Phlebotomy (Specialized Training)
Specialized training is available in phlebotomy to provide you the education and hands-on training needed to be a phlebotomist (PBT) and prepare you for employment in laboratories found in hospitals, medical clinics, and private labs.
You will complete your training in one-semester through a five credit course that will include two nights a week of learning, testing, and hands-on phlebotomy experience during the first half of the semester. During the second half of the semester, you will be placed in a medical facility laboratory to complete a 100-hour phlebotomy externship. Upon completion of the class you will be eligible to sit for the American Society of Clinical Pathologists Phlebotomy Technician exam, and upon passing the exam earn a national PBT certification.
Phlebotomists perform venipuncture, capillary punctures and lab tests. Phlebotomists complete the tests as prescribed by medical providers, which makes them a vital part of the medical team.
Phlebotomists work in medical settings in which their patient-encounters provide the phlebotomist with pride in their profession and provide the patient with competent professional medical care.
Hands on training to perform venipuncture and capillary punctures will be part of the first half of the semester. The student will learn how to draw blood, in what order to employ the tubes used to collect the blood, OSHA safety practices, confidentiality, and lab testing requirements.
The second half of the semester, the student will be in an actual laboratory drawing blood on patients and putting their skills to work.
Registration for the phlebotomy class is by special permission only. Students must complete the application and have submitted all documentation of the prerequisites prior to receiving permission to register for the class.
Applicants should familiarize themselves with the prerequisites and speak with an advisor if they have any concerns or questions.
Prerequisites for the course include the following:
- A high school diploma or GED.
- Placement into WRTG 111x or Accuplacer combined score of 110 or above for reading and comprehension and 15 or greater for math.
- Have the following immunizations: Hepatitis B series, two MMRs, two chickenpox vaccines (or titer to prove immunity to Hep B/MMR/chickenpox) and have two 2-step PPD’s for tuberculosis within the past year.
- Complete and pass a CPR and first aid course specific to health care providers. Documentation of current card is required.
- Criminal background check
- Proof of health insurance
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