- Phlebotomy Practices and Quality Essentials
- Ethical, Legal, and Regulatory Issues
- Basic Anatomy and Physiology
- Infection Control
- Laboratory Safety
- Specimen Handling and Processing
- Blood Collection Equipment
- Blood collection Procedures
- Complications Associated with Specimen Collection
- Special Collection Procedures
- Departments of the Laboratory
Students will also be required to successfully complete a clinical rotation of 100 hours within the Geisinger Medical Laboratories and perform a minimum of 100 successful unaided blood collections.
The doctoral staff, technical specialists, supervisors, as well as the school’s coordinator/instructor all contribute to the learning process to ensure a quality education for students. In addition, each department of the laboratory presents a topic on its area of expertise. Students will receive classroom instruction (didactic and classroom laboratory) by specialists in their field of study.
Upon completion of this program, the student will:
- Demonstrate an understanding of basic anatomy and physiology of body systems and medical terminology.
- Describe phlebotomy duties and practices
- Demonstrate knowledge of legal and ethical issues
- Demonstrate knowledge of lab safety and infection control
- Describe the organizational structure of a laboratory
- Demonstrate knowledge of specimen processing and handling
- Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of blood collection devices and equipment used in phlebotomy
- Perform proper techniques for both venipunctures and capillary draws
- Identify pre-analytical errors and factors that can affect specimen quality or have an impact on laboratory results
- Perform special collection procedures
- Demonstrate appropriate levels of interpersonal and communication skills, computer skills, documentation and professionalism
- Achieve goals for continuing education and professional competencies
- Perform quality control methods for point-of-care testing
- Describe today’s health care delivery system
The student must be able to perform under the following learning objective domains:
- Must be able to stand and/or walk for long periods of time.
- Must have the physical ability to manipulate small objects needed for specimen collection and sufficient fine motor skills.
- The ability to distinguish colors for blood collection practices.
- The ability to use/navigate computers and small electronic devices used for blood collection procedures.
- Perform blood collection procedures according to sound technical ability.
- Able to work effectively as a team member.
- Ability the interpret and apply oral and written procedures
- Maintain accurate records with regards to specimen collection.
- Good organizational skills.
- Be able to employ critical thinking skills in order to resolve problems.
- Use interpersonal skills for effective communication.
- Must maintain a positive work attitude with regards to coworkers, patients, and other members if the healthcare team.
- Must be able to read and write English effectively in order to perform job functions.
- Follow appropriate Geisinger Laboratory dress code.
- Maintain patient confidentiality at all times.
- Written exams: 30%
- Practical exams: 40%
- Final exam: 20%
- Professional skills: 10%