CCBC PHLEBOTOMY PROGRAM EXPANDS TO ADDRESS HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE NEEDS: BIGGER CLASSROOM SIZES, MORE TECHNOLOGY

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Monaca, PA- Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) announces expansions to its Phlebotomy program in response to the growing needs of the healthcare industry. A recent grant from the American Society for Clinical Pathology is helping to support these expansions.

CCBC’s Phlebotomy program is increasing its classroom sizes by 50 percent, from 18-20 students per class to 26-28. To ensure consistent opportunities for all students, CCBC is expanding its one-to-one tutoring offerings, providing additional lab time for students, seeking additional clinical partners to enable real-life, hands on experiences for more students, and purchasing a practice arm that provides a simulated opportunity for students to practice some of the more challenging blood draws before they complete the skill in a clinical practice setting.

“According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in phlebotomy is expected to rise by 25% by the year 2026,” said Dr. Shelly Moore, CCBC Acting Provost. “Local employers have indicated their current and future needs for phlebotomists, so we’re taking swift action to help address those needs. At CCBC, we’re committed to addressing workforce gaps in this region, and this is just the latest example of that commitment.” 

In just one semester, a student can earn his certification in phlebotomy, develop skills and confidence to provide exemplary care, and seek immediate employment in the local healthcare system. CCBC’s Phlebotomy program has a 100% pass rate on the ASCP Board of Registry exam since the program’s inception more than 20 years ago.

Photo Caption: CCBC phlebotomy instructor Vicki Murray assists a student as part of the college’s hands-on learning.