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Phlebotomy

Phlebotomy students in lab

Mission Statement

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.

Program Objectives

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.
Program Description

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, ethical 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.