The phlebotomist is a vital member of the clinical laboratory team, whose main function is to obtain patient’s blood specimens by venipuncture and micro collection for testing purposes. Phlebotomists are employed throughout the healthcare system including in hospitals, neighborhood health centers, medical group practices, and in other healthcare settings. Current healthcare industry experts predict a 15% increase in phlebotomy jobs by 2021.
Students will learn:
- The history of phlebotomy & the healthcare setting
- Blood and blood composition, blood tubes, coagulation, venipuncture protocols, etc.
- Infection control, safety, first aid, & personal wellness
- Universal precautions including safety protocols and infection control
- Laboratory operations (e.g. safety, quality control)
- Blood banks and blood typing, lab departments and personnel
- Medical terminology and laboratory theory
- Human anatomy & physiology of the circulatory system
- Specimen collection, processing, and handling
- Blood collection equipment, additives, & order of draw
- Venipuncture specimen collection procedures
- Capillary puncture equipment and procedures
- Arterial puncture procedures
- Non-blood specimens and tests
Phlebotomists should have/be:
- A high school graduate, or working on a G.E.D.
- In good health. MMR and PPD immunization records must be up to date.
- Dependable, patient, tactful, and have a desire to help people.
Tuition and fees are $2,099. This includes all necessary course materials.
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