Phlebotomists may work in clinical laboratories, hospitals, nursing homes, doctor’s offices, and other health care facilities. While phlebotomists are commonly supervised by a clinical laboratory technologist or another medical professional, in medical and diagnostic laboratories patient interaction is sometimes only with the phlebotomist. This allows a unique opportunity to positively impact the patient’s experience. 

Our 2-session program will teach you blood collection methods using proper techniques and standard precautions and offers hands-on clinical hours. 

About the Program

Phlebotomy Session I

90 classroom hours

This first session concentrates on developing skills in the performance of blood collection methods using proper techniques and standard precautions. This includes vacuum collection devices, syringes, capillary skin puncture, butterfly needles, and blood culture. It also covers specimen collection on adults, children, and infants. Infection prevention, patient identification, specimen labeling, quality assurance, specimen handling, processing, accessioning, professionalism, ethics, and medical terminology are emphasized.

 

Phlebotomy Session II

150 clinical hours

This second session works on developing skills in the performance of a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques and standard precautions. This includes vacuum collection devices, syringes, capillary skin puncture, butterfly needles, and blood culture. It also covers specimen labeling, quality assurance, specimen handling, processing, accessioning, professionalism, ethics, and medical terminology.

Program Requirements

TO REGISTER FOR THE CLASS, STUDENTS MUST submit:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Social Security Card
  • Driver's License / State ID
  • Shot Records
  • Healthcare CPR required
  • *Signed Criminal Background Check form
  • Signed Drug Testing Consent form

*Students must sign a release for Panola College to check the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Background Check prior to admission to Phlebotomy 1023.  If a student is a minor, permission must be obtained by the legal guardian.  In addition to the Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 250.006, Panola College reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant to the Phlebotomy Program that has arrests for DWI, POCS, assault, theft, burglary, robbery, deadly conduct, felony regardless of the date of the offense.  

For students in this course who may have a criminal background, please be advised that the background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas.  If you have a question about your background and licensure, please speak with your faculty member or the Director of Workforce and Continuing Education.  You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency.

Students must provide proof of the following immunizations prior to the clinical training of the program:

  • Varicella
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria (Tdap- within 10 years)
  • Influenza
  • Negative TB skin test/ chest x-ray (within the last year)

If a student cannot provide proof of the vaccine, they will need to have the titer test done to check for the following antibodies:

  • Varicella IgG
  • Rubeola IgG
  • Mumps IgG
  • Rubella IgG
  • Hepatitis B Quant

Program Cost

The cost of the program is $949.

After successful completion of the 240 hours, students will register for their state certification exam through American Medical Technologists (AMT). Once the students are registered for the exam, the students may set up their exam date at their convenience. The students are responsible for the cost of the exam ($125.00). This amount will be paid to Panola College.

Scholarships

Scholarships are now being offered for several of our CE programs, including phlebotomy.  Students will need to have applications submitted two weeks prior to the first class day. The amount of the scholarship will aid the student up to 25% of the total cost of the programs they choose.

Upcoming Sessions

Phlebotomy I

Sept 19-Dec 5, 2022: Classes meet Mondays from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM; plus additional online work.
W.C. Smith Building #414

Phlebotomy II (clinicals)

Jan 9-Apr 10, 2023: Various clinical sites to be determined.