Laboratory scientists, technologists and technicians require blood specimens that have been obtained promptly, efficiently and safely by qualified phlebotomists. The phlebotomist is an integral member of the health care team. This individual must be well trained in all aspects of specimen collection and transport. The phlebotomist must also be able to maintain high standards of professionalism while interacting with patients and their families. To insure quality training in phlebotomy, this 10 credit hour program will present the basics of phlebotomy in three courses.

Program Information, Course Requirements and Suggested Schedule

Phlebotomy (Certificate)

All students must be able to perform the essential functions of the curriculum. In addition to the general admission criteria required by the college, phlebotomy students must be able to:

  • Use digital fine motor skills with both hands continually throughout the day.
  • See clearly enough to read hand-written and computer-generated communications.
  • Work standing on their feet for the majority of the day.
  • Walk to and from patient service areas of the hospital for the majority of the day.
  • Help patients in and out of phlebotomy chairs and tables.
  • Write and speak to patients and staff effectively.
  • Interact appropriately with patients, physicians, peers and supervisor.
  • Use good judgment to seek assistance when needed.
  • Lift a minimum of 25 pounds unassisted.
  • Apply safety and infection control standards learned in the program to maintain a safe and clean environment for patients and self.

Program Mission

The program’s mission is to educate and train students to meet standards of practice for entry-level phlebotomy professionals. Faculty will use appropriate methodologies to promote student learning.

Student learning will emerge from the cognitive (intellectual), psychomotor (physical), clinical and affective (social, emotional and ethical) elements of phlebotomy as defined for the entry-level practitioner by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) and the Moraine Valley Community College Phlebotomy Program Advisory Committee. Student learning will occur within an intellectual atmosphere that promotes continuing education as part of professional dedication and lifelong learning and within an ethical framework for student conduct in both the classroom and clinical settings.

Curriculum Outline

First Semester:
PHB-110—Principles and Practice of Phlebotomy – 6 credit hours

Beginning the Fall 2016 semester in order to register for PHB-110 students must pass the prerequisite course MRT110 (Medical Terminology) with a minimum passing grade of “C” or higher in order to enroll in PHB-110.

Upon successful completion of MRT-110, students may secure a seat in one of the sections of PHB-110 by registering over the phone, online or in person. The phone number for registration is (708) 974-2110 (TTY 711).

In order to advance to PHB-111 and PHB-112, students must attain 77% in lecture, 77% in lab and an overall grade of “C”.

Second Semester:
PHB-111—Phlebotomy Clinical Practice Seminar – 2 credit hours
PHB-112—Phlebotomy Clinical Practice – 2 credit hours

Program Outcomes

Two program outcomes (goals) have been identified for the Moraine Valley Community College Phlebotomy Program. The outcomes have been developed based on the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) and the recommendations of the Moraine Valley Community College Phlebotomy Program Advisory Committee. The Moraine Valley Community College Phlebotomy Program will provide students with:

  1. Training in blood collection skills that are consistent with entry level in the profession.
  2. A comprehensive didactic framework for the blood collection procedures presented, preparing students to successfully challenge the phlebotomy certification exam of their choice.

Completion of the Moraine Valley’s program is NOT dependent upon successful completion of a phlebotomy certification exam.

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 No. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Phone: (773)714-8880
http://www.naacls.org

MVCC Phlebotomy Program’s Graduate ASCP PBT Certification Exam Pass Rate
Graduates between 7/1/12-6/30/13Graduates between 7/1/13-6/30/14Graduates between 7/1/14-6/30/15
Total number of Graduates10296109
Graduates who sat for the ASCP PBT Certification Exam within the 1st year of graduation705665
Graduates who passed the ASCP PBT Certification Exam within the 1st year of graduation655460
Yearly MVCC Program ASCP PBT Certification Exam PASS Rate92.86%96.43%92.31%
Three Year Average ASCP PBT Certification Exam PASS Rate93.72%
Information available through the MVCC Institutional Research & Planning Dept and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
MVCC Phlebotomy Program’s Graduation and Attrition Rates
Graduates between 7/1/13-6/30/14Graduates between 7/1/14-6/30/15Graduates between 7/1/15-6/30/16
Number of students who began the “final half” of the program108111123
Number of students who began the “final half” of the program but left the program before completion0210
Number of students who began the “final half” of the program but are still currently enrolled000
Number of students who began the “final half” of the program and have graduated96100113
Yearly Attrition Rate0%1.80%8.13%
Yearly Graduation Rate88.89%90.09%91.87%
Three Year Average Graduation Rate90.35%
Information available through the MVCC Institutional Research & Planning Dept.
MVCC Phlebotomy Program’s Graduate Placement Rates
Graduates between 7/1/12-6/30/13Graduates between 7/1/13-6/30/14Graduates between 7/1/14-6/30/15
Total number of Graduates10296100
Number of Graduates who found employment (in the field or in a closely related field) and/or continued their education within one year of graduation17129
Number of Graduates who neither found employment in the field nor continued their education within one year of graduation623
Number of Graduates for which no information is available798288
Yearly Average Placement Rate for Graduate respondents73.91%85.71%*75.00%
Three Year Average Placement Rate for Graduate respondents77.55%
Information available through the MVCC Institutional Research & Planning Dept.

Related Links

American Society for Clinical Pathology
The Laboratory Medicine Profession
A Career as a Phlebotomy Technician or as a Donor Phlebotomy Technician
Certification Information
Certification Maintenance Program
Center for Phlebotomy Education
Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute
National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
A Career as a Medical Laboratory Technologist or Technician

Links to Clinical Laboratory Science (Medical Technology) Programs

For information on colleges offering Clinical Laboratory Science Programs, please visit the links below:

Purdue University, Calumet Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Medical Technology housed in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Rush University Bachelor of Science Degree in Clinical Laboratory Science

Moraine Valley Community College and Kankakee Community College have a cooperative agreement related to the Kankakee Community College Medical Laboratory Technology A.A.S. Program. The following classes, taken at Moraine Valley, will transfer directly into the Kankakee Community College Medical Laboratory Technology A.A.S. Program.

For more information on application procedures to the MLT Program at Kankakee Community College, please contact Glenda Forneris, Director of the Medical Laboratory Technician Program, at (815) 802-8835 or gforneris@kcc.edu.

Questions? Contact the program coordinator Rita Kealy at (708) 974-5583 or internship coordinator Colette Schrank.

Full-Time Faculty

Program Coordinator: Rita Kealy, MT (ASCP)
Office Location: B215
Telephone: (708) 974-5583
Fax: (708) 974-0185
kealyr@morainevalley.edu

PD, Internship Coordinator: Colette Schrank MS, MA, MT (ASCP)
Office Location: A240
Telephone: (708) 974-5389
Fax: (708) 974-0185
schrank@morainevalley.edu

Adjunct Faculty
Office Location: B150
Telephone: (708) 974-5708
Fax: (708) 974-0185

Michelle Cooney, MA, BS, MT (ASCP)
cooneym3@morainevalley.edu

Jennifer Connor, BSN, RNC, PBT (ASCP)
connorj7@morainevalley.edu

Andrea Stone, MPH, MT(ASCP)
stonea9@morainevalley.edu

Ellen Wallace, BS, MT (ASCP)
wallacee25@morainevalley.edu