Phlebotomists work in medical facilities (such as hospitals and outpatient labs) and are responsible for drawing blood for tests, research, transfusion, or blood donation. They also may collect or process other specimens as well as perform administrative tasks. The phlebotomist program combines classroom learning and lab skills practice so students learn how to draw blood safely and efficiently.
Successful phlebotomy students will need to be computer literate and have regularly access to the internet. They will also need to dedicate time outside of the classroom to study and complete assignments. See technical standard for additional skills needed. Successful phlebotomists can draw blood safely and efficiently from a variety of patients and are detail-oriented, dependable, and empathetic.
Employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 10 percent from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations. Learn more about phlebotomists’ career outlook at the US Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:
- perform entry-level phlebotomy work that demonstrates ethical behavior, critical thinking, and problem solving skills;
- prepare for certification and professional mobility consistent with recognized standards of medical and professional ethics; and
- foster a commitment to life-long learning.
Health Professions Pathway. Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs. Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study. You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals.
Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Certificate and have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). Students will be prepared to take the national certification exam to become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT).
Certifying Organization: National Healthcareer Association
Certification exam cost: $125
Financial Aid and Payment Options
We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition, the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.
Length of Training
Four months (approximately)
Courses are offered at CCBC Essex, CCBC Hunt Valley, and CCBC Randallstown.
Prospective students are required to attend an orientation session prior to registration. Contact Claire Loeblein at email@example.com or 443-840-1389 for information on upcoming orientation sessions.
Students must be computer literate and have reliable Internet access.
Students must consent to having blood drawn by their classmates during training.
Students must submit the following paperwork via CastleBranch by the second session of Phlebotomy (AHE 126). Details regarding this paperwork will be presented at the mandatory orientation:
- Negative PPD (six months) or negative chest x-ray less than one year old
- Positive titer or proof of vaccination/immunity for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella
- Current flu vaccine
- Hepatitis B vaccination or declination form
- Tetanus shot (less than ten years)
- Copy of health insurance card
- Proof of current American Heart Association BLS Provider certification
- COVID-19 vaccine or approved waiver
Clinical eligibility is, in part, dependent upon a criminal background check and random urine drug testing completed through CastleBranch, CCBC’s only approved vendor. The cost of the test and background check is the responsibility of the student. Clinical is necessary to meet the eligibility requirements to sit for the national certification examination.
This program is eligible for Baltimore County Public Schools Blueprint funding.
Prior Learning Assessment
This program has potential options for waiving select courses based on previous coursework or articulated coursework form an approved curriculum, or successful completion of a CCBC placement or challenge exam. A maximum of 37 hours may be earned from prior learning.
To apply, go to www.ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application. Then, email CEHealth@ccbcmd.edu for information about upcoming course options.
Provisional Entry – Prospective students are required to attend an orientation session prior to registration.
Program Course Sequence
AHE805 REQUIRES 100% attendance. Students arriving late to class will not be admitted. Late arrival to, or early exit from, class will also result in a failing grade and no refund. Students will then be required to retake the class at their expense.
(approximate cost; subject to change)
Medical Terminology for Health Occupations
Medical Terminology Online
Programmed Learning Approach to Medical Terminology, 3rd Edition
Author: Judi Nath
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
Price is approximately $87.95
CPR for Health Care Providers
|Included in course cost and provided during class.
Phlebotomy Essentials, Enhanced 7th Edition, Author: Ruth McCall, Publisher Jones & Bartlett Learning ISBN 9781496387073
Price is approximately $90.95
Venipuncture and Specimen Collection Clinical
Program Series Totals:
All courses must be finished for successful program completion
Medical Terminology AHE 534 can be substituted with OFAD/MDAS 141, or ALHL 115, or AHL 717, or AHE 124.
CPR for Healthcare Providers (AHE 805) can be substituted with current AHA BLS Provider certification (must be completed within the last year).
Other course substitutions must be approved by the program coordinator.
Students are responsible for screenings, medical testing, scrubs, and miscellaneous supplies that cost approximately $250.
Skills for Success:
See Technical Standards at the end of this document.
Entry-level position as a certified phlebotomy technician in a hospital or clinical laboratory, doctor’s office, or outpatient healthcare setting.
