Course Contact Hours - 90 hrs. Fee: $1,599 (Textbooks included)
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The Phlebotomist is a key member of the clinical laboratory team, whose main function is to obtain patient's blood specimens by venipuncture and microcollection. During this 90 hour course, students will become familiar with all aspects related to blood collection and will develop comprehensive skills to perform venipunctures completely and safely. Classroom work includes terminology, anatomy and physiology, blood collection procedures, specimen hands-on practice, and clinical training in skills and techniques to perform puncture methods. The program also includes lab exercises, live blood draws, work with a training arm, and other exercises intended to prepare students to function as an entry level Phlebotomy Technician.
It should be noted that this course does not include the arranging of a free clinical rotation on behalf of students. Although not required to work as a Phlebotomy Technician, students that wish to pursue a clinical rotation should contact their local health care organizations to arrange their personal clinical schedule.
Phlebotomist's draw blood from patients for testing purposes. They usually work under the supervision of medical technologists or laboratory managers. Phlebotomists are employed throughout the health care system - hospitals, neighborhood health centers, medical group practices, HMO's. public health facilities, veteran hospitals, insurance carriers, and in other health care settings.
Prospective students interested in becoming Phlebotomists should have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
The Phlebotomy Technician Program covers the following topic areas in detail:
- Anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system,
- medical terminology and laboratory theory,
- laboratory law, ethics, and regulatory issues,
- specimen documentation and transportation,
- non-blood specimen collection,
- pediatric & geriatric blood collection,
- quality, competency, and performance assessment,
- phlebotomy theory/simulated lab,
- arterial, intravenous (IV) and special collections procedures,
- specimen collection, processing and handling,
- laboratory operations(safety and quality control),
- cells, lab safety, anatomy of the arm, using a tourniquet,
- blood collection systems, review of medical asepsis and hand washing,
- blood and blood composition, blood tubes, coagulation, venipuncture protocols, working with a training arm,
- anatomy of hand, leg and foot - arteries and veins,
- heel puncture, protocol, practice, syringe draws,
- blood banks and blood typing, lap departments and personnel,
- universal precautions - safety protocols, infection control,
- respiratory, pneumonia and TB isolation protocol, live venipunctures and skin punctures, syringe practice,
- CBC/DIFF, hematological lab tests, disease and disorders, order of draw,
- training arm practice and other clinical lab exercises.