Offered at both the Main and Branch Campuses

The student will be trained to perform a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques and precautions including: vacuum collection devices, syringes, capillary skin puncture, butterfly needles and blood culture specimen collection on adults, children and infants. Emphasis will be placed on infection prevention, proper patient identification, proper labeling of specimens, and quality assurance. Students will be taught specimen handling, processing and accessioning. The testing performed will include: manual hematocrits, Urinalysis dipsticks, fecal occult blood, erythrocyte sedimentation rate and pregnancy testing. Upon successful completion of the following two courses the student will be awarded a certificate of completion and will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam.

Program Objectives:

The Phlebotomy Technician Program is designed to provide students with:

The technical skills needed to competently and safely collect and handle blood specimens from a variety of patients.

  • The interpersonal skills needed to interact with others.
  • An introduction to health care professions with emphasis on clinical laboratory science.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the health care delivery system and medical terminology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of infection control and safety.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of body systems. Associate the major areas / departments of the clinical laboratory with the laboratory tests ordered to evaluate a patient’s pathologic condition / illness.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the importance of specimen collection in the overall patient care system.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and use of collection equipment, various types of additives used, special precautions necessary substances and pre-analytical variables that can adversely affect the blood sample and/or interfere in clinical analysis of blood constituents.
  • Demonstrate proper techniques to perform venipuncture and capillary puncture.
  • Demonstrate understanding of requisitioning, specimen transport and specimen processing.


To qualify for graduation from this program the students must demonstrate competency in each of the skills and successfully complete the externship.   Graduates in this program will be qualified to take the CPT National Exam and qualify to find entry-level positions in laboratories, hospitals, and clinics.

TOTAL CLOCK HOURS: 160

ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME: 6 weeks

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*Indicates prerequisite exists.  Student must complete the prerequisite course prior to entry into this course of have the instructor’s permission to enter the course.