Certified Phlebotomy Technician

This program prepares learners to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Learners will become familiar with all aspects of blood collection and will review the skills needed to perform venipunctures safely. Topics in this course include medical terminology, related anatomy and physiology, blood collection procedures, and procedures for collection of other types of specimens within the scope of practice of the phlebotomist.


  • Explain the steps in selected specimen collection procedures performed by the phlebotomy technician
  • Explain the safety procedures in the healthcare setting and specifically in performing specimen collection procedures
  • Identify specific supplies and equipment used in selected specimen collection procedures
  • Explain precautions and guidelines when collecting specimens in special populations such as pediatrics and geriatrics
  • Define quality of care and explain the impact on patient medical care when quality and safety are compromised in phlebotomy procedures
  • Describe the anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and medical terminology associated with phlebotomy
  • Describe the requirements of the successful phlebotomy career including desired character traits, training and education, roles and responsibilities
  • Explain how phlebotomists communicate with others in the healthcare setting verbally, nonverbally, within the health record, and using computer systems
  • Identify common legal issues, ethical issues, and regulatory issues commonly impacting the phlebotomist

Hands-on labs and activities

  • Donning and Doffing Medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Donning and Doffing Isolation PPE
  • Preparing for the Patient Encounter
  • Performing Hand Hygiene
  • Performing Required Steps in Patient Identification
  • Using a Tourniquet, Palpating the Vein, and Using a Venoscope
  • Decontaminating a Puncture Site
  • Performing Venipuncture with the Syringe Method
  • Performing Venipuncture with a Winged Infusion/Butterfly Set
  • Performing Venipuncture with the Evacuated Tube Method
  • Performing Microcollection Procedures
  • Performing Capillary Blood Collection Procedures
  • Performing a Blood Smear for Microscopic Slides
  • Performing a Heal Stick Procedure
  • Performing Procedures for Capillary Blood Collection
  • Performing Radial ABG Procedure
  • Taking Vital Sign Measurements

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