Phlebotomy, Occupational Certificate (O.C.)
The Phlebotomy Certificate is a 5.5 vocational credit, 165 clock-hour occupational certificate that can be obtained in one semester. The Phlebotomy Certificate prepares a student for employment as a phlebotomist. A phlebotomist obtains blood by venipuncture or skin puncture and is an integral part of a clinical laboratory.
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Florida Gateway College (Main Campus)
Students must meet all college entrance requirements and pass the Level II Background screen and the10 panel Drug/Alcohol Screen.
Tuesday and Thursday 3:30 PM – 8:30 PM. This course is a combination of classroom and clinical hours, scheduled over a 16-week period. This program is normally offered during the fall and spring semesters, two evenings a week. *Clinicals are required for this occupational certificate. Clinicals may not follow regular college schedules, and assignments may include weekdays, evenings, or weekends.
The average Phlebotomist salary in Florida is $33,074, but the range typically falls between $29,789 and $36,939. Phlebotomists earn an average hourly wage of $15.23. Salaries typically start from $11.52 per hour and go up to $19.82 per hour. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on the city and many other important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years spent in your profession.
Career opportunities as a Phlebotomist are mainly in a laboratory, hospital, or blood bank.
HSC 0003 Basic Healthcare Worker – 90 contact hours or 3 vocational credits. This course must be taken prior to or concurrently with MEA 0520. This course is offered in the fall term.
MEA 0520 Phlebotomy – 75 contact hours or 2.5 vocational hours. This course is offered in the fall term.
HSC 0003 BASIC HEALTHCARE WORKER – An introductory course to health occupations and the health care delivery system. This course meets the Department of Education requirement of 90 contact hours. Overview of the following principles are included: interpersonal and communication skills, legal and ethical responsibilities, wellness and illness concepts, safety and security procedures, the response in emergency situations, infection control procedures, computer literacy skills, employability skills, and blood-borne disease precautions, including AIDS, CPR certification.
MEA 0520C PHLEBOTOMY – This course prepares students for employment in the phlebotomy field. Phlebotomists obtain blood by venipuncture or skin puncture and are an integral part of the clinical laboratory. Topics include techniques of withdrawing venous blood, maintaining sterility, and storage techniques.
Prior to starting Phlebotomy course:
Students will be able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to perform safe and accurate phlebotomy techniques in a healthcare setting.
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