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Certificate of Technical Studies in Phlebotomy

The Phlebotomy program trains individuals in proper collection, transportation, and handling of blood and other body fluids including blood collection equipment, venipuncture, and capillary collection.

The Bossier Parish Community College Certificate of Technical Studies in Phlebotomy program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720; Rosemont, IL 60018-5119; 773-714-8880, open new browser window or tab

Learning Outcomes:

Recipients of the Certificate of Technical Studies in Phlebotomy will be able to demonstrate:

  1. written, verbal, and visual communication skills to interact with and explain information to medical personnel and patients;
  2. critical thinking processes in the assessment and interpretation of specimen collection procedures and equipment;
  3. the application of anatomy, physiology, and the use of medical terminology in the role of the phlebotomist:
  4. computer and other technology processes in the performance of phlebotomy and other specimen collection procedures;
  5. compliance with safety codes and regulations in the clinical environment; and
  6. performance of skills appropriate to the role of a phlebotomist.

Specific Certificate Requirements:

Students pursuing the Certificate of Technical Studies in Phlebotomy must first meet College admission requirements. All students must successfully finish the designated qualifications courses for Phlebotomy with a grade of C or above and complete an application packet. BPCC must have received official copies of all transcripts from all colleges attended, prior to being considered for admission to the program.

Application packets must be submitted by the established due date for consideration. Interested students must start the application process at the beginning of the semester prior to beginning the program course (ALHT 211). The Phlebotomy program class (ALHT 211) is selected at the end of the spring semester for the fall training program and at the end of the fall semester for the spring training program. Approximately fifteen (15) students are selected for each program class. Program class size is determined by clinical site availability and employment statistics.

Selection for the program class (ALHT 211) is based on the following criteria:

  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) for qualification courses of 2.000
  • Application packet completed by due date

If over 15 students meet the above criteria, students with the highest GPA for qualification courses will be selected first. Two alternates will be chosen. If there is a tie in the highest GPA, the student with the highest grade in ALHT 102 will be chosen.

Students selected for the Phlebotomy program will be required to provide health information and meet all requirements for a program with a clinical component (described earlier in this section). Students in programs with a clinical component are required to pay an additional clinical fee (as listed in the BPCC Academic Bulletin) in addition to regular tuition. Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate is eligible to take the national certification exam for Phlebotomy Technicians.

Certificate of Technical Studies students must test out of READ 099, into ENGL 101, and into MATH 098 as documented by ACT, placement test, or course completion. Additional classes may be required if this cutoff is not met.

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation". The information provided here is the best available to us but represents one year's data only, however, we hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices. »Gainful Employment information for this programWill open new browser window or tab

Required courses for Certificate of Technical Studies in Phlebotomy

Qualification Courses
(must be completed prior to enrolling in program courses)
BLGY 110: Medical Terminology 3
BLGY 120: Introductory Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
BLGY 120L: Introductory Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab 1
ALHT 102/102L: Introduction to Phlebotomy/Lab * 4
ALHT 109: Health Care Systems/Safety 2
Total qualification course hours: 13
* ALHT 102/102L Should be taken the semester immediately prior to ALHT 211.
Other Required Courses:
(may be taken with qualification courses or program course)
CIS 105: Computer Concepts 3
PSYC: Psychology Elective 3
Program Course:
ALHT 211: Phlebotomy Hospital Clinical * 7
Total credit hours for Certificate of Technical Studies in Phlebotomy 26

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