Phlebotomy Technician

A career as a Phlebotomy Technician is a rewarding path for someone who desires to work directly with patients. Phlebotomists use care and skill to obtain blood specimens from patients for analysis in the clinical laboratory. Technologists and physicians depend upon the phlebotomist to collect quality patient specimens in order to produce quality laboratory results. Phlebotomy technicians are trained to create an atmosphere of trust and confidence in patients while drawing blood specimens in a skillful and safe manner. Employment opportunities include, but are not limited to, hospitals, clinics, physicians' offices, laboratories, and blood banks.

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Courses & Dates:

LECTURE ( PBT210 40):
Fall 2017 session has reached capacity.
Spring 2018 (Registration opens on November 6.)
Wednesday evenings 6:30 - 9:30pm (Wednesday, January 17 - May 2)
Location: OMGC - Room 44
Tuition: $730

PRACTICUM (PBT201 40) (Clinical)
- Registration for this required clinical component follows successful completion of Lecture and must be taken the semester immediately following the lecture course.
Location: Affiliated Clinical Sites 
Tuition: $730

CERTIFICATION EXAM PREP (PBT202 40) - Registration for this course is concurrent with the Phlebotomy Practicum and serves to prepare students for success in the certification exam.
Tuition: $730

Fees subject to change

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Mission Statement:
The mission of the Phlebotomy Certificate Program is to prepare individuals, from diverse backgrounds, for employment as knowledgeable and technically skilled phlebotomists who are capable of serving the health care needs of the community.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the role of the phlebotomist in healthcare, the organizational structure of the clinical laboratory, and current legal issues in the healthcare system.
  • Students will apply knowledge of infection control, safety precautions, and quality assurance in performing phlebotomy procedures.
  • Students will demonstrate professional behaviors and effective communication with patients and colleagues.
  • Students will apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology to results of clinical testing in order to understand pathologic conditions.
  • Students will demonstrate proper use of test requisitions for specimen collection, transport, and processing of clinical specimens.
  • Students will demonstrate proper technique in use of specimen collection equipment when performing capillary and venipuncture procedures.
  • Students will recognize the need for special precautions, explain interfering substances and determine the protocol for preventing and correcting phlebotomy errors.

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Essential Functions for Students in the Phlebotomy Certificate Program  

Essential Functions represent the essential non-academic requirements of the program that students must master to participate successfully in the program and become employable. The following is a list of the technical abilities and skills applicants for admission into Phlebotomy courses must possess:

  • Manual Dexterity: ability to use hand(s) or prosthetic devices with coordination
  • Fine Motor: ability to manipulate small objects with fingertip or adaptive devices. 
  • Mobility: ability to maneuver in the clinical setting
  • Vision: ability to distinguish red, yellow and blue colors; distinguish clear from cloudy
  • Hearing: ability to adapt with assistive devices (i.e., phone receivers, hearing aid, etc.)
  • Speech: ability to effectively communicate verbally in English
  • Writing: ability to communicate effectively in written form in English
  • Reading: ability to read, understand and follow directions printed in English

Educational and Certification Requirements

High school diploma or equivalent is required for entrance.

The Phlebotomy Technician Certificate Program requires completion of a one-semester lecture course plus 100 clinical hours at a CLIA (Clinical Lab Improvement Act) approved blood drawing center or hospital. A minimum of 100 successful venipunctures, including skin (capillary) punctures, is required.  The skin punctures can be completed during the lecture series. 

The Phlebotomy Technician program at Harcum College follows the guidelines established by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Students who successfully complete the course are eligible to sit for the Phlebotomy Technician Board of Certification examination given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). ASCP is the certifying agency and professional organization for laboratory personnel.

Instructor:

Rebecca F. Suppi, PBT (ASCP), rsuppi@harcum.edu

Jeanne Gable, PBT (ASCP), jgable@harcum.edu

Course Fees, Registration, Billing/Payment and Cancellation Policy
Fees:
There is a $100 non-refundable deposit required prior to being registered and considered enrolled. The deposit will be applied to the overall cost of the course. Once registered students will receive log-in information for Power Campus. This Self-Service portal is where students can view bills and make payments. Tuition bills for summer are posted to Power Campus in April, bills for fall are posted in July, and bills for spring are posted in November. Payment is due in-full prior to class start. Students with balances not paid by the due date indicated on their tuition bill will forfeit their registration and deposit.

Drop Policy:
Courses can be dropped until the end of the Add/Drop period for the term. In order to drop a class, students must complete an Add/Drop Form and give the form to their academic advisor who will return the form to the Office of Student Records. Courses dropped are subject to College’s Refund Policy listed below. If a student drops from the program any deposit made will be held on the student’s tuition account for one year. The deposit is forfeited if the student does not re-enroll within a year.

Refund Policy:
Prior to the end of add/drop - 100% refund
Within one week after add/drop - 80% refund
Within two weeks after add/drop - 40% refund
After two weeks - No refund

Additional Information:
Information pertaining to the purchase of designated uniform scrubs can be found in the student handbook. All students are also required to purchase a parking permit from Campus Safety. Permits can be purchased online at harcum.edu/vehicleregistration. Vehicles that do not display a parking permit may be towed at the owner's expense.

Applicants to the Phlebotomy Technician course are not eligible for government-based financial aid such as Pell Grants and Stafford Loans. Applicants may be eligible for private education loans and are free to borrow from the lender of their choice.

Extensive medical documentation is required for the Allied Health Programs. You will receive a letter regarding the setting up of your account with Certified Background. All of your medical requirements, including Background checks and Child Abuse clearances will be further explained as you set up your account for a fee. This is a mandatory requirement and a student will not be allowed to participate in their clinical rotations without satisfying all the requirements.


Questions? Please contact:
Theresa Groody, Director of Continuing & Professional Studies
610-526-1860
tgroody@harcum.edu