This course explores the principles of phlebotomy and the advanced topics necessary to become certified and employed as a phlebotomist in the medical setting. Topics covered include anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system, equipment and supplies needed for venipuncture, the venipuncture procedure, pre-analytical errors, specimen processing, and capillary blood sample collection. This course also includes EKG testing, non-blood specimens, point of care testing (POC), and arterial puncture. Students complete 45 hours lecture/lab during the first 4 weeks of the semester and 120 hours of phlebotomy experience [clinical practicum] at a clinical affiliate agency during the last 3 weeks of the semester. Clinical settings can include physician offices, reference laboratories, STAT laboratories, hospitals, or other medical facilities.
Prerequisites: PHL 1010