The health care field continues to grow, and anyone looking for short-term training in this area should take a look at Rend Lake College’s one-semester certificate in phlebotomy. A phlebotomist is responsible for collecting blood specimens as ordered by a physician or other health care professional. A phlebotomist draws blood for tests, transfusions, donations, or research, and may be responsible for explaining the procedure to patients and assisting in the recovery of patients with adverse reactions.
Students in the Phlebotomy program will learn techniques, procedures and issues pertaining to the proper collection of blood specimens for routine clinical laboratory testing. Clinical experiences will give students the chance to use what they have learned in direct care situations. To complete clinicals, the student must perform a minimum of 100 venipunctures and 25 skin punctures successfully and unaided, and complete an orientation in a full-service laboratory. In addition to phlebotomy coursework, students also will take Medical Terminology and Intro to Psychology to complete the occupational certificate.
Employment of medical laboratory technicians, the broad category in which phlebotomists are placed, is expected to grow by 15 percent between 2010 and 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The college tries to assist individuals who demonstrate financial need, and in most cases, financial aid is available. The college has been approved as a participating institution for grants made by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission and also is approved for federal student aid programs, including veterans benefits. Locally endowed scholarships are available to full-time students through the RLC Foundation.
The phlebotomy program is a one-semester certificate designed to prepare students to work in the medical field as a phlebotomist. A phlebotomist is responsible for collecting blood specimens as ordered by a physician or other health care professional. The curriculum emphasizes practical hands-on learning experiences in the laboratory setting. Successful graduates can take the certification exam through the American Society for Clinical Pathology.
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