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Phlebotomy Technician Program

Admissions Requirements:

Individuals applying for this course are required to:

  • Be at least 18 years of age; Present proof of secondary education, BLS/CPR certification, current on immunizations and TB screen. In sufficient physical and mental health verified through a health screen/school physical.

Program Description:

This 62 hour/three-week course prepares graduates for an entry-level job as a Phlebotomy Technician in hospitals, laboratories, physician offices, clinics, and blood banks. Students learn to obtain blood samples by capillary and venipuncture. After completion of this program and an additional 30 venipunctures, students can take the national certification exam. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Program Outline:

Subject # Subject Title Clock Hours
Lec Lab Ext Total
PHL 101 Introduction to Phlebotomy 02 00 00 02
PHL 102 Fundamentals of the Medical Laboratory 02 00 00 02
PHL 103 Communication Skills for Phlebotomists 02 00 00 02
PHL 104 Terminology and Abbreviations 02 00 00 02
PHL 105 A/P of the Cardiovascular System 04 00 00 04
PHL 106 Common Disorders and Conditions Related to Phlebotomy 04 00 00 04
PHL 107 Hematology for the Phlebotomist 04 00 00 04
PHL108 Clinical Chemistry and Serology Tests 02 00 00 02
PHL109 Microbiology for the Phlebotomist 02 00 00 02
PHL110 Safety, Infection Control 02 00 00 02
PHL111 Phlebotomy Equipment 00 01 00 01
PHL112 Phlebotomy Procedures 00 02 00 02
PHL113 Specimen Collection and Special Procedures 00 12 00 12
PHL114 Specialized Phlebotomy 02 00 00 02
PHL115 Complications of Phlebotomy 02 00 00 02
PHL116 Urinalysis and Other Specimen 02 00 00 02
PHL117 Specimen Handling and Transport 01 00 00 01
PHL118 Compliance 01 00 00 01
PHL119 Computer Technology for Phlebotomist 01 00 00 03
PHL120 Skills Lab/Externship 00 00 12 20
Total Hours 35 15 12 62

Phlebotomy Technician Topic Descriptions

PHL101 Introduction to Phlebotomy (Lec 02Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 1)
Roles and responsibilities, Legal and ethical issues, patient legislative acts, accrediting agencies.

PHL102 Fundamentals of the Medical Laboratory (Lec 02 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 1)
Medical laboratory, laboratory staff, safety hazards, record keeping.

PHL103 Communication Skills for Phlebotomist (Lec 02 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 2)
The communication cycle, types of communication, improving communication skills, barriers, defense mechanisms.

PHL104 Terminology and Abbreviations (Lec 02 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 2)
The language of medicine, common medical terminology related to the cardiovascular system, abbreviations.

PHL105 Anatomy of the Cardiovascular System (Lec 04 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 3)
Key terms, the heart, blood vessels and cardiovascular circulation.

PHL106 Common Disorders and Conditions in Phlebotomy (Lec 04 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 4)
Common cardiovascular disorders, blood vessel disorders, and blood disorders.

PHL107 Hematology for the Phlebotomist (Lec 04 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 5)
Red and white blood cells, platelets, plasma; hemostasis, appearance of serum and plasma, blood types, rhesus factor.

PHL108 Clinical Chemistry and Serology Tests (Lec 02 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 6)
Chemistry panels or profiles, glucose testing, serology and immunology tests, drug testing.

PHL109 Microbiology for the Phlebotomist (Lec 02 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 6)
Microorganisms, bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, microbial growth, microbes and their impact on human body.

PHL110 Safety, Infection Control, and Standard (Lec 02 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 7)
Physical hazards, patient safety related to latex products, infection control, chain of infection.

PHL111 Phlebotomy Equipment (Lec 00 Cl Hrs / Lab 01 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 7)
Types of phlebotomy equipment common in the laboratory, needle safety, key terms.

PHL112 Phlebotomy Procedures (Lec 00 Cl Hrs / Lab 02 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 7)
Patient preparation for venipuncture, preparing for the venipuncture, performing the venipuncture, performing capillary puncture.

