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Introduction to Clinical Phlebotomy

Course Number: MA 120
Transcript Title: Intro to Clinical Phlebotomy
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: February 19, 2014
Total Credits: 1
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 20
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default)
Fee: $6

Prerequisites

Department permission required

Course Description

Introduces basic venipuncture and skin puncture techniques as well as proper specimen-handling procedures as dictated by the Clinical and Laboratory Institute Standards (CLSI). Prepares and trains to function as an internal member of the ambulatory clinical lab care setting. Department permission required.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Use effective communication that represents competence and professionalism in the laboratory setting.
  2. Abide by HIPAA laws and their implications in the laboratory setting.
  3. Perform phlebotomy and capillary specimen collection.
  4. Collect and prepare a variety of basic laboratory specimens.
  5. Perform basic laboratory testing and associated quality control.
  6. Use laboratory safety techniques when collecting specimens and performing laboratory testing.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Students will be given lecture quizzes and exams. There is also a scheduled final examination.
  2. Laboratory Assessment - Students will be evaluated on an on-going basis for their skills in the blood collection techniques. A log of successful, unaided venipunctures and skin punctures must be kept. These logged-in specimens will be signed off by the instructor after assessing proper technique.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Articulate and demonstrate the phlebotomist’s role in the overall healthcare delivery system.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of the governmental laws and guidelines regulating the laboratories, including quality assurance and safety.
  3. To perform the various blood collection techniques under the direction of qualified instructors, in a safe and timely manner.
  4. Demonstrate the use of various types of equipment, including syringes, needles, evacuated tubes, PPE, vacutainer supplies, anticoagulants and preservatives used in blood collection techniques.
  5. Demonstrate the role of the professional phlebotomist as a front-line representative of the clinical laboratory.
  6. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body systems as related to the profession of phlebotomy and medical assisting.
  7. Demonstrate the importance and understanding of appropriate personnel in the health care setting, patient interactions, and legal implications as they apply to the work environment.

Department Notes

This course will be taken as part of first term for students officially accepted into the Medical Assisting program. The prerequisite would state "Dept Permission Needed".