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What is Phlebotomy?

A phlebotomist obtains and prepares quality blood samples for laboratory testing. St. Kate's phlebotomy program addresses proper technique of sample collection and processing as well as basic anatomy and physiology, medical terminology and the study of disease processes.

A phlebotomist must have knowledge of the healthcare system, the anatomy and physiology related to laboratory testing and phlebotomy, the collection and transport requirements for specimens, documentation and patient records, and the interpersonal skills needed to provide quality patient care.

Essential Functions — Phlebotomy Certificate Program

Essential functions refer to those physical, cognitive and behavioral abilities required to satisfactorily complete the requirements of the phlebotomy program. The non-academic essential functions are necessary to provide reasonable assurance the individual can complete the didactic and laboratory coursework and successfully become employed as a phlebotomist.

The following are functions that a student is required to have to successfully complete this course:

  1. Eye-hand coordination and dexterity to manipulate phlebotomy equipment safely
  2. Physical abilities to move about freely and maneuver in small spaces, stand, and/or walk for long periods of time
  3. Visual ability sufficient to discern colors and perform phlebotomy procedures
  4. Communication skills to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, nurses, other HCW and general public
  5. Keyboarding skills at a level necessary for job function
  6. Critical thinking ability sufficient to organize responsibilities and make decisions
  7. Sound psychological health and stability