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The Career Studies Certificate in Phlebotomy is a one semester 16-credit program designed to prepare personnel who collect and process blood,medical laboratory analysis in adults and children by venipuncture or micro techniques. Phlebotomists are important members of the laboratory team who demonstrate good communication skills and ethical behavior for an effective interaction with patients and their families. Graduates are eligible to sit for national examinations to become certified as a Phlebotomy Technicians.

Program Details

Phlebotomists are prepared to perform a variety of blood collection procedures in adults and children by venipuncture or micro techniques. They are important members of the laboratory team who demonstrate good demonstrate good communication skills and ethical behavior for an effective interaction with patients and their families. The curriculum includes courses in the area of communication, healthcare information systems, medical terminology, ethics for healthcare personnel and the core phlebotomy didactic and clinical courses. Course delivery modes include Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) and other tools. Simulations, laboratory activities and clinical training will provide proficiency in phlebotomy techniques and procedures.

The first step to beginning health career training at NOVA/MEC is to attend a mandatory Information Session.

Information Session

Please note that the online information sessions contain program information for the current academic year only.

Transfer Opportunities

This credential is designed as a stepping stone for the Medical Laboratory Assistant CSC. Students interested in transferring should contact an advisor or counselor to further discuss their plans.

Credit for Prior Learning

Northern Virginia Community College accepts industry-standard certifications, credentials and/or professional courses for credit. Broadly, licenses, credentials and/or certifications must be current and valid for consideration. For more information regarding the status of the certification and its eligibility for credit, please see an advisor or faculty members in the discipline area that awards CPL credit.

The most current information can be found here for CPL: Certifications and Credentials.

Program Degrees and Certificates

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Career Prospects

Graduates from the NOVA Career Studies Certificate in Phlebotomy are employed in the Northern Virginia area as well as throughout the rest of the state and surrounding areas. Phlebotomists work in hospitals, medical clinics, commercial clinical laboratories, and in other settings where blood is collected from patients.

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