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. 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.
Employment & Education
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, HMOs, 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. The occupational outlook handbook states that employment of phlebotomists is expected to grow 27 percent from 2012 to 2022.
People interested in becoming phlebotomists should have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
Detailed Course Information
The 90 hour Phlebotomy Technician 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. The program also includes lab exercises, work with a training arm, and other exercises intended to prepare students to function as an entry level phlebotomy technician.
NOTE: This 90 hour program 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 local health care organizations to arrange their personal clinical schedule.
- 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 and 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 (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
- 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 and syringe draws
- Blood banks and blood typing, lab 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
Register for Phlebotomy TechnicianInformation for Spring 2018 course coming soon.
Employment Statement for Job Training Programs
Heartland Community College does not guarantee employment upon completion of instructional programs. Students are responsible for researching relevant employment opportunities prior to registration. Students are responsible for understanding the benefits of successful certification attainment. No refunds will be provided if a student fails to complete a course, does not pass a certification exam, or is unsuccessful at obtaining employment.