• Phlebotomy Practices and Quality Essentials
  • Ethical, Legal, and Regulatory Issues
  • Basic Anatomy and Physiology
  • Infection Control
  • Laboratory Safety
  • Specimen Handling and Processing
  • Blood Collection Equipment
  • Blood collection Procedures
  • Complications Associated with Specimen Collection
  • Special Collection Procedures
  • Departments of the Laboratory

Students will also be required to successfully complete a clinical rotation of 100 hours within the Geisinger Medical Laboratories and perform a minimum of 100 successful unaided blood collections

The doctoral staff, technical specialists, supervisors, as well as the school’s coordinator/instructor all contribute to the learning process to ensure a quality education for students. In addition, each department of the laboratory presents a topic on its area of expertise. Students will receive classroom instruction (didactic and classroom laboratory) by specialists in their field of study. 

Program objectives
Upon completion of this program, the student will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic anatomy and physiology of body systems and medical terminology.
  • Describe phlebotomy duties and practices
  • Demonstrate knowledge of legal and ethical issues
  • Demonstrate knowledge of lab safety and infection control
  • Describe the organizational structure of a laboratory
  • Demonstrate knowledge of specimen processing and handling
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of blood collection devices and equipment used in phlebotomy
  • Perform proper techniques for both venipunctures and capillary draws
  • Identify pre-analytical errors and factors that can affect specimen quality or have an impact on laboratory results
  • Perform special collection procedures
  • Demonstrate appropriate levels of interpersonal and communication skills, computer skills, documentation and professionalism
  • Achieve goals for continuing education and professional competencies
  • Perform quality control methods for point-of-care testing
  • Describe today’s health care delivery system

Program assessments

  • Written exams: 30%
  • Practical exams: 40%
  • Final exam: 20%
  • Professional skills: 10%