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Phlebotomy Technician

Phlebotomy photoWith Bismarck State College's Phlebotomy Technician Course you will gain the knowledge and technical skills needed to secure a job as a Phlebotomy Technician and to become eligible to take the National exam to become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT).



Course Description

Phlebotomy is the “art of drawing blood”. This course consists of:
  1. A knowledge component to include: anatomy of hand, arm, foot, and blood vessels; blood composition, specimen types, and coagulation factors.
  2. A motor skills component will include instruction in manual phlebotomy techniques and drawing and handling specimens.
  3. An attitude component discusses the public relations aspect of the job and job application.
The course includes online theory, hands on lab, and a 100-hour clinical externship. BSC will help you get hands-on experience and training at a clinical site, so you gain the skills and confidence needed. You will be expected to be a “patient” on a weekly basis, as well as a phlebotomist.

Prerequisites and/or Requirements

Prior to the first day of clinical training, you must pass a background check and a drug test. A current immunization record prior to the first day of clinicals must be submitted. The record will need to show the following required immunizations: MMR, Varicella, TB, and Seasonal Flu.

Length of Course

Master this essential healthcare skillset in 6 short weeks. Attendance is mandatory. You must complete 40 hours of theory instruction: 20 hours self-paced, online of anatomy, physiology and lab operations AND 20 hours of face-to-face lab practice. Next, you must complete 100 hours of clinical training at a clinical site (to be determined by the instructor) AND 100 unassisted successful blood collections.

Course Outcomes

You will understand relative anatomy and physiology, blood composition, specimen types and coagulation factors. Basic procedures of manual phlebotomy techniques, drawing and handling specimens will be performed.
Upon completion of the course, you will be eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) National Exam to become certified.

Career Opportunities

Phlebotomy Technicians have many career opportunities, including working at hospitals, medical labs, blood donor centers, physician offices, research institutions, and public health agencies. This entry level career will introduce you to regulations, environments and rewards in the healthcare field. It may be your life-long career or maybe just the first step in exploring the healthcare field. This course is eligible for prior learning credit if you decide to pursue your education further.