Phlebotomy is the practice of drawing blood for analysis, donation or medical testing. Phlebotomy technicians work directly with patients to collect blood samples, bio-fluids, and maintain proper handling of these materials.
Students in Clark's Phlebotomy program learn to perform a variety of blood collection methods with hands-on training from experienced faculty.
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Prepare To Draw on Real World Experience
Clark's phlebotomy coursework includes theories and principles related to obtaining blood specimens from many different kinds of patients, including adults, children and infants. The Phlebotomy curriculum prepares students to perform skin and venipuncture and function as a member of a medical laboratory team. The program includes and emphasis on safety, patient identification, quality assurance and specimen handling.
The program curriculum includes a one-quarter lab practicum, providing students with hands-on training practice in a health care facility.
Employment opportunities for Phlebotomists exist in a variety of medical environments. The U.S Department of Labor and Statistics show Phlebotomist jobs growing at a rate of 14%, with a median wage in the Portland-Vancouver metro area estimated at $18.56 per hour.
Phlebotomy is the practice of drawing blood for analysis, donation or medical testing. A career as a Phlebotomy technician is a rewarding path for someone who desires to work directly with patients. Students in Clark's Phlebotomy program are trained to perform a variety of blood collection methods. With hands-on training from experienced faculty, you will learn the essentials of drawing blood, including the monitoring and handling of blood collection equipment, safety and infection control and specimen processing.
Clark's phlebotomy coursework includes theories and principles related to obtaining blood specimens from many different kinds of patients, including adults, children and infants. The Phlebotomy curriculum prepares students to perform skin and venipuncture as well as to function as a member of a medical laboratory team. Emphasis is placed on safety, patient identification, quality assurance and specimen handling. The program curriculum includes a one-quarter lab practicum, providing students with 'real world' training practice in a health care facility.
Graduates of the Clark College Phlebotomy program will be eligible for:
• Clark College Certificate of Achievement
• Washington State Phlebotomy Licensure
• National Phlebotomy Certification Exam
About the Program
The Certificate of Achievement in Phlebotomy is open enrollment which enables all students who wish to pursue this program to complete the “Phlebotomy Program Requirements” (courses in the areas of English, Sciences, Medical Terminology, etc.). The “Phlebotomy Program Requirements” provide the foundation for the subsequent “Phlebotomy Core” classes (classes with “PHLE” prefix). Due to clinical space limitations, although the program of study for the Phlebotomy is open enrollment, there is an application process for students to be able to begin the “Phlebotomy Core” classes. The instructions in the Phlebotomy Program Guide explain the Phlebotomy requirements and the application process to be able to begin the Phlebotomy Core classes.
The Phlebotomy Program Guide is posted on the Phlebotomy website at: www.clark.edu/phlebotomy
Disability Statement for Health Occupations
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, accommodations for students with disabilities will be considered at the student's request. The student may need to provide documentation of disability to the Disability Support Services Office to support his/her accommodation requests. Documentation guidelines and procedures can be found at www.clark.edu/dss. Once the student is qualified by DSS as having a disability, requested accommodations will be considered. Accommodations for the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting will be evaluated according to reasonableness. Accommodations that compromise patient care, or that fundamentally alter the essential functions of the program or activity, are not considered to be reasonable.
- Accurately perform phlebotomy procedures in variable clinical environments.
- Identify the varying clinical conditions that require a different methodology of sample collection.
- Communicate effectively, accurately, and professionally, using verbal, non-verbal, and written language with diverse populations of patients and other healthcare providers.
- Conduct self in an ethical and professional manner to provide quality patient care.
- Apply safety and infection control standards in the health care environment.