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Revision Date: 14-May-19

AHS-1410-VR01 - Introduction to Phlebotomy

Synonym: 182941
Location: Rutland
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Thursday, 01:00P - 04:30P
Semester Dates: 05-23-2019 to 08-08-2019
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-10-2019 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-08-2019 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Michele Wilkie | View Faculty Credentials
Materials/Lab Fees: $30.00
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration

Comments: No class 7/4.

Course Description:

This course covers the proper collection of blood specimens, choice of proper phlebotomy equipment, venipuncture techniques, patient care, safety, tests, and quality assurance. The course is designed to provide a minimum of 20 hours of practical instruction and skills development in phlebotomy.

Essential Objectives:

1. Identify the various laboratory departments and the roles and qualifications of the phlebotomist and other clinical laboratory personnel.
2. List and define various regulatory acronyms--such as HIPAA, CAP, OSHA, JCAHCO, EPA--and describe their relationships to hospitals, clinics and medical offices.
3. Describe and explain standard protocol for recognizing, reporting and following up on employee exposures to infectious materials.
4. Describe phlebotomy risk factors and complications.
5. Describe how blood specimens are obtained including how blood separates into clotted blood, serum, whole blood and plasma.
6. Evaluate appropriate additives used in blood collection, how they work, color coding used with each type, proper order of draw when additives are required, and special precautions when using additives.
7. Explain and identify special procedures including timed specimens, glucose tolerance tests, forensic tests, and therapeutic tests.
8. Describe laboratory standards and regulations related to quality assurance and specimen handling.
9. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding, interpreting, evaluating and applying quantitative data and information.
Laboratory Objectives:
1. Identify and describe blood collection equipment, proper identification of patient and specimens, proper selection and preparation of skin puncture site, and selection of antiseptic.
2. Describe and demonstrate methods for preventing exposure incidents by following work practice controls, using engineering controls and personal protective equipment, practicing good personal hygiene and properly cleaning and disinfecting equipment and supplies.
3. Demonstrate the blood collection process from application of personal protective equipment to discharge of patient.
4. Demonstrate post-puncture care and appropriate disposal of sharps, needles and waste.
5. Describe and demonstrate special collections of other body fluids including urine.


  • Class and small group discussion
  • Lecture
  • Demonstration
  • Simulation
  • Live phlebotomy
  • Research Paper
  • Quizzes
  • Final Exam
  • Lab Practicum

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Attendance = 5%
  • Participation = 5%
  • Professionalism = 5%
  • Homework = 10%
  • Quizzes (3) = 20%
  • Research Paper = 15%
  • Final Exam = 20%
  • Lab Practicum = 20%

Grading Criteria:

A+ through A-: For any work to receive an "A," it must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work. It must demonstrate keen insight and original thinking. It must not only demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issues addressed, but it must also provide a critical analysis of these. In addition, an "A" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning.

B+ through B-:For any work to receive a "B," it must be good to excellent work. It must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "B" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly articulate his or her learning.

C+ through C-:For any work to receive a "C," it must meet the expectations of the assignment. It must demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "C" grade reflects a student's ability to adequately articulate his or her learning.

D+ through D-: For any work to receive a "D," it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "D" grade may reflect a student's difficulty in articulating his or her learning.

F: Work that receives an "F" grade does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. In addition, an "F" grade reflects a student's inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.

A+= 98-100% B+= 88-89.9% C+= 78-79.9% D+= 68-69.9%

A= 93-97.9% B= 83-87.9% C= 73-77.9% D= 63-67.9%

A-= 90-92.9% B-= 80-82.9% C-= 70-72.9% D-= 60-62.9%

F= 59.9% and below

All graded assignments will be rounded to the nearest tenth. Final grades will be calculated based on the assignment evaluation percentages outlined in Evaluation Criteria.


Summer 2019 textbook data will be available on April 1. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Michele Wilkie
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Barbara Richter

Notes: 315-289-5294 (Call or Text)

Attendance Policy:

• Students are expected to attend all class sessions as listed on the course calendar.

• Class attendance at CCV is essential to your success.

