Phlebotomy Technician Program Frequently Asked Questions

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What does a phlebotomist do?

  • Phlebotomists are primarily responsible for collecting blood samples, also known as venipunctures and capillary punctures. As their role as an allied health professional continues to expand, other tasks such as collecting throat cultures and urine specimens are being added to the duties of a phlebotomist.

Where can I work as a phlebotomist?

  • Phlebotomists are most often found in hospitals and outpatient labs, but can also gain employment in physician’s offices, student health centers, correctional facilities, plasma centers, or as mobile phlebotomists.

What type of positions would I qualify for with this certification?

  • Phlebotomist
  • Specimen Processor
  • Lab Assistant
  • Collection Specialist
  • Plasma Center Technician
  • Central Processing Technician
  • Donor Technician
  • And Many More!

Since phlebotomy training is covered in the medical assisting program, should I take that class instead?

  • If you are interested ONLY in specimen collection, there is no need to take the entire MA course, as it covers a wide variety of topics outside of specimen collections.

Why do we need to wear scrubs?

  • Personal presentation is important in the healthcare field both to find employment and to maintain it. Students are to present themselves for class in the same manner as they would within the workplace. Wearing scrubs and closed-toed shoes to class on skills days will aid in preparing students for the workplace, and is therefore mandatory. Scrubs may be any color of your choice, but must be clean, wrinkle-free, and fit appropriately. Long hair should be tied back, and artificial fingernails will not be permitted, as they harbor bacteria.

Why is there an attendance policy?

  • Attendance is of huge importance due to the amount of information covered in each class period. This is a condensed course and topics are covered at an accelerated pace. Regularly missing class will hinder your ability to be well prepared for the national certification exam. Furthermore, poor attendance is one of the biggest reasons employers site for firing employees. It is in your best interest to make good attendance a priority not just in your school life, but your work life as well.

What is the NHA and why is it important to be certified?

  • The NHA, the National Healthcareer Association, is a national certifying body for laboratory professions. Obtaining your certification indicates to employers that you have met the standards of competency set forth by the NHA, and proves that you are knowledgeable within your field.

When is the certification exam? Where do I take it?

  • Your exam will be given at the campus, approximately one week after your course has ended. The testing fee is included in your tuition.

Is there an externship with this program?

  • An externship is an unpaid opportunity to gain experience by working within the industry. Voluntary externships are available; however, students must meet the criteria and have all documentation turned in by the deadline in order to qualify. The requirements for externship placement are specifically outlined in the student handbook.

Why does all of the documentation have to be turned in within the first few weeks if the externship isn’t until the end of the program?

  • It can be a lengthy process getting students placed at various sites, and the coordinator needs to be able to submit the requests, along with documentation, within an appropriate time frame for the host sites to review.

Why is health insurance and medical liability insurance a requirement?

  • This is required by externship sites to protect you in the event you would accidentally harm yourself, or a patient, during your clinical rotations. This is a legal requirement and is therefore non-negotiable.

Where will I complete my externship? Can I pick my own place?

  • Placement is usually determined by the coordinator. If you have spoken with a facility that has agreed to host you as an extern, please obtain approval from the coordinator prior to completing your hours.
  • Externship sites vary. Primary care offices, urgent care centers, and specialty care clinics all have different needs. Students may not have the opportunity to practice every skill at every site. Regardless of where you are placed, your externship experience will prove to be indispensable.