Phlebotomy Technician Career Prep

100 Hours / 12 Months / Mentor Supported

Course Overview:

This course will prepare the student to become a certified phlebotomy technician, who will work in a clinical laboratory environment and healthcare setting. Students will acquire understand the knowledge to work in clinical medical labs and pass the AMCA certification exam as a phlebotomy technician. The course will give the basic understanding of all CLIA guidelines for collecting and handling a variety of blood and tissues samples to process in-house or outside labs. Course focuses on topics of basic anatomy and medical terminology, infection control, and procedures necessary to appropriately collect laboratory specimens and communicate with patients, HIPPA and Legal Issues in the healthcare.  

Students will:
  • Explain basic anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system.                                              
  • Define “standard precautions” and apply its principles to all procedures.
  • Practice the use of medical terminology relating to the circulatory system.
  • List methods of client and specimen identification.
  • Describe proper bedside manner and how to prepare the client for venipuncture collection.        
  • Identify locations on the human body appropriate for venipuncture collection.
  • List the different colors used to code blood specimens and what they stand for.                       
  • Outline post-puncture care of the client.
  • List potential pre-analytical sources of specimen error.
  • Explain the potential risks and complications of the venipuncture procedure.
  • Describe the role of quality assurance in the practice of phlebotomy.
  • Discuss the scope of practice of the Certified Phlebotomy Technician.
  • Outline the process of application for State certification.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be prepared to take the AMCA Phlebotomy Technician certification exam.

Course Outline:

  • Chapter 1: Phlebotomy and the Health-Care Delivery System
  • Chapter 2: The Clinical Laboratory
  • Chapter 3: Regulatory, Ethical, and Legal Issues
  • Chapter 4: Safety and Infection Control
  • Chapter 5: Basic Medical Terminology
  • Chapter 6: Basic Anatomy and Physiology
  • Chapter 7: Circulatory System
  • Chapter 8: Venipuncture Equipment
  • Chapter 9: Routine Venipuncture
  • Chapter 10: Venipuncture Complications and Preexamination Variables
  • Chapter 11: Special Blood Collection
  • Chapter 12: Dermal Puncture
  • Chapter 13: Quality Assessment and Management in Phlebotomy
  • Chapter 14: Arterial Blood Collection
  • Chapter 15: Point-of-Care Testing
  • Chapter 16: Additional Duties of the Phlebotomist

All necessary course materials are included.

Certification Exam(s):

Upon completion of the course, the student will be prepared to take the AMCA Phlebotomy Technician certification exam.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**