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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.

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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.

Financial Aid
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.

Degrees & Certificates in Phlebotomy


PHLEBOTOMY - Certificate

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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. All curriculum courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

► Total = 16 Hours

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First Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

Mission & Goals

Program Mission

The mission of the Phlebotomy Technician Certificate program of Rend Lake College is to be an exemplary program graduating highly qualified individuals to fill the employment needs of clinical laboratories. The Program is committed to serving students and the medical laboratory community through guidance, excellent academic instruction and professional training utilizing traditional and innovative means while understanding the cultural diversity of individuals, maintaining a student-centered philosophy, striving to make wise use of community and educational resources and materials. The faculty of the Phlebotomy Technician Program is committed to providing quality instruction by preparing the graduate to be employable to an entry level in general Phlebotomy and to be successful on the National Certification Examination in Phlebotomy.

Program Goals

Upon completion of this program the student will successfully:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the health care delivery system and medical terminology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of infection control and safety.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of body systems.
  • Associate the major areas and departments of the clinical laboratory with the laboratory tests ordered to evaluate a patient’s pathologic condition or illness.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the importance of specimen collection in the overall patient care system.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of collection equipment, various types of additives used, special precautions necessary and substances that can interfere in clinical analysis of blood constituents.
  • Demonstrate proper techniques to perform venipuncture and capillary puncture.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of pre-analytical errors that can significantly alter results.
  • Demonstrate understanding of requisitioning, specimen transport and specimen processing.
  • Demonstrate understanding of quality assurance in Phlebotomy.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the basic concepts of communications, personal and patient interaction, stress management, professional behavior and legal implications of the work environment.

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Faculty & Staff

Allied Health Division Coordinator / Clinical Coordinator of Radiologic Technology
Phone Extension: 1777
Building: South Oasis
Office: 116
M.A.Ed., McKendree University
Nursing Associate Professor
Phone Extension: 1304
Building: South Oasis
Office: 121
B.S.N., University of Missouri-St. Louis

Allied Health Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1251
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Allied Health
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Allied Health


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