Phlebotomist/Specimen Processor

Technical Diploma

Program Number: 305132

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Health Sciences

Delivery Method: In Person

Program completed 100% in person

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $416.70
Materials/Supplemental Costs
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$138.36
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 on a rotational basis between the Truax, Portage, Fort Atkinson, Reedsburg and Watertown 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.

This training includes a clinical rotation that takes place during daytime hours only due to limited availability of instructional personnel during evening and nighttime hours. You must have transportation to travel outside the immediate Madison area for clinical rotation sites if required.

After registration, you will be required to complete a background check and provide documentation of current required-immunizations, accident insurance and current Healthcare Provider CPR certification (please see details below). Wisconsin law requires background checks for persons who provide care for others or have access to people who receive care. This law applies to students in many School of Health Education programs. Please review the Caregiver Background Check information on the School of Health Education Forms and Policies.

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 18+
  • NexGen Reading 253+
  • 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 2020-2021 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

    2019
    Number of Program Graduates42
    Number of Surveys Sent42
    Number of Surveys Returned37
    Percent of Surveys Returned88.10%
    Available for Employment15
    Percent Available for Employment40.50%
    Not in Labor Market22
    Percent Not in Labor Market59.50%
    Available for Employment

    2019
    Graduates Employed15
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation9
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation60.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation6
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation40.00%
    Employed - No Response0
    Percent Employed - No Response0.00%
    Seeking Employment0
    Percent Seeking Employment0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2019
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.4
    Number of Satisfaction Responses18
    Very Satisfied (4)10
    Percent Very Satisfied55.60%
    Satisfied (3)7
    Percent Satisfied38.90%
    Unsatisfied (2)0
    Percent Unsatisfied0.00%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)1
    Percent Very Unsatisfied5.60%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2019
    Number of Primary Reason Responses37
    Preparation for Getting a Job6
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job16.20%
    Career Change7
    Percent Career Change18.90%
    Improvement of Existing Skills1
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills2.70%
    Preparation for Further Education22
    Percent Preparation for Further Education59.50%
    Personal Interest1
    Percent Personal Interest2.70%
    Other0
    Percent Other0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2019
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses15
    Before Enrollment2
    Percent Before Enrollment13.30%
    While Attending the College4
    Percent While Attending the College26.70%
    After Training at the College9
    Percent After Training at the College60.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2019
    Number of Employment Location Responses15
    In College District13
    Percent In College District86.70%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District1
    Percent of In Wisconsin6.70%
    Outside of Wisconsin0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown1
    Percent Location Unknown6.70%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend2019
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count5
    Average Monthly Wage$3,995
    Average Hourly Wage$23.23
    Average Work Hours per Week40
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count4
    Average Hourly Wage$18.50
    Average Work Hours per Week25
  • 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 techconnect@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. 

Mandatory Requirements (to complete after registration only)

The following items must be uploaded and approved by CastleBranch, by week 4 of class. Failure to comply with this policy may result in immediate dismissal from the training. 

1. Background Information Disclosure Form and immunization and TB testing documentation.
For processing of these requirements, use the code below to create and pay for your account at CastleBranch.

Package code: MK06

2. Proof of insurance. You are required to have accident insurance.
If you do not have your own health insurance, accident-only insurance is available through Madison College for $23.00 per semester.

3. Proof of current Healthcare Provider CPR certification. One of the following courses is required: 
American Heart Association BLS Health Care Providers OR
American Red Cross BLS for Healthcare Providers

These are two-person CPR for infants through adults, with AED training and testing. Online classes do not meet this requirement.