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Phlebotomy Technician Certificate
Course OverviewCourse GuideAdditional InformationAdmissions ProcessGainful Employment
 

The laboratory depends on the phlebotomy technician to collect quality samples from the patient to produce excellent laboratory results. To do this, the phlebotomy technician must create an atmosphere of trust and confidence with patients in a skillful, safe and reliable manner. The student will learn how to accurately collect and process blood samples by mastering both phlebotomy and capillary blood collection techniques. Quality control issues of the clinical laboratory will be stressed along with OSHA standards of infection control. This certificate meets the criteria of the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) as an acceptable program of study for those who wish to sit for the Phlebotomy Technician (PBT) exam.

 

 

Required Coursework

ALH 218 Medical Terminology* 3 credits
ALH 222 Disease Conditions* 3 credits
ALH 230 Medical Office Lab* 4 credits
ALH 250 Medical Law & Bioethics* 3 credits
ALH 285 Phlebotomy Practicum* 3 credits
BIO 101 Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology* 4 credits
OR
BIO 210 Human Anatomy & Physiology I* 4 credits
AND
BIO 211 Human Anatomy & Physiology II* 4 credits
BUS 111 Contemporary Business & Technical Communications* 4 credits
Total: 24-28 credits
*All courses have a prerequisite

 

  1. The student must achieve a minimum grade of 2.0 in all curriculum courses. The student must pass ALH 230 with a minimum grade of 2.5.
  2. Qualifications for the practicum require the student to have all coursework completed with an overall 2.5 GPA or above. All program instructors must recommend the student for practicum.
  3. The process of determining who will enter the program will be selective.
  4. This certificate can be applied to the Health Care Worker Certificate that offers the student the choice of pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Allied Health Degree.

 

Effective: Fall 2011
Current as 7/16/14

 

 

Employment Information

Apply your certificate toward a degree

This certificate can also be applied toward
the Associate of Applied Science in
Allied Health degree, for those seeking
increased responsibilities, supervisory
roles and health care office management
in physician offices, health care clinics,
hospital-based clinics, hospitals and small
health care businesses.

Since physicians rely on blood samples to assess their patients’ health accurately, laboratories depend on phlebotomy technicians to collect quality samples to produce excellent results. To do this, phlebotomy technicians must create an atmosphere of trust and confidence with patients in a skillful, safe and reliable manner.

Jobs are available in hospital laboratories, medical and diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers and doctors’ offices. Dedicated phlebotomy technicians can enhance their employability by becoming certified nationally. Since blood analysis remains an essential function in medical laboratories and hospitals the demand for phlebotomist is likely to remain high.


Program Information

In Glen Oaks’ program, students learn how to accurately collect and process blood samples by mastering both phlebotomy and capillary blood collection techniques. The program stresses quality control issues of the clinical laboratory along with OSHA standards of infection control. Graduates are eligible for national certification and can become Phlebotomy Technicians through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Employment Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the 2016 median salary for phlebotomists was $32,710 per year.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a growth in employment of phlebotomists of 25 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and other locations will need phlebotomists to perform bloodwork.


Is this for me?

Consider a career as a phlebotomist if you are compassionate, can comfort people during procedures such as getting their blood drawn, are detailed oriented, and have good eye/hand coordination.

 

 

Guided Pathway

 

  1. Register for admission to the college.
  2. Declare Phlebotomy Technician Program interest (by filling out application and returning to Carol Naccarato).
  3. Meet Compass (or other course placement determined by the college) basic math and English criteria:
    1. ENG 063 – Reading for College or placement in BUS 111 – Contemporary Business/Technical Communications or higher on Compass test.
    2. ENG 073 – Essentials for College Writing or placement in BUS 111 – Contemporary Business/Technical Communications or higher on Compass test.
    3. Placement in MATH 060 – Basic Mathematics Skills or higher on Compass test OR meet corresponding ACT/SAT scores.
  4. If course placement criteria not met, student may enroll in appropriate remedial course/s to bring skill level up to criteria.
  5. Complete course prerequisites: (minimum of a 2.5 GPA required – with no grade lower than 2.0)
    1. ALH 218 – Medical Terminology
    2. BIO 101 – Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology or BIO 210 Human Anatomy & Physiology I & BIO 211 – Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  6. SUGGESTED COURSE ROTATION: (minimum of a 2.5 GPA required at all times – with no grade lower than 2.0)
     

    SEMESTER ONE:

    1. ALH 250 – Medical Law & Bioethics
    2. ALH 222 – Disease Conditions

     

    PROGRAM CAPPED FOR ENTRY AT THIS POINT AT 10 STUDENTS – Selected by GPA
    SEMESTER TWO:

    1. ALH 230 – Medical Office Laboratory Procedures (does NOT take ALH 235 as a co-req)
    2. BUS 111 – Contemporary Business/Technical Communications

     

    SEMESTER THREE: (AN OVERALL GPA OF 2.5 MUST BE MET TO ENTER PRACTICUM – NO GRADE CAN BE LOWER THAN 2.0 – ALL PROGRAM INSTRUCTORS MUST RECOMMEND THE STUDENT FOR PRACTICUM PLACEMENT)

    1. Complete practicum preparations
    2. Complete ALH 285 – Phlebotomy Technician Practicum (100 hours in a hospital setting and 100 successful blood draws)
    3. Complete suggested preparations and review for Phlebotomy Technician exam (online) through the ASCP (American Society for Clinical Pathology-Route #2)
    4. Complete Phlebotomy Technician exam

 

 


 

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