Flexible courses, three terms for new program
Beginning in the fall term, Central Penn College will offer a new phlebotomy technician certificate as part of its Medical Assisting program. Phlebotomy technicians work at hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers and private medical offices.
“I am excited that Central Penn will be preparing phlebotomy students to become essential members of the healthcare team,” says Nikki Marhefka, director of the college’s Medical Assisting program. “These technicians begin the process of laboratory testing, which plays a vital role in the diagnosis and prevention of disease. This is an additional certification to the many vibrant allied health programs offered at the college,” says Marhefka.
Students will be trained to:
- Draw blood samples from patients
- Perform basic testing, such as blood glucose levels
- Prepare blood, urine and other specimens for testing
- Verify patient/donor identity
“Many employers require professional certification,” says Dr. Krista Wolfe, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Central Penn. “With a National Healthcare Association certification, students will have the credentials they need to set themselves apart from other applicants. Phlebotomy can also serve as a stepping stone to other careers in healthcare, such as medical assisting. Central Penn can prepare you for both.”
Day, evening and blended classes are available for the 18-credit phlebotomy technician certificate. Students can complete their certification on a part-time basis via 11-week accelerated terms. The program is designed for students to take two classes per term, for three terms.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for phlebotomists from 2016–2026 indicates a potential job growth of 25 percent, estimating employment will go from the current 122,700 to 152,800 by the year 2026.