Phlebotomy Technician Certificate
The Phlebotomy Technician (PBT) is a person trained to obtain blood specimens by venipuncture and capillary puncture techniques. Phlebotomy involves the correct identification of the patient prior to sample collection and proper labeling of the specimen after collection. The phlebotomist must select the appropriate specimen container(s) for the specified test(s) and collect the appropriate amount of blood by venipuncture (vacuum tube, needle and syringe or butterfly) or dermal puncture for each test.
Receipt, transportation, processing and handling of specimens other than blood (urine, throat cultures, etc.) may also be the responsibility of the phlebotomist since they serve as an extension of the clinical laboratory.
In addition to technical, clerical and interpersonal skills, the phlebotomist must develop strong organizational skills to efficiently handle a heavy workload and maintain accuracy, often under stressful conditions. Performance of computer operations and record keeping are also required.
PBT Program application/admissions criteria are identified in the catalog.
Clinical facilities for PLB102 Phlebotomy Practicum/Seminar are based on the number of available openings in cooperating agencies. Some of these facilities are located outside the immediate area, which may necessitate obtaining temporary residence.
Following the completion of the certificate degree requirements, the PBT graduate is eligible to sit for the certification examination offered by the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel or the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
The program director is Instructor Connie Moore. Her office number is 740.264.5591 x232.
Upon completion of the Phlebotomy Technician Program, the graduate will be able to:
1. Demonstrate professional conduct and interpersonal communication skills with patients, co-workers, and other health care professionals.
2. Follow prescribed safety procedures in all areas of the laboratory and patient contact.
3. Collect, process, log and preserve all specimens for lab testing.
4. Meet requirements to take the national certifying examination for phlebotomy technician.
Eastern Gateway Community College's Student Success Plan/Assessment is available for view in PDF format.
This information is presented as a general program overview. Students are advised to follow the more detailed college catalog for program requirements.