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Minimum credits: 16
Length: 1-2 semesters
Division: Arts, Sciences, & Business
Contact: 434.797.8462 or 434.797.8402
Award: Career Studies Certificate
Plan Code: 221-151-02 CIP Code: 51.1004
NOTE: Students who have a felony conviction or assault conviction will not be allowed into clinical facilities. They are thus advised to choose a non-allied health field.
The art of drawing blood will be taught through intensive supervised hands-on practice using artificial arms and volunteers. Students will collect venous and capillary specimens. The skill level of the student will be assessed using competency standards utilized by certification agencies such as CLSI and ASCP. Clinical hours (MDL 106 ) will begin ONLY after the student has acquired the appropriate skill level and has satisfactorily passed the didactic portion of the program (MDL 105 ). To be eligible to sit for national certification exams, the student must complete 100-150 hours of clinical time with 100-150 successful collections. The CSC denotes successful completion of the program and does not guarantee that the student will pass the national exams.
The Career Studies Certificate in Phlebotomy prepares students to draw blood from patients in health care facilities including hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, laboratories, and nursing homes. Graduates will be eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology phlebotomy certification.
Program Outcomes: Graduates will be able to:
- Perform duties safely and effectively within their scope of practice as a phlebotomy technician.
- Perform within the ethical and legal boundaries of the phlebotomy technician’s scope of practice.