Mission and Outcomes

Mission

The Phlebotomy Program’s mission is to educate and train entry-level competent and diverse phlebotomists with the mental, physical and ethical knowledge and skills for career entry in the laboratory profession.

It is also the department’s mission to produce lifelong learners and to support the Harper College mission by offering quality phlebotomy courses and faculty designed to facilitate active learning and foster the knowledge, critical thinking and life/work skills required for participation in the classroom and clinical settings.

We believe that excellence in education must occur in an ethical climate of integrity and respect.

PHB 101 Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the healthcare delivery system.
  • Understand basic anatomy of body systems and anatomy terminology in order to relate major areas of the clinical laboratory to general pathological conditions.
  • Understand the importance of specimen collection in overall patient care.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of collection equipment, types of anticoagulants used, special precautions necessary and substances that can interfere in the clinical analysis of blood constituents.
  • Demonstrate proper techniques to perform venipuncture and capillary punctures.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of infection control and safety.
  • Understand requisitioning, specimen transport and specimen processing.
  • Understand established policies and procedures to assure quality specimens and safety.

PHB 102 Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the healthcare delivery system and medical terminology.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of anatomy and physiology as it relates to body systems and the venipuncture procedure.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the importance of specimen collection and specimen integrity in the delivery of patient care.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of collection equipment, various types of additives used, special precautions necessary, and instances that can interfere in clinical analysis of blood constituents.
  • Follow standard operating procedures to collect specimens.
  • Demonstrate understanding of requisitioning, specimen transport, and specimen processing.
  • Demonstrate understanding of quality assurances and quality control in phlebotomy.
  • Communicate (verbally and nonverbally) effectively and appropriately in the workplace.

PHB 102 Clinical Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the basic concepts of communication, personal and patient interactions, diversity, stress management, professional behavior and legal implications of this work environment.
  • Demonstrate appropriate patient / client identification procedures
  • Demonstrate appropriate procedures to show when performing a vacuum collection device, syringe, capillary skin-puncture or winged infusion apparatus, and state the advantages and disadvantages of each procedure.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of collection equipment, various types of additives used, necessary special precautions and substances that can interfere in clinical analysis of blood constituents.
  • Perform a minimum of 120 hours of clinical experience in varied clinical settings, including health fairs, donor and pheresis centers, nursing homes, ambulatory clinical as well as in in-patient hospital settings.
  • Perform correctly a minimum of 100 successful, unaided blood collections.
  • Demonstrate proper technique when performing Point-of-Care procedures.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate requisitioning, specimen transport, and specimen processing procedures.
  • Understand quality assurance in phlebotomy by correctly using the policies and procedures in the affiliate setting to assure quality in obtaining the blood specimen.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of infection control and laboratory safety by following universal precautions as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Graduation Rates

  • 2017 Yearly Graduation Rate: 93.2%
  • 2016 Yearly Graduation Rate: 98%

Please note: The granting of the degree or certificate is not contingent upon passing an external certification or licensure exam. Successful completion of HSC 112, PHB 101 and PHB 102 will qualify the student to apply for Harper College certification this is completed in the last PHB 102 class.


For more information about the phlebotomy program at Harper, please contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or fill out our request information form.