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About the Phlebotomy Technician Certificate

Catalog Year: 2016-2017 (view other years)
Minimum credits required:  8
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The Phlebotomy Technician certificate will prepare students to work as phlebotomists. Upon completing, students will be eligible to take the national phlebotomy certification exam.


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Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
AHS100 Fundamentals of Health Care

AHS 100. Fundamentals of Health Care (3). Overview of current U.S. health care delivery systems and professions including behaviors for success, customer service, and quality improvement. Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency. Three lecture.

1. Health care careers
2. Historical and future trends in health care
3. Ethical and legal issues in health care
4. Introduction to health care terminology and mathematics
5. Organization of the human body
6. Stages of growth and development
7. Environmental safety and health considerations
8. Professional responsibilities and continuing education
9. Patients' emotional reactions to illness
10. Verbal and written communication skills
11. Computers and technology in health care
12. Emergency health care procedures
13. Health care reimbursement
14. Quality improvement and customer service
15. Health care employment preparedness
16. Diversity and culture in health care

1. State the education, certification, registration and/or licensing requirements of health care occupations. (1)
2. Describe trends in health care and their effects on client care. (2)
3. Identify ethical and legal issues in the health care setting. (3)
4. Break down medical terms into their component parts and interpret the terms correctly. (4)
5. Perform basic math calculations on whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percentages and ratios. (4)
6. Describe primary anatomy, directional terms and anatomical positions. (5)
7. Describe the basic milestones for each developmental stage. (6)
8. Employ environmental safety and infection control procedures in the health care setting. (7)
9. Explain the role of the health care worker within the medical system. (1,2,8)
10. Describe patients' emotional reactions to illness. (9)
11. Utilize communication skills with patients and other health care team members. (8,10,16)
12. Describe how computers and technology are used in various areas of health care. (11)
13. Explain precautions that the health care professional can take to ensure computer security. (10,11)
14. Describe the seven steps to follow when an emergency occurs that will protect both the patient and health care professional. (12)
15. Identify types of health care reimbursement. (13)
16. Describe the elements of quality assessment and performance improvement program. (14)
17. Prepare a resume and employment application. (1,8,15)
AHS105 Phlebotomy

AHS 105. Phlebotomy (2). Theory and practice of basic phlebotomy and specimen processing including laboratory tests, equipment, procedures, ethics, safety, legal issues and quality assurance. Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency. One lecture. Three lab.

1. Terminology
2. Ethics and safety
3. Legal implications
4. Anatomy and physiology of the hand and arm
5. Quality assurance methods
6. Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA)
7. Universal precautions
8. Venipuncture
9. Equipment and supplies
10. Documentation in the clinical laboratory
11. Body systems and corresponding laboratory test

1. Define basic terms and codes related to phlebotomy and laboratory testing. (1)
2. Identify and describe the anatomy and physiology of the hand and arm. (4)
3. Describe how phlebotomy is affected by privacy laws and law enforcement. (3)
4. Collect blood specimens by venipuncture adhering to OSHA guidelines and lab safety in procedures. (2,5,7,8)
5. Maintain and inventory of equipment and supplies for collecting blood specimens. (9,10)
6. Explain how CLIA and HIPAA regulations affect phlebotomy practices. (2,3,6)
7. Describe reporting requirements for adverse phlebotomy. (3,5,10)
8. Describe and apply standard universal precautions. (2,7,8)
9. State the purpose of specific laboratory tests. (11)

AHS296 Internship: Allied Health Serv  1

AHS 296. Internship: Allied Health Services (3). Supervised field experience with businesses, corporations, government agencies, schools and community organizations to expand career interests and apply subject knowledge relevant to the workplace. Individualized internship placements to develop personal and professional skills, including professional ethics, leadership, and civic responsibility. Student must have a GPA of 2.0; have completed specific degree requirements as required by the program; and have completed the internship application process. [Repeatable for a total of 6 credit hours towards degree/certificate requirements.] S/U grading only.

1. Organizational overview of assigned placement
2. Integration of job description and organization's requirements
3. Elements of documentation of experience
4. Planning and time management
5. Professional, legal, and ethical issues
6. Communication, critical thinking, and problem solving
7. Specialized equipment, tools, and software required in the placement

1. Exhibit appropriate workplace behaviors and professional ethics.
2. Apply discipline specific knowledge and skills in the professional workplace.
3. Define and utilize technical terms in written and oral communications.
4. Use critical thinking, problem solving, ethical awareness, and effective writing
5. Interpret written and oral instructions.
6. Initiate and complete assigned responsibilities.
7. Maintain documentation required to comply with government employer or nonprofit agency regulations.
8. Use specialized equipment, software, and tools as required.
9. Analyze and interpret data for specified reports.
10. Identify opportunities for improvement in process and documentation related to the workplace.
11. Articulate job description and position in assigned organization.

1. Record of Student Internship workplace hours.
2. Individual Education Plan (IEP) as approved by supervision faculty.
3. A daily journal, or work log of tasks, including dates, descriptive comments, problems and solutions.
4. A reflective paper or project as specified by the supervision faculty.
5. A minimum of two evaluations by the workplace employer or supervisor.
6. Student's self-evaluation of experience.

1 - Students must complete all Phlebotomy requirements before enrolling in the Allied Health Services Internship. Students must enroll in AHS296 Internship within 3 semesters of completing AHS103 Phlebotomy. Permission of the program director is also required.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Phlebotomy Technician Certificate program, the learner will be able to:


  1. Safely collect and process specimens. (AHS 105)
  2. Perform basic phlebotomy skills in a working environment. (AHS 296)
  3. Manage medical records upholding security and privacy standards as outlined in HIPAA regulations. (AHS 100)