CCC’s Phlebotomy/EKG Technician diploma program will prepare students for careers in the Allied Health profession as both phlebotomists who collect blood and other specimens for laboratory analysis, and EKG technicians who administer electrocardiogram (EKG) tests. Upon completion of the program students will be qualified for employment in medical and diagnostic laboratories, physicians’ offices and other similar healthcare facilities. The program provides theoretical training in the areas of basic anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical office procedures, phlebotomy skills, and EKG concepts and interpretation. Upon completion of this program, the graduate will be fully prepared to take the national certification exams for both phlebotomy and EKG technician.
Hours: The Phlebotomy/EKG Technician Program is offered both day and evening. Day classes are held Monday through Thursday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Evening classes are held Monday through Thursday between 5:30 pm until 10:30 pm. Classes missed due to holidays or other scheduled cancellations are made up on assigned Fridays or by extending regular class hours. Clinical assignments may not coincide with normal school hours or days. This in-depth training is a combination of classroom, interactive lab, and externship.
|Course Number||Course Title||Credit Hours||Clock Hours|
|PHLE102||Anatomy & Physiology||4.5||70|
|PHLE103||Office Skills/Lab Tests||3||70|
|PHLE106||Certification Exam Review||3||70|
|EKG101||Concepts in EKG||3||70|
|EKG102||Lead EKG & Interpretation||3||70|
Phlebotomy/EKG Technician Diploma Program
Nature of Work: Phlebotomy technicians are an important part of the medical team. The primary job function of the phlebotomist is the collection of blood samples from patients. The phlebotomist is also responsible for preparing the samples to be tested by the medical laboratory. The need to assure proper collections, protection, labeling, and overall quality and patient safety requires the phlebotomy technician to always be professional and knowledgeable.
Working as a phlebotomy technician requires attention to detail, accuracy, and strong communication skills. As a phlebotomist, you will be responsible for explaining procedures to the patient as you perform them as well as keeping the patient calm during the process. Safety is always a priority. Phlebotomy technicians must be able to work efficiently without transmitting infectious diseases.
EKG (or ECG) technicians are responsible for administering electrocardiograph (ECG) tests which trace electrical impulses transmitted by the heart. Technicians attach electrodes to the patient’s chest, arms, and legs, and then manipulate switches on an ECG machine to obtain a reading. A printout is made for interpretation by the physician. This test is done before most kinds of surgery or as part of a routine physical examination, especially for persons who have reached middle age or who have a history of cardiovascular problems. More advanced skills for EKG technicians include administering Holter Monitor tests and stress tests. In addition, some EKG technicians schedule appointments, type doctors’ interpretations, maintain patient files, and care for equipment.
Job Outlook: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is expected to grow for both phlebotomists (23%) and EKG technicians (10%) from 2018 to 2028. Hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and other medical facilities will need phlebotomists to perform bloodwork. While hospitals and cardiovascular physicians’ offices employ the majority of EKG technicians, employment in this field may also be found in doctors’ offices, outpatient clinics, and diagnostic laboratories.