Healthcare Technician: Phlebotomy

Program Type: Face-to-Face
Program Level: Certificates
Department: Health and Biosciences
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: SPC

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?

Phlebotomist

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 Phlebotomy (PLAB) program prepares Health Science professionals to perform a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques and universal precautions.
Program Certification and Information

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.

Certification:

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. 

Information:

Program FAQs

Program Student Handbook

THECB Statutory Requirement

Admission & Requirements

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 also 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, spring, and summer 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 15th. 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
  • Varicella
  • 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.

 Program Curriculum

Application

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: Terri Murphy-Sanchez
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 330V  

Program Application and Checklist

Contact Information

Program Director:
Terri Murphy-Sanchez, MT (ASCP CM), MLS (CSMLS)
tmurphy-sanchez@alamo.edu
210-486-2652
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 330V