Description

A Phlebotomy Technician is a member of the healthcare team who is skilled in various techniques of obtaining, labeling, sorting, preparing and transporting blood samples from patients. The phlebotomy technician course includes but is not limited to: theory and practical training in obtaining adequate and correct blood specimens by capillary or venipuncture samples from patients. Also, observing safety precautions as mandated by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments and Occupational Safety and Health Administration is taught. The phlebotomy student is taught patients’ rights and how to honor these rights, infection control, universal precautions, delivery and centrifuging, preparation trays for entry level work in the clinical laboratory, as well taking patient vital signs. Phlebotomy Technicians are considered a valuable asset to the health care industry.

Objectives include, but are not limited to:

  • Patient identification
  • Safety & Infection Control
  • Basic Anatomy & Physiology
  • Selecting proper veins & tubes
  • Order of blood draw
  • Centrifuging
  • Compiling preparation trays
  • Legal Issues in Phlebotomy
  • All aspects of venipunctures
  • Proper cleansing of venipuncture site
  • Proper labeling, transport, and delivery
  • Proper infection control & sanitary procedures
  • Proper universal precautions & procedures
  • Proper disposal of biohazard waste materials
  • Knowledge of CLIA and OSHA guidelines
  • Obtaining vital signs
  • Knowledge and use of medical terminology, abbreviations, and symbols
  • Effectively communicating with patients, families, and other health care team members

Length of Program

Our Phlebotomy Technician course is a total of 60 contact hours + clinical/lab. We offer day classes which are held Monday-Thursday 10am-1pm for 5 weeks or evening classes Monday-Thursday 6:00pm-10:00pm. Internship/Clinical(s) are the second OPTIONAL part of the course and will occur after the academic portion of the course is complete. Clinical(s) are the student’s opportunity to be placed outside of our facility in a clinical setting of the school’s choice until 100 successful venipunctures are completed. The clinical opportunity is set in place to aid in the students marketability for job opportunities and has no additional fees. If a student chooses to do clinical(s), the overall length of the course will be increased. Students must complete 100 successful venipunctures, which may take 2-5 additional weeks depending on location or volume at different clinical locations. Students may forgo the clinical opportunity. These students must complete an additional 10 sticks at the Academy. If you choose to not do clinical(s), you will be required to sign a contract stating you wish not to do them.

Fees

  • $850.00 Tuition
  • $100.00 Registration Deposit
  • $250.00 Books &Materials Fee
  • $75.00 Lab Fee
  • Total is $1275.00

*AAHC will set up payment plans for these fees

Additional Fees/Supplies: Students will need general school supplies such as: binders, notebook, paper, pens, pencils, and highlighters. Students must wear scrubs starting the 2nd week of class. Students may wear various colors/designs to class. If a student chooses to take clinical(s) he or she will be required to purchase Royal Blue colored uniforms for clinical(s) (as many as you may feel necessary) and a lab jacket-approximately $25.00. Uniforms may be purchased at any uniform or retail shop. Students are required to purchase a school name tag for clinical(s)  this is an additional $15.00. Liability insurance is required for each student before student is placed in clinical(s). The school has obtained student blanket insurance and each student will need to pay $41 before it will be applied to an individual student’s account. After payment you will then be eligible for clinical(s). At completion of the course, we highly advise students to take the National Exam which is paid directly to NHA (National Healthcareer Association). Students will receive information on how to apply & pay for national testing at completion of academics.Their website is www.nhanow.com or 1-800-499-9092.

Course Requirements

Students are required to attend 80% of classes. Those who miss more than 20% of classes will be terminated from the program. Students must have a passing grade of 70%. Students are required to perform 20 successful venipunctures in house or 100 venipunctures in clinical rotation before certificates of completion will be issued. Students are strongly encouraged to attend each session. Students will be allowed 3 makeup Exams. Makeup Exams MUST be taken the first day of the student’s return to school or it will be a zero. After 3, they will be counted as zeros.

Admission Requirements

Registration must be completed in person. Students must be at least 18 years of age, possess high school transcripts or GED and must provide proof at Admission. Students must attend one of AAHCs Career Overview Orientations before the application process can be completed. Students must fill out application for chosen course, pass admissions test, and have a successful interview with an AAHC staff member. Before start of class, all students must provide (2) written letters of reference (1 personal and 1 professional).

Authorization

The Academy of Allied Health’s Phlebotomy Technician Program is authorized by The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). This authorization has to be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety and fiscal responsibility.