Phlebotomist/Specimen Processor

Technical Diploma

Program Number: 305132

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Health Sciences

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $423.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
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$178.55
Other Costs
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$188.00
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Total Estimated Program Costs*:
Overview

The phlebotomy technician or specimen processor is a vital role in nearly every type of health care facility. Phlebotomists are trained to draw blood from a patient for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, donations or research.

If you are people-oriented, have strong attention to detail and have good manual dexterity, Madison Area Technical College's phlebotomy training may be right for you.

Training & Locations

Phlebotomy Training classes are now offered at Truax and South campuses.

Training Consists of two courses:

Both courses must be taken in the same semester.

Expect to spend at least six hours per week beyond scheduled class time to study course material and complete assignments.

Admission

To Enroll

If the following registration requirements are met, you may register for both classes. No admission application is required.

ALGEBRA

Students must demonstrate algebra competency in one of the following ways:

1. Test Scores: Minimum test score within the last two years at time of registration

  • ACT Math 20+
  • NexGen Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics 237+
  • ACCUPLACER (Elementary Algebra) 65+

2. Courses: Madison College courses that satisfy this requirement are:

  • Elementary Algebra with Apps (10834110)
  • College Math (10804107)
  • Mathematical Reasoning (10804134)
  • Applied Math for Chemistry (77854756)

ENGLISH AND READING

Students must demonstrate English and Reading competency in one of the following ways:

English competency – Students may demonstrate English competency in one of the following ways:

1. Test Scores: Minimum test score within the last two years at time of registration

  • ACT English 17+
  • NexGen Writing 260+
  • ACCUPLACER Write 5+ and ACCUPLACER Sentence 86+

2. Courses: Madison College courses that satisfy this requirement are:

  • Written Communication (10801195) or higher
  • English 1 (20801201) or higher
  • Intro to College Writing (10831103)

Reading competency - Students may demonstrate Reading competency in one of the following ways:

1. Test Scores: Minimum test score within the last two years at time of registration

  • ACT Reading 19+
  • NexGen Reading 261+
  • ACCUPLACER Reading 80+

2. Courses: Madison College courses that satisfy this requirement are:

  • Written Communication (10801195) or higher
  • English 1 (20801201) or higher
  • College Reading Strategies (10808101) or Intro Reading & Study Skills (10838105)

All courses for this program are offered only in person.

Curriculum

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

Transfer

There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.

Outcomes

Basic Lab Skills (10-513-110) is the first course in the two-course sequence of the Phlebotomy Training. Students must successfully complete Basic Lab Skills before beginning the second course in the program, Phlebotomy (10-513-111). Throughout the Phlebotomy Training, students acquire various skills that prepare them for entry-level phlebotomy positions. 

A student who successfully completes the Basic Lab Skills course will be able to:

  1. Practice laboratory safety and regulatory compliance.
  2. Select appropriate personal protective equipment for the task.
  3. Properly contain and dispose of biohazardous waste.
  4. Demonstrate proper hand washing technique.
  5. Identify pre-analytical variables that affect results and take appropriate corrective action.
  6. Perform basic mathematical functions and conversions.
  7. Perform and monitor quality control for waived testing.
  8. Perform and report waived tests.
  9. Communicate with colleagues and patients in a professional manner.
  10. Model professional behavior, ethics and appearance.
  11. Work effectively as a team member recognizing the comprehensive impact this has on health care.


