MEDA204 Phlebotomy Procedures and Techniques
Department of Health Sciences: 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
- BIOL115 or MEDA120.
- BIOL115 or MEDA120
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- Lab fees apply. Hospital scrubs are required.
- Please note: This course is to be taken right before externship- with no more than two semesters delay. For placement into externship (MEDA287), students must achieve a passing grade of C or better in all courses of the #3166 Phlebotomy Program, as well as permission of the Department of Health Sciences Clinical Coordinator.
- 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.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- Identify the role of a phlebotomist in the clinical laboratory environment;
- perform venipunctures and capillary punctures using safe and effective procedures;
- define preanalytical variables and complications associated with blood collection;
- demonstrate an understanding of the most common laboratory tests associated with body systems; and
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- phlebotomy and the health care setting
- quality assurance and legal issues
- infection control and safety
- blood collection equipment, additives, and order of draw
- the circulatory system
- venipuncture procedures
- preanalytical considerations
- capillary puncture equipment and procedures
- special collections and point-of-care testing
- specimen handling and processing
- nonblood specimens and tests
- arterial puncture procedures
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsThe 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.
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; Revised 01/03/2019