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Department: Phlebotomy

Program Type: Health Professions

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Have you ever had your blood drawn and wondered what it takes to do this job? The phlebotomist is the "face" of the laboratory. As a key lab team member, the phlebotomist collects blood samples for analysis, leading to accurate patient diagnosis.

Phlebotomists are typically the only lab employees who interact with patients in person, making professionalism and empathy important for success. If you work well with others, have strong communication skills, multitask, have an eye for detail, and are looking for a profession where you can make a difference in people's lives, phlebotomy may be for you.

Once you complete your classroom-based training, you'll go to the program's clinical portion. During this phase of your education, you'll be assigned to a hospital or outpatient setting, where you'll acquire 100 clinical hours and complete at least 100 venipunctures to withdraw a blood sample or for intravenous injection.

Upon completing the Basic Vocational Certificate in Phlebotomy, you will be eligible to sit for the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) exam. You may also continue your studies to pursue an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Clinical Laboratory Technology. ASCP Board of Certification is for non-physician medical laboratory personnel.

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Prepare for Immediate Employment

The job outlook for phlebotomists is generally positive. The demand for phlebotomists is driven by an aging population that requires more medical services, including diagnostic bloodwork. In addition, there has been a growing focus on preventative health care, leading to increased routine blood testing.

Phlebotomists can work in various settings, including hospitals, clinics, blood banks, and laboratories. They may also find employment with private companies that provide mobile phlebotomy services to individuals who cannot leave their homes.

Overall, the job outlook for phlebotomists is positive, with strong demand for their skills and expertise. However, job opportunities may vary by location, level of experience, and phlebotomist certification.

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Plan of Study and Course Descriptions

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Basic Vocational Certificate

What is Phlebotomy?

Phlebotomy is the medical practice of drawing blood from a patient for various purposes, such as diagnostic testing, transfusion, or donation. It is a crucial aspect of healthcare that requires specialized training and certification. 

The Phlebotomy Program at Elgin Community College is a fast-paced, cost-effective way to earn a phlebotomy certification and enter the healthcare field. This program provides comprehensive instruction and hands-on training to equip students with the skills necessary to perform their roles safely and effectively.

How long is Phlebotomy School?

The Elgin Community College Phlebotomy Program is comprised of two semesters:

  • First semester: CLT 101
    • A comprehensive course that allows students to gain necessary phlebotomy skills through hands-on learning and classroom instruction.
  • Second semester: CLT 120
    • A supplemental course designed to stimulate the real-world, professional environment through hands-on training at a hospital or outpatient clinic.
  • Upon completing the phlebotomy program, students will earn a Basic Vocational Certification in Phlebotomy and be able to pursue a rewarding career as a phlebotomist.

How to get a Phlebotomy Certification?

The Elgin Community College Phlebotomy Program prepares graduates for the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) exam and for becoming nationally certified phlebotomists. To get a phlebotomy certification, individuals must complete a program offered by a school or program near them. These programs provide comprehensive training in the theory and practice of venipuncture, medical terminology, anatomy, and infection control. Phlebotomy schools may offer different certification programs, such as basic, advanced, or specialized courses, depending on the level of expertise required. Upon completing the certification exam, individuals can pursue a rewarding career in the healthcare industry as certified phlebotomists.

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Jillian Janicki, MLT (ASCP)
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