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Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, donation or research, and may explain the procedure to patients and assist in the recovery of patients with adverse reactions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, phlebotomists earn an average median wage of $14.29 per hour, and job openings are expected to grow 27 percent between 2012 and 2022.
Blinn’s phlebotomy technology certificate teaches students a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques and precautions. Students learn techniques for collecting with vacuum devices, syringes, capillary skin puncture, butterfly needles and blood culture specimen collection on adults, children and infants. The program emphasizes infection prevention, proper patient identification, proper specimen labeling, specimen handling and quality assurance.
The program consists of two courses, including 90 hours in the classroom and 100 hours in a clinical setting. The classroom portion focuses on theoretical mastery of phlebotomy rules, regulations and practices, and students must pass a skills test before Blinn arranges the clinical portion of their education.
Upon successful completion of the program, Blinn provides a certificate of completion. Students are encouraged to further their credentials by applying for national certification through a recognized organization.
Information sessions will be held at Blinn’s Post Office Campus at 301 Post Office Street in Bryan. Sessions will be held at 2 p.m. on June 25, July 7, July 21, Aug. 4 and Aug. 18. To register for an information session, visit: www.blinn.edu/workforce/info_session.php or call 979-209-7205.
For a full slate of Blinn Workforce Education offerings, including career and professional development, computer technology, professional truck driving, continuing education, welding and healthcare courses, visit: www.blinn.edu/workforce/course_schedule.html.
Blinn’s Division of Workforce Education improves the local economy by helping job-seekers obtain the skills and credentials they need to succeed in the workplace, and by partnering with local businesses to offer training opportunities for incumbent and new employees. For more information on Blinn’s Workforce Education opportunities, including class schedules and registration information, call 979-209-7205 or visit: www.blinn.edu/workforce.
Originally published on KBTX.com.