Contact Hours: 360
Certificate in Phlebotomy Technician
This program prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians and other health care professionals, to draw blood samples from patients using a variety of intrusive procedures.Phlebotomy Technician (phlebotomist) is an integral member of the medical laboratory team whose primary function is the collection of blood samples from patients by venipuncture. The phlebotomy technician facilitates the collection and transportation of laboratory specimens, and is often the patient’s only contact with the medical laboratory. This program includes instruction in basic vascular anatomy and physiology, blood physiology, skin puncture techniques, venipuncture, venous specimen collection and handling, safety and sanitation procedures, and applicable standards and regulations.
A phlebotomy technician also draws blood for transfusions, donations and research. Phlebotomy technicians must like challenge and responsibility. They must be accurate, work well under pressure and communicate effectively. They must be able to deal with patients and be able to calm patients. Safety is key and all safety precautions must be taken to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases. Duties differ by doctor office, hospital and laboratory.
- Drawing blood from patients or donors in hospitals, blood banks, clinics, doctor offices, laboratories or similar facility for medical purposes;
- Assembles equipments such as needles, blood collection devices, gauze, tourniquet, cotton and alcohol;
- Verifies or records identity of patient or donor;
- Converses with patients to allay fear of procedure;
- Applies tourniquet to arm, locates vein, swabs area with disinfectant, and inserts needle into vein to draw blood into collection tube. (May also prick finger instead of inserting needle.);
- Labels and stores bold container for processing;
- May conduct interview, take vital signs and test blood samples to screen donors at a blood bank;
- Be able to analyze information and make appropriate recommendations.
The subjects for this Program are:
- MTY101 Medical Terminology
In this phase the students will get familiar with medical terms, including prefixes, root words, and suffixes. The student will study provider and medical abbreviations as well as disease, psychology and treatment methodology. This course will emphasize studying the following body systems: urinary, integumentary, musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, reproductive, nervous, endocrine, eyes, ears, nose and throat.
- MAP201 Medical Anatomy and Physiology
This course is designed for students to learn the structure and function of human anatomy, including the integumentary, musculoskeletal, digestive systems, including the neuroendocrine, urinary, reproductive, respiratory, and Circulatory systems.
- MAA300 Asepsis/Infection Control, and Vital Signs Procedures
This course introduces students to patient- centered assessment, examination, intervention, and treatment as directed by the physician including infection control procedures. Students will learn precautions regarding body fluid exposure. Additionally, students will gain proficiency in medical asepsis and will learn to take vital signs.
- PHP100 Phlebotomy Procedures
Students will study blood borne pathogens, hematology, and learn to collect blood sample using hypodermic needles and body fluids from patients for laboratory testing. Students will learn prevention techniques for needle stick to phlebotomists. Students will study the circulatory system and practice safety-conscious, blood-drawing techniques.
- PHC101 Phlebotomy Certification Review
This course will cover the certification examination testing on all areas to include collecting blood samples using hypodermic needles and body fluids from patients for laboratory testing, circulatory system and blood-drawing techniques.
- PHC102 Phlebotomy Technician Externship
Students are placed in physicians’ office or medical services providing establishments. They will work along with nurses, doctors and office staff and take active part in patient caring. Students will operate and maintain clinical equipments and prepare examination and treatment areas. This course will also cover the certification examination testing on all areas.
The program is available in all three study modes (full-time day student, part-time evening student, and part-time distance education student).
Full-time day student can complete this program in 10 weeks.
Call (409)866 0555 for further information.