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Revision Date: 16-Jul-24
 

Fall 2024 | AHS-1410-VT01H - Introduction to Phlebotomy


Hybrid Class

Hybrid courses combine online instruction with limited in-person meetings throughout the semester. Hybrid courses can take place in standard or accelerated formats.

Location: Brattleboro
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Hybrid Section: This course meets both online and at the site office. See below or consult Self Service - Search for Courses and Sections for specific dates and times.
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 5 (as of 07-19-24 5:05 PM)
To check live space availability, Search for Courses.
Materials/Lab Fees: $75.00
Comments: This class meets online weekly and on Thursdays in person at CCV Brattleboro on 9/26, 10/24, 11/21, 12/5, & 12/12 from 6 - 8:45 pm.

Faculty

Roger Weeden
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Danielle Lafleur Brooks

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.


Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.


Required Textbooks and Resources

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Fall 2024 textbook details will be available on 2024-05-20. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

AHS-1410-VT01H Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

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


Artificial Intelligence(AI) Policy Statement

CCV recognizes that artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI tools are widely available and becoming embedded in many online writing and creative applications.

Integrated: This course's generative AI policy acknowledges the use of AI is an essential skill in today's world. By using genAI for specific purposes, students become equipped with relevant skills and tools necessary to thrive in a technology-driven society. Emphasizing the mastery of generative AI should empower you to harness its potential, enhancing your problem-solving abilities and preparing you for future challenges and opportunities. Be aware, however, that any time generative AI is used at any point in the assignment without attribution it may be considered a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.

When it comes assignment completion and discussion boards:

This courses generative AI policy acknowledges technology, including generative AI, plays a supportive role in learning and feedback. During our class, we may use AI writing tools such as ChatGPT or Grammarly in certain specific cases. You will be informed as to when, where, and how these tools are permitted to be used, along with guidance for attribution. Course assignments will indicated acceptance of generative AI with an *AI accepted. This will be discussed during course orientation. Any use outside of these specific cases constitutes a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.



Methods

• Class discussion

• Lecture

• Demonstration

• Simulation

• Quizzes

• Final Exam

• Lab Practicum


Evaluation Criteria

Participation = 10%

Discussion Board = 15%

Homework (chapter review questions/chapter case studies) = 20%

Quizzes (4) = 20%

Final Exam (based on chapter information) = 15%

Lab Practicum (performance of Phlebotomy on classmate) = 20%


Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

 HighLow
A+10098
A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
P10060
NPLess than 600


Weekly Schedule


Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments
 

1

The Healthcare Setting

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.

  

Chapter 1 - Phlebotomy: Past and Present and the Healthcare Setting

  

Chapter 1 Study and Review Questions 1- 15; Case Studies 1-1 & 1-2

Discussion Board Week 1 (see Canvas course for details) *AI Accepted

 

2

The Healthcare Setting

Discussion on ethics, legal, risk/quality management and regulatory issues.Be prepared to discuss ethical versus legal case scenario.

  

Chapter 2 - Quality Assurance and Legal Issues in Healthcare

  

Chapter 2 Study and Review Questions 1 - 15; Case Studies 2-1 & 2-2

 

3

The Healthcare Setting & Overview of the Human Body (Ch. 4)

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.

  

Chapter 3 - Infection Control, Safety, First Aid, and Personal Wellness

Chapter 4 - Medical Terminology

  

Chapter 3 Study and Review Questions 1 - 20; Case Studies 3-1 & 3-2

Chapter 4 Study and Review Questions 1 - 15; Case Studies 4-1 & 4-2

Discussion Board - answer one of the two questions presented for an initial post and respond to two peers postings. *AI Accepted

 

4

Blood Collection Procedures

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. Students will practice tourniquet application and begin venipuncture practice on the trainers.

  

Chapter 7 - Blood Collection Equipment, Additives, and Order of Draw

Chapter 8 - Venipuncture Procedures

  

Chapter 7 Study and Review Questions 1 - 20; Case Studies 7-1 & 7-2

Chapter 8 Study and Review Questions 1 - 25; Case Studies 8-1 & 8-2

 

5

Blood Collection Procedures

Lecture on preanalytical considerations. Students will continue to practice venipuncture techniques using the trainers. Review videos. Review quiz 1.

  

Chapter 9 Preexamination/Preanalytical Considerations

  

Chapter 9 Study and Review Questions 1 - 20; Case Studies 9-1 & 9-2

 

6

Overview of the Human Body

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

Read Chapter 5 prior to class.

