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Phlebotomy/Laboratory Assistant

It’s in your blood: Accurate results begin with you.
Phlebotomists are at the frontline of healthcare. They are responsible for the proper collection of patient specimens to be analyzed by the clinical laboratory technicians and scientists. The test results from those specimens assist the physician in 70% of patient diagnoses. Laboratory assistants process those specimens for testing and perform CLIA-waived laboratory procedures. Whether contributing as a phlebotomist or laboratory assistant, these positions are an integral part of the clinical laboratory team.
Director and Professor
Location: ALLIED HEALTH (AH) 249


What will you learn?
  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Phlebotomy skills through classroom and clinical settings
  • How to process specimens for testing
  • How to perform basic waived laboratory tests
  • Electronic health records
  • Clinical documentation
  • Legal guidelines
  • Basic billing and coding fundamentals
  • Quality improvement outcomes in healthcare
  • Workflow in a variety of healthcare settings
What will you do?
  • Serve as part of the health care team, whose primary goal is to increase the efficiency and productivity of the physician
  • Draw blood from patients and blood donors
  • Put patients at ease during the procedure
  • Verify a person’s identity to ensure proper labeling of the blood or specimen.
  • Label the drawn blood for testing or processing
  • Enter patient information into a database
  • Learn to process specimens for testing
  • Document accurate and detailed information for patient visits
  • Gather test results and help with basic patient care
  • Work in all areas of healthcare, such as hospitals, ambulatory settings, and in special areas

Where will you work?

Upon completion of the certificate program, you’ll have numerous career opportunities, including working at:

  • clinical labs
  • hospitals
  • independent laboratories
  • physicians’ offices
  • health maintenance organizations
  • public health agencies
  • nursing homes
  • research institutions
  • blood donor centers
  • mobile laboratories

Graduates can become certified Phlebotomy Technicians as they will be eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) examination.

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Curriculum Sequence
Phlebotomy/Laboratory Assistant Course Sequence

Credit Hours     
COMP 101 Computer Literacy           3
MLT 110/PBLA 110 Orientation to the Clinical Laboratory    1
PBLA 111 Basic Phlebotomy Skills             1
PBLA 112 Advanced Phlebotomy Procedures   2
PBLA 113 Pediatric Phlebotomy Procedures   1
BIO 116 Human Biology   3
MDAA 110 Medical Terminology   3

Credit Hours     
MDAA 133 Basic Disease Coding       3
PBLA 114 Phlebotomy Practicum   2
PBLA 115 Laboratory Assistant Practicum   1
English 101 Freshman English I      3
MDAS 218/PBLA 218 Clinical Laboratory 
Procedures   2
MDAS 101
 Essential Skills for the Health Professional   3
MDAS 102 
Introduction to Health Records   3
Total :


Meet the Faculty

Our experienced, knowledgeable faculty are excited to share their expertise with you and prepare you to succeed in the diverse, dynamic field of Phlebotomy/Laboratory Assistant.

Stacey Rohrbaugh
Program Director and Professor

Allied Health 249

B.S., West Virginia University
M.Ed., Frostburg State University

Tracie Koontz
Associate Professor

Allied Health 245

A.S., Allegany College of Maryland; B.S., M.H.A, University of Cincinnati; MLS (ASCP)CM

Stacy Senka

Allied Health 248

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland;  B.S., University of Louisiana, Monroe; MLS (ASCP)

Elaine Bridges
Administrative Associate

Allied Health 246

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland

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