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Certificate of Technical Studies in Phlebotomy

The Phlebotomy program trains individuals to accurately and competently perform skin punctures and venipunctures, appropriately collect other specimens or cultures, and properly handle and transport specimens for laboratory testing.

The Bossier Parish Community College Certificate of Technical Studies in Phlebotomy program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720; Rosemont, IL 60018; 773-714-8880, open new browser window or tab

Learning Outcomes:

Recipients of the Certificate of Technical Studies in Phlebotomy will be able to demonstrate:

  1. written, verbal, and visual communication skills to interact with and explain information to medical personnel and patients;
  2. critical thinking processes in the assessment and interpretation of specimen collection procedures and equipment;
  3. the application of anatomy, physiology, and the use of medical terminology in the role of the phlebotomist:
  4. mathematical processes to perform and interpret laboratory data;
  5. computer and other technology processes in the performance of phlebotomy and other specimen collection procedures;
  6. compliance with safety codes and regulations in the clinical environment; and
  7. performance of skills appropriate to the role of a phlebotomist.

Specific Certificate Requirements:

Students pursuing the Certificate of Technical Studies in Phlebotomy must first meet College admission requirements. All students who have successfully completed the designated qualifications courses for Phlebotomy with a grade of C or above are eligible to appear before the interview committee.

Application packets must be submitted by the established due date for consideration. The Phlebotomy program class is selected at the end of the spring semester for the fall training program and at the end of the fall semester for the spring training program. Approximately fifteen (15) students are selected for each program class. Program class size is determined by clinical site availability and employment statistics.

Selection for the program is based on the following criteria:

  • Interview scores are averaged and the student must make a minimum of 70%
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) for qualification courses of 2.000
  • Application packet completed by due date

If over 15 students meet the above criteria, students with the highest GPA for qualification courses will be selected first. Two alternates will be chosen. If there is a tie in the highest GPA, the student with the highest interview score will be chosen. If there is a tie with both the GPA and interview score, the student with the highest grade in ALHT 102 will be chosen.

Students selected for the Phlebotomy program will be required to provide health information and meet all requirements for a program with a clinical component (described earlier in this section). Students in programs with a clinical component are required to pay an additional clinical fee (as listed in the BPCC Academic Bulletin) in addition to regular tuition. Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate is eligible to take the certification exam for Phlebotomy Technicians.

Certificate of Technical Studies students must test out of READ 099, into ENGL 101, and into MATH 099 as documented by ACT, placement test, or course completion. Additional classes may be required if this cutoff is not met.

Required courses for Certificate of Technical Studies in Phlebotomy

First Semester Hours
BLGY 110: Medical Terminology 3
BLGY 120: Introductory Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
BLGY 120L: Introductory Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab 1
ALHT 102/102L: Introduction to Phlebotomy/Lab 4
ALHT 109: Health Care Systems/Safety 2
Second Semester Hours
ALHT 211: Phlebotomy Hospital Clinical 7
Additional Required Courses (can be taken prior to or concurrent with ALHT 211):
CIS 105: Computer Concepts 3
Psychology Elective   3
Total credit hours 26
ALHT 102/102L should be taken the semester immediately preceding ALHT 211 Phlebotomy Hospital Clinical.

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