Phlebotomy Technician

A phlebotomy technician’s primary responsibility is drawing blood and conducting other specimen collections. A phlebotomist must recognize any conditions that might alter collections, have a high regard for patient safety, and communicate with both the laboratory and the patient to ensure the best possible care. They must also understand lab test requirements and maintain specimen quality. Work settings include doctor’s offices, hospitals, research facilities, and industrial laboratories.

Certificate of Achievement

This certificate has a total of 45 – 54 credits and is usually completed in four (4) quarters. It prepares participants for entry-level positions in outpatient settings.

See the full Certificate of Achievement curriculum.

Requirements

  • Admission to Bellevue College as a credit student.
  • Basic computer skills and access to a computer with Internet access is highly recommended
  • Placement by assessment into ENGL&101 for advanced classes.
  • Successful completion of both Foundation and Program courses.

The following table outlines the Phlebotomy Technician Certificate program as of Fall 2016:

Foundation Courses  
AHE 100Introduction to Healthcare5 Cr.
AHE 110Medical Terminology5 Cr.
AHE 120Safety for Healthcare2 Cr.
BIOL 108
- OR -
AHE 130
- OR -
* t BIOL 241
- AND -
* t BIOL 242
Human Biology
- - -
Human Systems
- - -
Anatomy & Physiology I
- - -
Anatomy & Physiology II
6 Cr.
- - -
5 Cr.
- - -
6 Cr.
- - -
6 Cr.
CMST 280
- OR -
AHE 140
- OR -
BUS 120
Intercultural Communication
- - -
Professional Relations in Healthcare
- - -
Organizational Behavior
5 Cr.
- - -
5 Cr.
- - -
5 Cr.
HLTH 145
- OR -
HLTH 250
- OR -
NUTR 100
- OR -
t NUTR 101
Wellness for Healthcare
- - -
Wellness
- - -
Survey of Nutrition
- - -
Nutrition
3 Cr.
- - -
5 Cr.
- - -
5 Cr.
- - -
5 Cr.
t IT 101
- OR -
t CS 101
- OR -
BTS 161
Introduction to Information Technology
- - -
Technology and Computer Science
- - -
Business Software Essentials
5 Cr.
- - -
5 Cr.
- - -
5 Cr.

Sub-Total Foundation:

30 - 39 Cr.

AND

Phlebotomy Program Courses  
AHEL 110Introduction to Phlebotomy5 Cr.
AHEL 112Advanced Phlebotomy5 Cr.
AHEL 118Phlebotomy Practicum (Externship)5 Cr.

Sub-Total Phlebotomy:

15 Cr.

Total Phlebotomy Certificate: 45-54 Cr.

BOLD courses are the standard department recommendation, any listed course may be selected as an alternative. Courses not listed, though of equivalent content (including transfer) may be eligible for substitution following the Bellevue College transfer and/or substitution policies.
* Both BIOL&241 and BIOL&242 must be completed to meet the anatomy and physiology standard, if this option is selected.
t Some courses have defined prerequisite or placement standards, please see the course catalog for requirements for these courses.

Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible for Washington State MA-P (phlebotomist) certification. Please see the Phlebotomy Certification (MA-P) outline under “Current Students”, and read the description for the “traditional program“.

Career Opportunities

This position often serves as a stepping stone for further advancement in the field of healthcare.

Course Scheduling

The following Phlebotomy Technician course schedules are recommendations.

Last Updated July 20, 2016