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Phlebotomy Pathway Diploma

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Program Overview

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Phlebotomy Pathway Diploma program will prepare you to obtain blood and other specimens for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Coursework includes:

  • Specimen collection and handling
  • Communication skills
  • Maintaining patient data

Careers

Upon completion of this concentration, graduates should qualify for employment in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, and other healthcare settings and may be eligible for national certification as phlebotomy technicians.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, you’ll:

  1. Perform venipuncture by vacuum collection devices
  2. Execute skin puncture to obtain specimen for whole blood testing and serum/plasma testing
  3. List essential information that should be on laboratory requisitions and specimen containers for identification
  4. Demonstrate appropriate interaction and communication with patients and staff
  5. Exhibit a professional attitude and behavior in the workplace

Resources

Admission Fact Sheet

Curriculum Guide

Some Health Sciences and Wellness programs may have additional requirements related to required grade-point averages, grades and other progression policies required for graduation. Please see program handbooks for more information.

First Year
Fall Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ACA 111 College Student Success
or
ACA 122 College Transfer Success
n/a 0 – 1 0 – 2 n/a 1 – 2 1
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry Prerequisite: ENG 002 Tier 1
Corequisite: ENG 011
3 n/a n/a 3 3
MED 121 Medical Terminology I Prerequisite: ENG 002 Tier 1 3 n/a n/a 3 3
CIS 111 Basic PC Literacy (CIS 110 Introduction to Computers will also be accepted) Prerequisite for CIS 111: none
Prerequisites for CIS 110: ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1
1 – 2 2 n/a 3 – 4 2 – 3
PBT 100 Phlebotomy Technology Prerequisite: admission to Phlebotomy program
Corequisites: PBT 101, CIS 111 or CIS 110, ACA 122 or ACA 111, PSY 150
5 2 n/a 7 6
PBT 101 Phlebotomy Practicum Prerequisite: admission to Phlebotomy program
Corequisites: PBT 100, CIS 111 or CIS 110, ACA 122 or ACA 111, PSY 150
n/a n/a 9 9 3
PSY 150 General Psychology Prerequisite: ENG 002 Tier 1 3 n/a n/a 3 3
Total Semester Hours 15 – 17 4 – 6 9 29 – 31 21 – 22
First Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
MED 118 Medical Law and Ethics Prerequisite: ENG 002 Tier 1 2 n/a n/a 2 2
BIO 163 Basic Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 168 and BIO 169 will be accepted — must take both) Prerequisites: ENG 002 Tier 1, and either BIO 090 or high school
Biology
4 2 n/a 6 5
HEA 112 First Aid and CPR n/a 1 2 n/a 3 2
COM 231 Public Speaking Prerequisite: ENG 111 3 n/a n/a 3 3
HUM 115 Critical Thinking
or
PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics
Prerequisites for HUM 115: ENG 002 Tier 1
Prerequisites for PHI 240: ENG 111
3 n/a n/a 3 3
MED 122 Medical Terminology II Prerequisite: MED 121 3 n/a n/a 3 3
Total Semester Hours 16 4 n/a 20 18
Total Semester Hours Required for Diploma 39 – 40