If there is one career path that you
will never have to worry about having your job outsourced, it is Phlebotomy.
A Phlebotomist is responsible for the collection of blood for laboratory
analysis. Phlebotomists are needed in all levels of health care
facilities on a daily basis. If the sight of blood does not make you
squeamish and you enjoy helping people, then phlebotomy may be the specialized
career choice for you. In just one semester you could be equipped to
qualify for this highly specialized and needed medical career opportunity.
NOTE: Students who have a felony
conviction, or a conviction for assault, will not be allowed into clinical
facilities in allied health programs. They are thus advised to choose a
non-allied health field.
For more information consult the College Catalog.
Occupational Objectives: The Phlebotomy Career Studies Certificate is designed to prepare students to become certified Phlebotomists. Phlebotomists are employed in all levels of health care facilities to collect blood for laboratory analysis. Upon successful completion of the didactic and clinical course work, students may be eligible to sit for nationally recognized certification or registration exams. The didactic courses are taught on the DCC campus. The clinical work will be done at area health care facilities.
Admission Requirements: Admission to the Phlebotomy Career Studies Certificate Program is based on the general requirements for admission to the college. Deficiencies in general education may require enrollment in Developmental Studies. The student is required to have a GED or standard high school diploma.
Program Description: The art of drawing blood will be taught through intensive supervised hands-on practice using artificial arms and volunteers. Students will collect venous and capillary specimens. The skill level of the student will be assessed using competency standards utilized by the certification agencies such as CLSI and ASCP. The clinical hours (MDL 106) will begin ONLY after the student has acquired the appropriate skill level and has satisfactorily passed the didactic portion of the program (MDL 105). To be eligible to sit for national certification exams the student must complete 120-150 hours of clinical time with 100-150 successful collections. Passing a national exam is an additional employment asset; sitting for an exam is not required for completion of the college’s program, therefore preparedness for the exam will be stressed. The certificate awarded by the College will note successful completion of the college’s program and does not guarantee that the student will pass the national exams.
NOTE: Students who have a felony conviction, or a conviction for assault, will not be allowed into clinical facilities in allied health programs. They are thus advised to choose a non-allied health field.
*These courses may be offered consecutively as one semester each or may be taught as two seven-eight week courses in one semester. The format will depend on availability of faculty and demand for the courses.