Central Texas College

Phlebotomy Technician

Students must apply for this program in the Science/MLT department (Bldg. 150, room 1028.

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 curriculum includes classroom and clinical experience in the following discipline areas: Basic Phlebotomy (PLAB 1023), Phlebotomy Lab (PLAX 1023) and Clinical Practice (PLAB 1060).

Admission requirements

  • Program application
  • Transcripts of high school graduation or GED completion with a score of 40 or better
  • Two completed reference forms
  • Copy of current immunizations (to include the three-shot hepatitis series)
  • Proof of physical exam within the last year signed by a M.D. or D.O.
  • Current healthcare provider CPR certification

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 Phlebotomy program is a 16-week, noncredit certificate of completion course.

Basic Phlebotomy (PLAB-1023) meets 10:30 to 11:50 a.m., MW for 10 weeks

Basic Phlebotomy LAB (PLAX-1023) meets 1-4 p.m., TH for 10 weeks

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

  1. Specimen Collection
  2. Blood Collection Equipment and Supplies
  3. Blood Collection Procedures
  4. 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 speciman collection.

Phlebotomist clinical (PLAB-1060) meets M-F for six weeks (times vary by site)

Phlebotomist clinicals include hands-on experience in a variety of clinical facilities.

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