The Phlebotomy (PLAB) program prepares Health Science professionals to perform a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques and universal precautions. The course covers vacuum collection devices, syringes, capillary skin puncture, butterfly needles and blood cultures, and specimen collection on adults, children and infants. An emphasis is placed on infection prevention, proper patient identification, labeling of specimens and quality assurance, specimen handling, processing and accessioning, Additional topics include professionalism, ethics and medical terminology.
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Professional Organizations & Sites of Interest
The Phlebotomy program maintains close ties with professional organizations representing the clinical laboratory science field.
Additional career and related information for Phlebotomy careers may be obtained at the following sites:
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Faculty & Staff
The Phlebotomy (PLAB) program faculty are dedicated credentialed professionals with several years of clinical experience.
Each faculty member has received a national certification from a recognized credentialing agency (American Society for Clinical Pathology, National Crediting Agency, American Medical Technology Association). Also, each faculty member has worked as a phlebotomist in hospital and/or outpatient laboratories.
Additional information can be obtained for each faculty member listed below:
- Ms. Terri Murphy-Sanchez, MT (ASCP), Program Director
The Phlebotomy Training Program
The Phlebotomy training program at St. Philip's College consists of two courses:
- PLAB 1223 Phlebotomy
- PLAB 1263 Phlebotomy Clinical
Completion of both courses enables a student to take any of the national certification examinations offered for phlebotomy.
If you are not a current or past student at St. Philip’s College, you must apply for admission to the college. The course placement scores to register for the course are:
For permission to enroll in the Phlebotomy program:
- You must first complete a CBC (criminal background check), drug screen, provide proof of CPR (AHA only), and list of immunizations: TB skin tests, DTap, MMR, Hepatitis A & B, Varicella, Flu, and Meningitis.
- To obtain forms for CBC and drug screen contact the program director. You will also provide the program director a list of immunizations.
To Seek National Certification:
- Pass PLAB1223 with a grade of “ C” or better.
- Successfully complete PLAB1263, the Phlebotomy Clinical. This will be a three week rotation in a clinical setting for 40 hours a week that will occur during the day.
Admission & Prerequisite Requirements
Students desiring to complete the Phlebotomy program must meet all of the admission requirements for acceptance into St. Philip's College.
In addition, all students must complete the TSI requirements for English and Reading. There is no Mathematics requirement for this program. No formal application is required to enroll in the program.
Classes begin at the start of each flex semester. The clinical is offered in the second flex and summer semesters. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-serve basis and is limited to the first 14 students.