Phlebotomy is an excellent way for students to earn extra money working part-time while in school, as well as being a great full-time career field. A high-school diploma or GED is required in order to become a phlebotomist. The pay range for phlebotomists in Oklahoma ranges from $10- $15 per hour, with opportunities to work special events paying up to $25 per hour. Careers as a “traveling” Phlebotomist often hired by insurance companies, can offer a salary higher than that!
Once you complete this Phlebotomy Training Program, you are eligible to take the national board exam to be a Certified Phlebotomist. The program is only one semester long and currently accepts 15 students every fall and spring. There are no prerequisite science courses needed, only a Reading Accuplacer score, and Basic Life Support CPR are required before you can start the program. A CPR course (HSBC 1141) is offered here at Rose. It is a one-credit hour, financial aid eligible course offered several times each semester. The hybrid course requires some online assignments before attending one Saturday class on campus. You may also take CPR thru the American Heart Association. (The CPR offered by the Red Cross will not be accepted.)
Here’s how the program works: The 1st 8-weeks of the semester is spent in the Health Sciences Center lab learning anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system, specimen collection, and safety and quality control practices. Lab time is Monday-Thursday, usually from 9:20am-11:10am.
Students spend the 2nd 8-weeks of the semester at a variety of medical facilities completing clinical training and performing blood collections through venipunctures and skin punctures. Clinicals are Monday-Thursday and are usually 5 hours long—times may vary and can be somewhat flexible. Early mornings are possible, sometimes beginning as early as 3:30am.
Hospitals now require background checks and drug screening before students are allowed to begin their clinical experience. Once you are accepted into the program, the director will go over this process with you. You will also need to provide proof of being current on your immunizations.
Applications are accepted twice a year, because the program is offered every August and January. If interested, please submit the attached application to the Health Sciences Division office by November 15th for the spring semester, or April 15th for the fall. All you need to do is submit a Next – Generation Accuplacer Reading score attached to your application and get enrolled in CPR now, or already have your CPR certificate.
You will be contacted by email of your acceptance into the program no later than the end of the semester that you apply.