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Phlebotomy

Classes

Availability
Meeting Times
Estimated Cost
Day / Evening
Active
08/14/20184:30-9:30 pm (Tuesday and Thursday)
$724.29

Course Info

Length
Evening Class: 5 Months (165 Clock Hours)

Schedule 
Evening: Tuesday and Thursday 4:30-9:30 pm
(Summer schedule is subject to change.) 

Phlebotomy Standards:
Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) must be taken, however no minimum scores are required OR meet TABE exemption (refer to Admissions and Testing)

Program Requirements 
Possess a standard U.S. high School diploma or GED from a school accredited by an approved accrediting association or possess a college degree from an approved regionally accredited institution

COURSE OVERVIEW

Program Description
This course is designed to teach and give hands-on training to individuals desiring to enter the field of Phlebotomy: A clinical laboratory science profession that involves working with blood extraction.  The primary goal is to instill the latest information of blood collection techniques, skills, and equipment for safe effective specimen collection.

Upon completion of this course, student's will have the opportunity to earn Healthcare Provider CPR certification, First Aid training and take the National Health Association Phlebotomy Certification exam, as well as having awareness in Domestic Violence, Infection Control, Nutrition, Blood Borne Pathogens, Legal Aspects of Phlebotomy and Employability Skills.

Book and Supply Information
The following books and supplies are required for this program. All items listed on the fee sheet (see link below) are available at the Erwin Technical College Bookstore. The ISBN number is located after each textbook. For the most current fee sheet, please contact the Student Services Office, Financial Aid Office or our Bookstore.

Phlebotomy Books and Supplies for January 2016 Class 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need to take a licensing exam after I graduate?  No.  Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take a certification exam through the National Health Association for credentialing of a Certified Phlebotomy Technician.

Am I required to be licensed in the State of Florida?  Licensing in the State of Florida is not required to practice. While this means that you do not have to complete a formal program in order to seek work as a phlebotomist, it is certainly highly recommended.  Few employers are willing to go to the time and expense of training employees in Phlebotomy when there are experienced and trained applicants looking to do the same job. 

What are some of the requirements to be hired as a certified Phlebotomist in Florida?  Be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED.  You will also need to be in good health, as the position typically requires being exposed to sick individuals on a frequent basis.  Many hospitals and clinics will test for TB and may require other medical tests before an applicant is considered for hire.  Even if you meet all of these requirements, however, it is highly recommended that you also have certification from an accredited institution.

What does training for certification involve?  When you work with an accredited school or institution to obtain Phlebotomy certification, you can expect to learn all of the skills and techniques necessary to perform the job properly.  Phlebotomy technicians must take a number of courses before they move onto clinical learning and will have to master anatomy as well as learn proper safety protocols, first aid and patient care.  The clinical portion of training will include instruction on how to properly perform a blood draw as well as how to handle hazardous materials and how to use a variety of types of medical equipment.

Where do Phlebotomist work and what do they do?  There are a wide range of job opportunities for certified Phlebotomists.  Those working in a hospital or doctor's office are most likely to perform blood tests to check nutrient levels, scan for illnesses and diseases and to monitor patient health.  Phlebotomists employed by donation centers, typically withdraw larger amounts of blood for the purpose of using it to help those in need of donor blood. Phlebotomists can also serve as educators and trainers and are frequently used by the military as well as by disaster recovery agencies.

Is drawing blood the only thing I have to do as a Phlebotomist?  Drawing blood is not the only role that a Phlebotomist plays in a clinical or hospital environment.  These professionals are responsible for helping to establish and maintain rapport with patients and are expected to help patients understand what is being done and to help alleviate stress and anxiety regarding blood tests.  Phlebotomists must be able to interact with patients of all ages and health states and will be responsible for establishing patient identity before testing as well as asking questions related to certain diseases and disorders.

What will I receive at the end of class to show proof of training?  Will I be a certified Phlebotomist?  You will receive a post-secondary vocational diploma in the field of Phlebotomy from Erwin Technical College and will be eligible to sit for your certification through the National Health Association.

Can I fail the program?  Yes.  You will be required to take a final exam at the end of the course and pass with at least a 70%.  You are able to take the final exam twice.  If you are unsuccessful at passing the final exam you will be required to retake the Phlebotomy program.

Where will I be able to take the certification exam?  Erwin Technical College is a testing center for the National Health Association, CPT Exam.

Will I be required to complete an externship?  No.  Externship is not a requirement of the State of Florida Department of Education.

What is the length of the program?  The program is 16 weeks in duration and meets twice a week.

Do I need to have access to a computer or laptop?  No.  However, you will have an online component called Health Center 21 which is cloud based so it is highly recommended that you have a computer.

How many and how often are students admitted into the program?  The Phlebotomy certification program  will be offered twice a year with a maximum of 20 students.

What is the expected job growth for a Phlebotomist?  The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of Phlebotomists to grow 27% from 2012 to 2022, more than double the average of all occupations.

What can I expect to earn as an entry level Phlebotomist?  Hourly wages will vary depending on where you are hired.  The average range for an entry level Phlebotomist is $12.00-$15.00 per hour. 

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