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 program includes but is not limited to: theory and practical training in obtaining adequate and correct blood specimens by capillary or venipuncture samples from patients. Observing safety precautions as mandated by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments and Occupational Safety and Health Administration is stressed. 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.

Content includes, but is 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 programs is a total of 60 contact hours + clinical/lab. We offer day classes which are held Monday-Thursday 9am-12pm for 5 weeks or evening classes Monday-Thursday 6:00pm-10:00pm. Internship/Clinical(s) are the second OPTIONAL part of the program and will occur after the academic portion of the program 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 program 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
  • $56.00 Clinical Insurance/Badge
  • $120.00 Board Exam
  • Total is $1451.00

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. After your balance is paid you will then be eligible for clinical(s). After completing the program/clinicals, students will take the National Certification exam.

Program Requirements

Prospective students are cautioned that this program is not a “Crip Course” and the students should be expected to study 5-10 hours weekly. This program covers all the information needed to successfully pass National Certification boards. This class will be an intensive course due to the short amount of time, wide range of skills, and information you will be learning. Students are required to attend all classes and are expected to successfully complete all examinations prior to clinical rotation. Students must complete clinical(s) prior to taking the certification exam.

Admission Requirements

Registration must be completed in person. Students must pose high school transcripts or GED. Students must attend one of Academy of Allied Health Career Overview Orientations before the application process can be completed. Students must fill out Application for chosen course, complete assessment, and have a successful interview with a 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.