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.