Drury GO Phlebotomy Technician PEP Program

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Take the first step to a rewarding career. Drury GO’s Professional Enrichment Programs are non-degree programs designed to provide you with practical training to gain employment in a variety of fields. Although these programs do not grant academic credit, they may qualify you to sit for credentialing exams in your chosen field.

Phlebotomists are vital members of clinical lab teams. The demand for phlebotomy technicians has increased substantially with the overall complexity of health care services and the risks of infectious disease. Industry experts predict a 25% increase in phlebotomy jobs by 2026.

  • Tuition prices include textbooks, the optional externship, and the certification exam fees.
  • Student tuition: $3,650
  • Course contact: 90 hours
  • Clinical externship: 40 hours
  • Coursework is completed 100% online within a 6-month completion window.

Program Details

This 80-hour course with an optional 40-hour externship prepares professionals to collect blood and other specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. This course covers the following key areas and topics:

  • Process and procedures for collecting blood specimens for laboratory analysis
  • All aspects of blood collection and related procedures
  • The order of draw
  • Universal precautions
  • Skills to perform venipunctures completely and safely
  • Terminology and related anatomy and physiology

Education and Certification

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED
  • Several state and national certification exams exist to test the competency of aspiring phlebotomy technicians
  • This program includes a 40 hour externship opportunity
  • Students must be 18 years or older in order to sit for certification exams or participate in externship

Course Topics

  • The history of phlebotomy and the health care setting
  • Quality assurance and legal issues
  • Infection control, safety, first aid and personal wellness
  • Universal precautions including safety protocols and infection control
  • Laboratory operations, e.g. safety, quality control
  • Blood banks and blood typing, lab departments and personnel
  • Medical terminology and laboratory theory
  • Human anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system
  • Specimen collection, processing and handling
  • Blood collection equipment, additives and order of draw Venipuncture specimen collection procedures
  • Capillary puncture equipment and procedures
  • Special collections and point-of-care testing
  • Arterial puncture procedures
  • Nonblood specimens and tests
  • Pediatric and geriatric blood collection
  • Blood and blood composition, blood tubes, coagulation, venipuncture protocols, etc.
  • Heel puncture, protocol, practice and syringe draws
  • Respiratory, pneumonia and TB isolation protocol
  • Laboratory skills and simulated or animated labs