The BPCC Phlebotomy Program trains individuals to perform accurately and competently skin punctures and venipunctures, collect other specimens or cultures, and transport specimens for laboratory testing. Phlebotomists are generally supervised by nurses, clinical laboratory scientists, or other experienced phlebotomy technicians.
BPCC's Phlebotomy (PBT) Program consists of a Pre-Clinical component and a Clinical component. Students may work at any pace (part time/full time) to complete the Pre-Clinical courses (i.e. Qualification Courses) and other requirements. While in the Qualification courses (which have to be completed with a "C" or better) students attend the Clinical Packet meeting and apply for admission to the clinical component. Allied Health Program Applications are available online. Students attend a Clinical Luncheon to learn in detail about clinical rotations. Students interview before a committee made of community healthcare professionals and other related individuals. After admission to clinicals, students attend an orientation meeting to fulfill the requirements of the hospitals. After graduation, students sit for a national certification exam. Passing this exam qualifies students to work as a phlebotomist anywhere in the nation. The program is designed so that a student may complete the Pre-Clinical component in one semester (4 months) and the other required classes and clinical component in one semester (4 months). The phlebotomy program is one of the shortest programs at BPCC. The BPCC Phlebotomy Program is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, 773-714-8880.
A student must enter clinicals within 2 years of passing ALHT 102/102L or they must sit for the final exams and skills tests again. If it has been 5 years since ALHT 102 was taken, the student must take ALHT 102/102L again before entering clinicals.
To enter the Phlebotomy Program, a person must have a high school diploma or GED, and mark "Phlebotomy" as their major. Applications for admission to BPCC may be obtained online or on campus in building F.
Completed packets are due to the program coordinator in March and October each year. The packet must contain the following information:
Part of your application packet is an academic rating form completed by three of your college instructors. Complete this ARF request formproviding us with the name and email address of the instructor you would like us to use. The two-page Academic Rating Formwill be emailed to the instructor and will be returned directly to the program admissions committee for scoring via email. It is recommended that you contact the instructors and inform them that you have requested BPCC to send them an ARF.
Students attend the Clinical Packet meeting approximately one month prior to the application due date to learn how to fill out the Allied Health Program Application. Details are given on all parts of the application including how to download the required forms from the web site, and how to properly submit verification of required immunizations and blood tests.
The pre-clinical component of the program has only those costs associated with regular tuition per credit hour which is the same for all BPCC students. Once accepted into the clinical component of the program there are additional costs related to clinical fees, uniforms, immunizations, etc.
Students are required to complete a hospital observation the semester they are in ALHT 102/102L, Introduction to Phlebotomy. Observing a phlebotomist at work in a real time setting is not only a requirement for the class, but it is also a requirement for applying for clinicals. Students observe phlebotomy procedures under the one-on-one supervision of a preceptor at Christus Schumpert, Shreveport.
Student interviews for ALHT 211: Phlebotomy Hospital Clinicals occur at the end of the fall and spring semesters prior to entering clinicals. Professionals are brought in from around the area to interview the applicants. A standardized interview form with the same questions is used for all students. Students are rated by the interviewers on a scale of 1-5. Students should dress as if interviewing for a job.
Students receive a letter of acceptance or rejection through email after the interview based on the selection criteria. A total of fifteen students will be accepted. If more than fifteen students qualify, two alternates are chosen. Students who are not accepted may re-apply and re-interview the next semester. They are given no preference.
Selection criteria are as follows:
Note: If more than fifteen students meet the above criteria, students with the highest GPA for qualification courses will be selected first.
Students who are selected for the clinical component of the PBT Program must be available for early morning and daytime clinical rotations Monday-Friday, a one hour Thursday afternoon meeting with the Clinical Coordinator, and a four hour Thursday evening class with the Clinical Instructor. The schedule for the entire semester is given out the first day of clinicals.
Phlebotomy students will attend an orientation meeting after acceptance into clinicals to fill out forms and meet the requirements of the clinical facilities.
After passing second semester classes, the student will don a cap and gown and attend a graduation ceremony in his or her honor. He or she will receive a diploma bearing the Certificate of Technical Studies in Phlebotomy. In addition, students are “pinned” by the program director with an allied health pin on the stage during the graduation ceremony.
Students register for the national phlebotomy certification exam at the beginning of ALHT 211: Phlebotomy Hospital Clinical. After passing second semester classes, students may sit for the exam. The cost of the exam, $125.00, is included in the student's tuition. National Certification in Phlebotomy allows individuals to practice phlebotomy anywhere in the nation.
The job market for graduates of the BPCC Phlebotomy Program is good. BPCC’s program is one of the best in the nation.
Starting pay in the Shreveport-Bossier area is approximately $ 9.00-$13.00 per hour. Starting pay nation-wide is higher.
ASCP Certification Exam: Spring 2010-Fall 2013
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Overall completion and graduation rate is 99%.
Pam Tully, Phlebotomy Program Director
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 East Texas, Bossier City, LA 71111
Office: Building B, Room 108
Phone: Office 318-678-6355 Cell 318-286-3338
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org