Phlebotomists are responsible for collecting blood, urine, and other samples, appropriately packaging them, and preparing them to be sent for off-site or on-site analysis as indicated by the requisition. Due to the nature of phlebotomists' jobs, an ability to read and follow careful directions is imperative in order to ensure the safety and accuracy of patients' specimen collection and test results. Data entry skills and basic knowledge of medical software are an added bonus as patient and specimen information must be inputted manually following proper protocol and procedure.
This course provides an introduction to the principles and practices of phlebotomy. Participants will learn terminology and procedures for infection control and safety while developing skills in specimen collection and equipment use.
The course does NOT grant national certification in phlebotomy. However, instruction is aligned with national standards and may fulfill partial requirements toward certification through the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
For national certification as a Phlebotomy Technician, PBT (ASCP), the ASCP Board of Certification specifies extensive requirements beyond the scope of the Phlebotomy course offered by MATC. Refer to the examination procedures listed HERE.