What Do I Need to Know About the Phlebotomy Program?
The Phlebotomy Technician Training Program is available to students who are high school graduates (or GED completers) interested in a health career working in a hospital or clinic.
Due to the popularity of these courses, a closed registration system has been developed. To be considered for this program, students must complete and submit a program application by the due date, which varies depending on the semester of interest. The course requirements must be on file with the college in order to be considered for the program (please refer to the course descriptions for pre-requisites).
Based on seat availability, students will be selected by a random lottery system. Students selected for the program will receive more information, including a checklist of health requirements needed in preparation for the clinical experience. It is the student's responsibility to meet the deadline for all course/health requirements.
Urine drug screen results must be negative, and the criminal background check report must be clear of any criminal convictions.
What Will I Learn?
Students will participate in lecture, lab, and a clinical setting in order to attain the knowledge and skills required to take the Phlebotomy Technician certification exam through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Students who successfully complete NA 120 and NA 123 are eligible to receive the Phlebotomy Technician Certificate of Completion, NU 071.
Topics in the lecture/lab portion of the program include venipuncture techniques, phlebotomy equipment, micropuncture techniques, infection control, and the labeling of blood specimens.
Students will begin by practicing their skills on artificial arms before advancing to the human arm. Students will demonstrate proficiency in all routine blood-drawing techniques, patient approach, patient identification, and professionalism.
What Certificate Will I Receive?Fall 2019 Program Information
What is Unique About Our Phlebotomy Technician Program?
After successful completion of the lecture/lab course (NA 120), the student will continue on to the phlebotomy clinical training practicum (NA 123). NA 123 provides clinical experience, enhances the classroom component, and enables the student to gain confidence in seeking employment as a phlebotomist in hospitals, clinics, laboratories, and/or doctor's offices.
A minimum of 150 venipunctures and 120 hours is required during the clinical practicum. Students will be supervised by a hospital preceptor in the clinical area.
What Are My Career Opportunities?
This program prepares students to function as a Phlebotomy Technician in a hospital or outpatient clinical setting. When combined with other certificates (such as Certified Nurse Assistant or Electrocardiography Technician), successful completion of this program can lead to increased job opportunities.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 25 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and other locations will need phlebotomists to perform bloodwork.