Delta College’s Phlebotomy Technician course prepares you to work in a clinical setting as a phlebotomist in accordance with procedures established by the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards. Phlebotomy Technicians are extremely important members of the clinical laboratory team. Diagnostic techniques, clinical laboratory technology and automated instruments have greatly increased the volume of and demand for medical laboratory testing performed by phlebotomists.
Upon successful completion of this program, you will be eligible to test for the American Society of Clinical Pathology exam to become a certified phlebotomist. In addition to being a great career, phlebotomy is also an excellent stepping stone to other positions within the healthcare industry.
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What is a Phlebotomy Technician?
A Phlebotomy Technician:
- Obtains adequate and correct blood specimens by skin or venipuncture, using proper technique for adults, children and infants
- Maintains the integrity of a specimen in relation to tests to be performed
- Prepares blood smears
- Labels specimens accurately and completely
- Starts glucose tolerance procedures and collects remaining specimens at scheduled times
- Draws other timed specimens as indicated
- Promotes the comfort and well-being of the patient, as much as possible, during blood collection
- Observes safety policies and quality control procedures
- Delivers, as requested, reports from the laboratory to the nursing station, or specimens from the nursing station to the laboratory
- Sorts and appropriately refers specimens received in the reception area of the laboratory.
Additional information on this career can be found at http://www.ascp.org/pdf/PhlebotomyTechnicianandDonorPhlebotomyTechnician.aspx.
The phlebotomy course is designed to prepare individuals to work in a clinical setting as a Phlebotomy Technician in accordance with procedures established by the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards.
How long is this course?
The course runs for 8 weeks and includes lecture, simulated laboratory and clinical experience at area agencies. The Phlebotomy Technician course consists of over 80 hours of lectures and labs, held on weekends at Delta College and over 230 hours of clinical experience, for a minimum of 8 hours per day during daytime hours Monday thru Friday at various local agencies.
Students must be available to participate in the clinical aspect of the program from 5:00a-5:00p; Monday-Friday, all exceptions and/or special requests for an off shift clinical (5p-5a) must be requested and approved prior to the start date of class.
What kind of certification will I receive?
After successfully completing the program, you will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Agency exam or the American Society of Clinical Pathology exam to become a certified Phlebotomy Technician. A certificate is issued to those who successfully complete the theory and clinical portion of the course. The graduates will sit for a mock certification examination as part of the course. There are no excused absences from this course.
Students must go through Admission to Delta College. There are several ways to apply to Delta College. For an admissions application, office hours and other important information please contact the Admissions Office.
1. You may apply online. Select "Non-Academic LifeLong Learning, ND.11000" as your Program of Study.
2. You may also apply in person within the Admissions Office and pick-up the application. Your application will be processed while you are at the college and you will receive your student number.
2. Program Readiness
a. Students are exempt from COMPASS® testing with an associates degree or higher. If you are exempt, students must present transcripts to LifeLong Learning prior to registration.
b. Students must show program readiness with the following placement levels prior to registration.
• Writing – Level 4, COMPASS® Score 70 and above
• Reading – Level 4, COMPASS® Score 81 and above
• Math – Level 3, COMPASS® Algebra Score 13 and above
c. Students may reach required placement levels by completing academic course work in combination with COMPASS®, Asset®, or ACT® test scores.
Accessing your Prerequisite Level
Students who have completed COMPASS® Testing may access their scores through their MyDelta account. Within the Student section of MyDelta, click on the "Placement Test Summary" link to calculate your scores. The placement test summary will calculate completed academic course work in combination with your COMPASS®/Asset test scores to give you an overall placement level. If your placement level does not meet the required prerequisite levels listed above for this program, you may need to retake one or more of the COMPASS® assessments.
For assistance determining your current placement level, please contact LifeLong Learning at 989-686-9444.
3. High School Diploma or GED® Test Credential
It is our recommendation that students who meet the above prerequisites have also attained a high school diploma or GED® test credential (not a high school certificate of completion) prior to participation and/or completion of this program. This recommendation is based on overall student success and hiring standards of many employers in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
4. Clinical Requirements
Phlebotomy Technician Student Clinical Requirements (PDF): Please read this information carefully as the clinical requirements are mandatory for Phlebotomy students and must be reviewed and completed prior to the class start date. Failure to do so may lead to program dismissal.
