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.
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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/ASCP. Also, each faculty member has experience working as a phlebotomist in hospital and/or outpatient laboratories.
Additional information can be obtained for each faculty member listed below:
- Julie Zwies, MT(ASCP), Clinical Coordinator
- David Fisk, PBT (ASCP) Adjunct Faculty
- Terri Murphy-Sanchez, MT(ASCPCM), MLS(CSMLS), Program Director
The Phlebotomy Training Program
The Phlebotomy training program at St. Philip's College consists of two courses:
- PLAB 1223 Phlebotomy (didactic or classroom)
- PLAB 1263 Phlebotomy (clinical rotation)
Successful completion of both courses with a grade of "C' or better and obtaining a minimum of 100 successful venipunctures, over the course of 120 hours in attendance, allows a student to take the national certification examination: Phlebotomy Technician/PBT through ASCP.
Admission & Prerequisite 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.
No formal application is required to enroll in the Phlebotomy program.
For the PLAB 1223 course, classes begin at the start of each flex semester and occur on Saturdays throughout the semester. There is also a Thursday morning PLAB1223 class in the spring, but this section is primarily reserved for MLT (Medical Laboratory Technician) students. The PLAB 1263 clinical rotation course is offered in the second flex of both 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 about two weeks prior to the start of the flex 2 semester. The clinical rotation, PLAB1263 seen in the online registration for the summer semester is reserved only for students completing the 16-week Phlebotomy course in the spring. For all non-MLT students, the clinical rotation must be completed in the same semester as the didactic course.
Enrollment is on a first-come, first-serve basis and is limited to the first 15 students.
For Permission to Enroll in the Phlebotomy Program:
- The student must complete and pass a CBC (criminal background check) and a drug screen, at the student's expense. To obtain forms for both the CBC and the drug screen, please contact the clinical coordinator, Julie Zwies at email@example.com
- Enrollment in the Phlebotomy courses is accomplished only after receiving clearance and permission from the program clinical coordinator, and is usually done with the assistance of a St. Philip's College Academic Advisor in Institute 3. Once enrolled, the clinical coordinator will then contact the student requesting records of their immunizations be provided. The immunization requirements are mandated by the State of Texas for all Health Science students. The student must complete the following list of immunizations and other requirements, prior to attending clinical rotations (by 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.
- The student must provide proof of medical/health insurance coverage to the clinical coordinator prior to attending clinical rotations.
Location: 330W, Center for Health Professionals building, MLK Campus