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