3 Credits, 3 Contacts

The Phlebotomy Technician Practicum focuses first on laboratory skills within the clinical setting. It is intended to provide the student with experience in the work environment in the laboratory of a CLIA Waived medical office or a hospital based laboratory. The practicum requires 100 clinical hours, at a class seminar, for a total of 12 hours. This is an unpaid educational work experience to be taken after all other coursework in the program has been successfully completed. After completion of the practicum the student may apply to the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) to write the Phlebotomy Technician (PBT) exam.

Prerequisite: Student must have completed all of the curriculum in the Phlebotomy Certificate program with a minimum of 2.0 GPA in each theory class; a minimum of 2.5 in the clinical course, ALH 230, and an overall GPA of 2.5. This course must be taken the semester following the completion of all program coursework at the latest or the student may be required to retake ALH 230.

General Requirements:

  1. The externship is to extend over a 15 week period.
  2. It is the student’s responsibility to negotiate a mutually acceptable work schedule with the agency.
  3. The student and externship supervisor will determine, with the supervisor at the work stations, the duties and requirements of the externship experience.
  4. At least 75% of your major coursework is completed, as determined by the externship supervisor, with an overall 2.5 GPA or above. Except in the Allied Health programs where 100% of coursework must be completed.


Procedure for Enrollment:

  1. An externship must be planned a semester in advance of registration and has the same drop/add deadline date as any other course beginning on the first day of the semester. Externship credit may not be granted on a retroactive basis.
  2. A student will need to meet with the externship supervisor to obtain approval and necessary forms.
  3. The student must complete an externship application, submit a resume and obtain 3 faculty recommendations from current or former instructors in your major area.
  4. Determine with the employer/supervisor a mutually acceptable work schedule, written objectives/duties of the job (signed by both student and employer/supervisor) and a start and finish date. You must turn in verification of hours worked and a completed student evaluation of the extern experience to the externship supervisor.
  5. After acceptance by the externship supervisor and the agency involved, and after returning to the externship supervisor the completed externship Learning Contract, a student may then officially register and begin the cours