Phlebotomy Technician Program

Phlebotomy Program Description

The Phlebotomy program has been designed to fulfill the market demand for trained phlebotomists. Quality laboratory results begin with proper collection and handling of the specimen PHLEBOTOMYsubmitted for analysis. Correct patient preparation, specimen collection, specimen packaging and transportation are of vital importance. Graduates of the program will have skills useable for positions in various healthcare settings including laboratories, inpatient and outpatient hospitals and facilities.

Graduates will also qualify to sit for the following certification exams: NCCT – National Center for Competency Testing as National Certified Phlebotomist and ASCP – American Society for Clinical Pathology as a Certified Phlebotomist.

Upon successful completion of the 16 week, 480 hour didactic training, students will complete a 160 hour, 4 week externship in a Phlebotomist training capacity.

Educational Objectives

Quality laboratory results begin with proper collection and handling of the specimen submitted for analysis. Correct patient preparation, specimen collection, specimen packaging and transportation are of vital importance. Well trained phlebotomists to collect body fluid and specimens, such as blood, urine, semen, sputum and stool are the key to quality laboratory results.

In addition to learning the chain of custody of specimens, essentials of specimen collecting, measuring, handling, protecting and transporting products/specimens will be taught and practiced in both didactic and experiential training. In the didactic setting, students will use training arms for adults and infants prepare to draw blood from classmates. Coursework will also include human anatomy and physiology, standard universal precautions, safety and infection control, awareness of the potential for and intervention to patient reactions and complications associated with venipuncture, operating automated technology, as well as coping with the physical demands of constant patient contact. Upon successful completion of the 16 week, 480 hour didactic training, students will complete a 160 hour, 4 week externship in a Phlebotomist training capacity.

The four-week externship component will allow students to demonstrate skills and perform tasks practiced during didactic training in real health care environments. Some of these skills and tasks may include:

      • Maintaining patient confidentiality; complying with HIPPA regulations
      • Working well with patients/clients
      • Interview patients and record patient information
      • Being pleasant and polite to patients
      • Projecting a caring, empathetic and professional attitude
      • Explain the procedure and reduce patient fears
      • Precision and attention to detail in specimen collection
      • Basic computer skills
      • Assembling and disposing of equipment used for collection
      • Excellent hand-eye coordination
      • Proficiency in venipuncture technique
      • Adherence to standard procedures and universal precautions
      • Recording of patient identification and samples
      • Labeling blood and specimen containers and seeing that they are properly transported and stored
      • Conducting testing procedures to screen blood
      • Maintaining an inventory of supplies, reordering if appropriate
      • Stocking supplies on carts and collection trays

Graduates of the program will have skills useable for positions in various healthcare settings including laboratories, inpatient and outpatient hospitals and facilities. Graduates will also qualify to sit for the following certification exams: NCCT – National Center for Competency Testing as National Certified Phlebotomist and ASCP – American Society for Clinical Pathology as a Certified Phlebotomist

 

Course Length

      • 2 weeks (48-60 hours) Phlebotomy Academy
      • 16-weeks, 480 hours (didactic)
      • 4-weeks, 160 hours (externship)

Class Schedule

      • Monday through Friday, 8:30 – 2:30 during didactic training
      • Externship schedule determined by extern site

Curriculum Description:
The phlebotomy training program is a 16-week didactic training program with a 4-week externship in an institutional setting. There is a 48-60 hour training academy required for pre-selected students.

Course Outline and Hours

Course Outline
Clock Hours
Keyboarding
24
Computers
40
Word Processing
24
Communications/Professional Development
40
Anatomy & Physiology
80
Mathematics
40
Phlebotomy/Specimen Collection Procedures
92
Phlebotomy/ Specimen Collection Techniques
160
Externship Training
160
Total Clock Hours
660