Phlebotomy Program

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As a member of the health care delivery team, the phlebotomist generally works in a clinical laboratory under the supervision of a clinical laboratory technologist. The phlebotomist is primarily responsible for collecting blood specimens from patients/clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. The phlebotomy courses are designed to provide students with information about the health care delivery system; collection of materials and equipment; venipuncture and capillary puncture techniques; specimen transport and processing techniques; quality assurance and safety techniques; basic concepts of communications, and medical and legal implications of blood collection. Students will be required to complete 72 hours of classroom and 120 hours of clinical experience in a health care environment. Effective Fall 2007, a criminal background from a designated agent and/or a drug screen may be required to complete the internship course.

Accreditation/Approval Process

The phlebotomy program is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60618-5119, telephone (847) 939-3597.

Upon successful completion of this course, students are eligible to take the national certification examinations given by either the American Medical Technologist (AMT), National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) or the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP), Board of Registry.

Admission Process

  1. Submit an SSC Application form and forward all high school, as well as other college transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions.
  2. Submit the Phlebotomy Program Application to the Health Professions Office, room 4457, no later than June 1st for Fall Admission and no later than Nov. 1 for Spring Admission.
  3. Priority for admission will be given to applicants who meet the published deadline date. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the program.

Admission Criteria

Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” or better in BIO 115-Human Body Structure* or an equivalent human anatomy course. No student will be considered for admission to the Phlebotomy Program unless they have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 (A=4.00).

Be advised that Biology must be completed within the last 5 years to satisfy the program requirements.

Specific Admission Requirements

  1. To be eligible for PHB 102, PHB 101 must be completed with a grade of “C” or better while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  2. Students accepted for PHB 101 and PHB 102 must:
    1. All students must be certified in CPR for Health Care Providers and hold a current card throughout the entire program.
    2. Submit a completed health-physical form PROVIDED by South Suburban College that documents immunity for mumps, measles, varicella, diphtheria, tetanus, tuberculosis and hepatitis B (waiver.)
    3. Show proof of health insurance coverage.
  3. Due to the nature of the clinical rotations, most assignments are for the daytime shifts. Clinical rotation assignments are at the discretion of the program coordinator.
  4. Students are responsible for transportation to and from the clinical affiliate.
  5. A photocopy of the student’s current health care insurance must be submitted to each respective program coordinator in order to participate at any clinical education site. Failure to maintain comprehensive health care insurance will result in the student being immediately withdrawn from the clinical site and thereby receiving a failing grade in the clinical education class. Furthermore, the student will be financially responsible to pay all medical bills and co-payments as a result of injuries or health issues that arise from participation of clinical education programs.

South Suburban College Phlebotomy Program policy and procedures are covered in the Phlebotomy (PHB) Student Guide. Copies of the PHB Student Guide are accessible for all SSC students and Faculty in the office of Allied Health & Career in Room 4457.