"The phlebotomist is a vital member of the clinical laboratory team, whose main function is to obtain patient’s blood specimens by venipuncture and micro-collection for testing purposes. Phlebotomists are employed throughout the healthcare system including in hospitals, neighborhood health centers, medical group practices, HMO’s, public health facilities, veteran hospitals, insurance carriers, and in other healthcare settings. The demand for phlebotomy technicians has increased substantially with the overall complexity of healthcare services and the risks of infectious disease. Current healthcare industry experts predict a 15% increase in phlebotomy jobs by 2024.
This program prepares learners to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Learners will become familiar with all aspects of blood collection and will review the skills needed to perform venipunctures safely. Topics in this course include medical terminology, related anatomy and physiology, blood collection procedures, and procedures for collection of other types of specimens within the scope of practice of the phlebotomist.
After completing this program, learners will be able to:
Explain the steps in selected specimen collection procedures performed by the phlebotomy technician
Explain the safety procedures in the healthcare setting and specifically in performing specimen collection procedures
Identify specific supplies and equipment used in selected specimen collection procedures
Explain precautions and guidelines when collecting specimens in special populations such as pediatrics and geriatrics
Define quality of care and explain the impact on patient medical care when quality and safety are compromised in phlebotomy procedures
Describe the anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and medical terminology associated with phlebotomy
Describe the requirements of the successful phlebotomy career including desired character traits, training and education, roles and responsibilities
Explain how phlebotomists communicate with others in the healthcare setting verbally, nonverbally, within the health record, and using computer systems
Identify common legal issues, ethical issues, and regulatory issues commonly impacting the phlebotomist
After completing this program, learners will have the opportunity to take the leading national/industry-recognized certification exam(s) essential to entry-level employment in this fast-growing field.
National Workforce Career Association (NWCA) Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)
National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Phlebotomy Technician Certification (CPT)
This course has no end date, and is open until the course is complete. The login and textbook information will be emailed to you. The estimated time of completion is 2-4 months."