• In addition to attending all classes, you should expect to do at least 3-4 hours of homework for every credit hour. For instance, if you are taking a 3 credit course, expect to spend at least 9-12 hours per week completing assignments.

• If you cannot attend class, contact your faculty member beforehand and make arrangements for making up any missed work.

• Missing more than three classes may jeopardize course credit. A pattern of late arrival or early departure will constitute absence at the instructor's discretion. Lab attendance is mandatory. Your presence is beneficial to other members of the class. It is an expectation that all students will be punctual.

• In addition, most financial aid awards depend on regular attendance, and irregular attendance may cause you to lose your financial aid award. This may result in a bill from the College. You are strongly urged to ensure your success at CCV by making regular attendance a top priority.

• Refer to:

1. In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student’s ability to earn a satisfactory final grade. For example, in a 15-week course that meets once a week, 20% of the course would equal 3 class meetings.

2. Attending an on-ground course means a student appeared in the classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.

3. Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class.

4. Federal financial aid regulations require regular attendance. CCV complies with all federal financial aid attendance-reporting requirements. In case of a student who stops attending but does not officially withdraw, earned Title IV financial aid will be based on the student’s last day of attendance.


Syllabus/Schedule: Subject to change at the instructor's discretion.

Week 1 05/23/19:

Read Chapter 1 prior to the first class.

Introductions, ground rules, consent forms, overview and discussion of the syllabus and expectations (both student and faculty). Lecture will be on the history of phlebotomy and a general overview of the profession.

Week 2 05/30/19:

Read Chapter 2 prior to class.

Discussion on ethics, legal, risk/quality management and regulatory issues. “Round Table” discussion regarding ethical versus legal (morals vs laws).

Week 3 06/06/19:

Read Chapter 3 & Chapter 4 prior to class.

Lecture & discussion on safety, infection control, specimen documentation, handling and transportation, and medical terminology. Review hand washing techniques and use of PPE videos. Review of medical terminology. Jeopardy (if time permits).

Lab: Handwashing Demonstration and practice/Gloving Demonstration and practice.

Week 4 06/13/19:

Quiz 1 at beginning of class (Chapters 1, 2, 3 & 4)

Read Chapter 7 & Chapter 8 prior to class.

Lecture on blood collection equipment and venipuncture procedures. Tourniquet application demonstration and student practice and begin venipuncture practice on the training kits and arm models. Handwashing practice if needed.

Week 5 06/20/19:

Read Chapter 9 prior to class.

Lecture on pre-analytical considerations. Students will continue to practice venipuncture techniques using the trainers (arm models). Review videos. Review quiz 1.

Week 6 06/27/19:

Quiz 2 at beginning of class (Chapters 7, 8 & 9)

Read Chapter 5 & Chapter 6 prior to class.

Review quiz 2. Lectures on the clinical perspective of phlebotomy with a review of clinical anatomy and physiology/ and the circulatory system. Venipuncture practice will continue using the trainers.

Week 7 07/04/19:

NO CLASS, Fourth of July!!!

Optional rough draft of paper due to TurnItIn by 11:59pm on 07/06/19

Week 8 07/11/19:

Read Chapter 10 & Chapter 11 prior to class.

Lecture will cover capillary puncture and testing/spec collections and point of care testing. Capillary and venipuncture techniques will be practiced on arm models and on each other (?).

Week 9 07/18/19:

Quiz 3 at beginning of class (Chapters 5, 6, 10, & 11).

Read Chapter 12 prior to class.

Lecture will cover computer scanning, spec handling and processing. Students will continue to practice their venipuncture skills on simulators and on each other.

Week 10 07/25/19:

Review quiz 3. Students will continue to practice their venipuncture skills on each other. Review (if needed).

Week 11 08/01/19:

Read Chapter 13 & 14 prior to class.

Research Paper is due. Submit to dropbox by 11:59pm 0n 08/01/19.

ONLINE Lecture will cover non-blood specs and tests, and arterial punctures. Review order of blood draw.

Week 12 08/08/19:

Lab practicum

Lecture Final Exam

Course description and syllabus details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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