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Phlebotomy Program Goals & Timeline

Program Goals

Upon completion of this Program the student will successfully:

  • 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.

Program Timeline

  • 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 clinical, 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

Program Notes

  • Phlebotomy Classes are held three times annually: Summer, Fall, and Spring for a 16-week term.
  • Classes meet on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Additional clinical assignments will be announced to satisfy course requirements.
  • After 8 weeks, students are assigned to off-campus clinical in contracted hospitals, clinics, or laboratory collection centers for the remaining 8 weeks. Every attempt will be made to assign students to clinical sites of their choice from available sites, but this cannot be guaranteed.
  • In the event a clinical site is not available for a student, due to unforeseen events, a grade of "Incomplete" will be given and the student may finish clinical the following semester.
  • All students who pass the course work in the Phlebotomy Curriculum earn a lifetime Phlebotomy Certificate. Students who obtain the ASCP or other national registry will be eligible for increased pay and prestige, and employment opportunities. Additional licensure is recommended, though not required.