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PHLEBOTOMY TECHNICIAN

Program Length

 

This program requires 72 hours of classroom attendance in the scientific study of taking blood samples. Class meets twice a week during either morning or evening hours.

 

 

Vocational Objectives

 

Phlebotomists are specially trained individuals who use a variety of equipment and techniques to collect blood samples from patients, usually in conjunction with diagnostic testing. Accent Learning Systems offers a certificate program in Phlebotomy. This gives interested individuals the opportunity to prepare for and enter a career field in just a matter of months.

 

Overall vocational objectives for the Phlebotomy Training Program are designed to meet the level of comprehension that will allow the student to achieve Certification status as a Phlebotomist. Certification is provided through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) testing program.

 

 

 

 

 

Phlebotomists must be educated and trained in the collection and handling of blood specimens of the highest quality. This requires not only a high level of technical skill in the performance of collection procedures, but also a broad knowledge of laboratory tests and the specimens they require, a focused attention to details such as proper patient identification and preparation, compassionate interpersonal skills in interactions with patients, and knowledge of correct safety procedures for the protection of patient specimens other than blood, such as urine and bodily fluids.

 

 

Role

 

The role of phlebotomist has evolved in different environments to include many other responsibilities besides specimen collection, and education in basic laboratory testing procedures is also essential. Phlebotomists are employed in a wide variety of settings, including hospital laboratories, clinics, physician offices, private laboratories, blood collection centers, home health agencies, and performing home visits for insurance agencies.

 

 

Program Standards

 

The student does not need any previous healthcare education. However, due to the nature of the subject matter, the student must be at least 18 years of age and pass a reading comprehension test with a minimum score of 75%. 

Result

At the completion of the program, the student will possess knowledge and demonstrate skills relating to blood sampling:

  • Introduction to "Phlebotomy" as a profession with legal implications and government regulations.

  • Medical terminology relating to phlebotomy.

  • Anatomy & Physiology, especially of the circulatory system

  • Infection control and safety in the laboratory.

  • How blood tests are ordered by the physician, requisition forms, documentation, insurance coverage, computer use.

  • Vital Signs monitoring and practice.

  • Equipment and supplies needed for blood collection, storage of supplies, disposal of used supplies.

  • Collection of blood by capillary puncture.

  • Collection of blood by routine venipuncture and the "order of the draw" when several tests are ordered.

  • Complications of blood collection.

  • Specialized phlebotomy techniques: pediatric patient; arterial blood gases; blood cultures; etc.

  • Normal ranges of blood tests.

  • Professional communication skills.

  • Employment skills and getting a job.