The phlebotomy program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to function effectively and safely as a phlebotomist. The course includes 96 hours of theory and 40 hours of clinical instruction. The course provides accurate, up-to-date information in phlebotomy procedures and techniques. Students are exposed to a wide variety of phlebotomy duties, with an emphasis placed on routine and special collection procedures, equipment, patient identification and OSHA regulations.
Phlebotomy course topics:
- History of phlebotomy
- Quality assurance and legal issues
- Medical terminology
- Circulatory system
- Venipuncture specimen collection procedures
- Blood collection variables, complications and procedural errors
- Special collection procedures
- Non-blood specimens and tests
After completion of the 96-hour theory portion (completed at the GACTC), students complete a 40-hour clinical experience with a laboratory facility. Students graduating from the program are able to work as phlebotomists in a wide range of laboratory settings including, but not limited to, physician offices, clinics, and hospitals. Upon completion of the course (theory and clinical), graduates are qualified to take the "Certified Phlebotomy Technician" certification exam through National Healthcare Association (NHA), which is administered at the GACTC.
Students may wish to pursue further medical training in a health related area such as Medical Lab Technician, Medical Assistant, Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse.
Phlebotomy program schedule:
- Fall 2021: dates and times to be announced
To be considered for admission to the Phlebotomy program, applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Applicants must complete and submit the following items to be considered for the Phlebotomy Technician program:
- Application for Admission, available online at https://www.gactc.edu/Page/174.
- Copy of the applicant’s final high school transcript, documentation of completion of a high school equivalency (i.e.. GED), or equivalent foreign education as verified by a GACTC-approved credential evaluation service. Applicants who apply during their senior year of high school must provide a copy of their final transcript following graduation from high school.
- PA Criminal Record information. Applicants must submit a Criminal Background History from the PA State Police that is within 1 year of the date of the application to the GACTC phlebotomy program. Applicants may request the background record from the PATCH system at https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp, or, applicants may request the Continuing Education Office to process a PA State Police Criminal Background; please contact our office for the required form. The PA State Police Criminal Background check requires a $22.00 for processing. GACTC reserves the right to deny applicants to post-secondary educational programs based on the results of the criminal background check. GACTC reserves the right to accept an applicant with a criminal background based on the severity, date(s), and frequency of the conviction(s).
- PA Child Abuse Clearance. Applicants must submit a PA Child Abuse Clearance that is within 1 year of the date of application to the GACTC phlebotomy program. To request this clearance, please visit https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home to create an individual account. Please follow the instructions to apply for the PA Child Abuse History Clearance. The purpose of the clearance is School Employee. When your report is ready (you will receive an email when it is ready), please provide to the Continuing Education office. There is a $13.00 fee for the PA Child Abuse History Clearance. The GACTC reserves the right to deny applicants entrance to post-secondary educational programs based on the results of the PA Child Abuse Clearance.
- FBI Criminal History Record. Please contact the Continuing Education Office for more information.
- Health Examination Form, completed by medical professional. Students are required to be screened for Tuberculosis by having a mantoux (2 Step PPD) test, IGRA blood test, or, if deemed necessary, a chest X-ray. Negative results must be submitted to the Continuing Education Office before the first day of class. Students are required to have a physical including a urinalysis, complete blood count, Hepatitis B vaccination, certain immunizations, and other health tests. Please contact the Continuing Education Office to obtain the Health Examination Form and for more information.
For additional information, or to request an application packet, please contact the Continuing Education Office at email@example.com or (814) 946-8469.
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. The GACTC reserves the right to deny admission or readmission to any student, if in the opinion of school authorities, his/her admission is not in the best interest of the student or the school.