Phlebotomy Training Course

  • Course Description
  • The Phlebotomy Training Course provides the background required to properly understand the techniques involved in phlebotomy. It includes basic knowledge in human anatomy, the functions of the clinical laboratory, principles of infection control, personnel protection and relevant techniques in properly performing phlebotomy. Participants are also expected to learn the different medical and legal aspects involved in phlebotomy. This will enable them to perform the procedure safely and efficiently.

  • Course Objectives
  • At the end of the Phlebotomy Training Course, the participants will acquire knowledge and understanding of the following:

    • Define phlebotomy and know the duties and the job skills it requires.

    • Describe the clinical laboratory, its sub-sections and the type of specimens required by these sections.

    • Identify procedure hazards and employ measures to avoid injuries and accidents.

    • Explain the chain of infection and apply its principles to prevent infection transfer to other patients and personnel.

    • Describe the human anatomy, specifically the integumentary, blood and cardiovascular system.

    • Perform the steps of the phlebotomy procedure.

    • Identify the post-procedure complications and employ techniques to manage them.

    • Describe the procedures involved when collecting special specimens.

    • Discuss the principles of proper specimen transport.

    • Explain the legal liabilities associated with phlebotomy.

  • Course Structure
  • Phlebotomy Training Course (Revised Curriculum)

    1. Duration:  5 weeks on a part time basis

    2. Total hours: 33 hours over 11 days

    3. Course delivery: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm

    4. Mode of delivery: Mix of theory and skills practice

  • Who Should Attend
  • •    Healthcare providers who want to acquire skills in phlebotomy.
    •    Non-healthcare providers will be considered on a case by case basis.

    Course Participants must meet the following requirement:
    o    Hepatitis B and HIV positive applicants will not be accepted for the Phlebotomy Training Course. Participants must produce a local doctor’s certificate or lab report which indicates that he or she is negative for Hepatitis B and HIV infection.

  • Course Outline
  • Phlebotomy Training Course

    Phlebotomy Theory
    Introduction to Phlebotomy

    Introduction to the clinical laboratory
    •    Blood bank and Immunology
    •    Chemistry
    •    Hematology
    •    Serology

    Work Safety
    •    Procedure hazards
    •    Physical hazards
    •    Sharps hazards
    •    Radioactive hazards
    •    MRI hazards

    Anatomy and Physiology
    •    Cells, Muscles, Bones
    •    Skin
    •    Circulatory system: Heart, Artery, Vein
    •    Blood: Plasma, Formed elements, RBC, WBC, Platelets
    •    Hemostasis

    Infection Control
    •    Chain of infection
    •    Hand hygiene
    •    Sharps precaution
    •    Standard precautions / Transmission-based precautions

    Specimen Transport, Handling and processing
    •    Special collections and procedures
    •    Fasting specimens and basal states

    Phlebotomy equipment
    Evacuated collection tubes
    •    Types of blood specimens
    •    Tube additives
    •    Color coded taps
    •    Order of draw

    Venipuncture procedure
    •    Organizing and transporting equipment
    •    Location veins – tourniquet application
    •    Cleaning puncture site
    •    Protecting puncture site
    •    Needles – needle adapters
    •    Syringes

    Venipuncture complications
    •    Locating and identifying the patient
    •    Barriers in communication
    •    Problems in site collection
    •    Problems associated in cleaning the site
    •    Problem in tourniquet application

    Complications during collection
    •    Changes in patient’s status
    •    Hematoma formation
    •    Lack of blood flow
    •    Techniques in avoiding vein collapse
    •    Inadvertent arterial puncture

    Factors that affect sample integrity
    •    Hemolysis
    •    Blood drawn from hematoma
    •    Patient position
    •    Coagulated blood

    Dermal puncture
    •    Reasons for performing dermal puncture
    •    Difference between venous and capillary blood
    •    Equipment for dermal puncture
    •    Skin puncture devices, Micro sample containers
    •    Site selection
    •    General considerations in doing dermal puncture
    •    Puncture depth and width, Puncture sites in adult, children and infants

    Blood collection in special populations
    •    Pediatric patients
    •    Special physiologic considerations
    •    Immobilization of infants and children during collection
    •    Geriatric patients
    •    Physical changes of advanced age
    •    Mental impairment
    •    Special considerations for blood collection

    Legal issues in phlebotomy
    •    Malpractice in phlebotomy
    •    Defense against malpractice

    Skills Practice

    •    Handwashing
    •    Aseptic technique
    •    Venipuncture
    •    Blood collection using winged infusion set
    •    Dermal puncture

  • Certificate Awarded
  • Participants that met the minimum attendance and passed the theory and practical assessments will
    receive a “Letter of Completion” – Phlebotomy Course by Parkway College.

    Participants awarded with a “Letter of Completion” for the phlebotomy course, and independently completed 20 documented phlebotomy procedures will be awarded with a “Certificate of Achievement” in Phlebotomy by Parkway College.

  • Course Fee
  • Per Participant: $1,200.00



    1. 1. Fees are inclusive of prevailing Goods & Services Tax.
    2. 2. Parkway College reserves the right to postpone or cancel the courses if minimum enrolment is not met.
    3. 3. Reprinting of lost certificate/card is chargeable at $21.40.
  • This note is for a prospective applicant of the Phlebotomy Training Course offered by Parkway College.

    1. Placement for practical training is not provided. Non-healthcare trained candidates without any supporting healthcare facility are required to secure their own clinical placements to fulfil their clinical requisites (20 independently observed phlebotomy procedures) to claim the course certificate. Candidates who choose to attend the course without a clinical placement site will only be entitled to a Letter of Completion upon completing the course.

    2. In-course practical sessions are meant to prepare the participants for the course practical assessment. The 20 independently observed phlebotomy procedures are to be completed after the course and performed under the supervision of a registered doctor or trained phlebotomist within a local healthcare facility. Participants should submit the forms to Parkway College within 3 months from the last day of the course to receive the “Certificate of Achievement” in Phlebotomy. Participants who require an extension may write in to request for an extension.

    3. Government subsidy/ Skillsfuture Credit are not applicable for this course. Fees are payable in a single payment upon course confirmation, within a week before the course begins.

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