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Technical Standards for CCBC’s Phlebotomy Training Series
The primary goal of The Community College of Baltimore County’s Phlebotomy Training program is to adequately prepare students for an entry-level position as a certified phlebotomy technician in a hospital/clinical laboratory, doctor’s offices, or out-patient healthcare settings.
The duties of a phlebotomist require the ability to safely draw blood and other specimens from patients in medical settings in a proper, safe, reliable, consistent, and skillful manner using various techniques and devices. They need to be able to perform a variety of blood collection methods and procedures using proper techniques and precautions including: vacuum collection devices, capillary skin puncture, butterfly needles, and blood culture specimen collection. The phlebotomist must place emphasis on safety precautions, infection prevention/control, proper patient identification, proper labeling of specimens, and quality assurance. Their duties also require them to be detail-oriented, accurate, precise and focused, and flexible physically, mentally, and emotionally.
The following is a partial list of the types of skills usually required for adequate job performance:
A. Sufficient strength and mobility to:
- Move freely in the office and support/move patients
- Ability to maneuver in the laboratory, around instruments, in confined spaces, and in patient rooms
- Move freely and quickly from place to place
- Support and transfer patients safely from bed to stretcher, bed to wheelchair, and modify patient position in bed or on radiographic table.
- Lift and/or carry 50 lbs. to waist level unassisted
- Move objects in excess of 100 lbs. without restriction
- Ability to work while remaining in a standing position for long periods of time
- Reach above shoulder height to manipulate equipment
- Reach below waist level to manipulate equipment
- Perform duties that require good hand/eye/foot coordination
- Perform repetitive tasks
B. Fine motor coordination sufficient to perform precise and delicate tasks:
- Keen sense of touch
- Steady arm and hand movements while manipulating objects or assisting others
- Operate and manipulate instruments and equipment such as, but not limited to, pipettes, microscopes, centrifuges, and blood glucose monitors
- Ability to manipulate small objects with fingertips or control adaptive devices
- Identify venipuncture sites by palpation
- Detect changes in skin/tissue temperature and integrity
- Interpret tactile sensations such as texture, mobility, firmness, strength, and temperature
C. Adequate vision to:
- Observe, monitor, and/or assess patient
- Read fine print on monitors, devices, and gauges
- Read written instructions
- Acquire information from documents such as charts, radiographs, computer images, and other modes of delivery
- Differentiate colors
- See and differentiate between varieties of visual equipment alarms
D. Sufficient hearing to:
- Assess/monitor patients
- Follow verbal instructions
- Use a stethoscope to hear blood pressure and heart sounds
- Detect and differentiate between sounds of normal conversation
- Hear sounds of a variety of equipment alarms
Interpersonal and Professional Skills:
- Have the ability to:
- Interact in a professional manner with many personalities and attitudes and with people from many different backgrounds
- Respect and protect patient rights and confidentiality without regard to personal beliefs and judgments
- Remain calm and perform as trained during stressful situations
- Display flexibility and adapt to changing environments
- Demonstrate compassion, integrity, and concern for others
- Recognize emergencies and be able to take appropriate action
- Accept constructive criticism and respond appropriately by modifying behavior
- Tolerate physically taxing workloads and function effectively under stress
B. Sufficient communication skills to:
- Give and receive accurate written and verbal instructions in English
- Use correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling
- Read and comprehend written material in English at a minimum of the 9th grade level
- Observe and interpret non-verbal communication
- Chart/write in medical records and record client data
- Perceive pertinent detail in verbal or tabular material
Intellectual Ability and Emotional Stability To:
- Learn, measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate, synthesize, and use data/information
- Interpret, problem solve, and demonstrate critical thinking
- Comprehend three-dimensional and spatial relationships
- Respond to emergencies by processing information consistently, accurately, and quickly
- Possess the ability to self-evaluate
- Interpret instructions furnished in oral, written, diagrammatic, or schedule form
- Carry out detailed written or oral instructions
- Analyze, compile, copy, and compare data standards for Phlebotomy Technicians.
- Perform complex tasks
- Work indoors around moving machinery
- Work in confined spaces
- Wear appropriate safety equipment, such as gowns, caps, masks, gloves, lead aprons, and eye protection
- Work in environment that may include exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals, blood and other body fluids, noise, and radiation
- Able to tolerate unpleasant odors related to human waste, secretions, infections, etc.