Phlebotomy Technician

Prepare yourself for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in healthcare.

Doctors rely on bloodwork to provide the best possible patient care. And it all starts with a trained phlebotomist who can make patients feel comfortable while specimens are drawn for laboratory analysis. Through this 90-hour course you'll learn essentials related to blood collection and develop comprehensive skills to perform safe and effective venipunctures. Upon successful completion of this course you will have the option to take the National Healthcare Association certification exam. See the Employment and Education section below for more details.

Employment Outlook

Phlebotomists draw blood from patients for testing purposes. They usually work under the supervision of medical technologists or laboratory managers. Phlebotomists are employed throughout the health care system - hospitals, neighborhood health centers, medical group practices, HMOs, public health facilities, veteran hospitals, insurance carriers and in other health care settings. The demand for phlebotomy technicians has increased substantially with the overall complexity of health care services and the risks of infectious disease. The occupational outlook handbook states that employment of phlebotomists is expected to grow 27 percent from 2012 to 2022. 

Upon successful completion of the Phlebotomy Technician program, you will be eligible to take the NHA (National Healthcare Association) exam. The test will be proctored by your classroom instructor if you register to take it. Registration fee and the exam process will be discussed during your course work. 

Heartland Community College does not guarantee employment upon completion of instructional programs. Students are responsible for researching relevant employment opportunities prior to registration. No refunds will be provided if a student fails to complete a course, does not pass a certification exam, or is unsuccessful at obtaining employment.

Prerequisites

People interested in becoming phlebotomists should have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

Non-native English speakers

We want non-native English speaking students to be successful in our work ready programs. That is why you must score at the advanced level in reading, writing, speaking and listening on Adult Education’s assessments before enrolling. If your score falls below that requirement, we encourage you to enroll in Heartland’s free ESL classes as a first step. 

Detailed Course Information

The 90 hour Phlebotomy Technician Program prepares professionals to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Students will become familiar with all aspects related to blood collection and develop comprehensive skills to perform venipunctures completely and safely. The program also includes lab exercises, work with a training arm, and other exercises intended to prepare students to function as an entry level phlebotomy technician.

NOTE: This 90 hour program does not include the arranging of a free clinical rotation on behalf of students. Although not required to work as a phlebotomy technician, students that wish to pursue a clinical rotation should contact local health care organizations to arrange their personal clinical schedule.

  • Anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system medical terminology and laboratory theory
  • Laboratory law, ethics and regulatory issues
  • Specimen documentation and transportation
  • Non-blood specimen collection
  • Pediatric and geriatric blood collection
  • Quality, competency and performance assessment
  • Phlebotomy theory/simulated lab
  • Arterial, intravenous (IV) and special collections procedures
  • Specimen collection, processing and handling
  • Laboratory operations (e.g. safety, quality control)
  • Cells, lab safety, anatomy of the arm, using a tourniquet
  • Blood collection systems, review of medical asepsis and hand washing
  • Blood and blood composition, blood tubes, coagulation, venipuncture protocols, working with a training arm
  • Anatomy of hand, leg and foot – arteries and veins
  • Heel puncture, protocol, practice and syringe draws
  • Blood banks and blood typing, lab departments and personnel
  • Universal precautions – safety protocols, infection control
  • Respiratory, pneumonia and TB isolation protocol, live venipunctures and skin punctures, syringe practice
  • CBC/DIFF, hematological lab tests, disease and disorders, order of draw
  • Training arm practice and other clinical lab exercises

Register for Phlebotomy Technician

The next class is at the Lincoln, IL campus.  Call (309) 268-8160 for details. 

Start date is 6/19/2018  Register by 6/12.

Future classes at the Normal, IL campus anticipated start dates:

  • Fall of 2018
  • Spring, 2019

Payment Options 

We offer an installment payment plan and student loans are available through SallieMae.

Call us at 309-268-8160 for more information.

 Health Care Career Training Refund Policy

Employment Statement for Job Training Programs

Heartland Community College does not guarantee employment upon completion of instructional programs. Students are responsible for researching relevant employment opportunities prior to registration. No refunds will be provided if a student fails to complete a course, does not pass a certification exam, or is unsuccessful at obtaining employment.

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Continuing Education
Heartland Community College
Workforce Development Center, Suite 2400
1500 West Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-268-8160
TDD: 309-268-8030
Fax: 309-268-7882
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