Weatherford College Phlebotomy Technology seeks to train entry-level phlebotomists according to Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute Guidelines and the Accepted Standard of Care in the Phlebotomy Profession. Our graduates are trained to be medical professionals ready to serve in clinical laboratories or blood collection sites with appropriate skill levels and the theoretical and practical laboratory experience to be exemplary employees. The Program strives to maintain a student oriented learning opportunity while respecting diversity and individual dignity. Our didactic training aims for academic excellence. Laboratory experience integrates clinical skills with the latest technology. Graduates earn a certificate, and are prepared to challenge the American Society of Clinical Pathology Registry or any other national phlebotomy registry.
The Phlebotomy Technician Course is designed to provide students with:
- The technical skills needed to competently and safely collect and handle blood specimens from a variety of patients.
- The interpersonal skills needed to interact with others.
- The knowledge base needed to pass national certification exams.
- An introduction to health care professions with emphasis on clinical laboratory science.
- Certification from a NAACLS Approved Phlebotomy Program.
- Venipuncture Competency according to CLSI guidelines.
- Entry level phlebotomy skills to enter the workforce.
Upon completion of this Program the student will successfully:
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- Outline the structure of the health care delivery system, the roles and responsibilities of healthcare personnel, and communicate using accurate medical terminology.
- Practice infection control and laboratory safety.
- Correlate human anatomy and physiology to laboratory testing.
- Differentiate the major laboratory departments and laboratory personnel.
- Elucidate and practice correct specimen collection in the laboratory and in Point of Care testing.
- Exhibit mastery of the varieties of collection equipment and safety devices, test tubes and the various types of additives.
- Demonstrate proper techniques to perform venipuncture and capillary puncture according to CLSI Guidelines. Recognize importance of accurate collection to the patient and physician.
- Discuss pre-analytical errors that can significantly alter results and how to avoid them.
- Interpret test requisitions accurately and select the correct tubes/containers. Correctly handle the specimen with regard to volume collected, handling, processing, and transport.
- Practice Quality Assurance in phlebotomy. Perform Quality Control, record results, troubleshoot and consult supervisor with unexpected findings.
- Perform Phlebotomy using the Accepted Standard of Care exhibiting professional behavior and be cognizant of the legal and ethical implications of incidents in the work environment.
- Value Customer Service at all times, even under duress, and include co-workers in this Quality Concept. Able to communicate effectively and work as a team player in stressful conditions.
- Apply scientific techniques and methods when learning new techniques and procedures.
- Recognize the importance of obtaining Phlebotomy licensure through ASCP, AMT, ASPT, NPA or another major certification agency; and obtain Continuing Medical Education to maintain licensure and enhance professionalism.
Students are taught to perform a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques and precautions on adults, children and infants, including: vacuum collection devices, syringes, capillary skin puncture, butterfly needles and blood culture specimen collection. Emphasis is placed on customer service, correct patient identification, accurate labeling of specimens, and proper use of safety devices. Students learn specimen handling, processing and accessioning. Laboratory exercises include the theory and principles of CLIA waived laboratory tests and performance of the tests in the student laboratory. Testing performed includes: ESR, urinalysis dipsticks, fecal occult blood, urine drug screen collection and testing, pregnancy testing, and blood smear preparation. Students are also trained in blood borne pathogens, laboratory safety, medical terminology, basic anatomy and physiology, HIPAA privacy guidelines, ethics and legal issues, and forensic collections.
This training provides a foundation for success in a Phlebotomy or in a variety of other medical fields including the Clinical Laboratory, Nursing, Medical Doctor, Physician's Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Respiratory Therapy, Radiology, and Sonography.
- Students complete coursework in the 16 week semester as follows: 8 weeks of on-campus lecture, laboratory, and clinical simulations; 8 weeks off-campus clinical rotations at a hospital laboratory or a laboratory collection center.
- Upon successful course completion, students are awarded a lifetime Phlebotomy Certificate. In the last half of off-campus clinicals, students are eligible to sit for the American Society of Clinical Pathology Registry or another national phlebotomy licensure examination. The Phlebotomy certificate awarded by Weatherford College is not contingent on passing the ASCP or any other national examination. Higher examination scores are generally obtained when the examination is taken close to graduation.
- Phlebotomy Technology articulates into the Tarleton State University Division of Clinical Laboratory Sciences Medical Laboratory Technician Program (MLAB 282) for graduates interested in furthering their career in the Medical Laboratory Sciences. www.tarleton.edu/medicallab/programs/medical-laboratory-technology-program.html
Financial aid is available for those who qualify. A FASFA form must be filled out online to start the process of determining qualification. The scholarship deadline at Weatherford College is in March; other scholarship opportunities include the American Society of Clinical Pathology Siemens Scholarship; students may apply after successful Program completion.
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In 2014, nation-wide phlebotomy salaries are reflected in the table below:
|Annual Wage (2)
|Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Phlebotomists often have benefit packages from employers, sometimes including tuition reimbursement for further medical education. The Phlebotomy Program Director actively collects jobs opportunities and posts them on the Weatherford College Phlebotomy Facebook Group.
Program graduates are employed throughout the North Central Texas area, or in other states. The need for Certified Phlebotomy Technicians is growing. Phlebotomy graduates will find employment in a variety of medical settings such as rural and urban hospitals, laboratory collection centers and physician office collection areas. California and certain other states require specific licensure for Phlebotomists. Investigate state-specific regulations prior to enrolling in this program.
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