Note  program not available in  California

The Phlebotomy Technician Profession

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 2018.


The Phlebotomy Technician Program

The Phlebotomy Technician Program prepares students to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Students will become familiar with all aspects of blood collection and will review the skills needed to perform venipunctures safely. Also includes terminology, blood collection procedures, order of draw and other engaging topics. Program also includes an optional clinical externship at a local healthcare provider! This course covers the following key areas and topics:

  • Process and procedures for collecting blood specimens for laboratory analysis
  • All aspects of blood collection and related procedures
  • The order of draw and Universal precautions
  • Skills to perform venipunctures completely and safely
  • Terminology and related anatomy and physiology

Phlebotomy Technician Detailed Course Information:

  • The history of Phlebotomy and the roles and responsibilities of a Phlebotomy Technician
  • Laboratory operations (e.g. safety, quality control,), quality assurance , laboratory law, ethics and regulatory issues
  • Anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system and anatomy of the hand, leg & foot – including arteries and veins
  • Universal precautions – safety protocols, infection control and medical asepsis
  • Specimen collection, processing, handling, documentation and transportation
  • Venipuntcures and skin puncture practice, syringe practice, heel puncture, protocol, syringe draws, etc




Education and Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • With the exception of California where this program is NOT available, there are no state approval and/or state requirements associated with this program.
  • There are several National Certification exams that are available to students who successfully complete this program:
    • American Society of Phlebotomy Technician (ASPT) Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) Exam can be proctored at a local testing facility and is available to all students who complete this program
    • NHA Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) Exam can be proctored at a local testing facility and is available to all students who complete this program


National Certification

Students who complete the  Phlebotomy Technician certification program will be prepared to sit for the American Society of Phlebotomy Technician (ASPT) Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) certification exam and the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) certification exams. Although other than the state of California where this program is not available, there is no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program. Students who complete this program will be prepared and are eligible to sit for these national certification exams. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the ASPT or the NHA national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so.



Clinical Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum

Although not a requirement of this program, once students complete the Phlebotomy Technician program they have the ability to participate in a clinical externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of Phlebotomy Technician. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in a hospital, physicians practice, clinic and/or with other healthcare organizations. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed in a healthcare organization near their location.

Note: No refunds can be issued after the start date published in your Financial Award document.