For more information about this program, please contact Robin Saunders, 603-542-7744 x5402.
The phlebotomist (PBT) is often the first contact a patient has with the clinical laboratory and is key to building a bridge of trust between the patient and health care professionals. The PBT must project an image of compassion, professionalism and competence while obtaining blood samples and processing a variety of laboratory specimens to be used in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.
The Phlebotomy Program integrates theoretical, practical and interpersonal skills providing the basis for the certificate recipient to work as an entry-level phlebotomist. Classroom learning is followed by a 120-hour internship that is performed, weekdays, in a clinical laboratory or other health care facility to provide the skills required of a certified phlebotomist. Fine motor skills and some mobility are required for students to successfully perform in most clinical facilities: drawing patient's blood in the inpatient and outpatient settings, processing specimens including operating mechanical and computerized equipment and performing clerical duties. Good communication skills are critical in dealing with patients, clients, physicians, nurses and other health care workers.
Applicants for the Phlebotomy Program must satisfy the general requirements for admission to the College. Students' health status must be compatible with the skills of the phlebotomist. Students are required to have proof of a medical examination, proof of immunity to infectious disease, health insurance and liability insurance before being scheduled for clinical internships. Students must be able to provide their own personal transportation to internships.
A criminal background check may be required for practicum and internship experience at the request of an agency and is the responsibility of the student.
Students who successfully complete this program are qualified for immediate employment and are eligible to sit for national certification examinations offered by several professional organizations.