Phlebotomy

Phlebotomists are people trained to draw blood from a patient for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, donations, or research. Phlebotomists collect blood primarily by performing venipunctures. Anyone who chooses this field has to be comfortable with blood, needles, databases, test tubes and blood vials. You will draw blood, verify the patient’s or blood donor’s identity, label the blood and enter patient information into a database. You’ll assemble and maintain equipment as well to prevent infections or other complications.

Degrees and Certificates

Learn more about the Degrees and Certificates offered by this program by visiting the HCC Catalog.

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Additional Information

Overview

These courses provide skill development in the performance of a variety of blood collection methods on adults, children, and infants using proper techniques and standard precautions. Emphasis is on patient identification, infection control and specimen handling. Topics include professionalism, ethics, medical terminology and basic anatomy and physiology relating to blood analysis.

Students are trained to perform a variety of blood collection methods, with an emphasis on safety, quality assurance, patient identification and specimen handling. Following the lecture/student lab class, students will be placed in a clinical setting to further develop the skill of venipuncture on actual patients.The Phlebotomy Technician Certificate is designed to prepare students to take a national certification exam.

 

What are the prerequisites?

  • Academic credential (high school diploma, GED or college transcript)
  • Hepatitis B vaccine series or blood titer confirming immunity
  • MMR vaccines or blood titers confirming immunity
  • Tdap vaccine
  • Varicella vaccines or blood titer confirming immunity
  • Background Check by PreCheck
  • Information Session and signed Statement of Understanding
  • CE Enrollment Form

 

Additional Requirements:

  • including scrubs
  • TB skin test
  • CPR for Healthcare
  • drug screen through LabCorp

 

Phlebotomy Information Sheet

Admission requirements?

High school diploma, college transcript or GED:  high school transcript must be evaluated if applicant did not graduate in the United Statesunless applicant has a degree, either foreign or domestic.  If foreign applicant does not have a degree, a general evaluation to show U.S. high school equivalency is requiredSDR is one company that provides this service: http://sdreducational.org

**Addendum: Foreign students placed into clinical at M.D. Anderson must have an evaluated transcript regardless if a foreign degree was obtained.  

The Hepatitis B vaccines (series), Tdap, MMR, and varicella immunizations, and the Criminal Background Check, by PreCheck must be submitted prior to enrollment.  No felonies accepted for clinical placement. pre-approved prior to entry into the program.

 

Other requirements? 

  • High level of manual dexterity, good visual acuity and adequate hearing; 
  • Suitable physical and emotional health to adequately work with patients in collecting blood specimens 

 

 

What is a Patient Care Technician?

  • The Patient Care Technician, also known as a PCT, level 3, is a nationally recognized name for a Certified Nurse Aide with Phlebotomy and EKG training. The healthcare career ladder is structured so that there may be a salary increase for each skill added to the basic certified nurse aid training. 
  • The PCT certificate is offered for HCC students who complete the Certified Nurse Aide, Phlebotomy, and ECG Lab 1 (12-Lead Fundamentals) programs/classes. 

Patient Care Technician Curriculum- 

NURA 1001 Certified Nurse Aide, 108 hours 
Current CNA licensure accepted in lieu of NURA 1001 
PLAB 1023 Phlebotomy, 96 hours
PLAB 1060 Phlebotomy Clinical, 120 hours
ECRD 1072 ECG 12-Lead Fundamentals, 32 hours 

Please attend a Patient Care Technician Info Session to learn how to apply to this program and determine if funding is available. 

 

Is there Financial Aid available?

Funding may be available through multiple resources, including TPEG and Workforce Solutions. 

Please see the Information Session Packet for potential funding sources.

 

Are there payment plans available?

  • Online Payment Plans available.  Nonrefundable service fee is $30. 
  • Pay 50% at registration; pay remaining before end of class. 
  • Payment of tuition or initiation of payment plan must be completed prior to first day of class. 

 

How do I register?

Registration for classes is available following submission of the required documents to Angie Moreno or Jazmin Avellaneda.

Angie Moreno,
(713)718-7031
angelica.moreno@hccs.edu or

Jazmin Avellaneda,
(713)718-7001 
jazmin.avellaneda@hccs.edu

 

What is the attendance policy?

  • Perfect attendance is recommended. 
  • 80% attendance is required, with all assignments, exams, and lab competencies completed. 
  • Students are allowed (2) two absences during the clinical portion, which must be made up. 

 

Campus locations for classes?

  • Southeast College - 6815 Rustic, 77087   (45 & Woodridge)                                            
  • Brays Oaks Campus – 8855 West Bellfort, 77031 

 

Accommodation requests?

Students with disabilities may arrange reasonable accommodations by contacting the Disability Services Office at the respective college. 

