CPTI’s are primarily responsible for the collection of blood specimens using standard phlebotomy techniques. Other duties include record checks, record keeping, verification of patient identification, specimen processing, and instructing patients on the collection of other specimens such as urine, stool, and sputum. The phlebotomist must have the skills to perform routine, non-routine, and the most difficult blood draws. They must be able to determine the appropriate collection supplies and equipment for specific laboratory tests and alter collection techniques for different laboratory tests. They must understand how the laboratory works and the important role of collection technique in laboratory testing results. The phlebotomists are the primary conduit between the patients and the laboratory and in many cases they are the only laboratory representatives that the patient will see. Therefore, phlebotomists are required to have extensive knowledge in the patience’s Bill of Rights, HIPPA compliance, patient based service care, and communication skills.
Phlebotomists typically work in healthcare facilities such as doctor’s offices, clinics, and hospitals. Phlebotomists may also be employed by companies to travel to patients’ homes. Typical employment is in the day time, working forty hours a week, however part time, night time, and evening work is available. The “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011” does not have a classification for phlebotomist. Phlebotomy is considered to be a job duty of medical assistants or laboratory assistants. The “Handbook” does report that these two jobs will see a better than average growth and that the average hourly wage is around $12.00.
Upon successful completion of the program, including the completion of an approved national written examination which is given at our local campuses, the students will have met all of California’s requirements to become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician I.
Our California approved “Basic” CPTI programs includes 48 hours of lecture at our local campuses and 40 hours of practical experience at nearby externship sites. This time is the minimum value. You can also expect longer times during your externship, depending on how quickly you’re placed in an externship and the number of days it takes to complete the required 50 draws, 10 capillary punctures, and observation of two arterial punctures. The Program length for the “Advanced” students is three weeks of lecture without an externship.
Basic Phlebotomy: This section covers the laboratory environment, anatomy, safety and infection control, phlebotomy equipment, and the phlebotomy procedure.
Advanced Phlebotomy: This section covers variations influencing the collection of blood, complications requiring alternative procedures, sources of preanalytical errors, communication concepts, and legal issues.
This section allows the student to apply the concepts and skills they learned in class on real patients and to become familiar with the paperwork and record keeping adopted by the facility they are working in.