This non-credit program prepares students to function as a phlebotomist in a medical laboratory setting. Students will learn to obtain blood specimens via primary phlebotomy techniques in order to facilitate collection and testing. Course content includes anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system, medical terminology prefixes and suffixes, abbreviations and customer service skills. Class consists of classroom work, graded tests and quizzes, and lab practicals (August 20-October 24). Following the didactic portion of the class, eligible students then participate in a required 80-hour clinical experience in a laboratory setting (October 28-November 8 OR November 11-22). Included in the cost of the course is an optional certification exam, which students may choose to take upon successful course completion. Successful passing of the exam results in the Phlebotomy Technician Certification (CPT), which is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCAA) and issued through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
Prior to registering, all students must take the Accuplacer reading placement test by contacting the Kirkwood Community College Test Center at 319-398-5456 in Cedar Rapids or 319-887-3642 in Iowa City. Applicant must achieve a minimum score of 76 to be considered eligible to register for the Phlebotomy program. After receiving their Accuplacer score, the applicant must contact the Program Director at 319-398-5626 to complete the registration process. All applicants must be at least 18 years old and have evidence of high school diploma or equivalent.
Costs associated with the program that are not included in the tuition: textbook and workbook, background check fee ($45), immunization/health information tracking fee ($30) and any fees that may be associated with the health requirements.
Special notice: The mandatory 80-hour (two consecutive 40-hour weeks) clinical experience is held following successful completion of the lecture/lab portion of the class. Clinical hours will be scheduled Monday through Friday, approximately 7 am to 4 pm. Please note that evening or weekend hours are NOT available for the clinical experience. Clinical sites are located throughout Kirkwood’s seven county area, with assignment to clinical sites by random selection. Students should not expect that their clinical site will be in the same city as their class. Students are responsible for their own transportation to their clinical assignment. Guidelines and student expectations for the clinical experience, including the background check process and health requirements, will be explained during the first week of class.
Textbooks required: Phlebotomy Essentials, 6th Edition, McCall & Tankersley, (ISBN-13: 978-1451194524) and Student Workbook for Phlebotomy Essentials, 6th Edition (ISBN-13: 978-1451194531). Both available at Kirkwood’s main campus bookstore.