The Certificate of Competency in Phlebotomy program is designed to prepare a person to obtain blood specimens by skin puncture and venipuncture. The phlebotomist may find employment in hospitals, patient service centers, life insurance companies, doctors` offices, outreach services, and donor centers. Students in the Phlebotomy program will be in contact with potentially infectious blood, tissues, and body fluids. During this program, eligible students will have the opportunity to take the national certification exam.
This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students will be required to have a minimum of 50 successful live draws to sit for the national certification examination. Students are provided the opportunity to take this examination prior to going to clinical externship. The expense of the examination is the student`s responsibility.
Students will be required to take a randomized urine drug screen and submit a negative result prior to be eligible to participate in clinical externship. The expense of the urine drug screen is the student`s responsibility.
Students are required to complete 160 hours of clinical externship to complete this program. Externship hours are site specific and may require attendance any day of the week, including during unscheduled days and times.
Students must meet all required program competencies in order to receive a passing grade. This program is a P (pass) or Z (no pass) graded program.
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Application of safety and government standards and compliance to the phlebotomy setting.
- Demonstrate critical thinking, professional and ethical conduct in phlebotomy practices.
- Communicate sufficiently to serve the public, patients and members of the healthcare team.
- Implement quality assurance and quality control principles to requisitioning, specimen transport, and specimen processing.
- Perform specimen collection utilizing proper procedures, equipment, and techniques.
- Application of methodologies and techniques including problem solving and troubleshooting for phlebotomy.
Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.
1. High school diploma or GED.
2. Ability to fully participate in classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting program activities.
3. Completion of program prerequisites courses with a grade of C or better.
4. Submit current CPR card for Health Care Provider and maintain current status throughout the practicum(s).
5. Proof of current immunizations: measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), tuberculosis skin test (TB), varicella, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B vaccine (HEB), and seasonal flu vaccine.
6. Complete and submit health declaration form signed by a licensed health care provider.
7. Submit to a drug screening and demonstrate negative results.
Background Check Requirements:
Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Supplemental Background Check policy. Program applications will not be accepted without a copy of an Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card. Upon conditional program admission, the student must comply with all requirements of the current MCCCD background check policy.
The following is the suggested course sequence by block. Please keep in mind:
- Students should meet with a navigator to discuss their academic and career goals.
- The course sequence is laid out by block and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- This is a cohort program in which students progress through their course of study together in the required course sequence.
|Course Name||Requisites||Notes||Clock Hours|
|PLC109||Phlebotomy Basic Skills||90|
|PLC111||Specimen Processing and Advanced Techniques in Phlebotomy||90|
Students must earn a grade of ‘P’ or ‘C’ or better (depending on the course grading scale) for all courses required within the program.
Weekly hour requirements vary by program. Students should meet with a navigator to discuss these requirements further. Actual completion times may vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.
This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Competency in Phlebotomy (Day) (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm12?id=148056).
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