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Medical & Healthcare Programs ►Phlebotomy Technician Certificate Program with Clinical Externship


Program includes National Certification & an Externship Opportunity



The Phlebotomy Technician Profession

The phlebotomist is a vital member of the clinical laboratory team, whose main function is to obtain patient’s blood specimens by venipuncture and micro-collection for testing purposes. Phlebotomists are employed throughout the healthcare system including in hospitals, neighborhood health centers, medical group practices, HMO’s, public health facilities, veteran hospitals, insurance carriers, and in other healthcare settings. The demand for phlebotomy technicians has increased substantially with the overall complexity of healthcare services and the risks of infectious disease. Current healthcare industry experts predict a 15% increase in phlebotomy jobs by 2018.


The Phlebotomy Technician Program

The Phlebotomy Technician Program prepares students to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Students will become familiar with all aspects of blood collection and will review the skills needed to perform venipunctures safely. Also includes terminology, blood collection procedures, order of draw and other engaging topics. Program also includes an optional clinical externship at a local healthcare provider! This course covers the following key areas and topics:

  • Process and procedures for collecting blood specimens for laboratory analysis
  • All aspects of blood collection and related procedures
  • The order of draw and Universal precautions
  • Skills to perform venipunctures completely and safely
  • Terminology and related anatomy and physiology

Phlebotomy Technician Detailed Course Information:

  • The history of Phlebotomy and the roles and responsibilities of a Phlebotomy Technician
  • Laboratory operations (e.g. safety, quality control,), quality assurance , laboratory law, ethics and regulatory issues
  • Anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system and anatomy of the hand, leg & foot – including arteries and veins
  • Universal precautions – safety protocols, infection control and medical asepsis
  • Specimen collection, processing, handling, documentation and transportation
  • Venipuntcures and skin puncture practice, syringe practice, heel puncture, protocol, syringe draws, etc

Lesson Checklist

Each lesson has a prescribed, detailed checklist of activities for successful completion of the lesson. This includes lesson objectives, readings, and recommended assignments. Although assignments are optional, the instructor will grade and provide feedback on submitted assignments.

Course Materials

  • Phlebotomy Handbook: Blood Specimen Collection From Basic to Advanced, 8e,
  • Phlebotomy Technician Program Student Workbook, Custom Edition

Module/Lesson Structure

The Phlebotomy Technician program is divided into four main content modules. Each module contains one or more lesson presentations to view. These lesson presentations are the “lectures” which, along with the textbook readings and resources, will help you learn the material. The lesson presentations aim to address a variety of learning styles and preferences using text, audio, video, etc. Each lesson contains at least one Check Your Understanding interactive self-assessment that will help you gauge your comprehension of that lesson’s content.  Many lessons include supplemental resources such as games, animations, videos, and
interactive activities. Using these additional materials will deepen your understanding of the content.   Each module has a Module test (the last Module concludes with a Final Exam for all students).

Module 1 – Overview and Safety in Phlebotomy Procedures

  • Lesson 1 – Phlebotomy Practice and Quality Management
    • Reading Assignment: Chapter 1 (pp. 1-38)
  • Lesson 2 – Communication, Computerization, and Documentation
    • Reading Assignment: Chapter 2 (pp. 39-80)
  • Lesson 3 – Professional Ethics, Legal, and Regulatory Issues
    • Reading Assignment: Chapter 3 (pp. 81-100)
  • Lesson 4 – Infection Control
    • Reading Assignment: Chapter 4 (pp. 101-137)
  • Lesson 5 – Safety and First Aid
    • Reading Assignment: Chapter 5 (pp. 138-157)

Module 2 – Overview of Medical Terminology, Anatomy, and Physiology

  • Lesson 6 – Medical Terminology, Anatomy, and Physiology of Organ Systems
    • Reading Assignment: Chapter 6 (pp. 158-173)
  • Lesson 7 – Anatomy and Physiology of Organ Systems
    • Reading Assignment: Chapter 6 (pp. 173-206)
  • Lesson 8 – The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems
    • Reading Assignment: Chapter 7 (pp. 207-248)

Module 3 – Phlebotomy Specimen Collection Procedures

  • Lesson 9 – Blood Collection Equipment
    • Reading Assignment: Chapter 8 (pp. 249-280)
  • Lesson 10 – Preanalytical Complications Causing Medical Errors in Blood Collection
    • Reading Assignment: Chapter 9 (pp. 281-300)
  • Lesson 11 – Venipuncture Procedures
    • Reading Assignment: Chapter 10 (pp. 301-362)
  • Lesson 12 – Capillary Blood Specimens
    • Reading Assignment: Chapter 11 (pp. 363-382)
  • Lesson 13 – Specimen Handling, Transportation, and Processing
    • Reading Assignment: Chapter 12 (pp. 383-404)

Module 4 – Point-of-Care Testing and Special Procedures

  • Lesson 14 – Pediatric and Geriatric Procedures
    • Reading Assignment: Chapter 13 (pp. 405-443)
  • Lesson 15 – Point-of-Care Collections
    • Reading Assignment: Chapter 14 (pp. 444-464)
  • Lesson 16 – Arterial, Intravenous (IV), and Special Collection Procedures
    • Reading Assignment: Chapter 15 (pp. 465-499)
  • Lesson 17 – Urinalysis, Body Fluids, and Other Specimens
    • Reading Assignment: Chapter 16 (pp. 500-522)
  • Lesson 18 – Drug Use, Forensic Toxicology, Testing, Sports Medicine & Related Areas
    • Reading Assignment: Chapter 17 (pp. 523-544)

Note: This program can be completed in 4 months. However, students will have online access to this program for a 24-month period.

Education and Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • With the exception of California where this program is NOT available, there are no state approval and/or state requirements associated with this program.
  • There are several National Certification exams that are available to students who successfully complete this program:
    • American Society of Phlebotomy Technician (ASPT) Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) Exam can be proctored at a local testing facility and is available to all students who complete this program
    • NHA Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) Exam can be proctored at a local testing facility and is available to all students who complete this program


National Certification

Students who complete this Auburn University Phlebotomy Technician certification program will be prepared to sit for the American Society of Phlebotomy Technician (ASPT) Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) certification exam and the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) certification exams. Although other than the state of California where this program is not available, there is no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program. Students who complete this program at Auburn University will be prepared and are eligible to sit for these national certification exams. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the ASPT or the NHA national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so. Auburn University will work with each student to determine which national certification exam works best with each particular student and register the student for that exam. Note: This Phlebotomy Technician program is NOT available in the State of California.


Clinical Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum

Although not a requirement of this program, once students complete the Phlebotomy Technician program they have the ability to participate in a clinical externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of Phlebotomy Technician. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in a hospital, physicians practice, clinic and/or with other healthcare organizations. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed in a healthcare organization near their location. Auburn University works with national healthcare organizations and has the ability to place students in clinical externship opportunities nationwide.

Note: No refunds can be issued after the start date published in your Financial Award document.