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Phlebotomy Technician (PT) Program Objective

MHCC is in development to begin offering coursework and training to support students in becoming a Certified Phlebotomy Technician.

Graduates of this program will receive a Certificate of Completion, which will allow them to sit for the state certification exam offered by the National Center for Competency Testing and approved by the California Department of Public Health.

The learning, skills, and other competencies to be acquired by students who complete the educational program include

  • An understanding of the U.S. health care structure;
  • The ability to identify the major duties of a phlebotomist;
  • The ability to list and exhibit the personal qualities of a professional phlebotomist;
  • The ability to explain Safety and Infection Control;
  • The ability to explain basic medical terminology and basic human anatomy & physiology;
  • The ability to identify and list the components of the circulatory, lymphatic, and immune systems;
  • The ability to list and identify venipuncture equipment and supplies, including capillary supplies;
  • The ability to identify preanalytical errors and methods to avoid the errors, including proper patient identification;
  • The ability to identify proper site selection for various blood specimens along with proper site preparation;
  • The ability to explain the differences in blood collection for special patients to include infant, elderly, and obese patients;
  • The ability to identify potential blood collection complications and methods to correct the complication;
  • The ability to discuss arterial sample collection, special collection and procedures, and select non-blood collection procedures; and
  • The ability to list the steps involved with proper post-collection site care.

There is no final exam for completion of the program. The total time required to complete this course is ten – eight hour days (80 hours) followed by 40 hours of externship at an operating laboratory or medical facility.

Phlebotomy Technician Career Outcomes

Upon completion of the PT program from MHCC and successfully passing the state certification exam, students will be qualified to fill the position of a Limited Phlebotomy Technician or a Certified Phlebotomy Technician-I.