Credits Required: 6 (2016-2017 Academic Year)
Phlebotomy involves the practice of drawing blood for clients and taking the blood specimens to the laboratory to prepare them for testing. The phlebotomy courses include topics such as anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system and blood-drawing techniques. Students will have hands-on training in drawing blood through vein punctures and skin punctures.
After students complete the program, they may take the national certification examination that credentials them as certified phlebotomists [PBT (ASCP)]. Program graduates will be fully prepared for entry into the field of health care with employers such as laboratories, donor centers, physician offices, hospitals, clinics, outpatient facilities, and public health departments.
Graduates will be able to
- Successfully complete the requirements for the phlebotomy registry exam.
- Perform venipuncture and capillary skills successfully.
- Be successfully employed in the health care field or pursue higher education.
Intro to Medical Laboratory
This introductory course combines phlebotomy skills with the performance of basic medical laboratory tests while emphasizing quality assurance and patient well-being. In addition, students learn laboratory safety; infection control; ethics; basic instrumentation; and the collection, transportation, and processing of a variety of specimens. Upon successful completion of this course and MSHT103, Clinical Phlebotomy, the student will be eligible to sit for the National ASCP registry exam for phlebotomists. [45 hrs. Lecture/45 hrs. Lab] 3-3-4
Students are assigned to a clinical facility for 100 hours where they will receive experience in venipuncture, capillary puncture and specimen processing. Scheduling is by appointment. Scheduled times will involve early hours and a variety of shifts. The student must achieve a minimum score of 85% in the venipuncture and capillary proficiency critical of MSHT102 to be assigned to a clinical facility. [Clinical hrs. 100] Prerequisite: MSHT102. 0-6-2