Program Overview

The Phlebotomy Program is designed to train individuals to collect blood for laboratory analysis necessary for the diagnosis and care of the patient. This one-semester program trains the phlebotomist to perform venipuncture, capillary puncture, and CPR.

This evening course is ideal for health professionals seeking to expand their current skills, for currently employed phlebotomists seeking certification, or for those interested in a profession in laboratory medicine. Other topics covered include medical terminology, laboratory safety, basic anatomy and physiology, quality assurance methods, and medicolegal issues of phlebotomy.

The clinical practicum, consisting of 100 hours of supervised clinical experience, is provided at regional medical affiliates, allowing participants to achieve proficiency in the health-care setting. Students must complete a minimum number of successful unaided collections before course completion. The practicum is not required for students who have been employed as phlebotomists for at least six months within the past five years, as documented by letter from their employer.

Affiliated health care organizations are Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, Greenwood Leflore Hospital in Greenwood, University of MS Medical Center Grenada in Grenada and Merit Health Northwest Mississippi in Clarksdale. Clinical assignments are at the discretion of the college.

A certificate of completion will be awarded to those who satisfactorily complete the phlebotomy curriculum. Upon completion, students take a national examination to become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician.