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.