Be on the front lines of health care
- Credit hours: 8
- Stackable to degree: No
- Potential job outcomes:
Prepare for immediate entry into a phlebotomy career with this 8-credit-hour certificate
program, which will teach you the techniques, procedures and safety precautions of
drawing blood from patients or donors for diagnostic testing. After graduating from
this program, you’ll be ready to begin a phlebotomist career in a wide variety of
health care settings such as hospitals, hospital laboratories, physician offices, clinics, blood banks, commercial
laboratories or other similar facilities.
Training consists of a mixture of lectures, on-site student laboratories and a clinical internship at a local health care facility. Other focus areas of study include ethical and legal responsibilities, safe practices and effective communication skills.
Courses for this program are offered at Harper's main campus in Palatine, as well as the Learning and Career Center (LCC) in Prospect Heights.
Certificate program requirements
This 8 credit-hour certificate program consists of lectures, student laboratories and a clinical internship arranged in a local health care facility. This certificate is useful for a number of health care professionals interested in developing the skills and techniques involved in the collection of blood from patients or donors for diagnostic testing. In addition, ethical and legal responsibilities, effective communication skills and safe practices are studied. Phlebotomists are employed in hospitals, hospital laboratories, physician offices, clinics, blood banks, commercial laboratories, or similar facilities. Phlebotomy has become a fast-growing health occupation and is considered a profession with a standardized educational curriculum and accepted routes for national certification. NOTE: All students wishing to sit for the national certification exam must have earned a High School Diploma or equivalency. Proof of high school graduation or GED is required before registering for PHB102.
A grade of C or better in all HSC and PHB courses is required for all students.
|HSC 112||Medical Terminology||2|
Description: Emphasizes the origin and the basic structure of medical words, including prefixes, suffixes, word roots, combining forms and plurals. Offers pronunciation, spelling, and definition of medical terms based on the body systems approach. Emphasis on rendering a professional vocabulary required for work in the health care field.
|PHB 101||Phlebotomy Principles and Practice||4|
Description: Includes the role of the phlebotomist, infection control and safety in the workplace; anatomy and physiology appropriate to the practice of phlebotomy, blood collection equipment and blood collection procedures; including venipuncture, skin puncture, collection of certain body fluids, specimen transport and storage requirements, communication skills, quality assurance and professionalism. The laboratory component focuses on the development of skills in performing phlebotomy procedures. Students who wish to become certified as phlebotomy technicians must complete this course and also complete PHB 102 with a grade of “C” or better.
Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in HSC 112 with a grade of C or better.
|PHB 102||Phlebotomy Internship||2|
Description: Consists of 120 clinical hours of supervised phlebotomy practice at a local health care facility. The internship rotation schedule is arranged on an individual basis. Special registration permit for registering for the internship is required. NOTE: Possession of a current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the Health Care Provider certification card and completion of State of Illinois criminal background check, drug screen, and the program's health requirements are required prior to placement in the internship. All students wishing to sit for the national certification exam must have earned a high school diploma or equivalency. Proof of high school graduation or GED is required before registering for PHB102.
Prerequisite: HSC 112 and PHB 101 with grades of C or better.
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- COVID Vaccine Requirement
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Mission and Outcomes
- Phlebotomy Careers
- Phlebotomy Student Handbook (.pdf)
- Student Organizations
Please note: This program is not financial aid eligible.