Phlebotomy Technician Certificate Program with Clinical Externship

Program Duration: 4 Months

Contact Hours: 375

Student Tuition: $3,650

Program Description:

The Phlebotomy Technician Program prepares students to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Students will become familiar with all aspects of blood collection and will review the skills needed to perform venipunctures safely. Also includes terminology, blood collection procedures, order of draw and other engaging topics. Program also includes an optional clinical externship at a local healthcare provider!

This course covers the following key areas and topics:

  • Process and procedures for collecting blood specimens for laboratory analysis

  • All aspects of blood collection and related procedures

  • The order of draw and Universal precautions

  • Skills to perform venipunctures completely and safely

  • Terminology and related anatomy and physiology


There are several National Certification exams that are available to students who successfully complete this program:

  • American Society of Phlebotomy Technician (ASPT) Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) Exam

  • NHA Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) Exam


Phlebotomy Technician Detailed Course Information:

  • The history of Phlebotomy and the roles and responsibilities of a Phlebotomy Technician

  • Laboratory operations (e.g. safety, quality control,), quality assurance , laboratory law, ethics and regulatory issues

  • Anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system and anatomy of the hand, leg & foot including arteries and veins

  • Universal precautions – safety protocols, infection control and medical asepsis

  • Specimen collection, processing, handling, documentation and transportation

  • Venipuntcures and skin puncture practice, syringe practice, heel puncture, protocol, syringe draws, etc.


National Certification:

Students who complete this Columbia Southern University Phlebotomy Technician certification
program will be prepared to sit for the American Society of Phlebotomy Technician (ASPT)
Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) certification exam and the National Healthcareer Association
(NHA) Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) certification exams. Although other than the state of
California where this program is not available, there is no state approval, state registration or
other state requirements for this program. Students who complete this program at Columbia
Southern University will be prepared and are eligible to sit for these national certification
exams. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the ASPT or the NHA national
certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so. Columbia Southern
University will work with each student to determine which national certification exam works best
with each particular student and register the student for that exam. Note: This Phlebotomy
Technician program is NOT available in the State of California.


Clinical Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum:

Although not a requirement of this program, once students complete the Phlebotomy Technician
program they have the ability to participate in a clinical externship and/or hands on practicum so
as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of Phlebotomy Technician.
Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to
work in a hospital, physicians practice, clinic and/or with other healthcare organizations. All
students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be
placed in a healthcare organization near their location. Columbia Southern University works
with national healthcare organizations and has the ability to place students in clinical externship
opportunities nationwide.

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