The Phlebotomy Technician Program is a 180-hour program which prepares the student as a phlebotomist. The phlebotomist’s primary function is to assist the health care team in the accurate, safe and reliable collection and transportation of specimens for clinical laboratory testing. Students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the blood, the proper way to handle and transport blood specimens, and will learn the various types of equipment utilized in performing a venipuncture. Different types of venipuncture techniques will be taught including Vacutainer, syringe, butterfly needle, and capillary blood puncture techniques. Students will also learn to centrifuge blood specimens and separate the different components of the blood for processing in the laboratory. Students will practice all phlebotomy procedures in the lab and will need to demonstrate proficiency in all of the different aspects of blood drawing techniques that are taught in this program.
In addition to possessing practical skills in blood-drawing techniques, today’s phlebotomist must also be familiar with all aspects of Universal Blood and Body Fluid Precautions, laboratory safety, and federal regulations involving occupational safety and the protection of the patient’s privacy. All students will receive bloodborne pathogen training and be required to demonstrate a complete understanding of all current Standard Precautions as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).