Area of Interest
This program prepares students to work in a medical office, clinic or hospital lab and collect blood specimens from patients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Topics include anatomy and physiology of the circulatory and lymphatic systems, infection control, blood collection procedures, puncture methods, specimen handling, professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of health care. Students will gain hands-on experience in all aspects of blood collection. Students must successfully complete thirty (30) venipunctures and ten (10) capillary sticks at an offsite clinical externship experience to demonstrate skill competency. Upon completion, students are eligible to sit for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) credential exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
Note: Prospective students without healthcare experience are encouraged to complete an online medical terminology course or self-paced workbook prior to course. Follow the career pathway for medical assisting, which begins with Phlebotomy Technician, continues to EKG technician and finishes with Clinical Medical Assistant. These programs result in stackable credentials that are designed to build upon the knowledge and skills of one another.
Contact Hours: 80 plus required clinical externship
- Documentation of GED or High School Diploma.
- At least 18 years of age on the first day of class.
- Acceptable background check and drug screen prior to clinical. Proof of immunizations and physical exam may be required depending on clinical site.
- Attend a coaching appointment and/or information session prior to enrollment.
- Complete a CASAS reading assessment.
- Complete all funding assistance paperwork (if applicable) prior to enrollment.
- Meet minimum essential functions and standards for program
Employment Outlook for Phlebotomy Technicians
Graduates who have achieved certification upon completion of this program have found employment in hospitals, physician's offices and outpatient labs. Top employers in our community who visit our program to meet students, partner on clinical rotations, and employ our graduates include:
- Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital
- UVA Health
In Central Virginia, employment of phlebotomy technicians, also known as phlebotomists, is projected to grow 10% from 2022 to 2030. - Virginia Office of Education Economics (VOEE), 2022
Earning Potential for Phlebotomy Technicians
The median wage for phlebotomy technicians in our region is $37,512 per year (full-time salaried with benefits). - Virginia Office of Education Economics, 2022
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