A Phlebotomy Technician is an essential member of the medical laboratory team, with the ability to successfully collect and process specimens using proper protocol and procedure. Their main function is the collection of blood samples from patients by venipuncture or micro techniques. The phlebotomy technician facilitates the collection and transportation of laboratory specimens, and is often the patient's only contact with the medical laboratory. The need to ensure quality and patient safety, mandates stringent professional behaviour and standards of practice for these practitioners.
The Phlebotomy Technician Programme runs for a 3 month period, and consists of 8 modules, with a total of 720 contact hours, which would generate 60 credits. The PHLT programme provides training in all the skills required to function in a medical office, clinic, laboratory, or hospital. The student will become familiar with blood collection procedures, the utilization of standard phlebotomy equipment, safety and medical ethics, and related medical terminology. They would be able to identify different parts of the integumentary system, the anatomy and physiology of the blood, and proper identification techniques of the patient. They would also be able to accurately and professionally perform different venipuncture procedures, common sites for each, and demonstrate understanding of the theory of phlebotomy, and the proper way to handle a blood specimen. They will also be trained to properly transport a blood specimen to the laboratory, and set-up equipment appropriately for a blood draw. He/she will also be able to demonstrate the correct order of draw, the different test tubes, and the tests they are used for.