2013-2014 Catalog & Handbook 
    Jan 22, 2020  
2013-2014 Catalog & Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Phlebotomy/Patient Care Technician, Diploma

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Phlebotomists draw blood from patients or donors in hospitals, blood banks, or similar facilities for analysis or other medical purposes. Phlebotomists verify or record identity of patient or donor and converse with patient or donor to ease fear of procedure. They apply tourniquets to arms, locate accessible veins, swab puncture areas with disinfectant, and insert needles into veins to draw blood into collection tubes or bags. Phlebotomists withdraw needles, apply treatment to puncture sites, and label and store blood containers for subsequent processing. They may prick fingers to draw blood, conduct interviews, take vital signs, and draw and test blood samples to screen donors at blood banks

Background checks and drug screenings are required for this program.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a Diploma in Phlebotomy/Patient Care Technician, a student will be able to:

Science and Technology

  • Explain the actions of anticoagulants to prevent blood coagulation.
  • Be able to operate and troubleshoot blood drawing devices.
  • Recognizes the differences is patient vasculature when selecting vein.
  • Understands the principle of blood circulation.   

Problem Solving/Critical Thinking

  • Recognize the importance of correct blood collection techniques in managing total patient care.
  • List the factors that influence the integrity of a blood specimen.
  • Identify the types of evacuated tubes by color code, state the anticoagulants and additives present, the mechanism of action and any special characteristics of each tube.
  • List the correct order of draw for the various types of blood collection tubes.
  • Perform dermal punctures.
  • Identify the steps of the venipuncture procedure.


  • Effectively interact with clinic and hospital staff.
  • Provide quality and professional service.
  • Demonstrate strong worth ethic and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Works with patients in diverse situations.
  • Exhibits flexibility and adaptability.
  • Works to quiet patient anxiety before and during venipuncture.
  • Provides friendly service by treating patients with dignity, respect and compassion.


  • States the purpose of quality assurance in blood collection.
  • Can explain the blood drawing procedure in words the patient can understand
  • Discuss methods to safely dispose of contaminated needles.
  • Discuss the purpose and types of tourniquets.
  • List the required information on a requisition form.
  • Define the chain of custody for patient samples.
  • Discuss the use of gloves, gauze and bandages when performing venipuncture.
  • Describe the patient prep and variables that can affect some laboratory tests.
  • Effectively communicates with supervisor and other medical staff members.

(Fall Start)

Program Curriculum - Total Credits: 31

Satisfactory completion of the above classes are required to take the following:

Spring Semester

(Approximately first 4 weeks of the semester)

(Approximately 8 weeks of the semester)

(Spring Start)

Program Curriculum - Total Credits: 31

Satisfactory completion of the above classes are required to take the following:

Summer Semester

(Approximately 4 weeks)

(Approximately 8 weeks)

Additional Information

*Requires satisfactory completion of all required coursework and approval of Program Chair.

A “C” or higher is required for all HC & PH courses.

Students entering a program in any semester other than outlined may not graduate in the expected amount of time.

Estimated total program fees

Tuition $3,224
Fees $2,759
Physical & Immunizations $ 100
Books & Supplies $850
Background Check & Drug Screen $ 110
TOTAL $7,043

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