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2022-2023 Health Professions, Public Safety Pathway
Health Professions Public Safety

Medical Assistant: Phlebotomy

Certificate of Completion

About the Program

The phlebotomy program is a one-term program that prepares students to become certified phlebotomists. Phlebotomists use proper prioritization procedures and coordinate collection of all phlebotomy specimens with other lab personnel. They must consistently provide phlebotomy services appropriate to the age and condition of patients to minimize re-draws (i.e., proper amounts, correct samples) and must strictly adhere to patient identification protocols as specified by regulatory requirements. This includes demonstrating knowledge of all patient safety precautions such as isolations and safety devices. In this role, it is important to use independent judgment in following established venipuncture procedures along with the ability to inspire confidence in, and communicate effectively with, unit secretaries, therapists, medical staff and visitors. This means demonstrating composure and organizational skills in handling crisis situations and effectively handling multiple tasks simultaneously in times of heavy workload.

Successful completion of the program prepares students to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) phlebotomy certification exam (CPT). Students do not automatically become certified through this program but may take the appropriate tests through NHA after completing the program. The curriculum was written using the standards and guidelines for the NHA phlebotomy certifications and can be reviewed at https://www.nhanow.com/certifications/phlebotomy-technician.

Program students attend classes as part of a structured cohort that begins each year in fall and spring term. Students should apply early as the required mandatory orientation is scheduled several weeks prior to the start.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for the Phlebotomy Career Pathway Certificate are:

  • Perform phlebotomy procedures.
  • Maintain industry standards of quality control, infection control, and safety principles.
  • Uphold legal and ethical standards and confidentiality for patient privacy.
  • Demonstrate professionalism through acceptable attitude, organization, and time management skills.
  • Effectively apply verbal and nonverbal communication principles and skills.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined through the Placement Process.

Students will complete specific health and immunization requirements and a criminal background check prior to starting the program. Students will also complete a drug screen prior to placement into a practicum. This screening process has an associated fee. Contact the Allied Health Department for more information.

Students wishing to enter the program cohort must declare their interest by attending a mandatory Allied Health Information Session and apply online through the Allied Health website: Allied Health Occupations.

Selection Process

Applications must be received by the application deadline. Applications received after the application deadline may be reviewed based on cohort capacity and at the discretion of the department. Applicants will be selected by committee. Students may be asked to participate in an interview process.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the program coordinator’s recommendation. In order to ensure coursework is current, program courses over seven years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate coordinator before being accepted toward core requirements. College Now credit earned in conjunction with local high schools will be accepted in accordance with the current agreement.

Graduation Requirements

These requirements apply only to phlebotomy students admitted to the program during the current academic year. The program of study, graduation requirements, and courses are under constant review and are subject to revision. Students contemplating admission in a later year may have different requirements and must obtain the graduation guide or catalog for that year. Students must complete all courses on this graduation guide with a grade of “C” or better to continue in and complete the program and receive their certificates. If certain required courses are graded only on a pass/no pass basis, a grade of “P” for these courses indicate a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.

This guide lays out an optimal path to graduate. Where zero credits are listed in the prerequisites, students may place into a higher-level(s) based on designated placement score(s). Note, some prerequisites may be required for graduation. Please consult an advisor with any program completion questions.

Prerequisites
Course No. Course Title Credits

CIS_____

Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science course, CIS120/CS120 or above, or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years.

0-2

HE252

First Aid/CPR or HE112 Emergency First Aid and HE261 CPR/Basic Life Support Provider or Instructor Permission 1

0-3

RD90/WR90

College Reading/Fundamentals of Composition or WR91 Fundamentals of Academic Literacy (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement score

0-8

Total Prerequisite Credits

0-13

Required Core Courses
Course No. Course Title Credits
First Term
   

AH100

Medical Terminology: Introduction

3

AH104

Phlebotomy

3

AH105

Communication and Professional Behavior

3

AH170PHL

Phlebotomy Practicum

2

BI100SB

Biology of Human Body Systems 2

3

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS

14

1 See program advisor if you have American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Provider certification. AHA must remain current for the duration of the program.

2 Students who have completed either BI121 and BI122 or BI231, BI232, and BI233 (the entire sequence of either series) with an equivalent “C” or better grade do not need to take BI100SB.

For more information, contact the Allied Health Occupations Department.

Allied Health Occupations faculty and staff can also be reached by:
Phone: 541-956-7500
Email: [email protected]
Web address: www.roguecc.edu/phlebotomy
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