As a clinical student, it is your responsibility to maintain current health records while in a health care program. For participation in simulated lab experiences and admission to all clinical agencies, students must have a copy of all enclosed documents on file in the LifeLong Learning Office prior to the class start date. Students who do not have the required documentation will not be allowed to participate in labs in addition to the clinical site and will be dismissed from the program.
Enclosed are the following health related forms that you must complete and turn in prior to the first day of class. It is suggested that you call your physician immediately as it may take 4-6 weeks to schedule a physical examination appointment.
1. Physical Examination – "Delta College Physical Exam Form"
2. Hepatitis B Vaccine – "Hepatitis B Acknowledgment/ Release Form"
3. Signed "Health & Wellness Waiver and Release Form"
4. Signed "Release for Training and Participation Form"
5. Documentation of Negative TB Skin Test – a positive skin test requires annual documentation by a physician or by a chest x-ray every two years.
6. Documentation of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) immunization documentation unless you were born before 1957 – you may request a rubella titer drawn from your physician if no documentation is present.
7. Documentation of Td (tetanus) immunization documentation, current within 10 years
Current Criminal History
In accordance with Public Act 303 of 2002, section 20173; if your criminal history includes an instance that will prohibit you from participating as a student in the clinical experience, you will be dropped from the program and no refund will be given. If your background includes criminal history which would prohibit you from working in a health care facility, you are advised to drop the program prior to the first day of class.
8. Signed "Current Criminal History Release Form"
Delta College ID card
Prior to the first day of class you will need to get a Delta College student ID card, available in the Public Safety Office in the N-wing. Items to bring with you are a valid picture id along with your printed statement of registration in the Phlebotomy program. This service is free of charge and will be used to create clinical badges.
- You will need to purchase a lab coat (no long or knee length lab coats)
- You may also buy scrubs if you wish; it is entirely your choice
- You need some great shoes! You will be on your feet a lot!
- When athletic shoes are worn, they must be predominantly white
- Casual wear is OK for Delta, not for the clinical sites
- You do not need a white uniform
CDC and MIOSHA Guidelines:
- You must always wear closed-toe shoes (never open toe)
- You must always wear some type of sock or stocking
- Natural fingernails will not be longer than 1/4 inch from the fingertips
- No artificial nails allowed!
- Attire is casual (lab coat starts on 1st lab day)
- Refrain from heavy colognes, perfumes and lotions
- Bring a three-ring notebook (1 or 1 1/2 inch will work)
- Bring a small pocket notepad (3X5 or whatever fits in your lab coat pocket)
- Bring an assortment of colored pencils
Textbooks are required for this course. You may purchase your books through the Delta College Bookstore:
Online: Order your book online at www.bookstore.delta.edu
By Phone: You can place your textbook order by phone 989-686-9030
In Person: Purchase textbooks in person on main campus in the bookstore
Cost & Schedule
Course Number: CHG-1730
Overall Dates: September 11 - November 13, 2015
Lecture Dates: September 11 - October 18, 2015
Times: Fridays; 5pm-9pm, Saturdays; 8am - 4pm & Sundays; 12pm - 6pm
Location: Delta College Main Campus
Clinical Experience: October 19 - November 13, 2015
Times & Location: 4 days a week, 8 hour shifts
Monday-Friday; 5:00am - 5:00pm
Assignments will be determined at the end of the first week of class.
What employers are saying...
“Thank you for sending such awesome phlebotomy students! They are ready to do this as a career, we were very pleased to have them on our clinical site. You truly put on an excellent Phlebotomy program, they came here very well prepared and left here professionals. They have my recommendation and it was truly a privilege having them as student interns. “
— Mike McNicholl, Phlebotomy Team Leader, Mid-Michigan Medical Center Midland
BJ Helton, MPH, CIC, MT(ASCP), Infection Prevention Coordinator
Covenant HealthCare, Saginaw, Michigan
BJ Helton is currently employed as the Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator at Covenant Healthcare in Saginaw, MI. She began her epidemiological career thirteen years ago, bringing fifteen years of prior clinical laboratory experience with her. She has been a member of the Michigan Society for Infection Control and Association for Professionals in Infection Control since 1998. Helton received her A.A.S. in Medical Technology from Mid-Michigan Community College, her B.S. in Education from Central Michigan University and her Masters in Public Health from Northwestern University. Helton has many years of teaching experience with several of the Great Lakes Bay Region’s colleges and has been a member of the Delta College Science Division faculty for over 12 years and continues as the instructor of LifeLong Learning’s Phlebotomy program. She was the recipient of the Delta College Lynn Heatley Award for Distinguished Service for 2004-2005.
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