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Key Areas and Course Topics

The Phlebotomy Technician Program prepares professionals to collect blood and other specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. This course covers the following key areas and topics:

  • Process and procedures for collecting blood specimens for laboratory analysis
  • All aspects of blood collection and related procedures
  • The order of draw
  • Universal precautions
  • Skills to perform venipunctures completely and safely
  • Terminology and related anatomy and physiology

Detailed Course Topics Covered

  • The history of phlebotomy & the healthcare setting
  • Quality assurance and legal issues
  • Infection control, safety, first aid, & personal wellness
  • Universal precautions including safety protocols and infection control
  • Laboratory operations (e.g. safety, quality control)
  • Blood banks and blood typing, lab departments and personnel
  • Medical terminology and laboratory theory
  • Human anatomy & physiology of the circulatory system
  • Specimen collection, processing, and handling
  • Blood collection equipment, additives, & order of draw
  • Venipuncture specimen collection procedures
  • Capillary puncture equipment and procedures
  • Special collections and point-of-care testing
  • Arterial puncture procedures
  • Non-blood specimens and tests
  • Pediatric and geriatric blood collection
  • Blood and blood composition, blood tubes, coagulation, venipuncture protocols, etc.
  • Heel puncture, protocol, practice, and syringe draws
  • Respiratory, pneumonia and TB isolation protocol
  • Laboratory skills and simulated/animated labs