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Phlebotomy Certificate

A certificate in Phlebotomy will provide the student a background in basic anatomy/physiology, medical terminology, medical office procedures, and phlebotomy skills. This program also includes an externship experience at a clinical facility where students must perform successful venipuncture and blood draws on at least 100 patients. Once completed, students are eligible to apply for State licensure as a Health Care Assistant, Level A.

Program Facts

Average annual wage $33,259

Wage potential $39,645 annually

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Jobs & Employment

The average annual wage in this field is $33,259, with an earning potential of about $39,645 per year.*

Employers in Whatcom County expect this growth to be higher than that which is reflected in the WorkForce Explorer. Whatcom County is seen as a Regional healthcare center, and combined with the aging population, increased retirements, increasing lab work developed and available, and the expanded use of lab tests in pre-employment screening, labs have had to develop several locations to meet this need with expanded hours.

Potential Positions

Once completed, students are allowed to apply for State licensure as a Health Care Assistant, Level A. Phlebotomy falls, is listed as “In Demand” with growth projections in Washington State through 2017 of 17.9%, according to the WorkForce Explorer.

Through additional courses and increased on-the-job skills training, the graduate is provided with a career pathway up to a Category F Health Care Assistant and Category G (hemodialysis technician). Most of the course content can also be applied to other jobs, such as a Medical Biller and/or Medical Coder, and into positions of Medical Office Supervisor.


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  • Quarter 1
  • HO 157Introduction to Phlebotomy Skills4 credits

    This course introduces the principles of phlebotomy and covers basic anatomy and physiology, asepsis, disease processes, equipment and supplies, collection procedures and quality assurance, as well as medical and legal issues associated with phlebotomy practice. The course includes practice and performance of venipuncture and finger-stick methods. Students must have a high school education or equivalent, ability to apply college level reading and writing, and converse in the English language. Students must also demonstrate background in medical terminology and anatomy and physiology, either through previous schooling or work-related experience. Manual dexterity to perform skills is essential to the successful completion of the course. A supply kit and book must be purchased in the bookstore prior to the course.

    Program admission.
  • HT 160Phlebotomy Externship3 credits

    Per the requirements of WAC 246-826-130, the Phlebotomy student will demonstrate competency and be evaluated in a laboratory setting to perform venipuncture procedures successfully, utilizing appropriate equipment with correct technique in a medical lab setting, all within approved medical safety standards.

    HO 157.
  • Pre-Program
  • BIO 105Essentials of Anatomy Physiology5 credits

    The student will develop a basic knowledge of the structure and function of the various body systems. The course emphasizes the essential structure and function of the normal human body, which will serve as a foundation of general understanding for future study in health occupations. Integration of each system to other systems and the whole organism as well as application of key concepts to health and disease are emphasized.

    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills score of 71 or higher.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/15MW12:00p-3:00pWALKER SOpenings: 32
  • BIO 127Diseases of the Human Body4 credits

    Introduction to the effects of system diseases on the human body. Course includes discussions of selected diseases, including causes and treatments. Course also includes an overview of principles of pharmacology and description/purposes of selected laboratory tests.

    BIO 105 (or BIOL& 241 and BIOL& 242) and HT 126.

    Future Offerings
    2/11-3/10TThF 1:00p-4:00pREAD AMOpenings: 13
  • HT 126Fundamentals of Medical Terminology5 credits

    The student will gain a basic knowledge of medical word building. The course will address root words, prefixes and suffixes and terms which are used in diagnostic, operative, and symptoms relating to the various systems of the body. Emphasis on correct spelling and pronunciation of selected common eponyms.

    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills score of 71 or higher.

    Future Offerings
    4/11-6/20MW 3:30p-6:30pREAD AMOpenings: 30
    4/5-6/21Online WALKER SOpenings: 30
  • BUS 230Medical Office Procedures5 credits

    Medical Office Procedures is an introduction to healthcare administration. This course gives students transferable skills that will aid them in attaining employment within healthcare, as well as a global understanding of the differences within the various healthcare systems. A strong emphasis will be placed on interpersonal skills, appropriate communication and customer service skills when working in a diverse office team environment. The student will learn the duties in the medical office, computerized medical office procedures as well as exercises in judgment, independent action, and coping with interruptions. In addition to computerized appointment scheduling and billing, students learn about the major insurances with ICD and CPT coding. This course is designed to give an overview of the various areas within healthcare administration that most healthcare professionals will be expected to understand and know when seeking a job. Although healthcare operations may vary, a basic level of understanding in administration is vital for all healthcare professionals. (Note: this course meets the communications general education requirement for the medical coding and billing generalist program only).

