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2024-25 RCC Catalog 
2024-25 RCC Catalog


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This program is pending approval by the Oregon office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD).

Career Pathway Certificate

About the Program

The phlebotomy program is a one-term program that prepares students to become certified 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.

Successful completion of the program prepares students to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) phlebotomy certification exam (CPT.) Students do not automatically become certified through this program but may take the appropriate tests through NHA after completing the program. The curriculum was written using the standards and guidelines for the NHA phlebotomy certifications and can be reviewed at https://www.nhanow.com/certifications/phlebotomy-technician.

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 Phlebotomy Career Pathway Certificate are:

Perform phlebotomy procedures.

Maintain industry standards of quality control, infection control, and safety principles.

Uphold legal and ethical standards and confidentiality for patient privacy.

Entry Requirements

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 through the Placement Process.

Students attend core phlebotomy classes as part of a structured cohort. Students who plan on entering the Phlebotomy program should meet with their faculty advisor and financial aid advisor to develop a plan prior to taking program courses. Cohort students must meet certain minimum academic requirements.

Students will complete specific health and immunization requirements and a criminal background check prior to starting the program. Students will also complete a drug screen prior to placement into a practicum. This screening process has an associated fee. Contact the Allied Health Department for more information.

Students wishing to enter the program cohort must declare their interest by attending a mandatory Allied Health Information Session and apply online through the Allied Health website.

Selection Process

Applications must be received by the application deadline. Applications received after the application deadline may be reviewed based on cohort capacity and at the discretion of the department.

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 seven years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate 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 program map or catalog for that year. Students must complete all courses on this program map 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.

Total Program Credits: 12-13


1 See program advisor if you have American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Provider certification. AHA must remain current for the duration of the program.

For more information, contact the Allied Health Occupations office:

Phone: 541-956-7500

Email: AlliedHealthInfo@roguecc.edu

Web address: www.roguecc.edu/phlebotomy

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