The Phlebotomy program trains individuals in proper collection, transportation, and handling of blood and other body fluids including blood collection equipment, venipuncture, and capillary collection.
The Bossier Parish Community College Certificate of Technical Studies in Phlebotomy program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720; Rosemont, IL 60018-5119; 773-714-8880, www.naacls.org.
Melissa Shepherd, MPH, MLT, (ASCP)
Recipients of the Certificate of Technical Studies in Phlebotomy will be able to demonstrate:
- written, verbal, and visual communication skills to interact with and explain information to medical personnel and patients;
- critical thinking processes in the assessment and interpretation of specimen collection procedures and equipment;
- the application of anatomy, physiology, and the use of medical terminology in the role of the phlebotomist:
- computer and other technology processes in the performance of phlebotomy and other specimen collection procedures;
- compliance with safety codes and regulations in the clinical environment; and
- performance of skills appropriate to the role of a phlebotomist.
This program includes a required clinical component. Persons interested in pursuing this degree should be aware of all information concerning clinical programs described on the Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health page.
Specific Certificate Requirements:
Students pursuing the Certificate of Technical Studies in Phlebotomy must first meet College admission requirements. All students must successfully finish the designated qualifications courses for Phlebotomy with a grade of C or above and complete an application packet. BPCC must have received official copies of all transcripts from all colleges attended, prior to being considered for admission to the program.
Application packets must be submitted by the established due date for consideration. Interested students must start the application process at the beginning of the semester prior to beginning the program course (ALHT 211 ). The Phlebotomy program class (ALHT 211 ) is selected at the end of the spring semester for the fall training program and at the end of the fall semester for the spring training program. Approximately fifteen (15) students are selected for each program class. Program class size is determined by clinical site availability and employment statistics.
Selection for the program class (ALHT 211 ) is based on the following criteria:
- Minimum grade point average (GPA) for qualification courses of 2.000
- Application packet completed by due date
If over 15 students meet the above criteria, students with the highest GPA for qualification courses will be selected first. Two alternates will be chosen. If there is a tie in the highest GPA, the student with the highest grade in ALHT 102 will be chosen.
Students selected for the Phlebotomy program will be required to provide health information and meet all requirements for a program with a clinical component (described earlier in this section). Students in programs with a clinical component are required to pay an additional clinical fee (as listed in the BPCC Academic Bulletin) in addition to regular tuition. Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate is eligible to take the national certification exam for Phlebotomy Technicians.
Prior to enrollment in ALHT 211 , students must test out of READ 099 and into ENGL 101 as documented by ACT, placement test, or course completion. Students must demonstrate competency in mathematics through completion of program specific assessments.
Required Courses for the Certificate of Technical Studies in Phlebotomy: