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Phlebotomy Technical Competency Area (TCA)
Welcome to the Phlebotomy TCA Website! We hope that this information will encourage you to learn more about this very essential and needed profession. If you have any questions, please contact us!
About the Profession:
Delgado offers a one-semester (12 credit hour) curriculum which trains students to become phlebotomists. Phlebotomists collect, handle, transport and process blood specimens for laboratory analysis. They are one of the most important members of the medical laboratory team. Their work directly affects the laboratory results of every patient that comes in for a blood test. A phlebotomist must demonstrate integrity, accuracy and enjoy interacting with patients. They are on the front lines between the patients and the medical laboratory. Phlebotomy is also a basic skill utilized in many allied health occupations such as nursing, respiratory care, nuclear medicine and radiologic technology. Therefore, competency in phlebotomy will be a bonus when applying for these educational programs and jobs.
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About The Program:
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. The lecture courses MLTS 104 and MLTS 105 are taught during the first half of the semester. During the second half of the semester the student attends a three week phlebotomy clinical practicum. During the practicum students are expected to work 8 hours a day. There is no weekend or holiday work. Practicum rotations are held at the program's clinical affiliate hospitals.
Students who complete all three phlebotomy courses will receive recognition for completing one of Delgado's Technical Competency Areas (TCA). The awarding of the TCA is NOT contingent on the student's passing any certification or licensure exam.
The Phlebotomy Technician TCA at Delgado Community College is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018 (773) 714-8880. This accreditation allows program graduates to be eligible to take a phlebotomy national certification examination and become licensed in the State of Louisiana. The NAACLS website is www.naacls.org.
The passage rate of the ASCP national certification exam since 2007 is 94% for students completing Delgado’s Phlebotomy program.
Delgado's Phlebotomy TCA is affiliated with the following institutions:
The phlebotomy lecture courses begin each year in August and January. To enroll in the phlebotomy curriculum, a student must meet the college's general requirements and these additional following criteria:
Provide evidence of a high school diploma or equivalent
Placement test at or above ENGL 101
Placement test at or above MATH 096
Completion of any required remedial reading
The student is also required to complete the phlebotomy application with all supporting documents and three reference forms. The deadline for application is June 15 for the Fall class, October 15 for the Spring class. The number of students selected for admission into the program is dependent upon the number of clinical positions available at the affiliate hospitals.
Persons accepted into the Phlebotomy curriculum must meet the essential functions of the Phlebotomy profession which are available for review in the Allied Health Admissions Office. Additional requirements are needed for students to attend the clinical practicum in an affiliated hospital. These requirements include a health examination, CPR certification for Health care provider, proof of current immunization - Tetanus,-diptheria, flu, current TB skin test results, Rubella, varicella (chicken pox), rubeola (measles) and mumps titer, and proof of hepatitis B vaccination. A drug test and criminal background check will also be required.
If you are interested, please contact the Allied Health Admissions Office for application and advising.