all of it (you can read more about this at to get more detailed information). If a person is allowed to take a portion of it online, it’s likely that it would be the lecture portion of the training, and definitely not the hands on, skills portion. Some people might be disappointed by this, but it’s important to remember that you probably wouldn’t want to have someone drawing blood from you that has never practiced it in person and had only learned online, right? Exactly. So no one else would want that either, which is why there’s always going to be a portion of phlebotomy training that must be done in person.