What is Phlebotomy?
Most areas of medicine rely on diagnostic testing often on blood. Phlebotomists collect the blood necessary for testing; allowing the physician and health care provider to make informed decisions. Skilled phlebotomists can find hidden veins, introduce a needle into a vein, and extract blood with little or no discomfort to the patient.
Successful graduates of our Phlebotomy Program gain essential skill and education in phlebotomy that will enable future phlebotomists to effectively communicate and interact personally and professionally in a health care setting. To date the Phlebotomy Program at APLMED academy has graduated more than 150 students.
Since the phlebotomist is considered a part of the laboratory team, they must be trained in all aspects of specimen collection and processing. Our program includes safe and efficient work practices that teach students to:
- Obtain specimens
- Collect blood by venipuncture or capillary
- Handle specimens
- Proper labeling, sorting and preparation for testing
- Communication skills
- Emergency procedure
As students learn with hands-on training by a certified and working phlebotomist instructor they will also take part in an unpaid externship to gain “real-life” experience before entering job opportunities. Upon a successful completion of the Phlebotomy Program at APLMED Academy and complete externship, graduates earn a Certificate in Phlebotomy.
APLMED Academy maintains a maximum capacity per Phlebotomy class as eight students, with three groups starting simultaneously. Former students of this program praise it for the intimate classroom interactions and teaching methods.
Phlebotomy Certificate Requirements
Upon completion of our program, successful students will have demonstrated the ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the following ways:
- Use technology effectively to successfully accomplish necessary tasks.
- Utilize appropriate personal protective devices and technique to operate safely in a health care environment.
- Demonstrate understanding of legal and ethical issues related to phlebotomy.
- Use effective verbal, listening and written communication skills to interact personally and professionally in a health care setting.
- Apply proper phlebotomy technique to successfully collect, handled and process a minimum of 50 blood samples/specimens, including venipuncture and capillary puncture