Comprehensive course in the fundamentals and practice of phlebotomy (blood specimen collection) includes venipuncture, capillary collection, safety, medical terminology, orientation to the clinical laboratory and health care, and specimen handling and processing, blood pressure, pulse and basic life support for healthcare provider. Program is 120 hours of lecture and lab. The student must complete 100 successful venipunctures at a clinical site within a minimum of 80 hours. Externships must begin within two months of the completion of the classroom portion of the program. Upon completion of the course, students are eligible to sit for a national certification examination and may seek employment as phlebotomists.
Important Information About the Program
- Participants must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED to enroll.
- Cost for enrollment requirements are the responsibility of the participant.
- Funding may be available to eligible participants through PA CareerLink ®.
- For the evening program participants, externship hours may need to be completed during day hours.
Requirements to Enter the Program
(Must be completed before the first class. All costs are the responsibility of the student.)
- Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
- FBI Background Check
- Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
- Personal Health Insurance
- Physical examination and required immunizations
- Influenza Vaccine (if externship/clinical is performed between September and April)
- COVID-19 Vaccine (recommended, but not required at this time)
- Two-step TB skin test or QuantiFERON® blood test
- Urine drug screen (details provided later)
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