Phlebotomy Technician

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The Phlebotomy Technician Profession
The phlebotomist is a vital member of the clinical laboratory team, whose main function is to obtain patient’s blood specimens by venipuncture and micro-collection for testing purposes. Phlebotomists are employed throughout the healthcare system including in hospitals, neighborhood health centers, medical group practices, HMO’s, public health facilities, veteran hospitals, insurance carriers, and in other healthcare settings. The demand for phlebotomy technicians has increased substantially with the overall complexity of healthcare services and the risks of infectious disease. Current healthcare industry experts predict a 15% increase in phlebotomy jobs by 2018.   

The Phlebotomy Technician Program
The Phlebotomy Technician Program prepares students to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Students will become familiar with all aspects of blood collection and will review the skills needed to perform venipunctures safely.  Also includes terminology, blood collection procedures, order of draw and other engaging topics. 

    

 

Program Objectives
This course covers the following key areas and topics:

 

  • Process and procedures for collecting blood specimens for laboratory analysis
  • All aspects of blood collection and related procedures
  • The order of draw
  • Universal precautions
  • Skills to perform venipunctures completely and safely
  • Terminology and related anatomy and physiology


Phlebotomy Technician Detailed Course Information:

  • The history of Phlebotomy and the roles and responsibilities of a Phlebotomy Technician
  • Laboratory operations (e.g. safety, quality control,), quality assurance , laboratory law, ethics and regulatory issues
  • Anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system and anatomy of the hand, leg & foot – including arteries and veins
  • Universal precautions – safety protocols, infection control and medical asepsis
  • Specimen collection, processing, handling, documentation and transportation
  • Venipuntcures and skin puncture practice, syringe practice, heel puncture, protocol, syringe draws, etc.

Note: In order to qualify for an externship, students must successfully complete the program, including all quizzes and final exams, and be available for a background check and/or a potential drug screen. This program can be completed in 6 months. However, students will have online access to this program for a 12-month period.


Education and Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are no state approval and/or state requirements associated with this program. 
  • National Certification Available:
    • American Society of Phlebotomy Technician (ASPT) Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) Exam
    • NHA Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) Exam
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam
       
Optional Volunteer Clinical Externship Opportunity

Students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an optional volunteer clinical externship opportunity with a local healthcare facility in order to gain valuable hands-on experience. As students progress through their eLearning program, an Externship Coordinator will reach out to coordinate placement.

Note:
Additional documentation including health records, immunizations, drug-screening, criminal background checks, etc. may be required by the externship facility.

 

* The Phlebotomy program is not available to students in California.