Phlebotomists are trained clinical laboratory technicians who collect blood samples for testing and examination by doctors and pathologists. Blood is collected primarily through venipuncture, though phlebotomists use other methods including finger stick, heel stick, or butterfly needles.
Phlebotomists are also responsible for explaining procedures to patients, updating patient records, sterilizing equipment, and taking vital signs.
As a member of the health care delivery team, the phlebotomist generally works in a clinical laboratory under the supervision of the appropriate technologist. The phlebotomist is primarily responsible for collecting blood specimens from patients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. This course will emphasize safety, specimen collection (venipuncture and capillary puncture) and specimen processing. Students will learn the basic skills required to collect a blood specimen.
The phlebotomy program can lead to a career as a phlebotomy technician, or it can be the starting point for students interested in pursuing the MLT Program that is offered cooperatively by Barton and Cowley. Students in other allied health (EMS, Nursing, etc.) and pre-professional majors may wish to take this course to become more familiar with venipuncture and specimen collection.
Principles of Phlebotomy, ALH5237, is a 3-credit hour course designed to provide students with knowledge of the health care delivery system, anatomy and physiology, medial terminology, infection control and safety as they pertain to phlebotomy. The student will also demonstrate knowledge of venipuncture, collection equipment, specimen collection, and the ability to collect blood specimens by venipuncture and skin puncture.
Upon completion of principles of phlebotomy, student may choose to enroll in the one credit hour course: Phlebotomy Field Experience, ALH5238. [This course is only offered in the spring semester]. The clinical rotation consists of 120 documented hours with minimum performance of 100 combined venipuncture and skin punctures and orientation in a full service laboratory. Students may take this course to obtain clinical experiences necessary to challenge the ASCP phlebotomy technician certification exam, or to simply get more field experience in the laboratory setting. THIS COURSE IS ONLY REQUIRED FOR STUDENTS SEEKING ASCP CERTIFICATION AS A PHLEBOTOMIST. Student participating in the Phlebotomy Field Experience Course must provide proof of immunizations in order to participate in clinicals. A copy of your immunization record, along with the required immunization form and medical insurance form is required the first night of class. Students participating in this course will also be required to complete a one-time, basic background check. For more information on background checks, click here. Specific information on the field work class is available on the student welcome letter.
Students interested in more details about the ASCP phlebotomy technician certification exam can go to their web site.[ www.ascp.org ] Cowley College does not offer the phlebotomy certification examination, nor do we offer specific advice about the exam. This exam is totally separate from the college.
Please note that there is NO state certification or licensure for phlebotomy in Kansas. Some employers require the ASCP certification. In contrast, other employers may require no specific certification at all and simply provide on the job training. It would be highly advantageous to speak with your employer (or potential future employer) and find out their specific job requirements for phlebotomists.
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