Phlebotomy Technician Certificate Program


ZALL-008 Phlebotomy Technician Certificate Program
(Approximately 166 hours including clinical placement.)
Fee:$2,025 includes required textbooks, liability insurance, and NHA Certification Exam.
This does not include cost of your drug testing.

Class times are 5:00 to 9:00 pm unless otherwise noted.

January 23, 25, 30
February 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 22, 27
March 1, 6, 13, 20, 27
April 3, 10, 19, 24
May 1, 8 Final

Tentative affiliation dates:

Clinical Sessions are held during the day and times may vary depending on the affiliated medical facility

Session 1 – March 27 – April 7
Session 2 – April 10 – April 21
Session 3 – April 24 – May 5

 


Program Description

A phlebotomist is a professionally trained and certified person who works in a hospital, clinical laboratory, or health-care facility and obtains blood specimens by Venipuncture and microtechniques.  In addition to technical, clerical, and interpersonal skills, the phlebotomist must develop strong organizational skills to handle a heavy workload efficiently and maintain accuracy, often under stressful conditions.

Major duties and responsibilities of the phlebotomist include:

  • Correct identification of the patient before collecting samples

  • Collection of the appropriate amount of blood by Venipuncture or skin puncture

  • Selection of the appropriate specimen containers

  • Correct labeling of all specimens

  • Appropriate transportation of specimens to the laboratory

  • Effective interaction with patients and other personnel in the workplace

  • Performance of computer operations and record keeping related to phlebotomy

  • Adherence to all OSHA safety regulations

This non-credit course is designed to prepare an individual to perform venipuncture and capillary puncture in order to obtain blood specimens for diagnostic procedures.

Major topics to be covered in this course include:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system 

  • Safety and confidentiality 

  • Venipuncture technique and complications of venipuncture 

  • Patient relations and communication 

  • Capillary puncture 

  • Lab tests and miscellaneous procedures 

  • Infection control

  • Quality control and processing of specimens 

  • Multiskilling

This program also requires completion of a 2-3 week, full-time clinical placement at an affiliate so individuals must ensure that they have time available to complete this component of the course before applying. Since assignments of clinical placements are at the discretion of the course instructor and may be at locations that are a considerable distance from Springfield, MA, reliable transportation is essential.

This program has been approved by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and individuals who complete this program will be prepared to take NHA's Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam as well as other national certification exams.

Certification Exam  Registration

NHA Exam Registration Instructions (PDF File)


Prerequisites/Requirements

  1. At least 18 years of age within 3 weeks of the class start date.
  2. High School Diploma or completed HiSet (Formally known as G.E.D.)
  3. English grammar, writing, and speaking skills equivalent to at least the 8th grade level. (Assessment may be done at STCC.)
  4. Satisfactory report on a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI)/Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check to be conducted by the College. Students MUST come the office with a current photo ID to complete this paperwork.
  5. Satisfactory report on the Criminal Background Check
    • National 7 year check. (See below for additional information.)
  6. Undergo and pass a drug test. An 11 panel NON DOT drug screen with expanded opiates to be on file at least 3 weeks PRIOR to the start of the clinical portion of the program. Testing is for: Amphetamines, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Cocaine, Marijuana, Methamphetamines, Methadone, Opiates, Oxycodone, Phencyclidine, and Ecstasy. This process begins after you register and pay for the course. (See below for additional information)
    • After enrollment in the class, students must complete this process by logging in and creating an account by following this link www.stcccompliance.com
    • Please make sure you select that you are in the “Phlebotomy Program”.
    • If a student occupies a seat in the class, starts the class, and later fails the drug test, they will not receive a refund for the course. If you fail 14 days prior to the start of class, you will receive a full refund.
  7. Students enrolled in the non-credit healthcare programs (CNA, EMT, Phlebotomy) are required to submit vaccination records:
    • Tdap within 10 years
    • Immunity to measles (two live-vaccine doses or positive titer results)
    • Immunity to mumps (two live-vaccine doses or positive titer results)
    • Immunity to rubella (two live-vaccine doses or positive titer results)
    • Influenza: Recommended: Required by some clinical affiliation sites
    • Immunity to hepatitis B (three vaccine doses or positive titer results)
      • Dose 1 done at 0 months
      • Dose 2 done at 1 month
      • Dose 3 done at 6 months
      • Titer copy of lab report required
    • Varicella Required: (Two doses of Varicella vaccine or positive titer results.)
    • Tuberculosis - Required Annual Screening
    • Initial 2 step PPD (Mantoux tests) plus annual PPD testing (some clinical sites require more frequent testing)
    • If positive PPD, either:
      • Annual tuberculosis serology (T-spot)
      • Annual chest x-ray and tuberculosis questionnaire
    • Students must have a minimum of a TB verification prior to classes starting
  8. A physical exam (form attached below) is required from each student enrolled in a health field, Early Childhood Education, or who participates in athletics. Students must have had a physical exam within the last year, prior to the start of classes.
    • If a student does not have a medical provider for this physical exam, they can obtain an exam from STCC Health Services for a cost of $50.00. (Please contact 755-4385 to make arrangements)
  9. Students must have documentation that ALL immunization requirements have been met prior at least 30 days prior to the clinical sessions. (It is anticipated that the clinical component for this course will begin within approximately 30 days after the start of the program.)
    • Any student that does not meet this requirement will not be able to remain in the course and will be withdrawn from the program. Note that certain medical clearances may take several weeks to complete.

