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Upon successful completion of PHB-101, students will be provided an override in PHB-102 Phlebotomy Externship Course. Students receive clinical experience during PHB-102.

Before clinical assignments can be made, students must obtain and/or provide:

Proof of COVID 19 Vaccination

Students must provide proof of COVID 19 vaccination (2 doses)

Physical Examination and titers for viral conditions

Students are required to obtain a physical examination yearly. The student is responsible for the cost of the physical examination, current blood test titers for Rubella, Rubeola, Mumps, and Varicella, and Hepatitis B, immunizations specified in the phlebotomy student handbook and during Phlebotomy orientation session.

  • MMR (2 dose series)
  • Varicella (2 dose series)
  • Hepatitis B (3 dose series)

2-step Tuberculosis (TB) or QuantiFERON Gold TB blood test

Student are required to submit a negative 2 step PPD or QuantiFERON

  • Gold blood test no more than 6 months prior to clinical start.
  • The second step PPD must be 1-3 weeks from the first step PPD

Drug Screen

Students are required to submit to and successfully complete a specific 10-panel drug screen. Unsuccessful completion of the drug screen requirement may prohibit a student from receiving a clinical assignment, pending physician review of the results.

  • Complete no more than 90 days prior to clinical start.

Health Insurance

Students are required to have personal health insurance for the duration of their clinical rotation. The website below is Harper student benefit plans for students that need to purchase a health insurance plan.

Criminal Background Checks/ Health Care Exclusion Check

To comply with certain state statutes and/or clinical affiliation agreements, students are required to successfully complete a criminal background check and Health Care Exclusion Check. A “clear’ criminal background result is required in most cases.

  • Complete no more than 90 days prior to clinical start.

CPR Training

Students are required to be CPR for Health Care Providers or BLS certified via the American Heart Association only.

Flu Shot

Students attending clinical will need to provide documentation of current year flu shot

Regulatory Modules

Students must complete regulatory modules in areas of HIPAA, Bloodborne Pathogens, TB and those assigned by the program coordinator.

Tdap vaccine

Students must obtain a Tdap vaccine in the last 10 years. Td not accepted.

For further questions about the health requirements prior to clinical rotation please reference the phlebotomy student handbook. All health requirements will be upload to the required tracking system. Some requirements require a specific time frame of completion, so students are not encouraged to start the health care requirements until directed to do so to avoid having to pay for a requirement twice.

Service Work

Per NAACLS accreditation standard “Service work by students in clinical settings outside of academic hours must be noncompulsory.”  Students attending the phlebotomy clinical internship, PHB-102, do not participate in service work as stated in the PHB-102 Syllabus and Harper College Phlebotomy Student Handbook.

Students may work at a clinical site if that is also their employment. However, any work hours for which the student is paid may NOT be counted as clinical hours.  Students may NOT be substituted for regular staff during their student experiences.

Rotation and Facilities

The clinical rotations include 120 clock hours of training and minimum of 100 successful unaided blood draws at one of the program's clinical affiliate sites. Clinical internship rotations are staggered throughout the semester and assignments are decided by early completion of all pre-clinical requirements.

Harper College hosts clinical internships at high-quality health care facilities including:

Advocate Network
Facility names and Locations:

  • Good Shepard, Barrington
  • Good Samaritan, Lombard added Summer 2023

Alverno LCC Laboratories:
Facility names and Locations:

  • St. Alexius Medical Center
  • Saint Joseph’s Hospital
  • Alverno Laboratories PSC in Woodridge, Elk Grove, Hoffman Estates and Bolingbrook

Northwestern Memorial Health Care
Facility names and Locations:

  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
  • Northwestern Medicine Central Dupage Hospital, Winfield
  • Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, Geneva added Summer 2023

Northshore University Health Systems
Facilities and Locations:

  • Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights
  • Northwest Outpatient Care Center, Arlington Heights
  • Northwest Community Immediate Cares, Kildeer, Buffalo Grove and Schaumburg

  • Northwest Oncology and Hematology, Barrington, and Rolling Meadows
  • LabCorp of America (various locations)
  • Quest Diagnostics (Gurnee, Glenview, Arlington Heights West, Crystal Lake, Batavia, Hoffman Estates Schaumburg, Elgin)
Last Updated: 4/8/24