Allied Health and Nursing

The phlebotomist is a highly trained professional whose primary responsibility is the collection of blood specimens through venipuncture and skin puncture techniques. Blood specimens are tested and analyzed in the clinical laboratory to assess health, or to diagnose and treat disease in patients. Many factors can contribute to the accuracy of a patient’s laboratory test results, and proper sample collection is one of the most critical aspects of clinical laboratory testing. Phlebotomists must be educated and trained in the collection and handling of blood specimens of the highest quality.

This requires not only a high level of technical skill in the performance of collection procedures, but also a broad knowledge of laboratory tests and the specimens they require, a focused attention to details such as proper patient identification and preparation, compassionate interpersonal skills in interactions with patients, and knowledge of correct safety procedures for the protection of their patients and themselves. Phlebotomists are also charged with receiving and processing patient specimens other than blood, such as urine and body fluids. The role of phlebotomist has evolved in different environments to include many other responsibilities besides specimen collection, and education in basic laboratory testing procedures is essential.

Phlebotomists are employed in a wide variety of settings, including hospital laboratories, clinics, physician offices, private laboratories, blood collection centers, home health agencies and performing home visits for insurance agencies.

Educational Opportunities in Phlebotomy

Short-Term Technical Certificate in Phlebotomy
This program prepares its graduates for employment as phlebotomists in hospitals, clinics, private laboratories, physician offices and blood donation centers (such as the Lifeshare Blood Services and Red Cross collection centers). The phlebotomy program at LCCC prepares individuals not only to become proficient in the collection of blood samples, but also prepares for eligibility to take the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) Board of Certification examination. Those passing the examination become certified as phlebotomists (PBT-ASCP).

Note: Graduates of LCCC’s short-term technical certificate in practical nursing and short-term technical certificate in medical assisting programs need only to complete three core courses from the phlebotomy program to receive an additional short-term technical certificate in phlebotomy.

Note: Students enrolled in the medical assisting program may earn an associate degree of applied science by completing courses in the phlebotomy program, along with other requirements.

Other Related Opportunities in Allied Health

Short-Term Technical Certificate

Associate of applied science
The successful completion of the following programs leads to the conferral of the associate of applied science degree. 

Associate of science
Associate of science (leading to programs such as pre-dentistry, pre-med, pre-optometry and pre-pharmacy).

Associate of applied science in clinical laboratory science technology

Associate of technical studies in nuclear medicine
Nuclear Medicine is a joint program offered by Lorain County Community College and Nuclear Medicine Institute (NMI) at the University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio.

Educational Opportunities through LCCC’s University Partnership

Youngstown State University
Bachelor of Science in Applied Science Major in Public Health
The Public Health major offers the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (B.S.A.S.) degree. The public health program integrates classroom and experiential learning in many of its courses. Public health graduates are employed in public health agencies, nonprofit organizations, hospitals and other health and care settings, and governmental agencies. The B.S.A.S. in public health can also prepare the student to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). CHES assess individual and community health needs; plan and implement effective health education and health promotion programs; coordinate and manage the provision of health education and promotion services; effectively communicate health and health education needs, concerns and resources; and conduct program evaluation.

Bachelor of Science in Allied Health
The baccalaureate degree program leading to the bachelor of science in applied science with a major in allied health is intended to serve professional health-related, associate degree graduates who wish to upgrade their academic credentials.

Master of Health and Human Services
The Master of Health and Human Services and Certificate in Health Care Management is a collaborative program between the College of Health and Human Services and the Williamson College of Business Administration. The program accommodates students from health and human service professions who require the skills and abilities for supervisory/managerial positions or who desire competence in health promotion. The program is structured as a weekend-college program with classes offered Friday evenings and on Saturday during the day. After completion of an academic core of course work, students may concentrate in either health promotion or administration for health and human service professions.

Bowling Green State University
Bachelor of Science in Biology
This baccalaureate degree program is designed to provide the training in the major areas of biology while allowing sufficient flexibility to accommodate the specific interests of individual students.

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