This course designed for nurse and qualified healthcare providers covers the proper procedures for venipuncture, or using a needle to find a vein and collect blood samples. Students are also expected to learn about safe practices for handling blood and the health risks of blood-borne diseases.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to:

  • Understand the importance of phlebotomy and the role of the phlebotomist in the health care setting
  • Know the ethical and legal aspects of the phlebotomist
  • Describe and apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the venous system for pediatric and neonatal patients while collecting blood specimen
  • Demonstrate the ability to successfully perform blood collections for testing on veins using straight needles, lancets, butterfly set-ups, syringes and other techniques
  • Understand and demonstrate knowledge of infection control and safety measures applicable to phlebotomy
  • Understand the role of quality assurance and quality control in phlebotomy

Course certification requires successful demonstration of blood extraction. International certification is valid for 2 years.