Certificate Program

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Professional Studies: Allied Health & Nursing
Founders 210 • Phone (215) 968-8106
Curriculum Code No. 3166

The Phlebotomy Certificate program prepares students to collect and process blood samples for medical laboratory analysis. The program provides students with information about basic anatomy, the healthcare delivery system, blood collection equipment, venipuncture and capillary puncture techniques, and medical, legal and ethical implications of blood collection.

The program prepares students to function as phlebotomists in a variety of health care settings such as hospitals, medical clinics, commercial laboratories, and in other settings where blood is collected from patients. All courses must be passed with a grade of C or better to be placed into an externship which offers students 120 hours of practice in an off-site clinical facility. Students must perform a minimum of 100 successful unaided blood draws during their externship. Graduates are eligible to sit for a national examination to become a certified phlebotomy technician.

Graduates of this program are able to

  • describe the organization structure of a clinical laboratory and the role of a phlebotomist;
  • relate the anatomy of body systems to basic laboratory tests and pathologic conditions using appropriate medical terminology;
  • demonstrate correct patient identification procedures;
  • perform venipunctures and capillary punctures using safe and effective procedures in accordance with laboratory policy;
  • define preanalytical variables and complications associated with blood collection;
  • describe procedures for the correct handling and processing of specimens; and
  • discuss legal and ethical implications of phlebotomy.

Certificate Requirements

Course Credits
Basic Human Anatomy
Medical Terminology A
Phlebotomy Procedures & Techniques B
Medical Law and Ethics
Phlebotomy Externship B
Total Credit Hours 16

AOpen for credit by examination
B Course requires prerequisite.