Phlebotomists are trained to draw blood samples and maintain careful records of blood tests, and work under the supervision of a nurse, medical technologist, or experienced phlebotomy technician. Delgado’s program prepares students to take the national credentialing exam and is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) 5600 N. River Rd., Suite720, Rosemont, IL, (773) 714-8880, www.naacls.org.
Delgado offers a one-semester (12 credit hour) curriculum within the Medical Laboratory Technician Department. The curriculum is comprised of 2 lecture courses and one phlebotomy practicum.
MLTS 104 - Introduction to Phlebotomy (4 credit hours) - Relates responsibilities of phlebotomist to health care delivery system Includes procedures, professional and ethical conduct, verbal and written skills, stress management.
MLTS 105 - Structure and Function of Body Systems (2 credit hours) - Anatomy and physiology of body system and anatomic terminology related to clinical laboratory and general pathologic conditions associated with body systems.
MLTS 104 and 105 are taught during the first half of the semester.
MLTS 151 - Phlebotomy Clinical Practicum (6 credit hours) - Hands-on practice relating to procedures. Exposure to variety of patient-care settings, including in- and out- patient settings.
MLTS 151 is taken during the second half of the semester. The student attends a three(3) week phlebotomy clinical practicum. During the practicum students are expected to work 8 hours a day. There is no weekend or holiday practicum. Practicum rotations are held at the program’s clinical affiliate hospitals.
The phlebotomy courses begin twice each year, in August and January. Delgado students who meet the college's general requirements and the following admissions criteria may enroll in the phlebotomy curriculum:
For more information about the admissions process, visit the program admissions page.
Students who complete all 3 phlebotomy courses will receive recognition completing one of Delgado's Technical Competency Areas (TCA). Completers of the phlebotomy program will be eligible to take a national certification exam and become licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. The awarding of the TCA is NOT contingent on the student's passing any certification exam or licensure criteria.
The following are the Phlebotomy Program’s three (3) year averages of outcome measures:
Program Board of Certification exam pass rate – 88%
Program Completion rate – 88%
Program placement rate – 95%
The mission of the Delgado Phlebotomy Program is to prepare students from diverse backgrounds to become competent Phlebotomists.
Delgado's phlebotomy program will meet this by achieving the following goals:
Delgado's phlebotomy program affiliated with the following institutions:
Program Director/Associate Professor - Shannon A. Skena, MHS, MLS (ASCP)CM
Program Instructor - Erica LeBlanc, MLT (ASCP)CM
Clinical Coordinator/ Assistant Professor - Andrea Hoffmann, MLS (ASCP)CM
Program Description from Official Catalog: