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.

Spring 2018
Monday & Wednesday
Class times are 5:00 to 9:00 pm unless otherwise noted.

Jan. 22, 24, 29, 31
Feb. 5, 7, 12, 14, 21, 26, 28
Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26
Apr. 2, 9, 18(?), 23, 30
May 7, 14

Tentative affiliation dates:

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

  • Rotation 1:  3/19-3/30
  • Rotation 2:  4/2-4/13
  • Rotation 3:  4/23-5/4

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 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.
  5. Satisfactory report on the National 7 year Criminal Background Check
  6. Undergo and pass a drug test. Testing is for: Amphetamines, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Cocaine, Marijuana, Methamphetamines, Methadone, Opiates, Oxycodone, Phencyclidine, and Ecstasy.
  7. Students are required to submit vaccination records:
    • Tetanus, diphtheria and Pertussis (TDaP) vaccine within 10 years.
    • Immunity to measles (two live vaccine doses or positive titer results) Lab report must be attached.
    • Immunity to mumps (two live vaccine doses or positive titer results) Lab report must be attached.
    • Immunity to rubella (two live vaccine doses or positive titer results) Lab report must be attached.
    • For phlebotomy students only: Immunity to hepatitis B (three Hep B doses AND positive titer results) Lab report must be attached.
    • Immunity to varicella vaccine or positive titer result. Lab report must be attached.
    • Tuberculosis screening. Students must receive either two-step Mantoux testing (PPD) or IGRA-serology (T-Spot or Quantiferon Gold).
    • An Influenza vaccination is recommended for all students and required by some clinical affiliation sites during influenza season.
  8. Physical Exam: Must be within one year of the start of the program and Physical Exam Attestation Form must be submitted. .
  9. All students must submit a CORI form, in person.
  10. Student Health History Form, Authorization to Release Information to Externship Sites Form, Technical Standards Acknowledgement Sheet for their program.
  11. Additionally, Phlebotomy students must submit and Background and Drug Screen Policy Acknowledgement Form and Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) form to Health Services PRIOR to the first class.

DRUG TESTING, CRIMINAL HISTORY AND HEALTH CLEARANCES POLICIES ARE ESTABLISHED BY THE CLINICAL LOCATIONS.

FOR SPECIFIC INFORMATION ON THESE REQUIREMENTS AND DUE DATES, STUDENTS MUST FOLLOW GUIDELINES SPECIFIED ON THE: STCC STUDENT HEALTH RECORD REQUIREMENT FORMS.

IMPORTANT: SOME HEALTH CLEARANCE TESTS MAY TAKE SEVERAL WEEKS TO BE COMPLETED. STUDENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MEETING THESE DEADLINES.

Health History Forms & Requirements

The required forms can be obtained at the STCC Health Services link for Phlebotomy Students.    https://www.stcc.edu/resources/personal-support/health-services/phlebotomy/

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
  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