Phlebotomists obtain blood and other samples for laboratory testing. They establish professional relationships with their patients, collect and prepare specimens, maintain collection areas and equipment, and perform record keeping duties. Students are eligible to sit for national certification examinations in phlebotomy after completion of MEDT A195A.

The Phlebotomist Occupational Endorsement Certificate is offered on campus and by distance delivery.  Students enrolling in the courses offered by distance delivery must reside outside of Anchorage and Eagle River.  Students are responsible for locating and making arrangements with a mentoring facility to complete the laboratory portion of distance classes. The UAA Phlebotomy Program may be able to help identify and suggest appropriate clinical sites, and will need to establish a Memorandum of Agreement with the site and the University before approval can be given.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

The specific educational outcomes for the program are to produce graduates who:

  • Select the appropriate site and demonstrate the proper technique for collecting, handling, and processing blood and non-blood specimens.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct, stress management, interpersonal, and communication skills with patients, peers, other health care personnel, and the public, recognizing possible legal implications.
  • Recognize and adhere to infection control and safety policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of test requisitioning.
  • Identify factors that affect specimen collection procedures and test results, and take appropriate actions within predetermined limits when applicable.
  • Recognize and act upon individual needs for continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence.
  • Perform point-of-care testing according to standard operating procedures.

Certificate Requirements

  • Complete the Occupational Endorsement Admission Requirements.
  • Complete the General Admissions Requirements for all programs in the Medical Laboratory Science Department.
  • The Phlebotomist Occupational Endorsement Certificate is offered on campus and by distance delivery. Distance students must contact the Medical Laboratory Science Department to arrange for a mentor and clinical training facility prior to enrolling in any of the courses.
  • Students must earn a minimum grade of C or P in the following courses:
    • MEDT A101 Phlebotomy Procedures (3)
    • MEDT A110 Specimen Processing (3)
    • MEDT A195A Phlebotomy Practicum (3)
  • A total of 9 credits is required for the OEC.

The Medical Laboratory Science department assumes no responsibility for illness or injuries experienced by students in conjunction with student labs. It is strongly recommended that students maintain personal medical insurance while enrolled in any of the programs offered by the Medical Laboratory Science department. Students enrolled in practicum (MEDT A195A, MEDT A195B, MEDT A395 or MEDT A495) must provide their own transportation to the clinical facility. Personal protective equipment is provided by the training facility. The clinical facilities require proof of medical insurance coverage; therefore, students are required to maintain personal medical insurance while enrolled in practicum courses. Medical insurance is available through the Student Health Center. Liability insurance is purchased by the Medical Laboratory Science department to cover the student's practicum. The Occupational Endorsement certificates, A.A.S. and B.S. degrees are not contingent upon the students passing any type of external certification or licensure examination.