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

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 Spring 2015 semester in order to register for PHB-110 students must take the placement test for reading and attain an appropriate score on the placement test. If students do not attain an appropriate reading score, students must take RDG-091 and attain a grade of “C” or higher in order to enroll in PHB-110.

Upon successful completion of placement testing for reading, students may secure a seat in one of the sections of PHB-110 by registering over the phone, online registration or by registering 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 consistent with entry level in the profession A comprehensive didactic framework for the blood collection procedures presented, preparing students to successfully challenge the phlebotomy certification exam of their choice.
  2. 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 7/1/11-6/30/12Graduates between 7/1/12-6/30/13Graduates between 7/1/13-6/30/14
Total number of Graduates11110296
Graduates who sat for the ASCP PBT Certification Exam within the 1st year of graduation667056
Graduates who passed the ASCP PBT Certification Exam within the 1st year of graduation636554
Yearly MVCC Program ASCP PBT Certification Exam PASS Rate95.45%92.86%96.43%
Three Year Average ASCP PBT Certification Exam PASS Rate94.79%
Information available through the MVCC IT Dept and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
MVCC Phlebotomy Program’s Graduation and Attrition Rates
Graduates between 7/1/12-6/30/13Graduates between 7/1/13-6/30/14Graduates between 7/1/14-6/30/15
Number of students who began the “final half” of the program106108111
Number of students who began the “final half” of the program but left the program before completion002
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 graduated10296100
Yearly Attrition Rate0%0%1.80%
Yearly Graduation Rate96.23%88.89%90.09%
Three Year Average Graduation Rate91.69%
Information available through the MVCC IT 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 graduation179*NA**
Number of Graduates who neither found employment in the field nor continued their education within one year of graduation65*NA**
Number of Graduates for which no information is available7982*NA**
Yearly Average Placement Rate for Graduate respondents73.90%64.3%*NA**
Two Year Average Placement Rate for Graduate respondents70.27%
* FY14 figures are as of 10/23/15. Surveys are still being received and data being collected.
** FY15 Graduates are not surveyed until one year after graduation
Information available through the MVCC Institutional Research and Analysis Dept.

Program FAQs

Questions? Contact the program coordinator Rita Kealy at (708) 974-5583 or kealyr@morainevalley.edu – or – contact the internship coordinator Colette Schrank at (708) 974-5389 or schrank@morainevalley.edu