A student who successfully completes the Phlebotomy course will be able to:

  1. Ensure patient safety through accurate patient identification and specimen labeling.
  2. Perform venipuncture using appropriately chosen equipment for pediatric, adult and geriatric patients.
  3. Perform capillary punctures.
  4. Discuss concerns for collecting arterial punctures to ensure patient safety.
  5. Practice laboratory safety and regulatory compliance.
  6. Select appropriate personal protective equipment for the task.
  7. Properly contain and dispose of biohazardous waste.
  8. Demonstrate proper hand washing technique
  9. Identify pre-analytical variables that affect results and take appropriate corrective action.
  10. Record specimen collection times in military hours.
  11. Perform and monitor quality control for waived testing.
  12. Perform and report waived tests.
  13. Communicate with colleagues and patients in a professional manner.
  14. Model professional behavior, ethics and appearance.
  15. Maintain patient confidentiality and follow HIPAA protocols.
  16. Work effectively as a team member recognizing the comprehensive impact this has on health care.
Careers

Earning your Specimen Processing/Phlebotomist technical diploma at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as a:

  • Specimen Processing: processing patient specimens, performing waived laboratory tests on blood, urine, and body fluids to help in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and injury in a hospital or clinic laboratory.
  • Phlebotomist: Performing routine venipuncture and capillary on patients.

With additional training and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

  • Medical Laboratory Technician

 

  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    20192020
    Number of Program Graduates4240
    Number of Surveys Sent4238
    Number of Surveys Returned3711
    Percent of Surveys Returned88.1%28.9%
    Available for Employment1510
    Percent Available for Employment83.3%90.9%
    Not in Labor Market221
    Percent Not in Labor Market122.2%9.1%
    Available for Employment

    20192020
    Graduates Employed158
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.0%80.0%
    Employed in Related Occupation93
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation60.0%37.5%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation65
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation40.0%62.5%
    Employed - No Response00
    Percent Employed - No Response0.0%0.0%
    Seeking Employment02
    Percent Seeking Employment0.0%20.0%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    20192020
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.43.3
    Number of Satisfaction Responses1811
    Very Satisfied (4)105
    Percent Very Satisfied55.6%45.5%
    Satisfied (3)75
    Percent Satisfied38.9%45.5%
    Unsatisfied (2)00
    Percent Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)11
    Percent Very Unsatisfied5.6%9.1%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    20192020
    Number of Primary Reason Responses3711
    Preparation for Getting a Job62
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job16.2%18.2%
    Career Change75
    Percent Career Change18.9%45.5%
    Improvement of Existing Skills11
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills2.7%9.1%
    Preparation for Further Education222
    Percent Preparation for Further Education59.5%18.2%
    Personal Interest11
    Percent Personal Interest2.7%9.1%
    Other00
    Percent Other0.0%0.0%
    When Employment was Obtained

    20192020
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses157
    Before Enrollment22
    Percent Before Enrollment13.3%28.6%
    While Attending the College41
    Percent While Attending the College26.7%14.3%
    After Training at the College94
    Percent After Training at the College60.0%57.1%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    20192020
    Number of Employment Location Responses158
    In College District136
    Percent In College District86.7%75.0%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District12
    Percent of In Wisconsin6.7%25.0%
    Outside of Wisconsin00
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.0%0.0%
    Employer Location Unknown10
    Percent Location Unknown6.7%0.0%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend20192020
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count50
    Average Monthly Wage$3,995
    Average Hourly Wage$23.23
    Average Work Hours per Week40.050.0
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count41
    Average Hourly Wage$18.50$15.50
    Average Work Hours per Week25.016.0
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Covance Laboratories, Inc Medical Laboratory Technician
    Fort Health & Rehabilitation Medical Laboratory Assistant Fort Atkinson
    Fort Health & Rehabilitation Phlebotomist Fort Atkinson
    Mercy Health System Medical Laboratory Technician Lake Geneva
    Ssm Health Dean Medical Group Specialty Services Medical Laboratory Technician Baraboo
    Stoughton Hospital Medical Laboratory Technician Stoughton
    UW Health Medical Technologist
    UW Health Specimen Processing
    Watertown Memorial Hospital Medical Technician Watertown

    * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

    ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

    *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu

Related Training

 If you also wish to pursue the Medical Laboratory Technician degree, you will need to complete the admission and petition requirements for that program.