This program prepares students to work in a medical office, clinic or hospital lab and collect blood specimens from patients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Topics include anatomy and physiology of the circulatory and lymphatic systems, infection control, blood collection procedures, puncture methods, specimen handling, professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of health care. Students will gain hands-on experience in all aspects of blood collection. Students must successfully complete thirty (30) venipunctures and ten (10) capillary sticks at an offsite clinical externship experience to demonstrate skill competency. Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to sit for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) credential exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). See program website for admissions requirements and additional information: https://www.pvcc.edu/programs. Note: Prospective students without healthcare experience are encouraged to complete an online medical terminology course or self-paced workbook prior to course.
Course Contact Hours: 80+ clinical externship
Clinical Externship Hours: 40 hours