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Phlebotomy, Certificate

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Program Code: 7340

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and/or careers in the health sciences field. Students gain technical skill proficiency through competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning, and problem-solving skills.

The goal of the Phlebotomy Program is to train professional phlebotomists proficient in communication, leadership, human relations, and employability skills. Additionally, students learn safe and efficient work practices through a combination of theory and laboratory activities. The practical activities provide the necessary cognitive and manipulative skills needed to obtain adequate and correct blood specimens by capillary or venipuncture on adults, children and neonates while maintaining the integrity of the specimen in relation to the test to be performed. These goals are accomplished in compliance with the curriculum frameworks as governed by the State of Florida Department of Education.

In addition to obtaining blood specimens, phlebotomists must have a clear understanding of medical terminology in order to label, sort and record specimens delivered to the laboratory. Additional duties may include centrifuging specimens and preparing aliquots of samples according to the designated protocol required by various laboratory specialties. Students in this program also receive training in emergency procedures including CPR (Heart saver), first aid, as well as HIPPA and blood-borne pathogen training. This program meets the Department of Health HIV/AIDS Domestic Violence and Prevention of Medical Errors education requirements. Upon completion of this program, the instructor will provide a certificate to the student verifying that these requirements have been met.

Upon completion of the program, students earn a Career and Technical Certificate (CTC) certificate making them eligible for entry-level employment as phlebotomists. Although there is no state licensure required for phlebotomists, graduates with required amounts of work experience may obtain certification from national credentialing agencies. This program is currently seeking approval from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Phlebotomy Technician Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a professional attitude and behavior when interacting with patients and staff.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of legal, ethical, and safety responsibilities in the health industry.
  • Apply basic information technology, math, and science knowledge to procedures in the laboratory.
  • Successfully perform venipuncture by vacuum collection devices and skin puncture.
  • List essential information that should be on laboratory requisitions and specimen containers for identification.

Phlebotomy Technician Program Essential Skills
Applicants to the Phlebotomy Program should:

  • Possess sufficient eyesight to observe, manipulate, and evaluate instrumentation and procedures
  • Possess sufficient hearing to communicate, manipulate, and evaluate instrumentation and procedures
  • Possess sufficient physical ability to move from room to room and around patients
  • Possess sufficient English verbal and written skills to communicate effectively
  • Possess sufficient fine motor coordination to safely perform laboratory techniques
  • Possess sufficient intellectual and emotional abilities to exercise independent judgment and discretion

Allergy Advisory
The use of chemicals and latex/latex-based products may exist in program environments such as, but not limited to, classrooms and training labs, hospitals, research laboratories, and some area industries. Individuals with chemical or latex allergies should seek expert advice from their health care provider so that they may receive information to make an informed decision regarding their exposure to chemicals/latex in the field.

Application for Admission to Santa Fe College
Students interested in the Phlebotomy Program should complete the Application for Admission to SF. This requires that students arrange for official transcripts from high school and from any post-secondary institution attended to be sent to the Office of Admissions. Unofficial transcripts may be used for initial advisement purposes only and will not be used for program admission consideration.

Application for Phlebotomy Technician Program:
Students should obtain an application to the Phlebotomy Technician Program and submit it to the Program Advisor (address is on the application).

Qualifications for Admission:

  • Must be 18 years old
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Satisfactory completion of PERT exam or equivalent college coursework. *(minimum PERT scores; reading-65, writing-70, math-60)

Once accepted to the program students must:

  • Submit a Medical Health Form (A satisfactory physical exam including immunizations).
  • Obtain a level 2 background check and drug screen.

Length of Program:

Contact Information:

Sari Sanborn; Program Advisor
Perry Center for Emerging Technologies
14180 NW 119th Terrace, Alachua, FL 32615
Phone: 352-381-3767

Mary El-Semarani, M.S., Program Coordinator
Perry Center for Emerging Technologies
14180 NW 119th Terrace, Alachua, FL 32615
Phone: 352-381-3755

Applicants who receive a CTC Certificate in Phlebotomy will successfully complete a total of 165 clock hours with coursework in the following classes:

Professional Core

Total Contact Hours: 165

The course is 6 weeks, and the internship requirement is 3 weeks.

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