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Phlebotomy Technician Certification Preparation  

The Phlebotomist is a vital member of the clinical laboratory team, whose main function is to obtain patient's blood specimens by venipuncture and microcollection. The field of Phlebotomy has greatly expanded in the past several years, and the role of this integral member of the health care team has recently been brought into much sharper focus.

Phlebotomists 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. The demand for Phlebotomy Technicians has increased substantially with the overall complexity of health care services and the risks of infectious disease.

Program Information
This 90 hour program prepares professionals to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Students will become familiar with all aspects related to blood collection and 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.

Detailed Course Topics
• 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) & special collections procedures
• specimen collection, processing and handling
• laboratory operations (e.g. safety, quality control)
• cells, lab safety, anatomy of the arm, using a tourniquet
• blood collection systems, review of medical asepsis and hand washing and more...

Educational Requirements
People interested in becoming Phlebotomists through this program must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Please talk to us if you do not currently have either.

Certification Exam
This course is not for college credit, rather it prepares individuals to take the NHA (National Healthcareer Association) Phlebotomy Technician Certification (CPT) exam at conclusion of the program. Exam is taken separately and paid for approximately one month before test date ($117). Students must pass the course to sit for the CPT Exam.

Class Expectations
This is a college-level, accelerated program. There will be extensive reading and homework to be completed outside of class. Full preparation before class and participation in each discussion, quiz, and lab exercise is required.

Pre-Registration Interview
If you are interested in the course and considering registration, please contact our office between December 9 and February 7 to schedule a pre-registration interview. We will talk in more detail about the class, employment opportunities, and other important considerations. Interview deadline is 10 days before course start.

Application and Resume
These are to be turned in to the Continuing Education Office after your successful interview. Application may be printed here, or you may pick up a copy in person at the college: 1115 N. Roberts, Room 113. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and are due no later than two weeks before the class start date. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applications will be processed in 3 business days. Full payment or $159 non-refundable deposit will be accepted after notification of acceptance, with full payment due 5 business days before class start.

Because this is a career training and not for college credit, the program is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid. A payment plan may be available with a 10% non-refundable deposit, however, full tuition amount is due 5 business days before class start.

Need more information?
Link to U.S. Department of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics website

1115 North Roberts - Room 113
Helena, Montana 59601
Monday - Friday; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Director Mary Lannert


Phlebotomy Technician Certification Preparation  
Date: 2/24/2020 - 5/4/2020 Bldg: Donaldson (Main) Room: 137
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM Location: 1115 North Roberts Helena, MT 59601
Days: M W Sessions: 21 Instructor:
Plus 3 Saturdays: from 9am - 3pm: March 14, April 4, and April 25. Fee: $1,599.00
Class is full. Click the add to Waitlist button below.
We will notify you by telephone if a spot opens up in the class.
Please note that the waitlist does NOT roll over into the next class.


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