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Phlebotomy Technician Certificate

 

 

Phlebotomy Technician Certificate
Phlebotomy Technician Certificate

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Program Overview

The Phlebotomy Technician Certificate (PTC) non-credit program provides hybrid (classroom and online) instruction, laboratory simulation, and clinical site placement to train phlebotomy technicians. The program includes topics specifically related to phlebotomy, such as human body systems, obtaining and handling blood specimens, laboratory tests, blood collection equipment, safety and preparedness, infection control, venipuncture, dermal (capillary) puncture, special phlebotomy procedures, and other related skills. Program participants learn about practicing professional behavior, explore Berkshire County community health resources, and review professional career pathways related to phlebotomy. The program prepares participants to earn a Phlebotomy Technician Certification (CPT) from the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). 

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  • Who is a phlebotomist?

    According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, phlebotomists or phlebotomy technicians primarily draw blood, which is then used for different kinds of medical laboratory testing. In medical and diagnostic laboratories, patient interaction is sometimes only with the phlebotomist. Because all blood samples look the same, phlebotomists must carefully identify and label the sample they have drawn and enter it into a database. Some phlebotomists draw blood for other purposes, such as at blood drives where people donate blood. In order to avoid causing infection or other complications, phlebotomists must keep their work area and instruments clean and sanitary. 

  • What is projected job growth for phlebotomists?   

    Based on the data provided by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 17% from 2019 to 2029 which is much higher than the average 5% growth rate for all other occupations. Blood analysis remains an essential function in medical laboratories and hospitals. Demand for phlebotomists will remain high as doctors and other healthcare professionals require bloodwork for analysis and diagnosis. In addition to blood analysis, phlebotomists are necessary for blood collection, either at mobile blood centers or dedicated donation centers. 

  • What are career paths for phlebotomists?   

    Berkshire Community College has a potential to provide educational pathways for those who enroll in Phlebotomy Technician Certificate. Participation in PTC program demonstrates interest in health care and laboratory work, and it also shows that the person is ready to commit to a program that is an equivalent to one three-credit course (in terms of course load). Potential pathways at BCC for those who complete the PTC certificate program are the following: Physical Therapist Assistant (A.S.); Respiratory Care (A.S.); Nursing (A.S.); Health Science Option (A.S.); Biological Science (A.A.); Biotechnology (A.A.). Clinical experience acquired through working as a phlebotomist can be the first step in health care career and can add value to your resume if you would like to continue to advance in the medical field. 

  • How long is the program and where are all the classes held?     

    Face-to-face instruction is provided on campus of Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield twice a week in three-hour sessions (total 69 hours). The classes are usually scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday. Face-to-face instruction will include interactive lectures, group work, case studies, guest speakers, and simulation laboratory work with phlebotomy equipment. Online instruction is provided asynchronously through Moodle, McGraw Hill Connect system, and exam preparation system provided by the National Healthcareer Association. There is a total of 21 hours of online work that includes asynchronous discussions, work with learning materials, self-check quizzes, and other online methods of teaching.  

     

  • Are clinicals a part of the training?     

    Clinical placement is an important part of the PTC program. It will include placement at different Berkshire Medical Center blood draw stations throughout Berkshire County. The length of the clinical experience will include at least 40 clinical hours with the following successful procedures on live humans: at least 30 venipunctures and 10 capillary sticks. Clinical experience includes a field trip to Berkshire Medical Center where phlebotomy students will have a chance to see the lab and practice dermal punctures and venipunctures. All the clinical experience will start after students successfully complete the didactic part program and simulation labs. Clinical experience will be overseen by a clinical site coordinator and assessed by site mentors and the course instructor.  

     

  • Do I need to submit immunization records and pass a background check?     

    Berkshire Community College and Berkshire Medical Center both require background checks for students who have clinicals and work with patients. You will receive all the paperwork to fill out as soon as the course starts. BCC will process the CORI check and share the information with BMC. The clinical site requires certain immunization records before you can work with the patients. You will receive a form for your health provider to fill out in order to be eligible for your clinical. 

     

     

  • How much does the program cost?  

    Berkshire Community College requires all students pass a CORI check before they start their fieldwork. BCC will take care of all the paperwork related to the CORI check. Some sites may require certain immunizations or additional background checks.  

     

  • How much does the program cost?   

    Program cost is $2,145 and includes payment for the textbook (online and hard copy), CORI background check for the clinicals, liability insurance, all the equipment to be used in class, individual phlebotomy kits (masks, isolation gown, gloves, tourniquet, etc.), and payment for the National Heathcareer Association (NHA) exam (including online preparation course) 

     

     

  • Is there any financial assistance for this program?   

    MassHire Berkshire Career Center may be able to assist those in need of financial assistance, please email jaubin@masshireberkshirecc.com to see if you meet eligibility requirements. 

     

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