phlebotomist is an integral member of the medical laboratory team. Laboratory
scientists, technologists and technicians require blood specimens that have been
obtained promptly, efficiently and safely by qualified phlebotomists.
Phlebotomists must be well trained in all aspects of specimen collection and
handling, and must also be able to maintain high standards of professionalism
with clients or patients.
To insure quality training is available to persons interested in this field,
Moraine Valley Community College offers a Phlebotomy Training Program. This
program is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory
Sciences (NAACLS)*. This nine-credit program presents the basics of phlebotomy
in a three-course sequence.
PHB-110 Principles and Practice of Phlebotomy (6 Credit Hours)
PHB-110 is a six-credit hour course which consists of lecture and laboratory
components. Lecture topics addressed in this course include medical terminology,
anatomy and physiology appropriate to the practice of phlebotomy,
professionalism, safety, infection control, including isolation techniques,
blood collection equipment and blood collection procedures, including venipuncture, skin puncture, arterial puncture, special collection procedures,
specimen processing and point of care testing. Communication techniques are also
The laboratory component includes instruction, demonstration and practice of
blood collection procedures. This course trains students to be effective
participants on a medical laboratory team. The first half of the course is most
academically challenging. The last half of the course concentrates on preparing
the student for the clinical experience and obtaining blood samples by
venipuncture. To successfully complete PHB-110, students must complete at least
50 successful venipunctures: 30 taken from artificial arm and 20 from fellow
students. PHB-110, "Principles and Practice of Phlebotomy" is offered every
semester, including morning, afternoon and evening sections. Click here
scheduling information. Successful completion of PHB-110 is a prerequisite
for PHB-111 and PHB-112.
PHB-111 Phlebotomy Clinical Practice Seminar (1 Credit Hour)
PHB-111 is a one-credit hour course and is designed as a capstone experience for
students assigned to a phlebotomy clinical rotation. Discussion topics include
student reaction to supervised clinical experiences, professional issues related
to the student's clinical rotation and/or the field of phlebotomy, communication
skills appropriate for a diverse patient population, and application of customer
service skills; preparation for the job market through assignments of the skills
checklist, application, resume, cover letter and interview questions; and,
readiness for a national certification exam via the Study Plan assignment review
and the Mock Certification Exam project. PHB-111 is a co-requisite to PHB-112,
"Phlebotomy Clinical Practice".
PHB-112 Phlebotomy Clinical Practice (2 Credit Hours)
PHB-112 is a two-credit hour course consisting of 120 contact hours of
supervised clinical practice of phlebotomy at one of the Moraine Valley
Community College Phlebotomy Program's clinical affiliate sites. This course
provides the student with additional phlebotomy practice in a clinical setting
and is designed to develop student blood collection skills to a level consistent
with entry into the profession.
Only one student is scheduled at a clinical facility at a time. Therefore,
student clinical rotations are staggered throughout the semester. Present sites
include the following:
Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital, LaGrange, Ill.
Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Ill.
Advocate South Suburban Hospital, Hazel Crest, Ill.
Alverno Clinical Laboratories/Patient Service
Center Division, Chicago Ridge and Olympia Fields, Ill.
Alverno Clinical Laboratories/St. James
Hospital, Chicago Heights, Ill.
Alverno Clinical Laboratories/St. James
Hospital at Olympia Fields, Ill.
Edward Hospital, Naperville, Ill.
Ingalls Memorial Hospital, Harvey, Ill.
Little Company of Mary Hospital, Evergreen Park, Ill.
- Metro South Hospital, Blue Island, Ill.
Northern Illinois Clinical Laboratories, Willow Springs, Ill.
Palos Community Hospital, Palos Heights, Ill.
Pronger Smith Medical Care, Blue Island, Ill.
Quest Diagnostics/Naperville and Oak Lawn, Ill.
Silver Cross Hospital, New Lenox, Ill.
After successful completion of PHB-110, PHB-111 and PHB-112, and graduation from
the program, students are eligible to take a national certification exam of
their choice. Certifying agencies include the American Society of Clinical
Pathologists (ASCP), American Certification Agency (ACA), American Medical
Technologists (AMT), and National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT).
The Moraine Valley Community College Phlebotomy Program is proud to report the following American Society for
Clinical Pathologists Board of Certification Phlebotomy Examination Results excerpted from the Annual Report 2011 :
First Time Examinees From The Total Population This Cycle (2011)
|Mean Scaled Score
This program is intended to lead to employment. If you are considering
transferring to a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor's degree
using the courses from this program, make an appointment with an academic
advisor to review your options.
*National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Web Site: http://www.naacls.org