Phlebotomy Certificate Program
A. Class Size and Application Period
The Phlebotomy Certificate Program accepts a maximum of fifteen (15) students each fall and spring semester. The application deadline for the fall semester is April 15, and the spring semester deadline is November 15. Applications may be completed online prior to the respective semester deadline. Late applications will be considered if space is available. Contact the Health Sciences Division at (405) 733-7359, or click to email the Program Director for further information about the Phlebotomy Certificate Program.
B. Course Hours
Professional courses (HSPC designation) are offered during the daytime only. The other courses may be taken during the day or evening.
C. Course Length
The Phlebotomy Certificate Program is offered for completion during two semesters.
Successful completion of the course of study will result in the issuance of a “Certificate of Completion of the Course of Study in Phlebotomy” and eligibility to Sit for the national board exams.
Eligibility to sit for the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Registry requires high school graduation (or equivalent) AND completion of an acceptable formal structured phlebotomy program within the last five years. This two-part program, to be arranged by the program director, must consist of: 40 clock hours of classroom training, including anatomy and physiology of the ciruculatory system, specimen collection, specimen processing and handling and laboratory operations (e.g. safety, quality control, etc.) AND 120 clock hours of clinical training in a CLIA regulated, accredited laboratory with a minimum performance of 100 successful blood collections including venipunctures and skin punctures.
E. Career Options
The job outlook for ASCP eligible phlebotomy graduates is good. Rapid changes in health care delivery systems in the larger metropolitan areas of Oklahoma have resulted in changes in responsibilities of phlebotomists from the laboratory area to general hospital areas. Some hospitals now require the phlebotomists to perform additional basic health care tasks, which may include taking vital signs, and performing clerical duties. These changes have resulted in an increase in demand for well-trained individuals.
The range for phlebotomists in the metropolitan area is $11.50 - $17.70/hr.
The Clinical Laboratory Technology Program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
II ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
A. Application Process
The application deadline for the fall semester is April 15, and the spring semester deadline is November 15. Applications may be completed online prior to the respective semester deadline. Contact the Health Sciences Division office by calling (405) 733-7359, or click to email the Program Director for further information.
B. Physical and Mental Qualifications (also called Essential Functions)
The following minimal physical and mental qualifications are necessary:
- 1. Mobility: the ability to move around in the work areas.
- 2. Visual acuity: vision sufficient to accurately distinguish colors, read, and perform procedures, monitor instruments, and performs microscopic procedures.
- 3. Motor skills: the coordination and movement ability to manipulate equipment and supplies, e.g. adjusting control knobs, manipulating small items.
- 4. The ability to speak, write and comprehend the English language.
- 5. The ability to communicate in an effective and professional way with clients and health-care providers.
- 6. Auditory acuity sufficient to hear instructions, requests, and monitor equipment.
- 7. The ability to use problem-solving skills including application of concepts.
- 8. The ability to follow instructions/regulations.
- 9. The ability to reach a level of proficiency necessary to perform with minimal supervision.
- 10. The ability to perform in stressful situations that are team-oriented and task-specific.
Latex Sensitivity: students with a history of latex sensitivity are cautioned about selecting a career as a healthcare professional. Consultation with a physician is recommended.
Rose State College will provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities in order for students to have access to educational programs and services. Students with disabilities requiring accommodations should make the initial request for accommodation to the Counselor for Students with Disabilities in the Student Development area. Click to view the RSC Student Handbook for further details.
C. Notification of Acceptance Status
All applicants are notified by e-mail by June 20, or Dec 20, respectively.
A. Required Courses (Required for ASCP registry)
The following courses with a minimum "C" grade, are required:
- HSPC 1234 Comprehensive Phlebotomy
- HSPC 1344 Phlebotomy Practicum
- 16 Elective courses from the list below (not required for ASCP registry)
B. Elective Courses
Choose 16 hours from the following list of courses to complete the Phlebotomy Certificate Program:
- HSCL 1103 Intro to Medical Laboratory
- HSBC 1104 Anatomy and Physiology
- HSBC 1113 Medical Terminology
- CIT 1093 Microcomputer Applications OR
- CIT 1103 Intro to Computers
- HSBC 1141 CPR
- HSBC 1224 Intro to Clinical Micro
- PSYC 1113 Intro to Psychology
- ENGL 1113 English Comp I
C. Hospital Clinical Courses or Practicums
Practicum course (HSPC 1344) consists of 4 to 5 hours per day, 5 days per week for 160 hours. The time at which the practicum will begin varies, depending on the hospital. BE PREPARED FOR EARLY MORNING CLINICAL HOURS. YOU MAY BE REQUIRED TO BEGIN ASSIGNMENTS AT 3:30 A.M.
D. Students are required to provide their own clean lab coats.
IV. ESTIMATED COST OF THE PHLEBOTOMY CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
|Federal Background Check
|NIDAS Drug Screen
|Application to Rose State College (1st time students only)
|Tuition and Fees (12 hours)*
|Laboratory Fee, Parking, and Student I.D.
|Uniforms/Lab Coats (estimated)
|Hepatitis B Vaccinations
|Liability Insurance for Clinicals
*In-state tuition/*The tuition charges may be changed without notice.
V. REQUIREMENTS PRIOR TO CLINICAL ROTATION (HSPC 1344)
A. Successful completion with a minimum grade of “C” in HSPC 1234.
B. Prior to HSPC 1344 Phlebotomy Practicum, the student must have submitted
1. Written proof of rubella immunity
2. Written proof of rubeola immunity
3. Written proof of hepatitis B vaccination OR
Testing showing immunity OR
Signed declination form
4. Written documentation of either a negative T.B. skin test (read in mm) within the 12 months prior to the rotation or if a past skin test has been positive, at least one negative chest film since conversion.
5. Written proof of varicella immunity: either documentation of vaccination or documentation of titer showing immunity. OR Physician’s statement regarding contraindications precluding vaccination
6. Written proof of hospitalization insurance OR
Signed waiver assuming financial responsibility for cost of any emergency care necessary while performing duties as a student in the clinical site.
7. Proof of current CPR certification (AED). This is available at Rose State College and The American Red Cross, 601 N.E. 6th, Oklahoma City, (405) 232-7121.