Proper treatment of healthcare patients always depends on an accurate diagnosis, and blood tests are often an important factor in that process. A phlebotomist is the highly-trained professional who collects blood specimens as well as other body fluids for laboratory testing. In many environments, the role of phlebotomist has evolved to include many other responsibilities besides specimen collection, so education in basic laboratory testing procedures is essential.
As a phlebotomist, you must be educated and trained in the collection and handling of fluids to ensure a high-quality specimen. You must have a focused attention to details, compassionate interpersonal skills to interact with patients, and knowledge of correct safety procedures to protect patients and yourself.
Graduates of LCCC’s Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) or Medical Assisting One-Year Certificate need only to complete three core courses from the phlebotomy program (CLSC 111, PHBT 111 and PHBT 121) to receive an additional short-term technical certificate in phlebotomy.
Students enrolled in the Medical Assisting program may earn an Associate of Applied Science by completing courses in the phlebotomy program, along with other requirements.
This program will prepare you for employment as a phlebotomist in a hospital, clinic, private laboratory, physician’s office or blood donation center (such as the Lifeshare Blood Services and Red Cross collection centers). You will also be prepared to take the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) Board of Certification examination. Those passing the examination become certified as phlebotomists (PBT-ASCP).
The program offers a short-term certificate that can be earned in one semester but many classes in this program can also apply to other programs in the Health & Wellness pathway.
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Cheryl Selvage, MS, MT(ASCP)
This program is nationally approved by: National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
As an approved program, NAACLS requires a program to publish program outcomes meeting certain benchmarks:
Our Phlebotomy Program courses are designed to transfer seamlessly to these university partnership programs: