Arkansas has a wide choice of Phlebotomy and Medical Assistance programs – sixteen to be specific. On top of that, you can also opt for an online or hybrid program.
Combine that with a faster-than-average job growth rate along with a very reasonable cost of living and you have a great place to start your career as a phlebotomy tech.
As a prospective phlebotomist in The Natural State, you can choose a program not only in technical or community college – a lot of universities offer them, too.
With so many courses to choose from it’s a bit hard to produce a unified description, but here is what can be said about all of them.
As in other states, your training will consist of classroom instruction and clinical practice, arranged by the school.
In the classroom, you will usually start with CPR and First Aid course (which will include basic anatomy and physiology), followed by a theoretical Phlebotomy course, where you will learn the fundamentals. As you complete this part and receive a grade C or better, you’ll be ready for the clinical part.
Through practical components (clinical experience) you will learn, under supervision, how to collect blood through venipunctures, and also how to collect other specimens.
Luckily, the requirements to join a phlebotomy class in Arkansas are pretty basic. You will need to provide transcripts of your high-school diploma or GED, along with immunization records (should include two MMRs and a tetanus shot).
Some schools will require you to pass a COMPASS test with a minimum score of 70 for Reading.
Once you have all of the above, submit an application and you’re ready to go. When accepted, schools may require to pass a skin TB test.
As mentioned above, there is no shortage of training options for phlebotomy technicians in Alabama. You can find a decent program in most major cities:
|Name||City||Program Offered||Graduation Rate||Website||Address|
|Arkansas Northeastern College||Blytheville||Phlebotomy||29%||http://www.anc.edu||2501 S Division, Blytheville, Arkansas 72316-1109|
|Arkansas State University Mid-South||West Memphis||Phlebotomy, Medical & Clinical Assistance||14%||http://www.asumidsouth.edu||2000 W. Broadway, West Memphis, Arkansas 72301-3829|
|Arkansas State University-Mountain Home||Mountain Home||Phlebotomy||49%||http://www.asumh.edu||1600 South College Street, Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653|
|Arkansas State University-Newport||Newport||Phlebotomy||29%||http://www.asun.edu||7648 Victory Blvd, Newport, Arkansas 72112|
|Arkansas Tech University||Russellville||Phlebotomy, Medical & Clinical Assistance||39%||http://www.atu.edu||Administration Bldg 200; 1509 N Boulder Ave, Russellville, Arkansas 72801-2222|
|Black River Technical College||Pocahontas||Phlebotomy||27%||http://www.blackrivertech.edu||1410 Hwy 304 East, Pocahontas, Arkansas 72455|
|Blue Cliff College-Fayetteville||Fayetteville||Medical & Clinical Assistance||58%||http://bluecliffcollege.com||3448 N. College, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703|
|Bryan University||Rogers||Phlebotomy, Medical & Clinical Assistance||74%||http://www.bryanu.edu||3704 W. Walnut St., Rogers, Arkansas 72756|
|Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas||De Queen||Medical & Clinical Assistance||41%||http://www.cccua.edu/||183 College Drive, De Queen, Arkansas 71832|
|East Arkansas Community College||Forrest City||Medical & Clinical Assistance||26%||https://WWW.EACC.EDU||1700 Newcastle Rd, Forrest City, Arkansas 72335-2204|
|Eastern College of Health Vocations-Little Rock||Little Rock||Medical & Clinical Assistance||60%||http://www.easterncollege.edu||200 South University Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205|
|National Park College||Hot Springs||Phlebotomy||27%||http://www.np.edu||101 College Dr, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913|
|North Arkansas College||Harrison||Phlebotomy, Medical & Clinical Assistance||33%||http://www.northark.edu||1515 Pioneer Dr, Harrison, Arkansas 72601-5508|
|Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas||Helena||Phlebotomy||33%||http://www.pccua.edu||1000 Campus Drive, Helena, Arkansas 72342-0785|
|South Arkansas Community College||El Dorado||Phlebotomy||21%||http://www.southark.edu||300 S West Ave, El Dorado, Arkansas 71731-7010|
|Southeast Arkansas College||Pine Bluff||Phlebotomy||17%||http://www.seark.edu||1900 Hazel St., Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603|
|Name||City||Program Offered||Graduation Rate||Website||Address|
License required: No
Certification required: No
As in the vast majority of other states (with very few exceptions), those who want to work as phlebotomists in Alabama don’t need to pass any state licensing process.
However, obtaining an optional phlebotomy certification from third-party institution may be a great idea if you’re serious about getting a better job.
New phlebotomists can realistically expect to start with about $13 hourly wage, with more experienced
It’s no surprise that phlebotomists in Arkansas earn slightly less compared to nation average. But, you also have to take into account that Arkansas in third-cheapest state to live in the US, according to Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC).
Here’s a breakdown of what wages and annual salaries you can expect here:
|Percentile||USA, annual||Arkansas, annual||USA, hourly||Arkansas, hourly|
|50th percentile (median)||$34,480||$27,600||$16.58||$13.27|
And a more detailed breakdown for different areas across the state:
|Area||Employed, total||Annual salary||Hourly wage||Annual, 10th percentile||Annual, 25th percentile||Annual, 50th percentile||Annual, 75th percentile||Annual, 90th percentile||Hourly, 10th percentile||Hourly, 25th percentile||Hourly, 50th percentile||Hourly, 75th percentile||Hourly, 90th percentile|
|Fort Smith, AR-OK||90||$30,650||$14.74||$24,950||$27,150||$29,890||$33,720||$38,650||$12.00||$13.05||$14.37||$16.21||$18.58|
|Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR||450||$29,550||$14.21||$21,260||$23,710||$28,070||$34,680||$40,460||$10.22||$11.40||$13.49||$16.67||$19.45|
|North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area||40||$25,560||$12.29||$19,560||$21,720||$24,370||$28,640||$32,190||$9.40||$10.44||$11.71||$13.77||$15.48|
|South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area||40||$26,260||$12.62||$19,930||$22,670||$26,200||$29,510||$31,820||$9.58||$10.90||$12.60||$14.19||$15.30|
|West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area||40||$26,260||$12.62||$19,750||$22,280||$25,690||$30,080||$33,360||$9.50||$10.71||$12.35||$14.46||$16.04|
Arkansas Department of Health
Address: 4815 W. Markham, Little Rock, AR 72205-3867