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Phlebotomy/Laboratory Assistant

It’s in your blood, accurate results begin with you.
Phlebotomists are at the frontline of healthcare. They are responsible for the proper collection of patient specimens to be analyzed by the clinical laboratory technicians and scientists. The test results from those specimens assist the physician in 70% of patient diagnosis. Laboratory assistants process those specimens for testing and perform CLIA waived laboratory procedures. Whether contributing as a phlebotomist or laboratory assistant, these positions are an integral part of the clinical laboratory team.
Questions?
Director and Professor
301-784-5547
Location: ALLIED HEALTH (AH) 249

 

What will you learn?
  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Phlebotomy skills through classroom and clinical settings
  • How to process specimens for testing
  • How to perform basic waived laboratory tests
  • Electronic health records
  • Clinical documentation
  • Legal guidelines
  • Basic billing, and coding fundamentals
  • Quality improvement outcomes in healthcare
  • Workflow in a variety of healthcare settings
What will you do?
  • Serve as part of the health care team, whose primary goal is to increase the efficiency and productivity of the physician
  • Draw blood from patients and blood donors
  • Put patients at ease during the procedure
  • Verify a person’s identity to ensure proper labeling of the blood or specimen.
  • Label the drawn blood for testing or processing
  • Enter patient information into a database
  • Learn to process specimens for testing
  • Document accurate and detailed information for patient visits.
  • Gather test results and help with basic patient care.
  • Work in all areas of healthcare, such as hospitals, ambulatory settings, and in special areas.

Where will you work

Upon completion of the certificate program, you’ll have numerous career opportunities, including working at:

  • clinical labs
  • hospitals
  • independent laboratories
  • physicians’ offices
  • health maintenance organizations
  • public health agencies
  • nursing homes
  • research institutions
  • blood donor centers
  • mobile laboratories

Graduates can become certified Phlebotomy Technicians as they will be eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) examination.


Curriculum Sequence
Phlebotomy/Laboratory Assistant Course Sequence

Fall

Credit Hours     
COMP 101 Computer Literacy           3
MLT 110/PBLA 110 Orientation to the Clinical Laboratory    1
PBLA 111 Basic Phlebotomy Skills             1
PBLA 112 Advanced Phlebotomy Procedures   2
PBLA 113 Pediatric Phlebotomy Procedures   1
BIO 116 Human Biology   3
MDAA 110 Medical Terminology   3
Total:
  14



Spring

Credit Hours     
MDAA 133 Basic Disease Coding       3
PBLA 114 Phlebotomy Practicum   2
PBLA 115 Laboratory Assistant Practicum   1
English 101 Freshman English I      3
MDAS 218/PBLA 218 Clinical Laboratory 
Procedures   2
MDAS 101
 Essential Skills for the Health Professional   3
MDAS 102 
Introduction to Health Records   3
Total :
  17


TOTAL PROGRAM CREDIT HOURS:  31


Meet the Faculty

Our experienced, knowledgeable faculty are excited to share their expertise with you and prepare you to succeed in the diverse, dynamic field of Phlebotomy/Laboratory Assistant.

Stacey Rohrbaugh 
Program Director and Professor

301-784-5547
Allied Health 249

B.S., West Virginia University
M.Ed., Frostburg State University
MLS (ASCP)CM

Windi Wilson 
Assistant Professor

301-784-5548
Allied Health 248

A.A.S., Allegany College of Maryland
B.S., University of Cincinnati   
M.S., Rutgers University
MS, MLS (ASCP)CM, SM(ASCP)CM

Elaine Helmstetter 
Administrative Associate

301-784-5557
Allied Health 246

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland

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