  • Southeast college (for Eastside): 713.718.7218 
  • Northwest college (for Alief Bissonnet): 713.718.5604  
  • Southwest college (for Brays Oaks): 713-718-7909 

 

Clinical requirements?

The following include requirements that must be submitted prior to enrollment or by the due date given by the clinical instructor.  

Students who have not submitted all required documents by the requested date will be required to repeat a lecture and/or lab class for clinical eligibility. 

 

  • Criminal Background Check for students through Precheck, approximately $60.  www.precheck.com.   No felonies accepted for clinical placement in phlebotomy, telemetry, or EKG. All applicants with misdemeanors must be pre-approved prior to entry into the programs. There is no guarantee of clinical placement. 
  • Drug Screen through Lab Corp, $35 

 

Students must use the form provided by the instructor. 

  • CPR:  BLS - Basic Life Support level required for healthcare workers ~$40-$65 
  • Photocopy of Student ID Submit during the first month of class. 
  • Uniform scrubs must be worn during labs and clinical  
  • Current immunizations (see below) 

 

What are the required immunizations?

Required Immunizations for Clinical: 

Hepatitis B  Proof of either: 
  • A complete three-injection series of Hepatitis B vaccinations OR a two-dose of HEPLISAV-B series 
  • positive serum titer to hepatitis B surface antibody 

    *Note: The Hepatitis B injection series is a 6-month process. There must be a minimum of 1 month between the 1st and 2nd vaccine, and a minimum of 6 months between the 1st and 3rd immunization.

The “fast track/accelerated schedule” vaccine is not accepted, without proof of immunity, by a positive blood titer, unless all 4 vaccines were completed according to the protocol which includes a 12-month period.   

  • HEPLISAV-B series is a two dose vaccine series given one month apart and may be more costly.

Tdap is required.  (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis) The vaccine is good for, (expires in), 10 years.

MMR (Mumps, Measles, Rubella) 

  • Two doses given at least 1-month apart OR 
  • Immunity confirmation blood titers to each one of the three diseases
Varicella (Chicken Pox) Proof of either: 
  • Documentation of two varicella immunizations, OR 
  • Serum titer confirming immunity 

    Note: The varicella injection series is a four-week process. Clinical sites do not accept proof of history of varicella, but require vaccinations or a positive serum titer.
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Proof of either: 
  • A negative PPD skin test, or 
  • A clear chest x-ray if skin test is positive.  

    *Note: Test is good for 12 months and must not expire during clinical.

 

Some sites require that the TB skin test be administered within a few months of clinical application. Also, some sites will not accept a clear chest Xray unless a positive TB skin test precedes it.

Note:  ALL BLOOD TITERS MUST INCLUDE THE LAB REPORT WITH REFERENCE RANGES FOR EACH TEST.

 

Additional clinical information?

  • Clinical placement is dependent upon site availability.  
  • Clinical is typically M-F, daytime hours only.   
  • Clinicals are 120 hours, full time. This equals three consecutive weeks of 40 hours per week. Part time clinicals are not available. 
  • Weekend clinical placement is not available.  
  • Students do not choose their clinical sites, and are placed according to several criteria. Some sites require a $20 application fee, and some require students pay for parking.

 

Successful completion of curriculum?

Successful students have or observe the following: 

  • Strong critical reading skills: college level reading is advised. 
  • Excellent Attendance: attend more than 80% of class hours 
  • Spend time outside of class studying and completing assignments: For every hour in class, a successful student will spend 2 hours outside of class. This can be 5 – 20 hours in addition to the hours in class. 
  • High compliance to classroom/clinical requirements
  • No fragrances in class, labs or clinical; 
  • Wear scrubs for lab and clinical
  • Use only one electronic device with camera and microphone for virtual lectures; no recording or duplication of virtual lectures; 
  • Cell phones are off or on vibrate for lab and clinical
  • No food/drink in classroom/lab except bottled water
  • Professionalism associated with healthcare required: including attitude and behavior; 
  • No artificial nails or polish: maximum length of nails is 1/8 inch; 
  • No hats or caps in classroom, lab or clinical; 
  • Limited jewelry: wristwatch with second hand, one hand ring, and one set of earrings.  Facial piercings must not have visible ornamentation; 
  • Fully participate in all lab and class activities. Phlebotomy students perform multiple venipunctures and dermal punctures on each other, each lab, and throughout the course. EKG lab students perform multiple EKGs on each other. Female students will wear a bikini top undergarment and disposable paper cape. 
  • Submit all required clinical documents by the due date given by the clinical instructor. 
  • Complete all payments at time of enrollment or by payment plan due date.

 

 

How do I order books online from HCC bookstore?

  • Click on “Current Students” 
  • Click on “HCC Bookstore” 
  • Click on “Shop Now. Search by course.” 
  • Follow the steps listed. (You need to know your courses and CRN numbers to fill out the request form.) 

