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Venipuncture & Phlebotomy

104 lessons
6 quizzes
2908 students

An illustrated, hands-on, self-paced, online course to be used with The Apprentice Doctor® Venipuncture Training Kit which includes all the instruments and items needed.


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The Course

This is an illustrated, hands-on, self-paced, online course to be used with The Apprentice Doctor® Venipuncture Training Kit which includes all the instruments and items needed.

A basic understanding of general human (or veterinary) anatomy and physiology, especially the cardiovascular system, is required in order to understand and safely apply the techniques that the student will learn.

Every “simple” venipuncture procedure is, in essence, a minor surgical procedure governed by the basic principles of surgery:

  • Have a comprehensive understanding of basic medical sciences, especially anatomy and physiology of the relevant areas and systems.
  • Follow the basic principles of sterility and asepsis, including the use of barrier techniques.
  • Take a medical history and interpret this information to modify your treatment plan.
  • Use good lighting.
  • Respect life and bodily tissues.
  • Perform the procedure in a humane and professional manner.
  • Anticipate the possibility of complications and deal with them promptly and effectively.

The Apprentice Doctor® Venipuncture Phlebotomy and IV Skills Course and Kit are not intended to be used as a substitute for clinical training. Instead, The Apprentice Doctor® offers a firm foundation so students can successfully master the initial learning curve in a non-clinical setting before confidently entering the clinical situation.

Who Should Enroll In This Course?

  • Medical students
  • Pre-medical students
  • Paramedics and EMT students
  • Nursing students
  • Phlebotomy students
  • Dental students
  • Veterinary students
  • Surgery interns/registrars
  • Advanced first aid practitioners
  • Military medics
  • High school students interested in a career in medicine (guidance required)
  • Practicing healthcare professionals who would like to improve their venipuncture skills


Home-based learning

Time Allowed

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+-60 Hours (including practical projects).

The Apprentice Doctor Academy recommends that the student not rush through the course (not more than 3 hours per day) to allow for consolidation of the information. The course could be done in less than a week with full-time study; however, it is recommended that you not rush and instead allow the information to consolidate in your mind.

From the date of enrollment, you have 12 weeks to complete the course, failing which you will need to re-enroll.

Furthermore we recommend that you briefly review the previous day’s work before continuing each day. This will also consolidate the knowledge in your mind.


— Register with Apprentice Doctor Academy

— Enroll in Course

— Simulation Kit (optional but recommended to complete the practical projects and practice the techniques you learn)

Certified Credits

Equivalent to thirty shadowing hours


The Apprentice Doctor® Venipuncture Course is intended as supporting training material to supplement formally registered and accredited phlebotomy, paramedic, medical, dental, and veterinary courses. In itself, this course does not qualify one as a phlebotomist or any other type of medical professional.

– Without a formal medical qualification you may open yourself to medicolegal litigation if applying these techniques on the public.

The surgical gloves contain latex. We do supply latex-free gloves as an alternative on request.

– The course and kit is suitable for students 16 years of age and older. Adult supervision is recommended for students below the age of 18 years.

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Dr Anton Scheepers

About the Course Author

Dr. Anton Scheepers is the founder and president of Apprentice Corporation, a company designing and promoting Apprentice Doctor® Simulation Practice Kits, Apprentice Doctor® Online Academy, and the Apprentice Doctor® Simulation Training Events.

Dr. Anton is a Specialist Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeon with more than 45 years experience in the medical field.

He has completed rotations in General Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgery.

Dr. Anton has had a colorful career which includes exploits such as treating leprosy patients in a large leprosarium, treating soldiers and civilians in a bush war in Africa, rendering medical services to prisoners – including death-row prisoners, and working with classified and dangerous psychiatric patients.

He started a medical sciences section in the largest Science Center in Africa – the Sci-Bono Discovery Science Center - and was involved with medical research in collaboration with Dr. Sandy Marks Jr. from the University of Massachusetts.

He is the head of the Premedical Sciences Department at the Solid Rock Community and Virtual Schools based in Tampa, Florida.

Authored Books Include:

- "For Future Doctors" Foundations

- How to Suture Wounds

- Venipuncture & Phlebotomy

- Orthopedic Fracture Reduction

- Surgical Aseptic Technique

- Obstetrics

Awards and Commendations Include:

- P Grant Smith Gold medal for Maxillofacial Surgery

- The College of Medicine Silver Medal in Maxillofacial Surgery

- The Michael and Janie Miller Prize Final Year Surgery

- Commendation for excellent service rendering by the Director of the Department of Health

- Commendation for excellent service rendering by the director of Prison services

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