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Effective Term:
Fall 2017 through Spring 2024

Course Number:
MA 120
Course Title:
Introduction to Clinical Phlebotomy
Credit Hours:
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Course Description

Introduces basic venipuncture and skin puncture techniques as well as proper specimen-handling procedures as dictated by the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute(CLSI). Covers the preparation and training to function as an internal member in the ambulatory clinical lab care setting.

Addendum to Course Description

  1. This course will be taken as part of first term for students officially accepted into the Medical Assisting program.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Use effective communication that represents competence and professionalism in the laboratory setting.
  2. Abide by HIPAA laws and their implications in the laboratory setting.
  3. Participate in bloodborne pathogens training.
  4. Select appropriate barrier/personal protective equipment (PPE) when performing blood collection. 
  5. Demonstrate proper disposal of biohazardous material.
  6. Demonstrate OHSA standard precaution safety techniques during specimen collection.
  7. Perform venipuncture procedure using evacuated tube system with multi-sample needle for blood specimen collection. 
  8. Implement proper technique when determining evacuated tube system order of draw during venipuncture procedure.


Outcome Assessment Strategies

1. Students will be given lecture quizzes and exams. There is also a scheduled final examination.
2. Laboratory Assessment – Students will be evaluated on an on-going basis for their skills in the blood collection techniques. A log of successful, unaided venipunctures must be kept. Individual procedures will be signed off by instructor after assessing proper technique.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Articulate and demonstrate the phlebotomist’s role in the overall healthcare delivery system.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of the governmental laws and guidelines regulating the laboratories, including quality assurance and safety.
  3. To perform the various blood collection techniques under the direction of qualified instructors, in a safe and timely manner.
  4. Demonstrate the use of various types of equipment, including syringes, needles, evacuated tubes, PPE, vacutainer supplies, anticoagulants and preservatives used in blood collection techniques.
  5. Demonstrate the role of the professional phlebotomist as a front-line representative of the clinical laboratory.
  6. Evaluate anatomical structures of the antecubital space and demonstrate understanding of reasoning behind venipuncture site selection. 
  7. Demonstrate the importance and understanding of appropriate personnel in the health care setting, patient interactions, and legal implications as they apply to the work environment.