May 29, 2020
Purpose: This certificate program is designed to prepare students to serve as phlebotomists in medical office, laboratory, or hospital settings. Foundational courses in health science and medical terminology are required. Students receive lecture as well as competency-based training in a variety of aspects of phlebotomy.
Curriculum: The curriculum is divided into areas of students consisting of lecture, laboratory, and clinical experiences. Content areas of the curriculum include anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, blood collection and other lab tests for medical use using venipuncture and micro-techniques, and professional ethics. Successful graduates are eligible to sit for a national certification exam as a phlebotomy technician.*
Program Outcomes: Graduates of the Certificate in Phlebotomy will be able to:
- Provide appropriate patient care with respect for diverse cultures, values and beliefs.
- Competently perform routine phlebotomy procedures.
- Utilize appropriate standard precautions.
- Exhibit professionalism in the all communications and encounters with patients and the health care team.
- Make critical decisions appropriate for the phlebotomist.
- Practice within the ethical and legal framework of the profession.
Admission Requirements: Admission to HCC does not guarantee admission into the Phlebotomy program. The requirements below must be completed and submitted to the Office of Admission and Enrollment Management before the first day of class:
- Official transcripts from all college attended.
- College placement tests in mathematics, English and reading.
- Completion of ENG 100, or satisfactory result on placement tests.
- A minimum cumulative grade point average for all college coursework of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- May be required to repeat MAP and/or PLB courses, based upon the time sequence when these program courses were completed.
Program Requirements: All Phlebotomy students must:
- Must maintain a grade of “C” or better in all program courses.
- Prior to externship, students must provide appropriate health examination record(s) and all required tests and immunizations, along with a urine drug screen and criminal background checks.
- Prior criminal records may prohibit students from program externship and employment opportunities.
- Students who do not academically pass their externship course or who are asked to leave their externship site, may be recommended for dismissal from the course and/or program.
- Students must be capable of performing the technical standards of the program.
- Students must have a current American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR certification.
Program Requirements (16 Credits)
Certificate Requirement (16 Credits)
Additional Program Requirements
Criminal Background Checks
Prior to externship, students must provide appropriate health examination record(s) and all required tests and immunizations, along with a urine drug screen and criminal background checks through fingerprinting. Prior criminal records may prohibit students from program externship and employment opportunities.
Externship Site Placement
Student placement in externship sites is determined at a designed semester. There is also a non-compensated externship experience in which students work in an actual medical laboratory setting. Externship hours are scheduled during the day, Monday through Friday. Externship sites may have their own requirements that students must meet prior to their externship experience. Misconduct in the assigned externship site may result in loss of externship placement and/or recommendation for program dismissal.
There are technical standards and skill requirements which students are expected to possess and demonstrate in order to be successful in this program. More information on these standards can be found on the Web page for this program.
Phlebotomy Pre-Externship Review
Students who do not complete the phlebotomy externship (PLB 106 ) in the semester immediately following completion of the Phlebotomy course (PLB 105 ), will be required to enroll in the phlebotomy pre-externship review course (PLB 107 ). This one credit hybrid course will be a review of both didactic and clinical material to ensure that the student has not lost skills from lack of practice prior to being sent to an externship site.
* In order to sit for the American Medical Technologists, Registered Medical Assistant, or Registered Phlebotomy Technician national certification exams in medical assisting, graduates must have proof of High School diploma or G.E.D.
*PLB 107 Phlebotomy Pre-Externship Review
Prerequisite: PLB 105
This course reviews the fundamentals of phlebotomy for students who do not complete their externship (PLB 106 ) in the semester immediately following their phlebotomy class (PLB 105 ). Course content includes review of venipuncture techniques, equipment, infection control, professionalism in the workplace, and legal and regulatory issues. Phlebotomy techniques will be performed on artificial venipuncture arms with clinical competency assessed. Medical scrubs are required. Course fee required. Students must receive a grade of “C” or better to proceed to externship, PLB 106 . Total of 15 contact hours.