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Phlebotomy Equipment Do you feel drawn towards a career in the medical field but you currently do not have the time or money to complete a 2 or 4 year degree?

The Phlebotomy Technician Program at Austin Community College may be the perfect place for you to start. You will learn a profession in one semester and, upon successful completion of the program, be immediately qualified to practice in hospital and clinic settings. Once employed you will be exposed to a wide variety of health care professionals and see first-hand the day-to-day realities of those professions. This information is extremely beneficial in helping you select, if you so desire, the career path best suited for you. The hours of employment in a hospital setting are very flexible and enable you to continue your education while you work. Many phlebotomists are quite happy with their career choice and become more involved in office management as a career move up. Whatever you decide to do upon completion of this one semester course, you will have many options to choose from.

For the most current information about the course requirements and content review the course syllabus at:


There is a demand for well-trained, certified Phlebotomists in hospitals, clinics and research facilities.


Entry level salaries in the Austin Area range from $8.50 to $10.00 per hour.


The correct diagnosis and treatment of patients many times relies on the results of laboratory testing on patient blood samples. The phlebotomist is the laboratory professional whose primary responsibility is to obtain the blood samples from the patient. The Phlebotomy Technician Program at ACC prepares students to draw blood from adult, pediatric and neonatal patients for the purposes of clinical laboratory analysis. Upon successful completion of the program the student will proficiently perform the following: proper site preparation and collection of capillary and venous specimens utilizing a variety of collection techniques, proper labeling of patient specimens, preparation of specimens for transport to the laboratory to ensure stability of the sample, proper use of Standard Precautions, promoting good public relations with patients and hospital personnel, logging specimens into the laboratory and processing of laboratory specimens. Students will learn theory and principles relating to blood collection during the didactic portion, will practice blood collection skills in the student laboratory and will gain proficiency in the performance of these skills during clinical rotations at local hospitals. Listed as PLAB 1223 (credit) or PLAB 1023 (continuing education) in course schedule. PLAB 1166 or PLAB 1066 (clinical practicum) is required to obtain the certificate.


Upon successful completion of the program the student will be eligible to take the ASCP, NCA or ASPT Phlebotomy Technician certification examinations. National certification improves employment opportunities. The Phlebotomy program is certified by NAACLS. This is very important for students to know and understand. For a complete list of NAACLS approved programs or for more information about this organization contact them at:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
8410 W Bryn Mawr Ave Suite 670
Chicago, IL 60631
773.714.8886 (FAX)


Opportunities for advancement within the laboratory are available with additional advanced education. ACC offers a certificate program as a Medical Laboratory Assistant as well as an Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology. One can then pursue a Bachelors degree in Medical Technology or other fields at many major universities.


High school diploma or equivalent
A physical examination is required and you must submit proof of certain immunizations
Starting Fall of 2005 all students must submit a Criminal Background Check
All requirements for admission to college-credit classes as outlined in the ACC College Catalog
The course is listed under Medical Laboratory Technology in the ACC College Catalog and Course Schedule


Obtain a Phlebotomy program application from the Health Science advising office located at the Eastview Campus, Room 8356.
Complete the PHB application and turn it in to the advising office along with your immunization record. If you will be taking this course for college credit you must also fill out an application to the College and take and pass the college assessment test. The course is also offered through CE for those not wishing to take the college assessment.
All applicants will be invited to attend a mandatory information session. You will be notified by mail as to the date and time for the session. It is your responsibility to notify us of any address/phone number changes.
Please review the Student Handbook prior to attending the Information Session.
The class is accepted based on the DATE the application is received AND attendance at the orientation session. Candidates will be notified at the orientation session of their status in the class, which will be one of the following: accepted, put on a waiting list for current class, or automatically accepted into the next class.

The Phlebotomy Technician Program upholds the college policy relating to non-discrimination. Admissions, employment, programs and activity policies of Austin Community College are non-discriminatory in regard to race, creed , color, age, handicap and national origin.


At this time the fall and summer classes are held at the Cypress Creek Campus in Cedar Park; the spring class is at Eastview Campus. This is subject to change-please call office to confirm where class is at the time you intend to apply.


The student is required to perform 112 hours of clinical practice. These hours will involve different shifts throughout the early morning and afternoon hours. Clinical will be scheduled on consecutive days of the week. Clinical rotations are Monday-Friday so you must schedule work and other class times in the evenings or weekends.


One semester. Three semester hours of college-credit are awarded to those who successfully complete the lecture/laboratory and clinical course components. The lecture/laboratory class is offered 2 days a week for 8 weeks, the clinical is scheduled during the second 8 week semester. During the summer the class is 3 days a week during the first 5.5 week session and the clinical rotation is scheduled during the second 5.5 week session. Clinical rotations are Monday-Friday so you must schedule work and other class times in the evenings or weekends.


Phlebotomy and the health care study
Basic anatomy and physiology
Blood collection reagents, supplies, and interfering substances
Blood collection procedures
Complications of blood collection
Infection control
Equipment safety
Requisition and transportation of laboratory specimens
Accessioning and processing laboratory specimens
Interpersonal skills
Quality assurance and safety in blood collection
Liability and risk management


The National Phlebotomy Association
Phlebotomy Links of Interest

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Last updated on January 14, 2005