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Phlebotomist Certification


Phlebotomist Certification Program

Laboratory scientists, technologists and technicians require blood specimens that have been obtained promptly, efficiently and safely by qualified phlebotomists. The phlebotomist is an integral member of the health care team. This individual must be well trained in all aspects of specimen collection and transport. The phlebotomist must also be able to maintain high standards of professionalism while interacting with patients and their families. To insure quality training in phlebotomy, this eight credit hour program will present the basics of phlebotomy in two courses.

Phlebotomist Program Essential Functions

All students must be able to perform the essential functions of the curriculum. In addition to the general admission criteria required by the college, phlebotomy students must be able to:

  • Use digital fine motor skills with both hands continually throughout the day.

  • See clearly enough to read hand-written and computer-generated communications.

  • Work standing on their feet for the majority of the day.

  • Walk to and from patient service areas of the hospital for the majority of the day.

  • Help patients in and out of phlebotomy chairs and tables.

  • Write and speak to patients and staff effectively.

  • Interact appropriately with patients, physicians, peers and supervisor.

  • Use good judgment to seek assistance when needed.

  • Lift a minimum of 25 pounds unassisted.

  • Apply safety and infection control standards learned in the program to maintain a safe and clean environment for patients and self.

Student learning will emerge from the cognitive (intellectual), psychomotor (physical), clinical and affective (social, emotional and ethical) elements of the phlebotomist as defined for the entry-level practitioner by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)* and the Moraine Valley Community College Phlebotomy Program Advisory Committee. Student learning will occur within an intellectual atmosphere that promotes continuing education as part of professional dedication and lifelong learning and within an ethical framework for student conduct in both the classroom and clinical settings.


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