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Phlebotomist, OEC

OEC Information

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.

UAA Phlebotomy Program

Student Learning Outcomes

  • 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.
  • Recognize legal implications when interacting with patients, peers, other health care personnel and the public.
  • Adhere to infection control and safety policies and procedures.
  • Identify factors that affect specimen collection procedures and test results, and take appropriate actions.
  • 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.
  • Recognize opportunities for professional development within the laboratory.

 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 A132 Phlebotomy and Specimen Processing Techniques Lab (5)
    • MEDT A250 Cultural Diversity in Healthcare (1)
    • 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 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.

Phlebotomy for Non-Laboratory Personnel

Phlebotomy is often performed by other healthcare professionals as part of their scope of practice. Students interested in gaining additional education and experience in collecting blood and non-blood specimens can enroll in COHI A201, Specimen Collection for Non-Laboratory Personnel.

This is a College of Health Interprofessional course which also provides students with the interprofessional communication skills required for members of the healthcare team.

COHI A201, Specimen Collection for Non-Laboratory Personnel –3 credits

Introduces concepts, procedures and equipment used in the collection of blood and non-blood specimens. Topics include: infection control, biohazards, test ordering, specimen collection, handling and transport, specimen quality and interprofessional communications.

Registration Restrictions:

  • Department Approval
  • Prerequisite: Requires knowledge of human biology or human anatomy and physiology
  • Required immunizations before Departmental approval can be give:
    • Hepatitis A series must be started
    • Hepatitis B series must be started
    • Current TDAP as an adult followed by Td booster every ten years thereafter

Prior to enrolling in MEDT A195A, Phlebotomy Practicum, students must refer to Medical Laboratory Science Application Procedure for the following: 

  • Meet immunizations requirements for MEDT A132
  • Complete Medical Laboratory Departmental documents
  • Provide documentation of the additional requirements listed for students enrolling in practicum