Become a Phlebotomist and start a career that is in-demand in as little as two semesters. By getting your Phlebotomy Technician certificate, you can quickly get your foot in the door or expand your skills in the medical field. The program is also beneficial for Nursing students, Certified Nursing Assistants, and Medical Assistants.

Medical and Laboratory terminology, an anatomy of the circulatory systems, interpersonal communication, laboratory safety, legal guidelines and professional skills will be covered and you can quickly complete the 10 credit hour program by taking three courses in two semesters.

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What Can I Do With This Certificate?

Phlebotomists obtain blood specimens promptly, efficiently and safely. Phlebotomists typically work in hospital clinical laboratories, out-patient labs, physician's offices, donor centers, pharmaceutical firms, research institutions, hospices, public health clinics and many other venues, both civilian and military. As integral members of the health care team, phlebotomists must be well trained in all aspects of specimen collection and transport. They also must maintain high standards of professionalism and compassion while interacting with patients and their families. 

Job Outlook

Employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 25 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and other locations will need phlebotomists to perform blood work.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

Admission and Requirements

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.  

Pre-requisites
All students must have completed MRT-110 (Medical Terminology) with a grade of "C" or higher.

Transcripts
A complete US high school transcript showing date of graduation or a GED certificate must be submitted to the coordinator prior to the start of the second half of the program.

Clinicals

Upon successful completion of PHB-110, students may enroll in PHB-111, Phlebotomy Clinical Practice Seminar, and PHB-112, Phlebotomy Clinical Practice. Students receive clinical experience during PHB-112.

Before clinical assignments can be made, students must obtain and/or provide:

Physical Examination, TB testing, and titers for viral conditions 
Students are required to obtain a physical examination. The student is responsible for the cost of the physical examination, and all of the tuberculosis testing, blood test titers for Rubella, Rubeola, Mumps, and Varicella, and hepatitis B, immunizations specified on the physical examination form.

Drug Screen 
Students are required to submit to and successfully complete a specific 10-panel drug screen. Unsuccessful completion of the drug screen requirement may prohibit a student from receiving a clinical assignment, pending physician review of the results.

Health insurance
Students are required to have personal health insurance for the duration of their clinical rotation.

Criminal Background Checks
In order to comply with certain state statutes and/or clinical affiliation agreements, students are required to successfully complete a criminal background check. Students who have an arrest or conviction on their record should consult an attorney regarding expungement procedures. A “clear’ criminal background result is required in most cases.

CPR Training
Students are required to be CPR for Basic Life Support certified via the American Heart Association. Students who are not already CPR certified must obtain CPR certification as a separate activity during PHB-110. Moraine Valley offers CPR for Basic Life Support training through the Workforce Development. The course number is AH8-039. For more information on CPR for Basic Life Support, please contact Corporate, Community and Continuing Education (CCCE) at (708) 974-5433. Students are financially responsible for the CPR training required.

Transcripts
A US high school transcript or a GED certificate showing date of graduation must be submitted to the clinical coordinator prior to the start of the second half of the program. An evaluation of foreign transcript demonstrating equivalency to US high school is also acceptable.

HIPAA Confidentiality Training
Students are required to successfully complete HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Confidentiality) training at MVCC.  The training session is free and offered in Career Programs.

Rotation and Facilities
The clinical rotations include 120 clock hours of training at one of the program's clinical affiliate sites. Clinical internship rotations are staggered throughout the semester and assignments are decided by early completion of all pre-clinical requirements. Whoever completes pre-clinical requirement first, selects a clinical assignment first, including dates and location. Most students end up with their first or second choice of clinical assignment.

Moraine Valley’s strong reputation allows us to host clinical internships at high-quality health care facilities including:

  • Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center, Oak Lawn
  • Advocate South Suburban Hospital, Hazel Crest
  • DuPage Medical Group, Blue Island, and Tinley Park
  • Edward Hospital, Naperville
  • Franciscan Health, Olympia Fields
  • Ingalls Memorial Hospital, Harvey
  • Lawn Medical Center, Oak Lawn
  • Little Company of Mary Hospital, Evergreen Park
  • Little Company of Mary Care Station, Oak Lawn
  • Metro South Medical Center, Blue Island
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
  • Palos Health, Palos Heights
  • Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Joliet
  • Quest Diagnostics Patient Service Center, Naperville
  • Silver Cross Hospital, New Lenox

Service Work
Per NAACLS accreditation standard “Service work by students in clinical settings outside of academic hours must be noncompulsory.”  Students attending the phlebotomy clinical internship, PHB-112, do not participate in service work as stated in the PHB-112 Syllabus.

Students may work at a clinical site if that is also their employment. However, any work hours for which the student is paid may NOT be counted as clinical hours.  Students may NOT be substituted for regular staff during their student experiences.

Program Mission Statement and Program Goals

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 effective (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.

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.

 

Program Faculty

Program Coordinator
Rita Kealy, MM., MT(ASCP)
kealyr@morainevalley.edu
(708) 974-5583

PD, Internship Coordinator
Colette Schrank MS, MA, MT(ASCP)
schrank@morainevalley.edu
(708) 974-5389

Adjunct Faculty 
Office Location B150
(708) 974-5708

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

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

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

Accreditation

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

Career Connections Program

This program qualifies for up to $8,000 in tuition assistance.

Program Details

Program NameType of CredentialCurriculum CodeDepartment or Division
PhlebotomyCertificate1306Health Sciences

D632CAM089

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