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Medical Assistant: Phlebotomy

2018-19 Medical Assistant: Phlebotomy Grad Guide (PDF)

Career Pathways Certificate
Major Code: 511009
Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

The phlebotomy program is a one-term program that prepares students to become licensed phlebotomists. Phlebotomists use proper prioritization procedures and coordinate collection of all phlebotomy specimens with other lab personnel. They must consistently provide phlebotomy services appropriate to the age and condition of patients to minimize re-draws (i.e., proper amounts, correct samples) and must strictly adhere to patient identification protocols as specified by regulatory requirements. This includes demonstrating knowledge of all patient safety precautions such as isolations and safety devices. In this role, it is important to use independent judgment in following established venipuncture procedures along with the ability to inspire confidence in, and communicate effectively with, unit secretaries, therapists, medical staff and visitors. This means demonstrating composure and organizational skills in handling crisis situations and effectively handling multiple tasks simultaneously in times of heavy workload.

Classes will be delivered in the evening and online. Successful completion of the program prepares students to sit for the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) phlebotomy certification exam. Students do not automatically become certified through this program but may take the appropriate tests through ASCP after completing the program. The curriculum was written using the standards and guidelines for the ASCP phlebotomy certifications and can be reviewed at

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for the Medical Assistant: Phlebotomy Career Pathway Certificate program are:

Draw blood from patients in preparation for medical testing in a variety of medical settings.

Demonstrate workplace skills of attention to detail, manual dexterity, work under pressure, and show excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Prepare to take the ASCP Phlebotomy exam.

Entry Requirements/Application Process

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined by the results of their placement assessment.  In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

Program admission occurs once per year. Visit for program application details. All program prerequisite/preparatory courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better by the start of the program to be considered eligible. All applications will be date stamped and reviewed in the order received. Applicants will be selected by committee on criteria developed in advance.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the program coordinator’s recommendation. In order to ensure coursework is current, program courses over five years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department coordinator before being accepted toward core requirements. College Now credit earned in conjunction with local high schools will be accepted in accordance with the current agreement.

Graduation Requirements

These requirements apply only to phlebotomy students admitted to the program during the current academic year. The program of study, graduation requirements, and courses are under constant review and are subject to revision. Students contemplating admission in a later year may have different requirements and must obtain the graduation guide or catalog for that year. Students must complete all courses on this graduation guide with a grade of “C” or better to continue in and complete the program and receive their certificates. If certain required courses are graded only on a pass/no pass basis, a grade of “P” for these courses indicate a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.


Course No.
Course Title
CS120 Concepts in Computing I w/lab or documented computer proficiency
Note: Successful completion of CS120 or otherwise meeting the proficiency requirement within the last 10 years fulfills this requirement. Contact a computer science adviser to help determine placement.
HE252 First Aid/CPR or HE261 CPR/Basic Life Support Provider and HE112 Emergency First Aid
Note: American Heart Association (AHA) certification must remain current for the duration of the program.
RD90/WR90 College Reading/Fundamentals of Composition or WR91 Fundamentals of Academic Literacy (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement test score 0-8
  Total Prerequisite Credits 2-15

Required Core Courses

Course No.
Course Title

First Term

AH100 Medical Terminology: Introduction 3
AH104 Phlebotomy 3
AH105 Communication and Professional Behavior 2
AH170 Medical Assistant Practicum and Seminar 2
BI100SB Biology of Human Body Systems
Note: Students who have completed either BI121 and BI122 or BI231, BI232, and BI233 (the entire sequence of either series) with an equivalent “C” or better grade do not need to take BI100SB.

For more information regarding the program and selection process, contact the Allied Health Department:

Grants Pass or Medford: 541-245-7565
Toll free in Oregon: 800-460-6766, Ext. 7565
Web address:
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711