classThe Phlebotomy program in the Hartford Hospital School Allied Health is offered three times a year. The program is offered as a didactic or academic course to prepare students for certification and also includes an intensive hands-on laboratory component to prepare students for jobs as phlebotomists.
 
Students gain valuable experience in both drawing blood and understanding the theory of blood collection and why certain procedures must be followed precisely. Students progress from artificial arms to live volunteers. The course also includes a medical terminology section.
 
Upon successful completion of the course, students may apply for employment and paid positions in the field. Positions are not provided or guaranteed. Students may request recommendations but they require successful completion of all parts of the course. Minimally, a grade of “C” (73) or better in all course work is expected in order to pass.
 
The Phlebotomy Program at Hartford Hospital is accredited by the National Phlebotomy Association.
In order to be eligible for a national certification examination, students are expected to have completed the course. The program does not promise to provide jobs or clinical internships, Students who pass the course may apply for these options.

After completing the certification requirements the graduate may apply for one of several different nationally recognized national certifications. Based on seating and class size limitations, students may request an opportunity to retake any part of the course to prepare for certification.

The awarding of a phlebotomy certificate is not contingent on passing the national certification examination and the program does not guarantee that a student will pass a national certifying examination; however students failing a certification examination or the course may request to retake the course at no additional cost (space permitting). 

 
Program Costs:

Student Loans are not available through the Hartford Hospital School of Allied Health, however financial aid and loans are offered through the following institutions:
(Note that this program is NOT eligible for federal student loan programs)
Introductory Phlebotomy Certification Course:

As of Oct. 2010, Spring & Fall Tuition (15-week lecture/lab) is $2,500; Summer Tuition (accelerated 8-week program) is $2,800. Home Study Course: $2,500. Books: $50. Application Fee: $50.

All classes meet every Tuesday & Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until Noon. Tuition includes use of supplies, and use of a laboratory coat. Withdrawal prior to or during the first week of the program is subject to a $100 administrative fee. After the second week of class the tuition is nonrefundable.

Note, prices are subject to change - please contact the School of Allied Health for current tuition rates.

Special Program Accommodations for Working Phlebotomists:
If someone is currently or has previously been employed within the last year in the field as a working phlebotomist and wished to take the course to just prepare for the National certification examinations they may request by a letter a attached to the application to enroll in just the lecture portion or home study option of the course. This request requires confirmation of documentation of current employment and special permission of the Interview Committee.
Lecture Only:
A request for “lecture only” admission is based on the availability of space. Note that this class is for working phlebotomists seeking certification ONLY. The cost of the program is $1,600 and is nonrefundable after the first week of class.
General Phlebotomy Information:

Salary:
Varies based on location, the average hourly ranges are $11.55 - $18.45 per hour
 
Job Opportunities: Projected to 2010 the opportunities are outstanding for well-trained applicants. Our affiliated laboratory currently has over 130 phlebotomists and there is a need for approximately 35-40 new phlebotomist per year.
 
Educational Opportunities: Students may also apply their phlebotomy education to a number of related fields. Opportunities for further education also exist in other Hartford Hospital School of Allied Health programs including Medical Technology, Radiography, Radiation Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, and Surgical Technology.
 
Insurance: Students must provide their own medical and health insurance. Additional liability coverage is not provided but encouraged.
 
“The quality of the test is only as good as the quality of the person obtaining the sample and our Phlebotomists are trained to be the best!”
 
Externships: Students successfully completing the program may apply for a limited number of clinical internships. Placement is not guaranteed. Students may need to complete drug and physical assessment testing prior to patient contact and final acceptance into an internship. Some clinical sites require an interview prior to placement. Currently there is No additional fee for an internship, however that is subject to change at any time.
 
Internships: Internships are generally customized to fit the needs of the facility and the student, however most internships require full time day availability. Students must follow the rules of the facility and may need to sign a confidentiality form.
 
Disclaimer Injuries: The student acknowledges that phlebotomy involves procedures that can lead to injury and assume full responsibility for any injuries incurred during their training to themselves, classmates or patients. The program will provide lessons on safe practices and will provide personal protective equipment mandated by OSHA, however it is the student’s responsibility to follow and use these practices. Correct patient identification is mandatory.