Health History Forms & Requirements

Health History Form
All students are asked to submit a Health History Form each year. This form lists medications, allergies, emergency contacts, etc.

Health Record Requirements
All students enrolled either in a health field or Early Childhood Education must submit immunization records. This form lists the requirements.

Student Physical Exam Form
All students enrolled either in a health field or Early Childhood Education must submit a record of a recent physical exam. This form is also for student athletes.

Tuberculosis Questionnaire
This form is for students that have a history of a positive tuberculosis test. This form must be submitted annually.

 

Cori/Sori (Criminal Offender Record Information & Sex Offender Registry Information)

Students accepted into any program or offering of the School of Health and Patient Simulation, or other offerings as announced by the college must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check at least once a year for the duration of enrollment. This policy also applies to students participating in laboratory experiences on and off campus, including field trips and site visits. Depending on the student’s CORI and SORI report, participation in a program or clinical affiliation, laboratory, or practicum experience may be denied. Any student, who refuses to consent to a CORI and SORI check, will be precluded from participating in the corresponding clinical fieldwork, practicum course, and/or laboratory experience. Students who do not complete the required clinical, laboratory or practicum courses will be unable to fulfill requirements for graduation and may be withdrawn from the program. Alternative clinical, laboratory, and/or practicum experiences, on or off-campus, are not an option. For additional information, contact the Dean of the School of Health and Patient Simulation, 413-755-4510.

CORI and SORI checks are performed pursuant to the Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178B, and consistent with guidelines promulgated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

Background Check Policy

Students enrolled in Health Professions Programs that involves potentially unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly, or which includes a clinical affiliation, internship, or field placement with a private or public healthcare provider, will be required to undergo state-wide and/or national criminal background checks, including but not limited to Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Record Information (SORI), Seven (7) year residential Search, and FBI Fingerprinting checks. Depending on the results of the background checks, a student may be deemed ineligible to participate in such academic or clinical activities, which may impact a student's ability to complete program requirements. Furthermore, please be advised that eligibility to participate in College academic and/or clinical activities following a background check does not guarantee your eligibility to sit for a professional credentialing examination(s) or employment upon graduation. It is your responsibility to contact the certification or licensure board for your particular healthcare profession to determine the standards that must be met for credentialing, licensing and/or employment in that field.

Drug Screening Policy for Clinical Placement

The School of Health & Patient Simulation is committed to high quality education and providing excellent clinical experiences to students in the health professions. Students are expected to perform at their highest functional level during all educational and clinical experiences in order to maximize the learning environment and ensure patient safety. Thus a student’s performance at all times must be free of any impairment caused by prescription or non-prescribed drugs or alcohol use. Students enrolling in Health Professions programs are required to undergo and pass a drug and/or alcohol screening analysis in order to be eligible for placement in a clinical facility. Students assigned to clinical education experiences at our contracted facilities may also be required to undergo and pass random drug screening analysis in order to remain at that clinical facility and in the program. Students who fail a screening, or refuse to submit to a screening within the designated time frame will be ineligible for clinical placement, which will affect their status in the program. Students with a positive drug test may challenge the results of the test within five (5) days of notification of the drug test results. This challenge must be in writing and delivered to the college’s Director of Health Services. Students may re-apply for re-entry into a health program after one year. Requests for re-admission will be considered on a case by case basis.

Students who are notified of a “negative-dilute” result will submit to a random drug test within 24 hours of the previous test in order to confirm the negative status of the screening. Additional random testing may also be required under the guidelines listed in your program’s handbook. A student who claims that he/she tested positive due to a prescription drug and was unable to clarify this matter with the medical review officer (MRO) from the drug testing lab shall be required to provide evidence from a health care provider of the type of prescription, dates of permissible use and dosage amounts within five (5) days of notification of the drug test results to the college’s Director of Health Services. Failure to complete this notification will result in the student being ineligible for clinical placement, which will affect their status in the program

Students who test positive for marijuana are unable to continue in a clinical placement, which will affect their status in the health program. A student who has a prescription for Medical Marijuana and tests positive for marijuana will also be ineligible to participate in clinical placement due to the federal restriction on the use of marijuana. While the use of Medical Marijuana is permitted in Massachusetts, marijuana remains classified as a controlled substance under federal law and its use, possession, and/or cultivation at educational institutions remains prohibited.


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Suggested Enrollment Process

With the requirements listed above, students can enroll online BUT MUST come to STCC Building 16, Room 146 with other information immediately!

To Enroll Online:

  1.  Click: ‘On Line Registration’ on the left side of this webpage.

  2. Click on Search and Register for Workforce Training Classes

  3. Type in ‘Phlebotomy' and hit Submit

  4. Carefully click the SELECT box for the course that you want to take. There may be several choices so make sure you select the right course and dates

  5. Enter in your personal and credit card information. Your receipt will be immediately emailed to you. It should have the Building and Classroom for the course.

    • If it does not, check with our office at 755 4225 a few weeks prior to the class to confirm the room numbers.

  6. Come to campus as soon as possible for CORI and Medical Clearance information. (see below)

To Enroll in Person:

Go to STCC Building 16, Room 146 to register for the course or call 755 4225