Phlebotomy Technician Career Training

Course Name

Phlebotomy Technician Career Training

Contact Hours: 60

Course Description

PLEASE NOTE: Enrollment in this course does not include site location of any clinical work for onsite training as may be required for full certification testing or site location for National Certification testing. Students are responsible for finding locations in their area where clinical work and national testing can be done.

This comprehensive course provides instruction in the skills needed for the proper collection of blood and other specimens used for diagnostic testing. Emphasis is placed on ethics, legalities, medical terminology, safety and universal precautions, health care delivery systems, patient relations, anatomy and physiology, and specimen collection. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the theoretical comprehension of phlebotomy techniques.

The Phlebotomy Technician or Phlebotomist is an integral member of the medical laboratory team whose primary function is the collection of blood samples from patients by venipuncture or microtechniques. The phlebotomy technician facilitates the collection and transportation of laboratory specimens, and is often the patient’s only contact with the medical laboratory. The need to assure quality and patient safety mandates strict professional behavior and standards of practice for these practitioners.

Nature of the Job

The primary function of a phlebotomy technician is to obtain patient blood specimens by venipuncture or microtechniques. The phlebotomy technician aids in the collection and transportation of other laboratory specimens, and may be involved with patient data entry. A phlebotomy technician also draws blood for transfusions, donations and research. Phlebotomy technicians must like challenge and responsibility. They must be accurate, work well under pressure and communicate effectively. Safety is key and all safety precautions must be taken to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases. Duties will differ by doctor office, hospital and laboratory.

This course will cover the classroom portion only.

If you are a working phlebotomist with 1 year experience who has not yet been certified, this course will provide the necessary knowledge needed for certification. There are no clinical or externship requirements for the experienced phlebotomist.

Note: Clinical hours vary by Certification Agencies and Schools.


By completing this course you will learn about:

  • Phlebotomist job responsibilities
  • Organizational structure of a laboratory
  • Basic understanding of major body systems
  • Collection equipment
  • Blood collection procedures
  • Infection control and safety
  • Specimen transport and processing
  • Quality control, and professionalism


Evaluation of student performance will be based upon the following criteria.

  • Weekly quizzes 
  • Final exams 


Week One:

Read: Chapter One
Phlebotomy Practice and Quality Assessment
Read: Chapter Two Communication, Computerization and Documentation
Take: Week 1 Quiz

Week Two:

Read: Chapter Three- Professional Ethics, Legal and Regulatory Issues
Read: Chapter Four Infection Control
Take: Week 2 Quiz

Week Three:

Read: Chapter Five- Safety and First Aid
Read: Chapter Six Medical Terminology, Anatomy, and Physiology of Organ Systems
Take: Week 3 Quiz
Week Four:

Read: Chapter Seven-The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems
Read: Chapter Eight-Blood Collection Equipment
Take: Week 4 Quiz

Week Five:

Read: Chapter Nine-Preanalytical Complications Causing Medical Errors in Blood Collection
Read: Chapter Ten-Venipuncture Procedures
Take: Week 5 Quiz

Week Six:

Read: Chapter Eleven-Capillary Blood Specimens
Read: Chapter Twelve-Specimen Handling, Transportation, and Processing
Take: Week 6 Quiz

Week Seven:

Read: Chapter Thirteen-Pediatric and Geriatric Procedures
Read: Chapter Fourteen-Point of Care Collections
Take: Week 7 Quiz

Week Eight:

Read: Chapter Fifteen-Arterial, Intravenous (IV), and Special Collection Procedures
Read: Chapter Sixteen- Urinalysis, Body Fluids, and Other Specimens
Read: Chapter Seventeen-Drug Use, Forensic Toxicology, Workplace Testing, Sports Medicine and Related Areas
Take: Week 8 Quiz

· Take: Final Exam