Two Options Available
Continuing Education applicants (CE)
Apply to the Continuing Education Program
Apply in person to the WC Continuing Education Department. They accept applications until the eight slots are full. Those students who register prior to the start of class will be admitted. There are three classes offered per year: Summer, Fall, and Spring semester. The beginning of each class correlates with the regular WC class schedule. You will not be required to take the COMPASS test. You will not be required to take Medical Terminology, this will be covered in your course work. Once accepted into the program, the Continuing Education Department will give you paperwork as to the following requirements:
- 10-panel drug screen
- Back/Spine Screen
- Tuberculosis Skin Test
- Immunization history with current MMR and VZV immunity
(or signed statement of prior VZV)
- Proof of Hepatitis B immunity
- Driving Record
- Criminal Background Check
- Personal Health Insurance
- American Heart CPR for Healthcare Providers
(this is offered by the CE Department)
Failure of the background check or the drug screen may disqualify an applicant for admission and/or progression in the Program.
Continuing Education students receive exactly the same phlebotomy coursework / instruction as do the ALHE students. They do not earn college credit. The course can be articulated into college credit through the CE Department should the student wish for college credit to be reflected on their transcript. It will not be averaged into the student's GPA. This requires the student to have TSI compliant 3-part (Reading, Algebra, and Writing) COMPASS Test scores, and have a passing grade in a 2-hour Medical Terminology course, with approval of the Dean of Workforce and Economic Development and the Phlebotomy Program Director.
Allied Health Applicants
- Apply to Weatherford College: Students will need to submit an official high school or college transcript to Weatherford College Student Services. See WC website for instructions.
- Apply to the Allied Health Program: You may download an application from this web site, or pick one up at the Allied Health Department. Fax it to 817-598-6455, Tammi White: mail it, or bring it to the Allied Health Department.
- Submit Proof of Hepatitis Immunity to the Allied Health Department: We have two main offices with administrative assistants, (Tammi White and Karen Long) who accept information.
- Take the Phlebotomy Compass Test Pre-Algebra and Reading. Submit scores to the Allied Health Department. We add these scores together for a combined total score that is used to rank students should we receive more applications than the 20 open positions. The highest possible score on the Reading and the Pre-Algebra sections is 99. Check the COMPASS Test document on the website for further information and study aids for the test. WC offers this test on campus at the Testing Center. The cost is $25.00. Their number is 817-598-6383.
Medical Terminology Requirement: ALHE applicants will need a 2-hour co-requisite Medical Terminology course. Transfer hours are acceptable, as long as they are at least 2-hours. There is no expiration date on prior Medical Terminology coursework. WC offers online Medical Terminology. If you have not had this course, you will need to register through traditional WC registration or at another accredited institution for this course. Keep in mind that online classes require personal responsibility. Any computer difficulties or problems must be addressed with your instructor IMMEDIATELY, in order not to fall behind. You must pass this class to receive your Phlebotomy Certificate. If you do not pass the course, you must wait until you do so to receive your Certificate and ASCP Registration information.
Once accepted into Allied Health Phlebotomy, students receive paperwork with the details of the following requirements:
- A Criminal Background Check will be conducted on each applicant prior to the beginning of Clinical, at the applicant’s expense. Results of this report may prevent a student from attending clinical in some areas and from obtaining licensure through national registries. The following histories will 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
- All students are subject to a 10-panel drug screening at the time of admission and in cases of accidents or reasonable suspicion during class, Clinical, or any school event such as Clinical orientation or Health Fairs.
- Prior to beginning clinical rotations, the student must obtain American Heart Association CPR Certification for Health Care Providers. A copy of the certificate must be kept on file in the student’s record. The student must maintain a current CPR certificate throughout the program. Failure to maintain CPR will prevent the student from participating in clinical until proof of CPR is provided. Absences will be recorded for any missed clinical.
- Professional Liability Insurance is required of all students while enrolled in the program. Professional liability insurance is included with registration fees.
- A Back/Spine Screen, at the student’s expense, is required once admitted to the program.
- Tuberculosis screen, MMR Titers / Immunizations, DT Immunizations and proof of Varicella immunity are required. Proof of Hepatitis B immunity is required before patient contact.
- 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. Proof of medical insurance must be kept in the student’s file. Failure to maintain health insurance will prevent the student from participating in clinical until proof of insurance is provided. Absences will be recorded for any missed clinical.
Further Admission Requirements for Continuing Education and Allied Health Students
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 prescribed use of pipettes, tubes, slides, culture media, phlebotomy equipment, inoculation and reagent application devices, and instrument operation devices.
- The applicant must have the necessary visual acuity (normal or corrected vision) to achieve the psychomotor and cognitive objectives that require the ability to 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, physicians, patients, and other students.
- The applicant must be able to promptly respond in emergency situations, react appropriately, 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.
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.