Phlebotomy Technician

Registration for the Spring 2022 phlebotomy course is now open.
Register online;  course info listed below.

Scholarships may still be available.
 
Registration Requirements: Students must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. Students must also be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to register for this class; no exceptions. Payment in full is due at time of registration. 
 

Course Description:

Course Overview: The phlebotomy technician, or phlebotomist, collects blood samples for a variety of reasons, including medical testing, blood transfusions and blood donations. Blood is collected primarily through venipuncture, although other methods may be used, including finger-stick, heel-stick or butterfly needles. This certification course prepares students for a career as a phlebotomist and meets the requirements to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certification exam. It includes both on-campus classroom lectures and clinical rotation hours at Eastern CT Health Network (ECHN) facilities in the Manchester area, to be assigned by the instructor. 

Clinical Rotation Hours: To participate in clinical rotation hours, all students must first pass a background check and drug screening through MCC’s provider, Castle Branch, (an additional fee of $72), show documentation of immunizations (including COVID-19 vaccine and flu shot), and a recent physical, and successfully complete the first 16 hours of specific classroom instruction. Students who fail to meet these requirements will not be allowed to participate in clinical rotation hours, are not eligible to pass the course, and are not eligible for a refund. An information packet with further information will be emailed to each student once the course fee is paid.  Approximately half of the clinical hours will be completed during regular class hours, while the remainder will be completed on weekdays, 8 AM-5 PM at ECHN laboratories in the Manchester area. Clinical hours will be scheduled by the instructor around the student’s schedule to the best of her ability. Some classes will also be held at Manchester Memorial Hospital. 

Course Completion: Successful course completion requires passing the Castle Branch background check and drug screening; a minimum course grade of 70; a minimum of 100 completed clinical hours; a minimum of 100 successful, unaided blood draws; and absence from no more than two classes. After the third absence, a student is no longer eligible to pass the course or to sit for the certification exam. Students must have a steady hand with good manual dexterity, 20/20 vision (can be corrected with lenses) and accurate depth perception. All students must have reliable transportation to class and clinical sites. 

Certification Exam: Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the ASCP certification exam (an additional fee of $135). The course instructor will explain how to register for the exam at the end of the course. 

Course Supplies: The required textbook is The Phlebotomy Textbook, 4th Edition, F.A. Davis Company (ISBN 9780803668423) available at the MCC Bookstore for $90.50. Required class supplies include a white lab coat, slip-resistant sneakers (not available at the MCC bookstore). Finally, students must obtain an MCC student photo ID card before their first on-campus class session (available for free at MCC’s AST Info Desk). 

Registration Requirements: Students must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. Students must also be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 to register for this class, no exceptions. Payment in full is due at time of registration. 

CRN 10955 | Fee $1,600
26 sessions | Tuesdays and Thursdays | 6-9:45 PM | LRC Room B144
2/8 – 5/5 (graduation 5/5; makeup date 5/10)
Additionally, 100 hours of mandatory clinical rotation will be assigned by the instructor for shifts on weekdays, 7 AM-5 PM at local ECHN facilities.
Instructors: Kim E.S. Jenack, CPT, NPA/ASCP,Pam Chase, PT and Maria Cafro, CPT, NPA/ASCP

Job Description

The phlebotomist collects blood samples for a variety of reasons, including medical testing, blood transfusion and blood donation. Blood is collected primarily through venipuncture, though other methods may be used including finger-stick, heel-stick or butterfly needles.

Employment Outlook

According to the CT Department of Labor , the 2019 average hourly wage for phlebotomists is $19.51 per hour. Most phlebotomists are hired to work at hospitals, laboratories, ambulatory care settings, physician offices and employment services.

Important Items to Complete After Registering

After registering for the course, students will be mailed an information packet with many time-sensitive items to complete.  Students must complete a medical form, and a drug screening and criminal background check (an approximate $72 fee through provider, Castle Branch).  Complete these ASAP as results of the screenings may take up to two weeks to receive.

Students who fail either the drug screening or criminal background check can not participate in the course.  Any criminal record or drug result may result in disqualification from the course. Course refunds will NOT be granted due to failure of either the criminal background check or drug screening, unless a written refund request is received to CEinfo@manchestercc.edu by the Allied Health refund deadline before class starts.

Please note: The completed medical form is required by the second week of class and must show evidence that the student is immunized and will not be putting patients at risk.  Students can download the medical form.  It will also be mailed out to students in the above mentioned information packet after registering for the course.

Program Description

The Phlebotomy certification program is designed to prepare students with the entry-level skills needed to work as a phlebotomist. This course combines classroom lecture with hands-on practice, including an off-site clinical rotation at an Eastern Connecticut Health Network facility in the Manchester area. Students will begin the hands-on training in class and will progress onto the clinical rotation. Topics include basic medical terminology, anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, arterial puncture procedures, blood collection equipment, laboratory procedures, quality assurance, universal precautions and infection control, specimen handling, collection procedures, and complications with an emphasis on pediatrics and the elderly.

Successful course completion requires a minimum grade of 70, a minimum 100 clinical hours and 100 successful, unaided blood draws. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology certification exam.

Time Commitment

This course meets twice a week for 14 weeks, for a total of 25 classroom sessions  (Tuesday and Thursday evenings). Additionally, mandatory clinical rotation will be assigned, weekdays 7 a.m.-5 p.m. at ECHN facilities in the area.

Typical Course Fee and Supplies

Course Fee: $1,600
Additional Costs: Textbook ($90) available at the MCC Bookstore and white lab coat ($25) and scrubs for clinicals,($80).
American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Certification Exam Fee: $135 (not included in the course fee).

Drops and Refunds

Payment is due in full at time of registration.  Non-credit courses do not qualify for financial aid or payment plans. Students will not be dropped for non-payment.  If a student registers for the course but does not pay, they will be billed regardless of whether they attend. Please see the Non-credit Registration page for the refund policy.

More Information

Carleigh Schultz
Director of Non-Credit Programs
Continuing Education Division

For more information,  see the Allied Health section of the latest non-credit catalog.