    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills score of 71 or higher.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/9TTh12:00p-3:00pWALKER SOpenings: 24
  • CAP 105Computerized Touch Keyboarding2 credits

    A touch typing course for beginners as well as those needing to brush up on their keyboarding skills. Course covers learning to type alphabetical keys by touch using proper technique. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-5/4MWF12:30p-1:50pMASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • HLTH 133HIV/AIDS: For Healthcare Professional1 credits

    This workshop is designed for the professional needing seven hours of HIV/AIDS education for licensure or professional update. The program utilizes a multi-media approach and meets Washington State certification requirements.

    Future Offerings
    2/19F 8:30a-4:30pWESTER LOpenings: 10
    2/24-3/23Online WESTER LOpenings: 44
    4/5-5/18Online WESTER LOpenings: 50
    5/19-6/17Online WESTER LOpenings: 50
    5/13F 8:30a-4:30pWESTER LOpenings: 40
  • HLTH 155First Aid Fundamentals1 credits

    This eight-hour first aid course is in compliance with WAC 296-24 of the State of Washington and meets OSHA/WISHA requirements for first aid training. This course teaches the fundamentals of first aid in order to gain access to the EMS system, render emergency care in a low-risk occupational environment, and teaches adult CPR and obstructed airway techniques. Both CPR and first aid cards are good for two years. Attendance at all sessions and demonstration of competency is required for certification.

    Future Offerings
    3/11F 1:00p-4:00pENGELS JOpenings: 7
    4/16Sa 8:00a-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
    5/16-5/18MW 5:30p-9:30pSTAFFOpenings: 12
    4/14Th 3:30p-6:30pSTAFFOpenings: 18
    4/27W 6:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
    5/16M 6:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program typically admits students for the winter and summer quarters.

Testing Requirements

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills score of 71 or higher.
  • Computerized Touch Keyboarding (CAP 105) can be satisfied by passing the Office Proficiency Assessment & Certification (OPAC) test with a score of 35 WPM.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology (BIO 105)
  • Diseases of the Human Body (BIO 127)
  • Fundamentals of Medical Terminology (HT 126)
  • Medical Office Procedures (BUS 230)
  • Computerized Touch Keyboarding (CAP 105)
  • HIV/AIDS: Healthcare Professional- 7 Hour (HLTH 133)
  • First Aid Fundamentals (HLTH 155)

Program Application/Forms

Students who have successfully completed: General Biology w/Lab (BIOL& 160), Human A&P 1 (BIOL&241) and Human A&P 2 (BIOL&242) will have satisfied BIO 105, HT 126 and BIO 127.

Prior to registration for HO 157 Intro to Phlebotomy Skills, admitted students must complete and submit evidence of the following requirements:

  • Criminal background check
  • 11-panel drug screen

Students will be required to create an online account with Certified Background and pay a fee of $89.00 for the background check and drug screen.

Students may be required to travel to Skagit County for clinical placement.

Program Outcomes

  • Perform venous and capillary invasive procedures for blood withdrawal Demonstrate the knowledge and skills for entry level competency as a Category “A” Health Care Assistant, per guidelines outline in WAC 246-826-130.
  • Properly administer appropriate approved drugs per topical, rectal, otic, ophthalmic, and inhaled routes.
  • Interpret the Washington State Health Care Assistant Law and, how it applies to the phlebotomist with 80% accuracy.
  • Describe the phlebotomist’s role in a medical lab setting with 80% accuracy.
  • State eight rules for safety within the laboratory with 100% accuracy.
  • Explain the disease cycle of infectious pathogens with 80% accuracy.
  • Select appropriate PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), demonstrate proper hand washing technique and safe removal of contaminated gloves with 100% accuracy.
  • Explain the purpose and mission of OSHA/WSAH and Universal Precautions, define “CLIA 88" as it applies to phlebotomists, and explain Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) with 80% accuracy.
  • Define quality control and state the principle of quality assurance with 80% accuracy.
  • Define the difference between arteries, veins and capillaries; describe the different cells and components of blood and their functions, with at least 80% accuracy.
  • Define the difference between serum and plasma with 100% accuracy.
  • Identify the different supplies and equipment used in venipuncture and capillary collection with at least 80% accuracy.
  • Demonstrate proper, safe, and successful venipuncture with at least 80% accuracy.
  • List the most frequently encountered medical/physiological complications of venipuncture, and explain preventative measures and appropriate treatment for each with at least 80% accuracy.
  • Explain the most common causes, and remedies, of a “short” draw or no blood collected during venipuncture, list the four most common reasons for specimen rejection by the laboratory, and discuss preventative measures with at least 80% accuracy.

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Ann Marie Read

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Ann Marie has a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Washington. She has over 20 years of experience providing nursing care to acut...

    • Ann Marie has a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Washington. She has over 20 years of experience providing nursing care to acutely ill children and adults in both pediatric and adult emergency department settings. She is dedicated to supporting new healthcare workers and enthusiastically brings her professional knowledge to the classroom.