Phlebotomy Technician

The four-credit, one semester Phlebotomy Technician Course is designed to give the student instruction in the field of Phlebotomy. Phlebotomy technicians, who are members of the clinical laboratory team, are responsible for obtaining quality specimens for diagnostic laboratory testing. The specimens are analyzed which in turn aids the physician in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of the patient. Therefore, this makes the phlebotomist an important part of the health care team. Additionally, students are trained in adult Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). The Phlebotomy Technician Program is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Persons successfully completing this course are eligible to sit for the Phlebotomy Technician (PBT) examination given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Phlebotomy Program to respond to the needs of the community by educating students to perform phlebotomy and related procedures and prepare these students to perform competently as phlebotomists upon program completion.

Accreditation

The Phlebotomy Technician Course is approved by NAACLS, The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences,5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, (733) 714-8880, http://www.naacls.org/

Course Objectives

The Phlebotomy Technician Course is designed to provide students with

  • The technical skills needed to competently and safely collect and handle blood specimens from a variety of patients.
  • The interpersonal skills needed to interact with others.
  • The knowledge base needed to pass national certification exams. An introduction to health care professions with emphasis on clinical laboratory science.

Essential Functions

In addition to the academic admission requirements of students taking the Phlebotomy Technician course, the following Essential Functions are also expected of all students.

  • Students must be able to distinguish various colored blood collection tubes. Students must be able to visualize small objects like the bevel or opening of needles.
  • Students must possess sufficient motor skills and manual dexterity to obtain and manipulate specimens in a manner that does not endanger themselves and others.
  • Students must possess effective written and oral communication skills in order to accurately transmit information to patients, physicians and other healthcare professionals. Students must possess the ability to read and write in English.
  • Students must demonstrate professional attitudes and behaviors. Students must be able to use reasonable judgment under stressful conditions to make decisions that impact patient care. Students must be able to work independently as a member of a team to maintain the highest standards in the delivery of patient care.
  • Students must be able to move easily from one location to another in the Laboratory to do testing and through patient areas to perform phlebotomy.

Admissions Guidelines

Admission is on a first come, first serve basis during the Fall and Spring. Please contact the MLT office at 215-641-6437 for further information. Registrants must be high school graduates or hold a GED. All applicants must submit an Online Petition for Admission.

Special Requirements

Students are expected to purchase their own malpractice insurance and uniforms and to provide their own transportation to and from clinical assignments. Students must have a physical examination, which includes documentation of selected vaccinations and urine drug screen, within six months of entering the course. Proof of Hepatitis B vaccination is required or the student must sign a statement of declination before participating in the clinical portion of the course. Students must also complete a criminal record check. Students must attend a mandatory orientation session.

Description of Unique Course Requirement

During the first ten (10) weeks of the semester, the course meets for didactic and on-campus laboratory instruction one day per week (presently on Fridays) from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Upon successful completion of this ten (10) week instruction the student is assigned to a clinic site to complete the course’s clinical experience requirement. During the last five (5) weeks of the semester the student completes a minimum of 100 hours of off-campus clinical experience during daytime hours, Monday through Friday at a clinical site determined by the College. The student supplies transportation to the off-campus clinical site. In order to fulfill the off-campus clinical requirement in the specified time period, the student must be available several days each week of the five (5) weeks for approximately twenty (20) hours per week. The student returns to the campus during finals week to take the final exam. If the student works during the day or is registered for other courses during daytime hours, serious consideration should be given as to whether the clinical requirements for this course can be fulfilled in a competent, responsible, and professional manner. This consideration should be given prior to registering for the course.

Curriculum

MLT 106 Phlebotomy 4 Credits

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