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Phlebotomy Certificate

A phlebotomist is an important member of the healthcare team. Phlebotomists obtain blood specimens by venipuncture and skin puncture. Phlebotomists work closely with patients and other healthcare professionals. Phlebotomists are trained to perform ECGs, point of care testing, medical coding, computer information tasks, and specimen processing. Liston Campus only.

This program seeks to prepare entry-level phlebotomists who demonstrate acceptable workplace behaviors and who are eligible to sit for the national certification examination.

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Technical Standards

In order to perform the tasks of a phlebotomist, certain capabilities are required. These capabilities are associated with the successful practice of phlebotomy.

Physical Requirements:

The position of Phlebotomist has been given a strength ratio of LIGHT WORK by the U.S. Dictionary of Occupational Titles (exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force 2/3 or more of the time to move objects).

  1. The student must be able to walk, stand and sit for periods of time, as well as stoop, bend, lift and carry.
  2. The student must have manual dexterity, good motor skills, and eye-hand coordination.
  3. The student must possess visual acuity, sufficient to allow for differentiation of colors, reading preprinted labels and requisitions, and identifying patients.
  4. The student must possess verbal and nonverbal skills adequate for transmitting and receiving information from patients and hospital personnel. The student must read, write, speak and comprehend English with sufficient skill to communicate.
  5. The student must be aware at all times of tasks being performed, and alert to the well-being of the patient.
  6. The student must exhibit behavioral and social skills that are acceptable to the college and clinical setting.
  7. The student must be able to follow verbal and written instruction.

    ___  I am capable of meeting the requirements

    ___  I am not capable of meeting the requirements

    ___  I am capable of meeting the requirements with accommodations

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Learning Outcomes

Students completing the phlebotomy certificate will:

  1. Practice accepted standards for infection control and safety as mandated by OSHA and CLSI.
  2. Apply understanding of the importance of specimen collection and specimen integrity in the delivery of patient care.
  3. Perform venipunctures proficiently following CLSI standards.
  4. Perform capillary puncture following CLSI standards.
  5. Perform EKG proficiently.
  6. Perform specimen transport and processing according to CLSI standards.
  7. Apply appropriate quality assurance and quality control to waived laboratory testing according to CLIA regulations.
  8. Follow manufacturer's directions for CLIA waived tests.
  9. Communicate and interact appropriately with patients, staff and coworkers.
  10. Use computers in the workplace.
  11. Discuss policies and protocol designed to maintain confidentiality and to avoid medico-legal problems.
  12. Apply ICD-CM codes to clinical laboratory testing.

Program & Course Descriptions

This is a part-time, two-semester certificate program which is offered starting:

Fall semester at
Liston (Providence) campus Evening program

Fall and Spring semesters at
Liston (Providence) campus Day program


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