Healthcare Technician: Phlebotomy
The St. Philip’s College Healthcare Technician: Phlebotomy program began remote teaching, learning, and working operations on March 23, 2020, as part of a college leadership decision related to global COVID 19 situation. This remote teaching and learning and working environment are expected to remain in place through the end of the summer semesters with exceptions made for courses that require face to face learning. For courses approved for exceptions, a small group of students (no more than 5) will be allowed to perform any skills related “check-offs” for course completion.
While this situation is ever-changing, the intent of this notice is to provide some general information to current and prospective students.
NOTICE TO CURRENT HEALTHCARE TECHNICIAN: PHLEBOTOMY STUDENTS
We are currently utilizing one clinic for students to perform their phlebotomy clinical rotation. If other sites open up, students will be able to use those sites to complete their clinical rotation.
Students in the program will be able to petition for credit/non-credit.
This not applicable since the program does not offer phlebotomy classes during the summer.
Please contact Program Director Adam Moya at 210-486-2658 and by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTICE TO INTERESTED HEALTHCARE TECHNICIAN: PHLEBOTOMY STUDENTS
Yes, application for the Healthcare Technician: Phlebotomy Program is currently being accepted. The applications are due by August 7, 2020. Please see the Application and Selection process on the webpage https://www.alamo.edu/spc/academics/programs/health-and-biosciences/phlebotomy/. Please click on the + to open up the section and click on the Apply Now button for the application.
TEAS Exam is not applicable to the Healthcare Technician: Phlebotomy Program
There is time after acceptance to the program to obtain all clinical requirements. These are outlined in the student handbook and reviewed with students at the program orientation.
Immunizations and clinical requirements are due in the Fall semester, on October 1, 2020. Students attend clinical rotations in the Fall Flex II of 2020.
New students accepted in the program will be able to start on time in August 2020.
Students accepted into the program are notified in early August by email.
Any questions can be directed to the Program Director Adam Moya at 210-486-2658 and by email: email@example.com
What is the Phlebotomy program?
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.
What will I learn?
Phlebotomy (PLAB) courses prepare Health Science professionals to perform a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques and universal precautions. The courses cover 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, technical calculations, and medical terminology. In summary, students will learn how to identify patients via identification, medical records or other means, draw blood or perform venipuncture using needles and other equipment. How to label samples correctly and process them for testing.
What can I do with this course of study?
What's special about the program?
The Phlebotomy (PLAB) program prepares Health Science professionals to perform a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques and universal precautions.
Upon successful completion of all six courses, and graduation with a grade of "C' or better and obtaining a minimum of 100 successful venipunctures, over the course of 120 hours in clinical rotation attendance, allows a student to take the national certification examination: Phlebotomy Technician/PBT through ASCP.
The Healthcare Technician: Phlebotomy Program leads to a Level 1 Certificate. The curriculum includes courses in an Introduction to Healthcare, Medical Terminology, Technical Calculations, and Phlebotomy. Clinical experiences are provided in area hospitals and clinics.
After completing the six required Healthcare Technician: Phlebotomy courses, you will receive a Level 1 Certificate and will then also be eligible for the Phlebotomy Blood Technician (PBT) national certification examination administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). https://www.ascp.org/content/board-of-certification/get-credentialed
At this time, the state of Texas does not require any type of licensing examination for phlebotomists; however, completion of this program will often allow you to take the licensing examinations in other states.
If you are not a current or past student of St. Philip's College (Alamo Colleges), you must first apply for admission to the college. In addition, students must be deemed "college ready" or TSI ready. In other words, students must successfully pass the English, Reading, and Mathematics components of the TSI.
The Phlebotomy courses are structured as follows: the first Phlebotomy course, PLAB 1223, which is the didactic lecture and lab portion, begins at the start of each Flex one semester and occurs on Saturdays throughout the semester (8.5 hours each day). The next Phlebotomy course is the 3-week clinical rotation, which occurs for 3 concurrent weeks sometime during the Flex 2 semester: Mondays through Fridays for 8.5 hours during the day (schedule set by the hospital or clinical affiliate). If you are working during the day or taking any day classes, this is an obvious conflict, as you would not be able to complete your clinical rotation.
Once you are accepted into the Phlebotomy program, you will then receive an email via Aces prior to the beginning of the semester, from the program director or clinical coordinator with instructions on how to begin the criminal background check and drug screen. At this point, it is also recommended that you start preparing all of your immunizations for the clinical rotation in Phlebotomy.
One of the four courses that are required for the Healthcare Technician: Phlebotomy certificate is: HITT 1305 Medical Terminology 1. It is an online course that is recommended students register to complete in advance before beginning phlebotomy specific courses. The PLAB 1263 clinical rotation course is offered in the second flex semester of the fall and spring semesters. The clinical rotation is a 3-week rotation (40 hours per week, during the day, Mondays through Fridays). Students are not informed of their clinical placement (dates and location) until approximately two weeks prior to the start of the flex 2 semester. There is also a Thursday morning PLAB 1223 class in the spring, but this section is primarily reserved for MLT (Medical Laboratory Technician) students and is a sixteen-week class. Occasionally, students with the program director’s permission may register to take this class.
This program requires submission of an application via post-stamped mail directly to the program director.
Admission priority consideration will be given to students who:
1. Want to work as a phlebotomist
2. Students who have taken or are enrolled to take HITT 1305: Medical Terminology I
The application deadline is July 15 for Fall and November 30 for Spring. ONLY 15 students are accepted into the program each semester. No over-rides may be performed by ANYONE for admission into the class, once the maximum enrollment number has been reached.
Enrollment is on a first-come, first serve basis and is limited to the first 15 students.
Once students are enrolled, the clinical coordinator will then contact the student to request records of their immunizations. The immunization requirements are mandated by the State of Texas for all Health Sciences students. Students must complete the following list of immunizations and other requirements, prior to attending clinical rotations (by the requested deadline), at the student's expense. Failure to complete the required immunizations will prevent the student from participating in clinical rotations.
The immunizations and other requirements are as follows:
- TB skin tests X2 (must be recent)
- Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis (DTAP)
- Mumps/Measles/Rubella (MMR)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Bacterial Meningitis
- Seasonal flu shot
- HIV screening test
Complete an American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Health Care Provider CPR course for certification (online course not permitted).
The student must provide proof of medical/health insurance coverage to the clinical coordinator prior to attending clinical rotations.
Application and required documents can be mailed to the address below or can be dropped off at the Health Science Department front office located on the first floor of the Center for Health Professions building.
1801 Martin Luther King Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78203
ATTN: Adam Moya
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 330V
Adam Moya, MLS (ASCP CM)
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 330V