Phlebotomy Technician

The next class starts September 2, 2021.  Registration is open and this class will fill quickly.
Email cschultz@manchestercc.edu for more information. Students must be at least 18 years of age by the start date of class and must have a high school diploma or GED.

PHLEBOTOMY | FALL 2021

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), 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. Approximately half of the clinical hours will be completed during regular class hours, while the remainder will be completed on weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 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.
 
Any criminal charge or pending charge may flag as a failure of the background check. 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 by the Allied Health refund deadline to CEinfo@manchestercc.edu. Do not register for this course if you think you will not pass a background check or drug screening.
 
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, and a minimum of 100 successful, unaided blood draws. 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 Phlebotomy Textbook 4th Edition (ISBN 9780803668423) by Strasinger and DiLorenzo, F.A. Davis Co. (approximately $80) available at the MCC Bookstore. Students will also need a free MCC student photo ID (available at the AST Help Desk), a white lab coat, and slip-resistant, safe shoes/sneakers for clinical hours (not available at the bookstore).
 
CRN 30876 | Fee $1,500
23 sessions | Tuesdays and Thursdays
9/2-11/18 (graduation, 11/18; makeup, 11/23 if needed)
6:00-9:45 p.m. | LRC B144
Additional 100 hours of mandatory clinical rotation will be assigned by the instructor for shifts on weekdays, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. at ECHN facilities in the area.

Instructors: Kim E.S. Jenack, CPT, NPA/ASCP, Sahana Kedlaya, CPT, 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.

Prerequisites

Students must be at least 18 years of age by the start date of class and must have a high school diploma or GED.

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 MCC 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.

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: $1,500
Textbook: $75 available at the MCC Bookstore and white lab coat for clinicals, $20
American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Certification Exam Fee: $135 (not included in the course fee).

Drops and Refunds

Payment 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.