Course Overview

This course was developed to train students to become certified phlebotomists. Students will be taught basic courses in anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and clinical laboratory procedures. They will learn competency skills for both capillary and venous laboratory procedures. The Phlebotomy course is 10 weeks total and consists of 92 hours of lecture, 28.5 hours of lab, and 40 hours of clinical externship. They will then be eligible to register for certification through the National Health Career Association (NHA).

Semester 1 (3weeks)

BIOL 1000 – Anatomy & Physiology I                         Lecture 12 hrs Lab 0 hrs

Introduction to the human body and how it works to maintain equilibrium.

MEDS 1003 – Medical Terminology I                           Lecture 12 hrs Lab 0 hrs

Introduction to medical language and terms related to the human body.

LAB 2000 – Clinical Laboratory I                                Lecture 12 hrs Lab 0 hrs

Introduction to the clinical procedures and languages used in the laboratory. Basic laboratory practices and testing will be studied.


Semester 2 (3 weeks)

BIOL 1001 –  Anatomy & Physiology II                        Lecture 12 hrs Lab 0 hrs

Students will continue to learn about body functioning, the process of disease, and basic laboratory studies.


MEDS 1004 – Medical Terminology II                         Lecture 12 hrs Lab 0 hrs

Students will learn additional medical terms with specific references to the disease process.


LAB 2001 – Clinical Laboratory II                               Lecture 12 hrs Lab 12 hrs

Students will learn the protocol for additional laboratory tests and procedures. Students will continue capillary and venous blood draws. Sticks will be practiced during lab hours. NHA requires 30 venous sticks and 10 capillary sticks to meet criteria for certification.


Semester 3 (4 weeks)

NHA Review 4000 – NHA Exam                                   Lecture 20 hours Lab 0 hrs

Students will review for the NHA phlebotomy certification exam.


Externship 3000 –  Clinical Externship                           Lecture 0 and Lab 40 hours

Students will participate in on-hands laboratory practice in local facilities. Students will earn additional sticks towards the number required during their 2 week externship.