The Phlebotomy certificate includes coursework designed to provide the necessary skills and knowledge to be eligible to take the ASCP PBT, American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification Phlebotomy Technician Exam. This certificate also provides additional foundational general education coursework applicable and transferable to other degree programs.
A Phlebotomy Technician is an integral member of the allied health care team whose primary function is the collection of blood samples. They need to assure quality and adhere to patient safety practices in order to facilitate strict professional behavior and standards of practice for phlebotomists.
Many healthcare professionals often start working as a phlebotomist and are exposed to different healthcare areas, allowing them to find the right fit. Phlebotomy entails a fairly short training period and are in high demand. There are often multiple opportunities available for graduates, including different types of healthcare settings, shifts and patient volumes.
Please note, classes and lab sessions are held at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, ME.
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Mission & Outcomes
To prepare students for successful completion of the ASCP PBT, American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification Phlebotomist Technician Exam and provide a general education transfer foundation for transfer into other degree program
Upon successful completion of the Phlebotomy program, the graduate is expected to:
- Be prepared and eligible to take the ASCP PBT, American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification Phlebotomist Technician Exam.
- Have completed foundational general education coursework applicable and transferable to other degree programs.
- Exhibit skill and competency to obtain quality blood samples for diagnostic testing on neonates, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients by capillary or venous collection.
CRITERIA FOR GRADUATION
Students must complete 18 credits in the Phlebotomy certificate program and achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all courses. Students must maintain a final GPA of 2.0.
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Additional Program Requirements:
Attendance is mandatory at all classroom and clinical rotations as assigned. Appropriate hospital dress code must be followed while on clinical rotations. Students will be required to do a minimum of 100 successful venipunctures, participate in successful skin punctures, and participate in clinical training at a full service laboratory. In addition, students must:
- Have a passing grade of “C” in MLT103 in order to participate in clinical rotations.
- Meet requirements for Immunizations for Nursing & Allied Health Programs (see page 28).
- Have a valid Healthcare Provider CPR card prior to starting clinical rotations.
- Job shadow (if applicable)
Clinical rotations consist of thirteen, eight hour days (or equivalent to 100 hours). Clinical assignments will be given to the students after the start of the class. Clinical rotations will be held after the lecture portion of the phlebotomy program. At times, the students may be eligible to begin earlier than the last class.
Clinical Fieldwork Placement: Students may be scheduled for day and potential evening clinical/fieldwork experiences in some cases. It is expected that the student is able to make the necessary arrangements in order to complete all scheduled times. Placement is statewide. The student is responsible for all travel and/or living related to the clinical or fieldwork experience.
Exposure to Infectious Disease and Latex
Applicants who consider a career in phlebotomy or any other of the allied health professions should be aware that during the course of their education and subsequent employment, they will be working in situations where exposure to infectious diseases is probable. This is an occupational risk for all health care workers. Persons should not become health care workers unless they recognize and accept this risk. Proper education and strict adherence to well-established infection control guidelines, however, can reduce the risk to a minimum. Thorough education in infection control procedures is an integral part of each health care program.
Additionally, applicants should be aware that exposure to natural rubber latex (NRL) is possible. Individuals exposed to NRL products may develop allergic reactions such as skin rashes; hives; nasal, eyes, or sinus symptoms; and, rarely, shock.
- Hospitals/ Clinical Laboratories
- Physicians’ Office
- Specialized Medical Offices
- Federally Funded Health Care Programs
- Nursing Homes
- Insurance Companies
- Blood Donor Centers
For more information, please contact:
Brittany Newby, Chair