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Phlebotomy (C.)

Phlebotomy

The phlebotomist is an important member of the health care team whose primary role is to collect and process blood and other specimens for testing. This two semester program includes an internship off-site at a clinical facility. Affiliated clinical facilities for the phlebotomy internships currently include Billings Clinic Miles City, Holy Rosary Healthcare in Miles City and Rosebud Health Care Center in Forsyth.

A person successfully completing the phlebotomy program is qualified to sit for the ASCP (American Society for Clinical Pathology) PBT (Phlebotomy Technician) certification examination. All phlebotomy coursework and internships are taught or arranged through Sharon O’Meara, medical technologist and program director.

The phlebotomy program is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) located at 5600 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL. For further information on the accrediting body please call 847.939.3597 or log onto http://naacls.org.

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this program, a phlebotomy student will be proficient in:
  • Collecting, transporting, handling, and processing blood specimens for analysis;
  • Recognizing the importance of specimen collection in the overall patient care system;
  • Relating the anatomy and physiology of body systems and anatomic terminology to the major areas of the clinical laboratory, and to general pathologic conditions associated with body systems;
  • Identifying and selecting equipment, supplies and additives used in blood collection;
  • Recognizing factors that affect specimen collection procedures and test results, and taking appropriate actions within predetermined limits;
  • Recognizing and adhering to infection control and safety policies and procedures and monitoring quality control within predetermined limits;
  • Recognizing the responsibilities of other laboratory and health care personnel and interacting with them with respect for their jobs and patient care;
  • Demonstrating professional conduct, interpersonal and communication skills with patients, peers and other health care personnel and with the public;
  • Demonstrating an understanding of requisitioning and the legal implication of their work environment.
Referemce: NAACLS Guide to Approval

Statistics for MCC Phlebotomy Graduates

Since 2013:
  • The pass rate on the national ASCP-BOC certification exam: 100%
  • The placement rate for graduates seeking employment: 100%
  • The attrition rate: 8%

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Miles Community College subscribes to the philosophy of a comprehensive community college, including an “open door” admissions policy designed to encourage all adults to continue their education.

The commitment to an open door admissions policy is defined as providing all eligible students with access to an appropriate educational offering at the College. Anyone over the age of 18 is admitted to the College if they have a high school diploma, GED, or satisfactory ACCUPLACER scores; but the College reserves the right to guide students into the courses and programs that will enhance their opportunities for success.

Admission to the College does not necessarily imply eligibility to enroll in a course with established prerequisites (See Course Descriptions starting on page 84) or to enter a program that has a limited number of spaces and minimum entrance requirements. ACCUPLACER and ACT/SAT test scores are used to help place students in appropriate level courses.

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