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The average annual wage in this field is $35,651, with an earning potential of about $40,414 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.
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.
Courses are from the 2020-21 Catalog
|PHLEB 100||Introduction to Phlebotomy||12 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. This course will include instruction in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and disease processes that impact the practice of phlebotomy. 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.
|PHLEB 101||Phlebotomy Externship||8 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. This course may include various modalities of instruction in medical office procedures and basic keyboarding for phlebotomy practice
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Prior to registration for PHLEB 101-Phlebotomy Externship, admitted students must complete and submit evidence of the following requirements:
NOTE: Students will be charged a fee of approximately $119 for the background check, drug screen, and tracking of required health documents. You will be notified with instructions/information regarding these requirements by the department after registration.