Books may be purchased from the HCC bookstore, Barnes & Noble (www.barnesandnoble.com), textbook publisher or other alternate online sources. One source is www.bookfinder4u.com. Books are also available from the publishers, sometimes with discounts for students.  

Please see the Information Session Packet for potential book sources. Packet may be obtained by Angie Moreno, angelica.moreno@hccs.edu, or Jazmin Avellaneda, jazmin.avellaneda@hccs.edu

 

Sources of local vaccines?

County health departments offer adult vaccines.  You may request low or no cost vaccines. Be sure to go to the clinic in the county in which you live. Call for an appointment prior to going.

Harris County:  http://www.hcphes.org/dccp/clinical.htm

Harris County Antoine Health Clinic:
5815 Antoine, Suite A, Houston, 77091     713- 602-3300

Harris County Baytown Health Clinic:
1000 Lee Drive, Baytown, 77520               281-427-5195

Harris County Humble Health Clinic:
1730 Humble Place Drive, Humble  77338  281- 446-4222

Harris County LaPorte Health Clinic:
1009 South Broadway, LaPorte,  77571    281- 471-4202

Harris County Southeast Health Clinic: 
3737 Red Bluff Road, Pasadena, 77503     713- 740-5000

Sunnyside Health Clinic: 
4605 Wilmington, Houston, 77051  832-393-5428 

Fort Bend County Health Department Clinics

http://www.co.fort-bend.tx.us

Fort Bend County  EAST END ANNEX:
303 F.M. 2234, #202
Missouri City, 77459                          281-403-8041

Fort Bend County CLINICAL HEALTH SERVICES
4520 Reading Road, Suite “A”
Rosenberg, 77471                             281-342-6414

 

Are there any low cost blood testing (Titers) for immunity confirmation & vaccines?

  • Pasadena Health Center: 908 Southmore, 77502
    713.554.1091
  • Legacy Community Health Service: 5602 Lyons, Ste. 1
    713.671.3041
  • Central Care Community Health Center at MLK
    8610 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 77033
    713.734.0199
  • Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services
    2223 West Loop South, 77027 713.439.6000

**Sunnyside Clinic – possibly free vaccines and TB skin test with proof that you are an HCC student.

 

Information Sessions

Please request an Information Session packet from CE Health Staff. All requirements for programs are detailed in the packet. Packet may be obtained by Angie Moreno, angelica.moreno@hccs.edu, or
Jazmin Avellaneda, jazmin.avellaneda@hccs.edu 

 

Texas Education Association (TEA) Industry Based Certification Resource

NameTEA Resource Link Third-Party Certification AgencyThird-Party Certification Agency Website

Registered Phlebotomy Technician (RPT)

https://tea.texas.gov/
sites/default/files/
Phelbotomy%20
Techician%20final%201.pdf

(AMT) American Medical Technologists

https://www.americanmedtech.org

 

NameTEA Resource Link Third-Party Certification AgencyThird-Party Certification Agency Website

National Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NCPT)

https://tea.texas.gov/
sites/default/files/
Phelbotomy%20
Techician%20final%201.pdf

(NCCT) National Center for Competency Testing

https://www.ncctinc.com

 

NameTEA Resource Link Third-Party Certification AgencyThird-Party Certification Agency Website

Phlebotomy Technician Certification (CPT)

https://tea.texas.gov/
sites/default/files/
Phelbotomy%20
Techician%20final%201.pdf

(NHA) National Healthcareer Association

https://acacert.com

 

NameTEA Resource Link Third-Party Certification AgencyThird-Party Certification Agency Website

Phlebotomy Technician (PBT)

https://tea.texas.gov/
sites/default/files/
Phelbotomy%20
Techician%20final%201.pdf

ASCP (American Society for Clinical Pathology)

https://www.ascp.org

 

NameTEA Resource Link Third-Party Certification AgencyThird-Party Certification Agency Website

Registered Phlebotomy Technician (RPT)

https://tea.texas.gov/
sites/default/files/
Phelbotomy%20
Techician%20final%201.pdf

(NHA) National Healthcareer Association

https://www.nhanow.com

 

NameTEA Resource Link Third-Party Certification AgencyThird-Party Certification Agency Website

Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)

https://tea.texas.gov/
sites/default/files/
Phelbotomy%20
Techician%20final%201.pdf

(AMT) American Medical Technologists

https://www.americanmedtech.org

 

NameTEA Resource Link Third-Party Certification AgencyThird-Party Certification Agency Website

National Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NCPT

https://tea.texas.gov/
sites/default/files/
Phelbotomy%20
Techician%20final%201.pdf

(NCCT) National Center for Competency Testing

https://www.ncctinc.com

 

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