MEDA204 Phlebotomy Procedures and Techniques

Department of Business Studies: Medical Assisting

I. Course Number and Title
MEDA204 Phlebotomy Procedures and Techniques
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
MEDA120 or BIOL115
MEDA120 or BIOL115
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course provides skill development in the performance of blood collection using proper techniques and universal precautions. Topics include vacuum collection devices, capillary skin punctures, butterfly needles, and specimen collection on adults, children and infants with emphasis on patient identification, quality assurance, and specimen handling, labeling, processing, and accessing.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will
      1. perform a venipuncture and skin puncture on a patient using various accepted techniques;
      2. prepare a blood smear;
      3. demonstrate an understanding of proper universal safety precautions in a clinical setting; and
      4. enter patient information and patient test data correctly into a hospital computer/lab information system.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. phlebotomy: past and present and the health care setting
    2. quality assurance and legal issues
    3. infection control, safety, first aid, and personal wellness
    4. blood collection equipment, additives, and order of draw
    5. venipuncture specimen collection procedures
    6. blood collection variables, complications, and procedural errors
    7. skin puncture equipment and procedures
    8. special collections and data entry
    9. arterial puncture procedures
    10. nonblood specimens and tests
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. The assessment of course learning goals will be based on classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance based tasks and projects.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - 10/04; Revised 4/05; Revised 12/2009