Phlebotomy Technician Exam Prep Course
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Total Course Length: 5 Weeks
Delivery Method: Hybrid*
*The Phlebotomy course is designed as a hybrid blended course with students working online in addition to attending lab classes on Tuesdays at 9 AM. The Final Exam is on the last day of the course only on campus.
This Exam Prep course is designed for individuals who have prior healthcare training and/or are licensed/certified in a healthcare field and/or are currently working in the healthcare industry. The course provides individuals with an understanding of the responsibilities associated with those of a Phlebotomy Technician. The course provides an overview of anatomy and physiology, the cardiovascular system, disease and wellness, and clinical procedures necessary to succeed as a Phlebotomy Technician, including the steps necessary to process laboratory tests in a hospital or physician’s office lab. Infection control procedures are covered including blood borne diseases including HIV, AIDS. In addition, the course promotes communication skills, legal and ethical considerations, safety measures, and emergency response. Upon successful completion of this course, a Certificate of Completion will be issued.
Course Outcomes: These objectives are adapted from the core knowledge that the NHA expects you to know to successfully pass their test.
- The role of phlebotomy technicians in laboratory testing
- The role of phlebotomy technicians in patient care
- Medical terminology related to phlebotomy
- Aseptic techniques
- Blood components (e.g., serum, plasma, whole blood, RBC, WBC, platelets)
- Blood group systems (A, B, AB, O, Rh)
- Phlebotomy-related vascular anatomy (e.g., antecubital fossa, hand, foot)
- Cardiovascular system (e.g., anatomy and physiology of the heart, pulmonary and systemic blood flow, blood vessels)
- Hemostasis and coagulation process
- The impact of pre-analytical errors on test results
- Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act
- Documentation and reporting requirements
- Verbal and non-verbal communication (e.g., active listening; pace, tone, and volume of voice; personal space; use of jargon)
- Patient characteristics impacting communication (e.g., cultural and religious differences, language barriers, cognitive level, developmental stage)
- Professionalism (e.g., integrity, punctuality, etiquette, respect, professional presentation)
- Ethical standards applicable to the practice of phlebotomy (e.g., NHA code of ethics)
Fee Does NOT Include: Background check or NHA Exam enrollment ($125).
E-book (Electronic Book) is included in the tuition cost and will be received on the first day of class.
Internet access required.
Course Registration Information
All applicants must schedule an appointment with an Admissions Representative to complete the enrollment process. Items due by the time of enrollment include:
- Registration Fee
- Copy of Driver’s License (Must be 18 years of age)
- Completed Enrollment Application (provided at appointment)
- Completed Program Policies (provided at appointment)
- Level II Background Check (Must be completed and submitted to Taylor College prior to beginning class the first day.)
Hands-on Skills Practice
Clinical skills will be practiced in the classroom lab setting. Upon successful completion of this course, individuals will have the option to participate in a clinical experience* in a professional clinical environment to practice hands-on skills and complete the required number of sticks for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) exam eligibility.
*Please note that the clinical site assignment is assigned for one of the weeks following the actual course and is at least 1-week in duration, on weekdays and on day shift. If appropriate, an individual may have the option to complete this portion at their current place of employment.
Clinical Facility & Experience
The Phlebotomy clinical experience will be completed in a professional setting. Individuals participating in the clinical portion of the course, at a facility assigned to you by Taylor College, are required to successfully pass a Level ll Background Check. In additional, to be eligible for the Phlebotomy Technician Certification Exam, all individuals must complete 40 live sticks (30 venipuncture and 10 capillary). An individual must have an ID badge to perform the live sticks in a clinical setting. Badges can be obtained from the school’s reception area.
Listed below are requirements for those individuals participating in the Phlebotomy clinical experience:
- The course instructor will provide individuals with the location and time of clinicals.
- While performing at the facility, individuals must wear scrubs or follow the facility’s dress code.
- While at the facility individuals must adhere to all HIPAA privacy policies.
- Individuals are responsible for any actions while in attendance at the facility.
- It is the individual’s responsibility to get documentation showing that they have completed the required number of live sticks. This documentation must be submitted to Taylor College.
Upon successful completion of this course, individuals will have the option to apply for the Phlebotomy Competency Exam to become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician. Prior to applying for the exam, students must complete 30 venipuncture and 10 capillary live sticks and supply documentation to the College. During enrollment with the NHA, students will have to attest to completion of GED or High School Diploma. Testing to become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician is conducted by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). An application and testing fee must be submitted by the student to NHA prior to receiving a testing date. For more information, please visit www.nhanow.com.
Taylor College is a testing site for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). Individuals who submit their application and testing fee to NHA can take the Phlebotomy Technician certification exam at the College.
Taylor College’s exam prep courses are designed to prepare individuals for professional opportunities and advancement in their current field of study or area of employment. Individuals receive hands-on education through the guidance of qualified faculty in both practice and theory, all reinforced with interaction with professionals in specialized industries.
Exam prep courses are excluded from accreditation with the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), and licensing from the Commission for Independent Education, CIE.
Exam Prep Courses
Taylor College’s exam prep Courses are offered at various times throughout the year. Any individual wishing to apply for an upcoming exam prep course, please call 352-245-4119 and request to speak to a School Representative.