Course Description

This course offers experience with the collection of body fluids, laboratory procedures, and skills that are necessary to enter the health care force as a phlebotomist. This course prepares the student to take the national certification exam.


Current CNA certification or EMT certification.

Outcomes Assessment

The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment as phlebotomists or to provide supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in this occupation. The content includes, but is not limited to, communication, leadership, human relations, and employability skills; performance of safe and efficient work practices on adults, children and neonates; maintain the integrity of the specimen in relation to the test to be performed; preparing blood smears; labeling specimens accurately and completely; collecting timed specimens; promoting the comfort and well-being of the patient while performing blood collecting duties; observing safety policies and procedures; medical terminology; emergency procedures including CPR; delivering a variety of clinical specimens to the clinical laboratory; sorting and recoding specimens received in the laboratory; distributing samples to appropriate laboratory sections; and preparing collection trays for specimen procurements. Reinforcement of basic skills in English, mathematics, and science appropriate for the job occurs through vocational classroom instruction and applied laboratory procedures and practice.

Required Textbooks and Supplies

Please see the CSI bookstore for current books and pricing.

Policies and Procedures

  1. Attendance is required for the completion of hours.
  2. 40-50 hours of total lecture required.
  3. Flexible hours within the class of lab.
  4. Assignments will be assigned by the instructor.
  5. Tardiness will not be tolerated unless the instructor has been informed.
  6. Honesty and integrity are required in class as well as class participation with one's peers. Speak without offending, respecting one another in class and in the field is very important. This will not be taken into consideration for the final grade.

Grading Practices

  1. The final grade is based on pass or fail.
  2. Completion of 100 successful draws and a total of 100 hours of precepting by the end of the class semester at the location to which one is assigned by the instructor.*
  3. Once the program is completed, the student will receive a certification of completion.

*Summer semester course is held over eight weeks. The deadline for completion will be September 1.

Topical Outline for the Course

After successfully completing this program and under the supervision of a qualified instructor, the student will be able to:

  1. Use verbal and written communication.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of age-related communication and care.
  3. Demonstrate accepted professional, interpersonal skills.
  4. Demonstrate employability skills.
  5. Apply computer, and basic math and science skills.
  6. Discuss phlebotomy in relation to the health care setting.
  7. Identify the anatomic structure and function of body systems in relation to services performed by phlebotomists.
  8. Recognize/identify collection reagents, supplies, equipment and interfering chemical substances.
  9. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to perform phlebotomy.
  10. Practice accepted procedures of transporting, accessioning and processing specimens.
  11. Practice quality assurance and safety.
  12. Practice infection control following standard precautions.
  13. Demonstrate knowledge of communicable diseases, including AIDS.
  14. Demonstrate knowledge of legal issues and patient rights.

Zero Credit Course Policy