The Phlebotomy certificate program at COD is an intensive, two-semester curriculum with courses in basic phlebotomy and basic electrocardiography (EKG) the first semester, followed by hands-on clinical experience during the second semester. Students learn theory and principles related to blood collection and EKG testing during the didactic portion of the program and practice blood collection skills in the on-campus laboratory. They then gain proficiency in the performance of these skills during clinical rotations at local hospitals. The Phlebotomy program is closely aligned with the Non-Invasive Electrocardiography (EKG) program at College of DuPage.
Included in this program is instruction on medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, medical law and ethics, principles, procedures, and regulations involving the occupation of phlebotomy. Graduates of the Phlebotomy program are able to identify human body systems and functions and communicate and interact effectively with patients for the purpose of skillfully and safely obtaining a proper blood specimen, while maintaining patient rights by observing the medical code of law and ethics.
There is not a separate or additional admissions process to begin the Phlebotomy program. Students must have a high school diploma or GED. In addition, students must complete the reading pre-course test at COD with a score of category 1.
The certificate is designed for students interested in taking technical courses for immediate entry into a field of employment and for current health care workers who would like to update their phlebotomy and EKG testing skills.
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Phlebotomists are employed in a variety of patient care settings, including hospitals, clinics, physician offices and laboratories.
Whether you are preparing for a career in phlebotomy or if you are interested in earning your certificate or continuing on to an advanced degree, COD offers:
- Dedicated instructors with years of professional experience.
- Instruction in top-notch facilities and on cutting-edge equipment.
- Affordable courses to help you achieve success without creating overwhelming debt or draining your savings account.
- Small class sizes to ensure you receive personalized attention.
Upon successful completion of the Phlebotomy certificate program, students will earn a certificate through COD and are eligible to apply for the Phlebotomy Technician exam (PBT) through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) to become a Certified Phlebotomist.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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A phlebotomist is a health care professional who is trained to withdraw blood for the purpose of evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. Many health care facilities also require the phlebotomist to perform electrocardiography (EKG) tests that measure and monitor the electrical activity in the heart.
Using venipuncture and microcollection techniques, phlebotomists play an important role on the clinical laboratory team by collecting laboratory specimens prior to testing.
Other responsibilities might include inputting key patient data into computers using correct medical terminology, understanding chain-of-custody forms and drug screening procedures, using aseptic techniques and standard precautions, handling biohazard waste properly, and maintaining patient confidence and confidentiality.
Recognizing the importance of specimen collection in the overall patient care system, phlebotomists must be able to monitor quality control within predetermined limits while demonstrating professional conduct, stress management and communication skills with patients, peers and other health care personnel as well as with the public.
A career as a phlebotomist offers flexible hours, nice working conditions and a chance to perform an integral, respected job in the health care profession with minimal post-secondary education required.
In addition, a certificate in phlebotomy can serve as a stepping stone to other health professions involving clinical, administrative and patient care. In general, phlebotomists work directly with patients – from newborns to the elderly – in hospitals, clinics, laboratories, physician offices, convenient/urgent care companies and home health care facilities.