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Phlebotomy Application Process

  1. Apply to Weatherford College: Students will need to submit an official high school
    or college transcript to Weatherford College Student Services. See the Weatherford College website for instructions, under Admissions. 
    www.applytexas.org/adappc/gen/c_start.WBX

  2. Apply to the Health and Human Sciences Program (HHS Program): You may download an application from this web site, or pick one up at the Health and Human Sciences Department. FAX it to 817-598-8880, attention: Tammi White; mail it to WC Phlebotomy, 225 College Park Drive, Weatherford, Texas, 76086, or bring it to the Health and Human Sciences Department, Jack Knight Building, Room 139. You may also scan it and attach it to an email: twhite@wc.edu.

  3. Submit Proof of Hepatitis vaccinations or immunity to the HHS Department. The requirement is two Hep B vaccinations and a positive Hep B surface antibody titer or three Hep B vaccinations. It takes about 4-6 months to complete the Hepatitis vaccina-
    tion series. Those who have already had the vaccinations do not need to repeat them, only to obtain their records. These are usually on file at a High School, physician’s office, at home, or with a former employer.

    We have two main offices with administrative assistants, Tammi White, 817-598-6217, Jack Knight Building, Room 139 and Karen Long, 817-598-6259, Business Building, Room 209, who accept information, answer questions, and enroll students into required Phlebotomy and Health profession courses. Prior Medical Terminology courses are accepted with no time restrictions provided they are 2-hour courses.

  4. Take the Phlebotomy Accuplacer Test.  This is a placement test on pre-Algebra and Reading. Submit scores to the HHS Department. Scores are added together for a combined total that is used to rank students should we receive more applications than the enrollment limit of 20. The Success Connection on the Weatherford College Campus can provide further information and study aids for the test, 817-598-6278. Weatherford College offers this test on campus at the Testing Center, 817-598-6383,
    at a cost of $25.00. See www.math.com/ for help with pre-algebra. All fees are paid on the north side of the Business building in the Business Office.

  5. Upon receipt of the Health and Human Sciences Application, Hepatitis Records, and Accuplacer Test Scores for an applicant, the application process is complete. Applicants are then are notified by mail of acceptance or non-acceptance. Accepted applicants must notify Tammi White, if they choose to accept their position in the pro-
    gram and follow the instructions in their acceptance packet they received in the mail to complete Program Requirements exactly as instructed.

  6. Program Requirements detailed in the acceptance packet for Accepted applicants include:

  • Students will go online to obtain a Castle Branch account at a cost of $109.00. This is
    a lifetime document repository that allows the student access to immunizations, etc. for future educational institutions and employments purposes. The fee includes the cost of the required Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen.

  • A Criminal Background Check will be conducted on each applicant prior to the beginning of Clinical. Results of this report are reviewed by the Program Director, and may prevent a student from attending clinical in some areas and from obtaining licen-
    sure through national registries. The following histories may disqualify an individual from consideration for clinical rotations:

- Felony convictions
- Misdemeanor convictions or felony deferred adjudications involving crimes against
  person(s) (physical or sexual abuse).
- Misdemeanor convictions related to moral turpitude (prostitution, public lewdness /
  exposure, etc).

- Felony deferred adjudications for the sale, possession, distribution, or transfer of
  narcotics or controlled substances.
- Registered sex offenders

  • A 10-panel drug screen is required prior to going to off-campus clinical. The Quest drug screen form will be in the student's Castle Branch account once the student has obtained the account.

  • Students must obtain American Heart Association CPR Certification for a Basic Life Support Provider. No other CPR will be accepted. Online CPR cannot be accepted.

  • Professional Liability Insurance is required of all students while enrolled in the pro-
    gram and is included with registration fees.

  • Tuberculosis screen or Quantiferon, MMR Titers / Immunizations, Tdap Immunizations, current Flu shot, and proof of Varicella and Hepatitis B vaccinations or immunity are required. 

  • Personal Health Insurance is required of all students while enrolled in the Phlebotomy program. This covers accidents that might occur while attending clinical rotations. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain and purchase health insurance. An inexpen-
    sive student insurance policy is available; inquire of the Program Administrative Assistants for the brochure, if interested.

  • All requested documents must be downloaded to Certified Background three weeks prior to off-campus Clinical Rotations. Students with incomplete documents will not be allowed to progress to PLAB 1460.

  • Students must purchase two sets of scrubs, black, khaki, or white – they can be worn in any combination. Two patches must also be purchased at the WC Bookstore and worn on the left sleeve. Any color of closed-toe tennis shoes may be worn. Any solid color top is acceptable.

  • Inquire at the WC Bookstore for current textbook titles and prices, 817-598-6286.

  • See the Student Handbook for more details.

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Program Standards

     Because of the inherent requirements of the profession, certain minimum abilities (technical
     standards) of applicants are expected. These include:

  • The applicant must have the necessary eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity required to achieve the psychomotor objectives in each teaching section. These objectives include, but are not limited to, the use of pipettes, tubes, slides, culture media, phlebotomy equipment, inoculation and reagent application devices, and instrument operation.

  • The applicant must have the necessary visual acuity (normal or corrected vision) to achieve the psychomotor and cognitive objectives that require the ability perform phlebotomy and dermal puncture, distinguish color, read instrument scales and quality control charts, and enter and review data during use of laboratory analytical and computer equipment.

  • The applicant must be fluent in English and possess adequate communication skills to permit regular, routine, timely, and productive interactions with faculty members, physi-
    cians, patients, other students, and others encountered in the clinical facilities and health fairs.

  • The applicant must be able to promptly respond in emergency situations, react appro-
    priately, and at all times exercise judgment associated with responsible practice of the clinical laboratory profession.

  • The applicant must demonstrate the emotional health required for full utilization of intellectual abilities. An applicant must be able to tolerate physically and emotionally taxing workloads and function effectively under stress.

  • The applicant must be able to sustain professional activities for protracted periods of time under conditions of physical and emotional stress.

  • Applicants must be able physically access and perform phlebotomy on patients in all settings: outpatient, emergency room, health fairs, and on the wards for extended hours.

This program operates in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act and all other applicable state and federal laws. The program reserves the right to require the applicant to physically demonstrate any of the above skills. It is the responsibility of the Applicant / Student
to notify the program officials, if there should be any reason why the abilities / expectations described above cannot be met.

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