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Revision Date: 03-May-24

Summer 2024 | AHS-1410-VU01 - Introduction to Phlebotomy

Tutorial Class

Location: Winooski
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Monday, 05:30P - 08:10P
Semester Dates: 05-20-2024 to 08-12-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-10-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-08-2024 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
Materials/Lab Fees: $30.00


Courtney Hodet
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Jen Guarino

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.

Summer 2024 textbook details will be available on 2023-11-06. 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-VU01 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.

Prohibited: The use of generative AI is not allowed in this course, with the exception of spellcheck, grammar check and similar tools. This course rests in the value of students engaging in the learning process without relying on AI-generated content. Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills independently, owning their learning journey from start to finish. If you use these tools, your actions would be considered academically dishonest and a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.


Class is a combination of hands on skills and lecture.

Weekly Quizzes and homework assignments.

1 midterm and 1 final exam.

Evaluation Criteria

Weekly Homework Assignments: 25%

Weekly Quizzes: 25%

Midterm Exam: 25%

Final Exam: 25%

Grading Criteria

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

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 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Week 1 (May 20th ) Introduction to Phlebotomy

In-Class Lecture

Introduction and Expectations

What is a Phlebotomist?

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


Homework Due for Next Class May 27th

Chapter 1 Review Questions- submit in Canvas

Study for Quiz on Chapter 1- Complete in Canvas



Week 2 (May 27th )-

****No in person Class this week****

CCV closed due to Holiday (Memorial Day), complete course work in Canvas this week.

In Canvas:

Chapter 4 Medical Terminology & Chapter 5 Human Anatomy and Physiology


Homework Due for Next Class June 3rd

Chapter 4 &5 Review Questions- submit in Canvas

Study for Quiz #2 on Chapter 4 &5



Week 3 (June 3rd )

In Class:

Quiz #2 Chapter 4&5

Chapter 7 Blood Collection Equipment


Homework Due for next class June 10th

Chapter 7 Review Questions- submit in Canvas

Study for Quiz #3 on Chapter 7



Week 4 (June 10th )

In Class:

Quiz #3 Chapter 7

Chapter 8 Venipuncture Procedures

Perform Phlebotomy on practice arms


Homework Due for Next class June 17th

Chapter 8 Review Questions- submit in Canvas

Study for Quiz #4 on Chapter 8



Week 5 (June 17th )

In Class:

Quiz #4 Chapter 8

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

Review for Midterm Exam

Perform Phlebotomy on practice arms


Homework Due for next class June 24th

Chapter 3 Review Questions- submit in Canvas

Study for Quiz #5 on Chapter 3



Week 6 (June 24th )

In Class:

Quiz #5 Chapter 3

Chapter 9 Preanalytical Variables

Perform Phlebotomy on practice arms and/or each other


Homework Due for next class July 1st:

Chapter 9 Review Questions- submit in Canvas

Study for Midterm Exam (includes everything including this week’s material)



Week 7 (July 1st )

In Class:

Complete the Midterm Exam

Review Slides and Lecture Videos for

Chapter 6 Cardiovascular System


Homework Due for next class July 8th

Chapter 6 Review Questions- submit in Canvas

Study for Quiz #6 on Chapter 6



Week 8 (July 8th)

In Class:

Quiz #6 Chapters 6

Chapter 2 Quality Assurance and Legal Issues

Perform Phlebotomy on each other


Homework Due for next class July 15th

Chapter 2 Review Questions- submit in Canvas

Study for Quiz #7 Chapter 2

Lab Test Report- assigned in class



Week 9 (July 15th )

In Class:

Quiz #7 Chapter 2

Lab Test Report Presentations

Chapter 10 Capillary Collections

Perform Phlebotomy on each other


Homework Due for next class July 22nd

Chapter 10 Review Questions-submit in Canvas

Study for Quiz #8 Chapter 10

Lab Test Report- assigned in class



Week 10 (July 22nd )

In Class:

Quiz #8 Chapter 10

Chapter 11 Special Collections

Chapter13 Non blood specimens


Homework Due for next class July 29th

Chapter11 and 13 Review Questions- submit in Canvas

Study for Quiz #9 Chapter 11 and 13

Lab test Presentation



Week 11 (July 29th )

In Class:

Quiz #9 Chapter 11 and 13

Lab test presentation

Chapter 12 Computer and Specimen Handling and Processing


Homework Due for next class August 5th

Chapter 12 Review Questions- submit in Canvas

Study for Quiz #10 Chapter 12

Lab Test Report- assigned in class



Week 12 (August 5th )

In Class:

Quiz #10 Chapter 12

Lab Test Report Presentations

Chapter 14 Arterial Puncture Procedures

Comprehensive Review

Homework Due for next class August 12th

Study for Final Exam

Chapter 14 Review Questions- submit in Canvas

Week 13 (August 12th )

In Class:

Final Review

Final Exam


Homework Due for next class August 12th

Study for Final Exam

Chapter 14 Review Questions- submit in Canvas


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

Missing & Late Work Policy

Homework will be docked 10 points for every week that homework is late.

Missed quizzes are the responsibility of the student to reach out to the instructor on how and when to complete make up quizzes/exams.

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.