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7-Week Phlebotomy

  • Next Start date: December 04, 2017
  • Duration: 7 Weeks
  • Level: Beginner
  • Location: On-Site, Externship Location

All of our phlebotomy training classes are comprehensive and emphasizes a “hands-on” method – each student will draw blood at least once in every class. These draws will be performed with supervision on other class members. Our instructors will guide you as you learn a variety of phlebotomy techniques. In addition, you will learn the “tricks of the trade” that will help with special patients and difficult draws.

Our Phlebotomy Program provides the student with skills and training in order to succeed as a phlebotomist. This course contains 6-weeks of lecture, discussion, and practical instruction in the lab, followed by a 40-hour clinical externship at a local patient service center, hospital or clinic. The hours of the externship are site-specific but are usually done over the space of one week, Monday through Friday. This is a larger time commitment but the externship is a valuable clinical experience. Please contact our office if you have any questions about course requirements or time commitments.

Our experienced instructors will guide you as you learn a variety of blood drawing techniques, safety standards, basic anatomy and physiology, and other areas such as:

Phlebotomy program content includes:

  • HIPAA and Patient's Rights
  • Universal Precautions and Safety
  • Venipuncture with Vacutainers, Butterflies and Syringes
  • Finger and Heel Sticks
  • Blood and Blood Components
  • Medical Laboratory Terminology
  • Test Tubes – Uses, Additives and Order of Draw
  • Professionalism
  • Special Procedures - Bleeding Times, Blood Cultures, Glucose Tolerance Testing
  • Difficult Draws – Tricks of the Trade
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    The 7-Week phlebotomy program consists of the four following parts:

    Lecture Skills Lab Assessments Clinical Externship
    Two sessions per week for 6-weeks. Each session is 4 hours and features about 2 hours of lecture each session. Introduction to the lab with hands-on skills and live venipunctures. 4 quizzes based on chapter material are required and given throughout the program. After completion of the 6-week on-site portion, a 1-week clinical externship will be assigned.
    Material is presented by a qualified and state approved instructor. Mechanics of equipment and specimen handling are taught alongside techniques of venipuncture. A comprehensive multiple-choice final examination is given prior to externship. Students must complete all 40 clinical externship hours to be awarded your certificate. A booklet is provided for assessment and hours logging.
    A book is provided to you for reference during and after the program. A focus on professionalism and patient care prepares students for the real-world setting. Final skills evaluation on venipuncture technique and professionalism is performed prior to externship. Various factors are considered in externship placement, including progress in the program, payment compliance, attendance, and student preference.

    The following is the break-down for tuition and fees for the Phlebotomy program.

    • Registration Fee: $50
    • Tuition: $500
    • Laboratory Fee: $75
    • Textbook Fee: $25
    • Externship Fee: $100
    Registration fee is due to hold your seat in the program and is nonrefundable after 3 business days

    Externships are performed at clinical facilities which have agreed to partner with STLSP to provide students with the opportunity to not only fulfill the required clinical hours, but to interact with patients and other healthcare professionals in a real-world clinical environment where skills are put in context. This placement is completely coordinated by STLSP's externship coordinator and students are assigned to sites based on a number of factors, including attendance, payment compliance, progress in the program, and student preference.

    Externship placements are throughout the greater St. Louis area and the states of Missouri and Illinois. The requirements of each clinical facility vary but typically include a TB test, drug screen, criminal background check showing no crimial history, while others may also have additional requirements such as a lab coat, health assessment, immunization records, or other records.

    The St. Louis School of Phlebotomy is approved to operate by the Missouri Department of Higher Education. Students who have successfully completed the Phlebotomy Program will be given the option to sit for an accredited national examination through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) to become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT). This is optional and employment is not contingent upon successful completion, although it may make an individual more competitive in the job market.

    TESTING DATEEXAM TIMEREG. CLOSES
    CPT - September 29, 20173:00pm September 21, 2017
    CPT - October 27, 20173:00pm October 19, 2017
    CPT - November 24, 20173:00pm November 16, 2017
    CPT - December 22, 20173:00pm December 14, 2017
    CPT - August 18, 20173:00pm August 10, 2017

    Payment plans are available to divide the cost of the program over the time you are enrolled. These plans are provided at no additional cost and available to all students. You can choose one of the three payment plans listed below to pay for your enrollment in the Phlebotomy program at STLSP:

    Plan A Plan B Plan C
    Registration Fee $50 at Registration $50 at Registration $50 at Registration
    Week 1 $350 $100 $225
    Week 2 $70 $120 $0
    Week 3 $70 $120 $225
    Week 4 $70 $120 $0
    Week 5 $70 $120 $250
    Week 6 $70 $120 $0

    One of the major factors to consider when pursuing education in any field is the what the hiring market looks like for students after graduation. While no school can guarantee that graduates will find a job, STLSP is committed to providing career assistance services that will guide the student through the job application process.

    Quick Facts Phlebotomists
    2015 Median Pay $31,630 per year ($15.21 per hour)
    Typical Entry-Level Education Postsecondary nondegree award
    Work Experience Required in a Related Occupation None
    Additional On-the-job Training Required None
    Number of Jobs (2014) 112,700
    Job Outlook (2014-2024) 25% (Much faster than average)
    Employment Change (2014-2024) 28,100

    Data Table From: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Phlebotomists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/phlebotomists.htm (data retrieved September 11, 2016).

    Upcoming 2016/2017 7-Week Phlebotomy Schedule

    Classes meet twice a week for 6 weeks.

    STLPLB Monday/Wednesday Evenings 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    CLASS/IDSTART DATEEND DATESEATS
    PLB1801 July 10, 2017 August 16, 2017 Closed
    PLB1802 August 21, 2017 October 02, 2017 Closed
    PLB1803 October 16, 2017 November 22, 2017 Open
    PLB1804 December 04, 2017 January 22, 2018 Open
    STLPLB Tuesday/Thursday Afternoon 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    CLASS/IDSTART DATEEND DATESEATS
    PLB1793 June 20, 2017 August 01, 2017 Closed
    PLB1794 August 15, 2017 September 21, 2017 Closed
    PLB1795 September 26, 2017 November 02, 2017 Open
    PLB1796 November 28, 2017 January 04, 2018 Open
    STLPLB Wednesday/Friday Mornings 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    CLASS/IDSTART DATEEND DATESEATS
    PLB1784 June 14, 2017 July 21, 2017 Closed
    PLB1785 August 02, 2017 September 08, 2017 Closed
    PLB1786 September 13, 2017 October 20, 2017 Open
    PLB1787 November 01, 2017 December 08, 2017 Open
    PLB1788 January 03, 2018 February 09, 2018 Open
    ST. LOUIS CITY SCHOOL OF PHLEBOTOMY
    2016