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Purpose: The Career Studies Certificate is designed to prepare graduates who collect and process blood and other samples for medical laboratory analysis. Phlebotomists work in hospitals, medical clinics, commercial laboratories and in other settings where blood is collected from patients. The curriculum provides learning experiences in the classroom, laboratory, and at approved clinical affiliates.

Occupational Objectives: The fundamental aim of vocational education is to prepare individuals for employment. Quality training and experience are required to develop understanding, skills, abilities, work habits, attitudes, and appreciations necessary for workers to enter into employment as competent phlebotomists.

Advanced Standing for Practicing Phlebotomists: Persons who have been certified by a national agency as a phlebotomist or who have extensive experience in phlebotomy may seek advanced standing for Coordinated Practice in Phlebotomy.

Program Requirements: The Career Studies curriculum comprises 25 semester hours of the basics and essentials of phlebotomy, together with concurrent support courses in computer technology, medical terminology, anatomy & practical writing. A grade of "C" or better is required in each MDL course in order to receive the Career Studies certificate.

Course NumberCourse TitleLecture HoursLab HoursCourse Credits
First Semester
SDV 100College Success Skills101
MDL 105Phlebotomy233
BIO 145*Human Anatomy & Physiology for the Health Sciences334
ITE 101Intro to Microcomputers202
HLT 143Medical Terminology I303
Second Semester**
MDL 190***Coord. Prac. in Phlebotomy0153
MDL 198Seminar & Project in Phlebotomy303
ENG 101Practical Writing I303
HLT 144Medical Terminology II303

Total Minimum Credits for the Career Studies Certificate in Phlebotomy ... 25

*Students without a 'C' or better in high school biology will need BIO 20 prior to BIO145.
**Students are required to have a background check from the department of State Police by completion of the first semester. A drug screen is also required.
***Students must complete MDL 190 within one year of taking MDL 105.

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Degree: Career Studies Certificate
Program Code: 221-151-02
Program Length: 1 year – 2 Semesters
Minimum Credits: 25

– Program Degree Completion Plan

Program Advisor

Russell Hall