This one-year certificate program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level employment as a phlebotomist in a variety of healthcare related facilities.
Phlebotomists primarily draw blood, which is then used for different types of medical laboratory testing or for procedures, such as transfusions. In addition to drawing blood, phlebotomists also may collect urine or other samples.
Phlebotomists are responsible for instructing patients on procedures for proper collection and ensuring that the sample collected is acceptable and clearly labeled in its container.
Upon successful completion of this program students are eligible to take the National Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NCPT) through the NCCT (National Center for Comprehensive Testing). Students can sit for this certification exam in the Testing Center at Shawnee Community College. Although certification as a phlebotomist is not required by state or federal law, some employers prefer or require certification because they recognize that individuals who are certified are committed to their profession and to quality patient care.
Possible Career Opportunities
Graduates of this program earn a certificate of achievement upon graduation. Students are not certified as a phlebotomy technician until they successfully pass a professional certification exam.