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Phlebotomist Training Course CHHO-6000
This course will prepare you to enter the health care profession as a phlebotomist. The phlebotomist is an important member of the health care team whose responsibility is to facilitate safe collection and transportation of blood and other laboratory specimens. The student will learn anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system, medical terminology, customer service skills, and equipment techniques utilizing vacuum collection devices and syringes. Following the comprehensive classroom training, students will participate in a two-week, hands-on clinical experience to demonstrate their learned skills and knowledge in the medical environment.

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Upcoming Offerings:

Begins September 21st, Hiawatha (Class ID 124536)

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Tuition Assistance:
Yes. Full tuition assistance is available to support your career goals.*Click here to learn more.
*Some eligibility restrictions may apply.

Industry Credentials Earned:
Completion of this course will qualify the student to take the National Health Career Association Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam, which is included in the tuition of the course, and is optional to take. This exam is not required in order to work as a phlebotomist in Iowa.

Entrance Requirements/Prerequisites:
Prospective students must be 18 years of age or older, have evidence of high school diploma or equivalent, and score a 245 or higher on the Accuplacer Next Generation Reading Placement Exam. A physical, background check, and immunization documentation must be completed before students are cleared for the clinical experience.

Delivery Method:
Classroom, Lab, Clinical

Length of Program and CEU Credits:
140 hours, 16.8 CEUs

Program Completion Requirements:
This is a pass/fail course based on both score and attendance. Tests and quizzes taken in class must total a score of 75 percent or greater, and students must satisfy the completion requirements of the clinical experience. Students must also adhere to the attendance policy where no more than two classes may be missed, and participation in the full 80-hour clinical experience is mandatory.

Course Objectives:
• Understand the health care system and the role of the phlebotomist.
• Maintain confidentiality of privileged information on individuals.
• Describe the system of monitoring quality assurance and quality control in the collection of blood and other laboratory specimens.
• Define the different terms in the Medico legal aspect for phlebotomy, and discuss policies and protocols designed to avoid Medico legal problems.
• Exhibit top notch safety and infection control in the healthcare setting.
• Learn and correctly use basic medical terminology.
• Understand the anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system.
• Identify equipment and supplies needed to perform phlebotomy.
• Perform routine venipuncture, capillary procedures, and point-of-care testing.
• Describe complications of blood drawing and their resolutions.
• Explain the principles behind — and list any special equipment required and the steps involved — special collection procedures. • Discuss collection of non-blood specimens.
• Perform a minimum of 100 unaided, successful venipunctures using vacuum collection devices and syringes in a clinical lab setting.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the program, students will know medical terminology, anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system and hands-on practice to work as an entry-level phlebotomist in a medical laboratory setting. Students will also be prepared to take the optional Certified Phlebotomist Technician exam at the end of the course.

Other Items to Know About this Course:
The following textbooks will need to be purchased separately: “Phlebotomy Essentials” (McCall, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, ISBN-13: 978-1451194524) and “Student Workbook for Phlebotomy Essentials” (ISBN13: 978-1451194531). Students must provide their own transportation to clinical assignments.

Pathway to Credit Program:
MLT-109 Principles of Phlebotomy

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