PHL113 Specimen Collection and Special Procedures (Lec 00 Cl Hrs / Lab 12 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 8-10)
Glucose testing, Timed specimens, platelet function assay, blood donation, therapeutic collection, chain of custody, specimen tampering, blood alcohol testing, employee testing, forensic specimens, athletic testing.

PHL114 Specialized Phlebotomy (Lec 02 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 11)
Pediatric phlebotomy, special neonatal blood collection and screening, blood spot collection, geriatric phlebotomy, blood cultures, arterial blood gases, phlebotomy for anticoagulated, obese, or psychiatric patients.

PHL115 Complications of Phlebotomy (Lec 02 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 11)
Hematoma, hemoconcentration, nerve damage, fainting, seizures, allergic response, collapsed vein, excessive bleeding, accidental artery puncture, uncooperative patients.

PHL116 Urinalysis and Other Specimens (Lec 02 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 12)
Anatomy of the urinary system, urine formation, collecting the urine specimen, transporting the urine specimen, urine characteristics, pregnancy testing, urine toxicology, sputum specimens, cerebrospinal fluid, amniotic fluid semen, and fecal specimens.

PHL117 Specimen Handling and Transport (Lec 01 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 12)
Handling specimens after venipuncture, delivery methods, clinical laboratory specimen processing, reporting of laboratory results.

PHL118 Compliance (Lec 01 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 12)
The need for compliance in phlebotomy, compliance regulations, the laboratory compliance plan, effects of compliance, legal actions and phlebotomy, lawsuit prevention.

PHL119 Computer Technology for the Phlebotomist (Lec 01 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 13)
Computers in the Clinical Laboratory, computer hardware and software, data storage, tube systems, security.

PHL120 Skills Lab/Externship (Lec 00 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 12 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 13-14)
Complete at least 5 successful venous and 5 capillary collections.

Phlebotomy Technician Program Externship

intructor holding certificatesExternship Protocol: An externship is a chance to continue your learning in a hands-on environment. It is an important step toward becoming a professional in your chosen field and will allow you to put into practice all that you have learned in the classroom. But you are still considered a student. Your preceptor will provide you with an orientation to the policies and workflow of the facility. This is your chance to transition from the role of a student into the role of a professional.

Pre-requisites: Skills lab, resume, CPR/BLS certification, physical exam, current immunizations.

Externship Dates: Externs are scheduled for 12 hours in the clinic based upon facility availability. Students may be required to travel up to 60 miles in one direction to an externship site. You must arrange your own transportation to and from the site as well as pay for parking. In the case of facility not available, externship may be conducted as an additional skills lab at the school.

Process: Once your externship schedule is on the calendar, additional changes will need to be approved by your instructor only. Students must arrive on time, in uniform, with badge and folder in hand. A daily journal nor a final paper is required for this externship.

Please note the following when going to your externship:

  • You should treat your externship like a job. Be dependable and punctual, respectful, and helpful, remembering that you are a guest in the facility. There is a 10 minute break each hour and 30 minute lunch break for every 6 hours of clinical.
  • You are to be in uniform and wear your name badge at all times.
  • You must give advance notice to your instructor for any absence or late arrival.
  • If you experience any difficulty at your site, you must contact your instructor immediately.
  • Externship host sites have the right to dismiss students for any reason without recourse. We will request an evaluation from the host site, and determine if the student is eligible to continue in this program.

Externship completion: The externship is graded by the facility preceptor using a A-F grading system. The preceptor will evaluate your performance based upon meeting the guidelines of successful venous and capillary collection, attendance, and customer service. To apply for the national certification exam, the student must complete the basic program in addition to obtaining 30 additional venous and 10 capillary samples. You must receive an overall grade of ā€œCā€ or better, meet all financial and attendance obligations, and adhere to school and facility guidelines to graduate from the Phlebotomy Technician program.

Phlebotomy Technician Program Basis of Grades:
Tests/Quizzes 50%
Skills/Extern Lab 50%