Certificate - Phlebotomy and Laboratory Services

Today's healthcare system relies heavily on the results of laboratory tests to direct patient care. Accurate laboratory test results are essential for physicians and other health professionals to make appropriate clinical decisions. Phlebotomists and other laboratory professionals play a key role in ensuring the quality and accuracy of those laboratory tests.

Phlebotomists are skilled health professionals who specialize in the collection of specimens, particularly venous blood specimens. Phlebotomists must be able to quickly establish trust with the patient, as many people find blood collection to be an unpleasant experience. Phlebotomists must possess good communication skills; have a working knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology; as well as good venipuncture techniques.

In addition to teaching all of the skills and knowledge needed to function as a phlebotomist, the program also includes instruction in specimen processing, orientation to the laboratory, quality control testing and introductory laboratory testing. The internship provides the student with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to real-life experiences. Graduates of the program will have the knowledge and skills required to gain employment as a phlebotomist or in the specimen processing department of a laboratory.

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Phlebotomy Technician Certification Exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

Students interested in pursuing an Associate or Bachelor of Science in Health Science can apply the majority of their credits toward these degrees. Students should contact the Health Science Program Director for more information.

Admission Criteria

Please note the following documentation is required previous to apply to the phlebotomy and laboratory services program.

1. Official high school transcript or General Equivalency Diploma.

  1. An official Bachelor's or Master’s degree transcript, with a date of completion/graduation, can be accepted in lieu of a high school transcript

    2. Proof of immunization. All required immunizations must be current prior to the start of the program. Immunizations must be kept current throughout the program.

    3. All students must successfully pass a background check and drug test before official acceptance into the Phlebotomy Program will be granted. Forms are provided by program personnel.

Please note: Applicants are encouraged to apply early as there are limited number of seats and a rolling admissions process.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective communication that represents competence and professionalism in the healthcare field;
  2. Develop an understanding of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology;
  3. Describe HIPAA and its implications in the laboratory setting;
  4. Perform phlebotomy and capillary specimen collection;
  5. Determine which collection is most appropriate based on the patient's condition and the specimen required.
  6. Collect and prepare a variety of laboratory specimens;
  7. Perform basic laboratory testing and associated quality control; and
  8. Demonstrate laboratory safety techniques when collecting specimens and performing laboratory testing.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all the graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must complete the following programmatic graduation requirements:

1. Complete PHB 120, PHB 121, and PHB 299 courses with a minimum grade of "C".

Curriculum

First Semester

HSC 102

CPR/First Aid and Basic Crisis Intervention

1

PHB 104

Medical Terminology/Anatomy and Physiology

3

PHB 103

Introduction to Laboratory Services

3

PHB 120

Principles and Practices of Phlebotomy

3

PHB 121

Advanced Phlebotomy Skills

3

PHB 299

Phlebotomy Internship/Seminar

3

Total Credits in the Program

16