The purpose of this program is an in-depth study of phlebotomy and the related skills required by the phlebotomist to function in the healthcare setting.
As a phlebotomy technician, you will be qualified to work in a hospital, in a doctor’s clinic or other related healthcare facilities.The Phlebotomy program is a 16-week, noncredit certificate of completion course.

Students interested in the program must submit applications to the PBT Office, located in Bldg. 150 (Science Center), Room 1028.
Students are admitted to the Phlebotomy program on a first-come basis after admission criteria have been met. A criminal history record information and drug screen are required within eight weeks prior to admission to clinicals.

The curriculum includes classroom and clinical experience in the following discipline areas:

Basic Phlebotomy (PLAB-1023) meets Mon &Wed 9:00AM - 10:20AM for 10 weeks
Basic Phlebotomy LAB (PLAX-1023) meets Thu 12:00PM - 3:00PM for 16 weeks
Phlebotomist clinical (PLAB-1060) meets M-F for six weeks (approx. 20 hrs/week, times vary by site)
Phlebotomist clinicals include hands-on experience in a variety of clinical facilities.

Unit One: Health Care Delivery System
Identify the healthcare provider in hospital and clinics and the phlebotomist’s role as a member of this healthcare team. Lists the types of laboratory procedures performed in the various section of the lab. Describe how laboratory testing is used to assess body function and disease. Define medical terminology commonly used in the lab.

Unit Two: Infection Control and Safety
Identify policies and procedures for maintaining laboratory safety. Identify and discuss the modes of transmission of infection and methods for prevention. Describe safety measures that should be followed at all times by a phlebotomist when collecting patient’s specimens.

Unit Three: Basic Anatomy and Physiology
Describe the basic function of each of the main body systems, identify parts of the body according to their proximity to one of the body planes and also identify the veins of the arms, hands, legs and feet on which phlebotomy is performed.

Units Four-Seven

  • Specimen Collection
  • Blood Collection Equipment and Supplies
  • Blood Collection Procedures
  • Specimen Processing

Unit Eight: Quality Assurance
Identify policies and procedures used in the clinical laboratory to assure quality in the obtaining of blood specimens.

Unit Nine: Communications Skills and Professional Behavior
Explain the importance of patient confidentiality, interaction with patients, the Patient's Bill of Rights and techniques for dealing with family and visitors during the blood specimen collection.

The PBT program is a formal structured program. Upon completion, the student is eligible to take a national certifying examination.