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Phlebotomy Technician

ABOUT THE PHLEBOTOMY TECHNICIAN PROGRAM

A phlebotomist's primary duties include blood draws, preparing blood for testing, and verifying identities. They often work in blood or plasma clinics, hospitals, community health centers, doctor offices, and nursing homes.

This 90-hour program prepares participants to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Topics include all aspects related to blood collection, including comprehensive skills to perform venipunctures completely and safely. Classroom and lab work include terminology, anatomy and physiology, blood collection procedures, specimen hands-on practice, and training in skills and techniques to perform puncture methods.

National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certification  

This program meets the necessary requirements to take the NHA Certified Phlebotomy Technician certification exam. Exam will be proctored at the completion of the program.

Practical experience requirement

The skills and knowledge provided in this class will create the basis for the student’s future performance.  It is vital to the student’s safety as well as their co-worker’s and patient’s well-being that the importance of safety is clearly understood. 
 
All materials necessary to perform basic phlebotomy skills including:
  • Venipuncture
  • Capillary collections
  • Non-blood specimen collections
 
All safety and PPE equipment will be supplied, including a practice arm for practical experience in the phlebotomy process. All students are required to participate in the practical experience portion of the course.
 

Prerequisites

The NHA CPT exam requires individuals possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
 

Audience

Individuals seeking a health career working in blood clinics, plasma clinics, hospitals, and community health centers.

 

Pay and Job outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage for phlebotomists was $36,320 in May 2020, with top 10 percent of earners making more than $50,740 per year. Most phlebotomists work full time.
 
The BLS projects employment for phlebotomists will grow 22 percent from 2020 to 2030, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. For more information, click here.
 

Physical Standards

Metropolitan Community College complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act and its amendments. If a prospective student who is otherwise qualified requires a reasonable accommodation, he/she should contact the Disability Support Services office at Metropolitan Community College (MCC).
 
In order for students to be successful in the Phlebotomy Technicican program, they must have a high school diploma or equivalent plus be able to perform the following technical standards.
 
General Standard Specific Example
Ability to use senses
  • Visual acuity to identify, read, and understand directions on equipment and other documents required in people care such as laboratory procedures and administering medications, sharps, or equipment.
  • Ability to see objects closely, and distinguish distance, colors, objects, and persons.
  • Ability to hear sounds and warning signals in training facility, which could lead to an emergency requiring some type of proactive or reactive response.
  • Ability to detect and tolerate smells that may unpleasant or indicate a possible danger.
Physical Ability
  • Ability to stand and sit for long periods.
  • Ability Use their hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
  • Ability to lift, move, carry, push, and pull at least 25 pounds.
  • Ability to bend and twist body, including crouching, kneeling, or reaching.
 
 

Tuition Assistance

These classes and programs are eligible for following tuition assistance programs. Eligibility and funding availability are not guaranteed. For more information on these funding sources and eligibility criteria, visit:
 
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For more information on this program or to speak with a MCC staff member, submit Interest Inquiry Form.