1. Demonstrate knowledge of OSHA’s Blood Borne Pathogen Standard, control clinical site work practices and safety policies for phlebotomy procedures and specimen handling.
  2. Interpret order requisition for laboratory tests and select appropriate equipment for blood collection.
  3. Demonstrate correct patient identification for inpatients and outpatients as documented by clinical site procedure manual.
  4. Perform a minimum of 175 venipunctures by vacutainer according to CLSI guidelines.
  5. Perform proper technique for collecting blood specimen by butterfly needle.
  6. Follow established laboratory policies for patient refusal, inability to collect a sample and patient complications that may occur during the blood collection procedure.
  7. Demonstrate proper procedure for specimen handling and transport.
  8. Perform proper specimen processing procedures.
  9. Perform proper technique in microcollection and special collection procedures if applicable to laboratory.
  10. Utilize basic laboratory compute skills involved in laboratory specimen procurement.
  11. Relate medical ethics, professionalism and proper communication with all patient and staff interactions.
  12. Adhere to all HIPAA regulations.
  13. Demonstrate a responsible and accountable attitude toward work assignments.
  14. As a representative of the health care setting, maintain an attitude of “patient focus” and customer satisfaction in your service and interaction with patients.

Certificate Requirements

Semester 1
Principles and Methods of Phlebotomy #
Basic Laboratory Procedures I
Phlebotomy Clinical Practicum ## 
(4 weeks, 160 hours of training at hospital or laboratory site)

# A grade of "C" or better is needed for Clinical Practicum Assignment. 
## Students are assigned to clinical affiliations 5 days a week for 4 weeks.

This program awards a College-Approved certificate upon completion of 3 courses and 8 credits.

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Program Advisory Committee

Program Goals and Objectives
The primary goal of the Phlebotomy Program is to prepare students for an entry-level position in the field of phlebotomy. 

  1. To prepare students with the classroom instruction and clinical practice required for safe and quality blood collection procedures in the health care settings.
  2. To develop moral and ethical care for professionals skilled in the practice of phlebotomy.
  3. To promote the principle of quality in communication with all patients and members of the health care team.
  4. To provide equal educational opportunities for all qualified applicants in keeping with the policies of Massasoit Community College.
  5. To prepare students for successful performance on the Phlebotomy Technician National Certification Examination.
  6. To consult with a Clinical Affiliation Advisory Committee in maintaining program’s responsibilities to professional and community needs.

Associated Costs 
In addition to tuition and books, students are responsible for purchase of a lab coat and medical liability insurance. Students must also possess reliable transportation to and from their clinical assignment.