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Phlebotomy

Course Description

This program is designed to train students to draw blood from patients or donors in hospital, blood bank, or similar facility for analysis or other medical purposes. Student must complete 80 clock hours of theory and 40 clock hours of externship.

Course Objective

The student enrolled in this course upon completion will be able to define key medical terms and abbreviations. Understand the evolution of phlebotomy and the role of the phlebotomist in today’s healthcare setting. Know the basic concepts of communication as they relate to healthcare and how appearance and nonverbal messages affects the communication process. Describe the proper telephone protocol in the laboratory. Demonstrate an awareness of the different types of healthcare settings. Compare types of third-party payers, coverage, and methods of payment to the patient, provider, and institutions. Demonstrate knowledge of infection control and safety. Demonstrate basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology and body systems and anatomic terminology in order to relate major areas of the clinical laboratory to general pathologic conditions associated with the body systems. Demonstrate knowledge of collection procedure, equipment and specimen integrity in the delivery of patient care. Demonstrate understanding of requisitioning, specimen transport and specimen processing. Understand and demonstrate quality assurance and quality control in phlebotomy.

Duration of Program

This is a five (5) weeks program for both the morning and evening sessions. Contact hour, is a unit of measure that represents an hour of scheduled instruction given directly to the students. This is also referred to as clock hour.

  • Clock Hours -120
  • Weeks – 5
  • Days – Mon through Fri 9AM – 2PM
  • Evening – Mon through Fri 4:30PM – 9:30PM

Program Delivery

The program is instructor led in classroom and extern ship site facility.

Externship / Clinical

The clinical component built into this curriculum is to provide each student with the hands on skills needed to perform skills required in the work place. The academic information taught in the classroom will go a long way to reinforce the hands on learning each student will receive at the clinical site. There will be a ratio of 10 students per instructor; each student will be supervised, by a Registered Nurse Instructor as to the proper procedure for each clinical task. Evaluation of the task will be appraised on a clinical form.

Program Curriculum

  • Introduction to Phlebotomy
  • Phlebotomy role in health care
  • Safety In Phlebotomy
  • Phlebotomy Equipment
  • Phlebotomy Technique
  • The challenges of Phlebotomy
  • Specimen considerations and special procedures
  • Customer service in Phlebotomy
  • Legal compliance in Phlebotomy service
  • Proving competency in phlebotomy

Duties and Responsibilities of a Phlebotomist Technician

  • Prepare patients for collection procedures associated with laboratory samples.
  • Routine skin punctures.
  • Prepare specimens for transport to ensure stability of sample.
  • Maintain patient confidentiality.
  • Transport specimens to the laboratory.
  • Comply with all procedures instituted in the procedure manual.
  • Promote good public relations with patients and hospital personnel.
  • Assist in collecting and documenting monthly workload and recording data.
  • Maintain safe working conditions.

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