Phlebotomy

Do you have the desire to be an important member of a health care team? A Phlebotomist assists patients and/or donors with the collection of blood and other clinical specimens by using various medical collection devices. Phlebotomists work in a variety of healthcare settings such as hospitals, blood banks, doctor offices or outpatient laboratories. Completion of this two-quarter program leads you to numerous career opportunities.

  • Students are required to collect blood and other specimen types from patients for analysis or other medical purposes.
  • Students will become proficient in the various blood collection methods using supplies such as tourniquets, needles, syringes, multi-sample systems and correctly handling and packaging of sharps containers.
  • Students are required to follow all policies and procedures set forth by clinical agencies laboratory standards as well as the College policies and protocol.
  • Attendance of all classes is mandatory.

The following is a brief list of some functions students are expected to perform while in the Phlebotomy lecture, lab or clinical setting:

  • Drawing of blood or access a vein on all patient demographics and ages
  • Process specimens that are collected and prepare these specimens for transport
  • Provide clear instructions to patients about other collection techniques
  • Draw blood from patients by finger stick from children and adults and by a heel stick from infants
  • Knowledge to test for donor screening or rapid test results (Point of Care Testing)
  • Conduct interviews and take vital signs for donors at a blood bank

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has specific codes for healthcare licensing. The Medical Assistant-Phlebotomist (MA-PC) requires a fee of $145 to be included with the DOH application to license. This course work may qualify the student to test with American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) to become a Phlebotomy Technician. The ASCP provides membership and pathways to qualify for National Certification. This licensing examination is not mandatory nor are the costs included in student tuition or registration. This is an additional expense to the student.

Please take the time to attend one of the Phlebotomy information sessions. Questions will be answered by a CBC Advisor/Counselor or a program representative. Anyone interested in a CBC Health Sciences program should attend. These sessions are free and open to the public. Students, friends and family members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Get Started in Phlebotomy

The Phlebotomy program is a two quarter program that begins winter quarter of each year. Prior to applying to the Phlebotomy program at Columbia Basin College (CBC), please make sure you meet College admission criteria.

Next, complete the Phlebotomy application and submit it to Hawk Central with the following documentation:

  • Evidence of completion of high school education or its equivalent
  • A copy of your current American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR card
  • A one page, double spaced typed essay explaining why you are interested in becoming a phlebotomist and what impact you hope to make in your community with this education. 
  • One letter of reference describing your professional character
  • Placement scores or college transcript showing placement in Math 40 or higher (formerly Math 083), English 98 or higher and Reading 99 or higher.

You may be eligible for financial assistance through the Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program. The CASAS exam is used to determine student eligibility for I-BEST. Eligible students enrolled in I-BEST benefit from attending a Special Studies class where they will receive additional educational support to review classroom instruction, prepare for the exams, and strengthen basic skills while taking the Phlebotomy training. Find out more information about the I-BEST program!

Application Process

The next opportunity to apply to the program is September 2020 for a winter 2021 start. The program application will be posted after Labor Day weekend. The application will either need to be scanned and emailed to hscFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN or mailed in by the due date. The mailing address will be on the first page of the application.

Selection Process

The application committee will review all submissions to confirm the admission criteria is complete. Prior work experience as well as prior college course work may help to prioritize applicants, as there are usually twice as many candidates as seats available. Applicants will be notified my mail or email regarding admission status. Applicants who are not accepted may reapply during the next application year.

National Background Search & Drug Screen Requirements

As part of the admission requirements for Health Science programs, applicants must successfully pass a criminal background check and drug screen prior to working with patients in clinical areas. The background check and drug screen are paid by the student and administered through a third party company, CastleBranch. In addition to the background check required by CBC, each clinical facility reserves the right to conduct its own criminal background check prior to allowing a student to enter its health care facilities for clinical participation.

Certain criminal convictions, pending charges or negative actions may automatically disqualify a person from having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults, juveniles and children. Clinical facilities reserve the right to accept or decline a student’s placement in its facility.     

As part of a rewarding career, phlebotomists work with a variety of people in a variety of healthcare settings including:

  • Hospitals
  • Blood donation centers
  • Doctor’s office or clinics
  • Outpatient labs
  • Community health centers
  • Nursing homes

Becoming a phlebotomist provides a stepping-stone to other medical career opportunities, allowing you employment while furthering your education.  If working in a hospital, you will have access to many departments, which may help you determine other areas in medicine you may want to pursue, such as Registered Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Surgical Technology, etc. Overall, one of the best ways to increase your pay as a phlebotomist is to obtain additional education and certifications.

contact

  • Email:hsc@columbiabasin.edu

  • Phone:509-544-8300

  • Address:940 Northgate Dr., Richland, WA 99352Third Floor

  • Office Hours:Monday to Thursday: 7 am to 4:30 pmFriday: 7 am to noon

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