MEDA204 Phlebotomy Procedures and Techniques

Department of Professional Studies: Medical Assisting

I. Course Number and Title
MEDA204 Phlebotomy Procedures and Techniques
II. Number of Credits
4 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
MEDA120 or BIOL115
V. Other Pertinent Information
Lab fees apply. Hospital scrubs are required. Passing grade of C or better and permission of the Department of Business Studies is required to be placed in the Externship. Completion of an assumption of risk form, state and federal criminal clearance, child abuse clearance, and completed health, dental, and immunization forms are required for the Externship. Students must achieve a minimum score of 80% in the venipuncture, butterfly, and dermal puncture competencies to be assigned to the Externship. Lecture-laboratory format to include in-class, hybrid, and/or online presentation of content and laboratory material.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course provides skill development in the performance of blood collection using proper techniques and standard precautions. Topics include phlebotomy equipment and procedures for collecting venipuncture and capillary specimens. Emphasis is on patient identification, safety, preanalytic variables, infection control and specimen handling. Students are required to be certified in CPR.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate correct patient identification procedures;
    2. perform venipunctures and capillary punctures using safe and effective procedures;
    3. define preanalytical variables and complications associated with blood collection;
    4. demonstrate an understanding of the most common laboratory tests associated with body systems; and
    5. maintain current CPR certification.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. phlebotomy and the health care setting
    2. quality assurance and legal issues
    3. infection control and safety
    4. blood collection equipment, additives, and order of draw
    5. the circulatory system
    6. venipuncture procedures
    7. preanalytical considerations
    8. capillary puncture equipment and procedures
    9. special collections and point-of-care testing
    10. specimen handling and processing
    11. nonblood specimens and tests
    12. arterial puncture procedures
    13. competencies
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of course learning goals is based on exams, quizzes, assignments, class or online participation, case studies and clinical competencies. A minimum of six (6) exams are administrated.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 10/04; Revised 4/05; Revised 12/2009; Revised 3/2015; New Core 8/2015