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College Catalog: Health Sciences: Phlebotomy

Program: Phlebotomy
Award: Career Studies Certificate
Plan Code: 221-151-02
Length: Twenty-nine (29) credit hours
Lead Faculty: Kim Lowe

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information: Please see www.pdc.edu/future-students/gainful-employment/ to access gainful employment information for this program.

Purpose: The Phlebotomy Career Studies Certificate offers foundational courses to prepare a laboratory practitioner whose primary function is to obtain, process, and transport patient blood specimens. Although the emphasis is on venipuncture and micro-collection techniques, topics such as medical terminology, basic anatomy and physiology, infection control, safety, quality assurance, interpersonal communication, management, medical and legal ethics, and professionalism are covered as they relate to the role of the phlebotomist in the medical laboratory. This career certificate includes student participation in over 120 hours of supervised, clinical phlebotomy experiences in various health care settings.

Occupational Objectives: Possible job sites include hospital laboratories, blood centers, clinics, private laboratories, physician’s offices, as well as veterinary clinics and hospitals.

Admission Requirements: Students must meet the general admission requirements established by the College. Students must submit a separate application to the Nursing and Allied Health Department for approval prior to beginning phlebotomy (MDL) classes and be in good general health. Students must complete a physical examination that includes current tetanus, hepatitis series, Rubeola & Rubella, (MMR) documentation of immunization or Varicella titer, and Tb test. Students must have and maintain an overall 2.5 GPA to be admitted to phlebotomy courses. Students must submit copies of all high school or GED scores and college transcripts.

Developmental Studies: To ensure that each student has the proper educational basis to succeed in the phlebotomy courses, all students must take placement tests in mathematics, written English, and reading. Students must take any developmental courses recommended in the evaluation of the placement test scores. For further information see Developmental Studies. It is important that these developmental courses are complete as quickly as possible so the student will be appropriately prepared to pursue this program of study. A review of the catalog requirements at PDCCC for the Phlebotomy Career Studies Certificate would be appropriate to both assist and guide a prospective student.

Phlebotomy (221-151-02)
Required Courses and Credits
Sample Schedule
First Semester
SDV 100 or 101 College Success Skills (first 8 weeks) 1
MDL 101 Introduction to Medical Laboratory (first 8 weeks) 3
HLT 143 (for Allied Health) Medical Terminology I 3
BIO 142 Human A & P II 4
MDL 105 Phlebotomy (second 8 weeks) 4
Total Semester Credits 15
Second Semester
HLT 105 or EMT 109 AHA CPR for Healthcare Providers 1
ITE 115 Basic Computer Applications & Concepts 3
MDL 106 Clinical Phlebotomy

(The clinical will be at multiple sites during the morning hours. There is also a mandatory classroom component once a month in the evening hours. )

CST 100 Principles of Public Speech 3
ENG 111 English Composition 3
Total Semester Credits 14
Total Program Credits 29