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Phlebotomy is the practice of obtaining blood for testing, donation, and research. Job prospects are growing and salaries are solid for phlebotomy technicians - who need patience, precision, and a desire for one-on-one patient interactions. ACC's one-semester Phlebotomy Technician Institutional Certificate is one of only two nationally accredited programs in the state. Students learn via expert classroom instruction, practice in ACC's student laboratory, and actual clinical rotations. Graduates are qualified to fill vital roles in hospitals, clinics, and research facilities. Many grads build on their education by going on to complete ACC's two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology.
This program has specific program requirements and prerequisite courses. Acceptance to ACC does not guarantee admission to this program.
What skills can I gain?
Students will develop expertise in a variety of methods for collecting blood from adults, children, and infants using proper techniques and precautions including: vacuum collection devices, syringes, capillary skin puncture, butterfly needles, and blood culture specimen collection. Emphasis is placed on infection prevention, proper patient identification, proper labeling of specimens, and quality assurance. Students also learn the theory and principles of common laboratory tests including: manual hematocrits, urinalysis dipsticks, fecal occult blood, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and pregnancy testing.
How long will it take to get a degree or certification?
This is a one-semester certificate
Where can I work with this education?
Graduates are commonly employed in hospitals, blood banks, clinics, doctors' offices, and research laboratories.
The Phlebotomy Technician Program is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, (847) 939-3597