Lecture on the clinical perspective of phlebotomy with a review of clinical anatomy and physiology. Venipuncture practice will continue using the trainers.

  

Chapter 5 - Human Anatomy and Physiology Review

  

Chapter 5 Study and Review Questions 1 - 15; Case Studies 5-1 & 5-2

Discussion Board - answer one of the two scenarios presented for an initial post and respond to two peers postings. *AI Accepted

 

7

Overview of Circulatory System

Read Chapter 6 prior to class.

Lecture on the circulatory system. Venipuncture practice will continue to progress on arm models. Review quiz 2.

  

Chapter 6 The Circulatory System (paying particular attention to draw sites based on age groups)

  

Chapter 6 Study and Review Questions 1 - 20; Case Studies 6-1 & 6-2

Complete Heart Diagram

 

8

Blood Collection Procedures

Read Chapter 10 prior to class.

Lecture will cover capillary puncture and testing. Capillary and venipuncture techniques will be practiced on arm models.

  

Chapter 10 Capillary Puncture Equipment, Principles and Procedures

  

Chapter 10 Study and Review Questions 1 - 20; Case Studies 10-1 & 10-2

Discussion Board - answer one of the topics related to Capillary Puncture and Collection as an initial post and respond to two peers postings. *AI Accepted

 

9

Special Procedures

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

Read Chapter 11 prior to class.

Lecture will cover spec collections and point of care testing. Students will continue to practice their venipuncture skills on simulators and on each other. Glucometer testing.

  

Chapter 11 Special Collections and Point of Care (POC) Testing

  

Chapter 11 Study and Review Questions 1 - 20; Case Studies 11-1 & 11-2

 

10

Special Procedures

Read Chapter 12 prior to class.

Lecture on computer scanning, specimen handling and processing. Venipuncture practice on arm models. Review quiz 3.

  

Chapter 12 Computers and Specimen Handling and Processing

  

Chapter 12 Study and Review Questions 1-20; Case Studies 12-1 & 12-2

Discussion Board - answer one question regarding Computers and Specimen Handling and Processing as an initial post and respond to two peers postings. *AI Accepted

 

11

Lab Practicum

    
 

12

Special Procedures

Read Chapter 13 before class.

Lecture will cover non-blood specs and tests

  

Chapter 13 Urine and Other Nonblood Specimens and Tests

  

Chapter 13 Study and Review Questions 1-20; Case Studies 13-1 & 13-2

 

13

Special Procedures

Read Chapter 14 before class

Quiz 4: Chapters 11-13 at beginning of class

Lecture will cover arterial puncture procedures

  

Chapter 14 Arterial Puncture Procedures

  

Chapter 14 Study and Review Questions 1-15; Case Study 14-1

 

14

Course Review for Final Exam

    
 

15

Final Exam

    
 

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • 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.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live 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.
  • 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. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.


Participation Expectations

Full participation requires active and thoughtful engagement in class each week. The following habits and skills are important. You'll have the opportunity to self-assess and receive instructor feedback on each of these areas at the mid-point and the end of the semester.

  • Attend class regularly, on-time and for the full session
  • Complete all of the week's reading and assignments before the start of class
  • Listen to others attentively and with an open mind
  • Positively contribute to class discussions and activities
  • Ask questions and seek help when you need it
  • Challenge yourself to do your best work

When it comes assignment completion and discussion boards:

This courses generative AI policy acknowledges technology, including generative AI, plays a supportive role in learning and feedback. During our class, we may use AI writing tools such as ChatGPT or Grammarly in certain specific cases. You will be informed as to when, where, and how these tools are permitted to be used, along with guidance for attribution. Course assignments will indicated acceptance of generative AI with an *AI accepted. This will be discussed during course orientation. Any use outside of these specific cases constitutes a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.



Missing & Late Work Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential components of a student's success in college and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A late arrival or early departure will constitute an absence. Your presence is beneficial to other members of the class. It is an expectation that all students will be punctual. If there are unforeseen circumstances that interfere with your class attendance, please contact the instructor prior to class via email.

Late work is not accepted for a grade. The instructor will inform the class in advance of due dates for assignments. If a student knows in advance that an assignment may be late, email the instructor to make arrangements for submission.


Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:


CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.


Academic Integrity


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.