Phlebotomists are health care professionals who draw blood and other specimens from patients or blood donors for medical testing and processing. This certificate program prepares professionals to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Phlebotomists must have excellent attention to detail. Making sure that each test sample is labeled correctly is extremely vital if the right test is to be performed on the patient's blood. Phlebotomists draw blood from arteries and veins in order to get samples. An often understated part of a phlebotomist's job is their duty to make the blood drawing experience as pleasant as possible, from making the needle incision relatively pain free, to calming down people who are afraid of needles. Without this skill, anyone practicing phlebotomy would have a difficult, if not impossible time, trying to do their job with any proficiency.
- Medical (recent physical, 2-step PPD, flu shot), immunization records
- High school diploma or equivalency
- Prior experience in the field of healthcare - Preferred
We advise potential participants to contact our office to obtain additional information and the necessary forms well in advance of the start of class.
Course Learning Outcomes
Students will become familiar with all aspects related to blood collection and develop comprehensive skills to perform venipunctures completely and safely. Classroom and lab work includes terminology, anatomy and physiology; blood collection procedures; specimen hands-on practice, training in skills and techniques to perform puncture methods and focus on safety standards. After 108 hours of academic and lab work, students must complete a minimum of 40 hours or 100 successful venipunctures during an internship at a local hospital. At the end of course and internship students will sit for the National Health Career Association (NHA) examination.
Students will be required to follow all COVID-19 protocols in place when the class is in session according to SUNY Schenectady guidelines.
Spring 2023 Class
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
$1,960 (includes textbooks, lab coats, PPE, NHA study materials and test fees, and CDTA bus transportation)