Phlebotomists are healthcare professionals who, under the supervision of physicians and other healthcare professionals, perform blood collection procedures using a variety of intrusive techniques. The phlebotomist is primarily responsible for collecting blood and body fluid specimens from patients for the purpose of laboratory analysis.
Phlebotomists are an integral member of a healthcare team and must be well-trained in all aspects of collection and transport of specimens to be used in the diagnoses, treatments, and prevention of diseases.
The Phlebotomist program integrates theoretical, practical and interpersonal skills providing the basis for the graduate to work as an effective entry-level phlebotomist in a variety of healthcare delivery systems.
Students will learn sample requirements for various clinical laboratory departments, make judgments regarding possible sample discrepancies, use appropriate equipment for the collection of samples, use venipuncture and capillary puncture techniques, apply specimen transport and process techniques, understand quality assurance and safety techniques, and become aware of the medical and legal implications of blood and body fluids collection. Graduates will be prepared to take a national certification examination.
Phlebotomy is a versatile profession that prepares a student to work in a variety of settings such hospitals, medical laboratories, physician offices and clinics, blood banks, extended care facilities, insurance companies, and various other healthcare settings. Employment opportunities exist throughout the country. With experience, some phlebotomists are promoted to higher-level positions such as phlebotomy supervisor or laboratory assistance. Some may choose to move into related fields like medical assistant, nursing aide, or patient care technician.
According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as a Phlebotomist in the state of Minnesota is $16.53 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately 20%, a very high-growth career.
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|Course #||Course Name||Credit(s)|
|BIOL 1004||Intro Anatomy & Phys||3|
|CPTR 1100||Computer Basics||1|
|HLTH 1106||Medical Terminology||2|
|HLTH 1108||Cultural Diversity||1|
|PHLB 1104||Phlebotomy Procedures||2|
|PHLB 1105||Phlebotomy Lab Skills||1|
|PHLB 1106||Clinical Phlebotomy Inter||3|
|SSCI 1101||Human Relations||3|
1. Students who have completed BIOL 2252 and BIOL 2254 may substitute both courses for BIOL 1004.
2. Students must have current working knowledge of required sciences. Courses older than 5 years may not be accepted for transfer into the program: BIOL 1004 and HLTH 1106.
3. All requirements for graduation, including BIOL 1004, CPTR 1100, HLTH 1106, HLTH 1108, SSCI 1101
(a) must be completed prior to the start of PHLB 1106 or
(b) must be currently enrolled within the same semester that the student enrolls in PHLB 1106 (please ensure that the schedule does not conflict with PHLB courses).
4. No minimum Accuplacer score required.
5. PHLB 1104, PHLB 1105, and PHLB 1106 must be completed concurrently in the same semester. If a student does not pass one of these courses, they will need to retake them all the following year to complete the program.
6. All required courses for the Phlebotomy Program must be completed with a grade of C or better.
7. The NHA (National Healthcare Association) certification exam is given as part of the PHLB 1106 curriculum. Students must achieve a passing grade on this test to pass the course and complete the program.
8. Completion and approval for clinical participation of the Minnesota Department of Humans Services Licensing Division Background Study and fingerprinting (cost approximately $10) prior to program entry. Completion and approval for clinical participation of a National Background Study through Castle Branch. Cost $45.75 first year, $26 second year (if needed).
9. Completion of the College Health Screening & Immunization information requirements through Castle Branch (cost $35) prior to enrollment in PHLB 1104.
10. Current CPR certification. CPR for Health Care Providers (American Heart Association) or CPR for Professional Rescuer (Red Cross) prior to entering PHLB 1106. Certification must be kept current for the duration of enrollment in this program.
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