Fundamentals of Phlebotomy (Online)

Health Academy
Delivery Method: eLearning


This online Fundamentals of Phlebotomy e-learning course teaches you all the essential theory, skills and regulatory requirements for taking blood. You will be provide 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.

So what’s included in this online Fundamentals of Phlebotomy course?

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.

Course content 

    • Roles and responsibilities for practitioner
    • Summary of national standards, current resources and legal aspects of phlebotomy
    • Anatomy & Physiology
    • Safety and infection control, ANTT and consent
    • Equipment
    • Demonstration of correct technique, choice of equipment and procedure
    • 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 doesn’t 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 this online course if you have access to the relevant equipment to practice. To make this super easy for you we have some comprehensive IV training kits that can be sent out to you 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.

  • Blood taking needles/butterflies, and related ‘connector systems’
  • a selection of the sample tubes
  • Tourniquet
  • IV training pad 

Please note that all of the above are included in the IV Training Kits which are available to purchase here.

The IV Training Kit can be purchased at a discounted price along with this course here.

Please also note that the guidelines recommend a period of supervised practice in addition to comprehensive foundation training for new practitioners.


Group discounts will be available on the next page as shown below

If you are looking for a more bespoke package of training for your delegates, please click the image below to request a personalised quote. 

5 or more delegates

10% Discount

10 or more delegates

15% Discount

20 or more delegates

20% Discount

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Jay Bradshaw (April 2022)
Very informative, can go at own pace and easy to follow.
Eshaan Akhtar (March 2022)
Very Informative! Enjoyed and explained everything well
Teresa Chadwick (March 2022)
Great course, easy to understand and very helpful, cant wait to get started.
Luis Santos (February 2022)
Very accurate. Was helpful the home kit, the course is very accurate for drawing blood for ACF.
Alexa Herbert (January 2022)
Very thorough and very informative!
Amanda Kandeh (February 2022)
Really liked the quiz's, I found these helpful

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